I am about to put in an offer on a new construction home. The house is just finished and we'd like to roll the pool into the mortgage so we need to finalize estimates before closing.
I have a ton of questions and I hope someone here can help - I have been reading lots of posts in the forum to try to catch up...
We are looking for the following (roughly):
1. A pool that is somewhat freeform but will allow, in the long dimension, decent swimming for exercise so we figured we'd want a 4 foot to 8 foot drop off from one end to the other with the length in that direction being at least 33 feet (10m). The 8 foot depth is for (moderate) diving.
2. We also want the pool to be a relaxing feature for entertaining so on the sides away from the 'lane' we'd like a shelf for sun bathing and perhaps a bench for sitting and relaxing.
Does that make sense as a starting point?
We have some questions:
We are not sure whether we want a waterfall or a spa with an overflow instead - can a reasonably priced spa give enough flow to get the kind of relaxing noise one gets from a standalone waterfall?
We think we want some automation of the pool (no manual messing around) and saltwater as well as fiber-optic light(s) for evenings.
We are buying in the Woodlands, TX... any idea what kind of price that would be?
Also, in terms of decking, how much more (for a given area) is stamped concrete over pea gravel? What about kool deck?
Any help you can provide would be most appreciated... we just relocated from California and we are juggling so many balls at the moment we need LOTS of help!
And we'll be sure to post pics of the process