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AustinPool2018

Silver Supporter
Apr 22, 2018
30
Austin, TX
Hello Everyone!

First, let me say thanks to the community, as I've educated myself quite a bit with regard to pool equipment, SWG, contracts, drains, chemicals, etc. We're building an in ground pool and extending our existing outdoor living area to add a kitchen, all here in Austin, TX. We've spoken to 7 PB's and 6 outdoor living companies over the last 3 months. I'm set on SWG, which quickly eliminated a handful of the Texas PB's as has been noted in the forum. We really like the design, responsiveness, and interaction of the current PB, and they have been open to making some modest modifications in the contract, based on feedback here.

I would love to get the input from the community on the layout and specs that we've landed on -- many of which are informed by discussions here!
Here goes, pics at the bottom.

Pool Size:
Length (ft): 35
Width (ft): 16
Surface Area (ft): 550
Perimeter (ft): 110
Depth 1 (ft): 3.5
Depth 2 (ft): 4.75
Depth 3 (ft): 5.5
Spa Length (ft): 8
Spa Width (ft): 6
Spa Surface Area (sqft): 48
Spa Perimeter (ft): 28
Spa Height (ft): 2
Spa Depth (ft):
Total Surface Area (sqft): 550
Total Perimeter (ft): 138
Gallons: 19182

Excavation: Rock: Complete rock excavation included

Structrual:

Shell Rebar Thickness (Inches): #4 steel (1/2"), 8" OC
Gunite Depth: beam (inches): 12"
Gunite Depth: wall (inches): 8-12"
Gunite Depth: floor(inches): 8-12"
Bond Beam Rebar: #4 steel (1/2")
Exposed walls depth: 12"
Out of grade Rebar: #4 steel, 8" OC Double Steel Cage for over 3'

Plumbing:

Suction Lines: 3" Suction, Skimmer 2.5"
Pool Drains: 6 Aqua Star Floor Drains, VGB compliant, Main Drain: Paramount Superflow
Return lines: 2.5" returns, 5 slotted inlets, looped
Pool cleaner plumbing: independently plumbed
Spa Jet Plumbing: 3" suction, 2.5" Return
Spa Air line: 1.5" dedicated
Spa Drain: VGB Compliant
Fill Line: Manual valve, with deckjet (a nice touch, I thought -- allows easier vizualization of the filling so we don't forget)
Skimmers: 2, independently plumbed
Overflow drain: None

Misc
Umbrella Sleeves: 3
Bubblers: 2

Equipment:
Main Pump: Pentair 011056 IntelliFlo VSF 3HP
Pump #2: Pentair 011773 WhisperFlo 1.5HP 115/230 Single Speed Up Rated
Filter: Pentair 160332 CCP520 - 520 SQFT Cartridge Filter
Heater: Pentair 460736 Mastertemp 400K Heater
Blower: Jandy 1-470-01 Pro Series QT Blower, 1.5 HP, 120V
Cleaner: Polaris 280 Black Max w/Booster -- yes, I know this is old school technology. May get a robot in the future, but like the idea of hooking up a home-made pool fountain/cooler to the attachment here.
Control Box: Pentair 520545 Easytouch 8SC-IC40: Pool/Spa (includes SCG integration & IC40 cell, 2 actuators)
Remotes: Pentair 522104 ScreenLogic Interface (520500) & Wireless Connection Kit Bundle (521964)
Pool Lights: Savi SAVMIN100P (v3): Mini-Melody 100P Nicheless RGBW LED Underwater Pool Light x4
Spa Lights: Savi SAVMIN100P (v3): Mini-Melody 100P Nicheless RGBW LED Underwater Pool Light x1

Masonry:
Coping: Precast Concrete Coping
Raised Bond Beam: Spa Facing: Flagstone on outside perimeter, 92 sqft raised beam, faced with flagstone
Decking: 3/8" Rebar 12-16" OC, 4" crusehd base, Sundeck Classic (we're still debating decking options)
Grotto: 4 ft Jandy Sheer
Plaster: PebbleTec Pebble standard color

Phew!
Here are some pics:

Overview [drone pic, don't have drone anymore :( -- can anyone see me in this pic?]
topview.jpg

My visio Handiwork:
visio sketch.jpg

Render#1
pool render1.jpg

Render#2
pool render2.jpg

 

ctrav

Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Apr 23, 2017
2,400
Northlake TX
Well well well...nice write up and looks like an awesome pool for your environment.

Have you left room for an outdoor cooking setup? You mention SWG but it is not listed in the equipment? Not so sure about the SAVI mini lights as they don't seem to have the best reviews. Has your PB installed them before? Can PB provide references?

Your off to a great start...congrats!
 

AustinPool2018

Silver Supporter
Apr 22, 2018
30
Austin, TX
Well well well...nice write up and looks like an awesome pool for your environment.

Have you left room for an outdoor cooking setup? You mention SWG but it is not listed in the equipment? Not so sure about the SAVI mini lights as they don't seem to have the best reviews. Has your PB installed them before? Can PB provide references?

Your off to a great start...congrats!
Thanks! The salt cell is buried in the automation equipment: Pentair 520545 Easytouch 8SC-IC40: Pool/Spa (includes SCG integration & IC40 cell, 2 actuators)
My PB specifically recommended the SAVI mini lights -- my research on TFP shows that there were some issues with the earlier models cracking and leaking, but the newer models (v2 and v3) seem to work well. They supposedly work with the EasyTouch Automation as well from what the PB told me and what I've researched.

Regarding outdoor cooking space -- we're extending the existing outdoor living area, here is the rendering from the outdoor living company -- it's a bit crammed but we got everything in there we wanted (2x frig, egg, ice bin, grill) while still staying behind the building setback lines.
kitchen3.jpg
 

YippeeSkippy

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 17, 2012
10,601
Evans, Georgia
I'd lose that cleaner line and booster pump. You can put a handmade fountain on any return line (pressure side) the main pump feeds. Saves money, noise of a second pump and robots clean far, far better.

3.5' is *very* low. I'd go 4' for the shallowest depth.

Ask how much upcharge it would be for an IC 60 cell? It might be minimal and would surely allow you to run your SWG at low range and extend its lifespan. As well as assure yourself of *plenty* of FC.

Just my two cents!

Maddie :flower:
 

wilkj1

Gold Supporter
Bronze Supporter
Nov 27, 2017
122
okc/okla
Yup they gave you great advice................welcome to TFP you found the place to be you will love it here and your pool too ! Salt is the way to go love it , I love Austin have lots of family there looking forward to pics and progress too, Any concrete questions please ask i have been in the concrete business for ever and have a cousin that pours a million yards a year in austin. Good luck!
 

kimkats

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
39,910
Tallahassee, FL
OH yeah! This is going to be a good one!!!! Thanks for letting use come along for the fun!!!

Oh Maddie and Cliff have you covered with the advise so far!

Kim:kim:
 

AustinPool2018

Silver Supporter
Apr 22, 2018
30
Austin, TX
Spoke with PB today -- pulled out the pressure-side cleaner+booster from quote, and am pretty sure I can buy a robotic cleaner for not much more -- will call Marina tomorrow to get pricing. Wow, lots of robots out there to choose from :/
Also quoted and will be paying for the upgrade to IC60, and plan to sign the contract tomorrow.

Thanks for the input, wish me luck!
 

PoolguyinCT

In The Industry
Jul 21, 2014
3,084
Connecticut
Are you the white dot by the jungle gym?? Where is Waldo??

My suggestion is another slot in the kitchen for a second egg grill.. everybody needs 2 Kamados!!
 

AustinPool2018

Silver Supporter
Apr 22, 2018
30
Austin, TX
Are you the white dot by the jungle gym?? Where is Waldo??

My suggestion is another slot in the kitchen for a second egg grill.. everybody needs 2 Kamados!!
Yes, I'm the white dot! Thanks for playing, I didn't think anyone would notice :D

Hah, two eggs - the one I have is big enough!! (XL)
 

ctrav

Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Apr 23, 2017
2,400
Northlake TX
Extra electrical GFCI plugs will come in handy. I have them on my BBQ island and the perimeter of the pool as well. One of the absolute best things I did...