I'm new to the forum and glad I found it! I know I'll have questions as we go through the building process. Why wait? Here we go. We are building our first pool and are considering solar panels to heat the pool. Has anyone out there installed your own solar panels? If you have, how did it go? We live in the panhandle of FL and can usually swim mid to late April - mid October without heat. It would be nice to add the shoulder season. Currently we have a gas heater in the plans.
The pool is 16 x 32, 3.5 - 5.5 deep with a 9 x 12 step and tanning shelf area that L's off the pool. There is also a 10' x 4' spa raised 18" that will have a 6' spill-over into the pool. The pool has been dug out and the shockcrete is in. The wood framing that was used has been torn out and some plumbing has been done by the pool builder's crew. I'd like more jets in the spa. We will see what the PB says about that. The pool has a 1.5 HP and the Spa has a 2 HP.
Not much progress lately. We've been waiting on the porcelain tile and glass tile to be delivered. That's next. It will probably still be a couple of weeks away since the tile places like to close during the holidays. The porcelain tile will be in the pool's waterline and around the spa except in the area of the waterfall and the waterline of the spa. I'm looking as a 1.5" thick, 12" x 24" natural shellstone coping that has a bullnose edge. Does anyone else have experience with shellstone coping or another similar natural stone coping? The other option is concrete cantilever coping. Which would be better? So many decisions....
I'll try to learn how to post photos. It's just a lot of piles of dirt with the roughed in pool now.
Mosquitos are a big problem down here and we even have a pond behind our house adding to the bug problem, but we still are not having a screened in pool. Has anyone had any experience with the Mosquitos-No-More misting systems or similar ones or other ways to keep the bugs away?
I honestly don't think we believed we were actually going to go through with building a pool until they showed up and started digging. Then it became real. Obviously we had not prepared for it the way many of you had. I'm playing catch-up and trying to learn as much as I can before it is too late.
If you have any questions that I need to know the answers of, words of advice or warnings please send them! I don't want to make any avoidable mistakes.