Design Ideas

lluisitu

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Aug 9, 2020
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Austin
Hi everyone,

We are getting our future home plans ready and we are getting to the pool design phase.
We have quite a few site restrictions and must-have's that are making the design challenging and would like to get more ideas or maybe call-outs on things we may be doing completely wrong before we finalize them.

The pool will be above-ground for access from the second floor of the home, so all the south/bottom wall will be 12ft above ground.
Based on this we tried to put all the low deep features as close to the house as possible.

  • Pool will be around 30-35ft long and 12ft wide (incl. 1ft coping is the widest we can go) and the rectangular shape on the right follows a property line setback.
  • Spa 4ft x 8ft approx
  • Lounge area 12ft long x 5 ft wide (to allow minimum space for a swim lane)
We will probably manage our build so so far only have basic sketch.

Any new ideas or issues you may see from this basic design?

Thanks in advance.
 

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HermanTX

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May 20, 2020
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Katy TX
Hi fellow Texan and welcome to the forum. We visit family in Austin on a regular basis. You have a very interesting design challenge for the Austin hill country. There are lots of people on the forum who like to see new pools so I am sure you will get a lot of feedback.
Will you have a barrier that no one can exit on the sides where there is a 12ft drop?
Once you get your equipment list or think what you may want to have, post it so others can give you advice on their views of it. Things like types of pumps, filters, use of automation, pool cleaners, types of plaster, are all common discussion points.
If you get any bids from a pool builder (PB) then you can post that as well (you can blank out prices or name of PB).
Look forward to hearing more about your venture. Please read the following links and be sure to buy a good test kit:
ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry
Test Kits Compared
Recommended Levels

Also, if you search in the forum you will find a link to Construction Tips and Contractor Selection Ideas. I don't have those links handy.
 

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lluisitu

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Aug 9, 2020
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Austin
As I read more I keep iterating my costs and equipment list, but here is what I had planned for now.
Any feedback on equipment would be great.
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HermanTX

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The use of Pentair is great - it all should work seamlessly together with the SWG. I have the Pentair 60sq DE filter and the 400BTU heater. Both are good products. I do not have a chiller. You do not show any automation such as Pentair IntelliCenter. Do you plan to have any?
I note you have a booster pump - is this for the swim jets? As you show there is a Prowler 920 robot cleaner so that does not need a booster pump. You need to have a GFCI socket nearby to plug in the cleaner.
I see you have 4 skimmers which is great - suggest you have each independently plumbed back to the equipment pad for individual control.
That's all I see in my quick review. I am sure others will comment.
 

lluisitu

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Aug 9, 2020
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Austin
I just added the IntelliCenter, was missing it.
I think the swim jets come with their own, need to look more in detail.
I wanted to put some elevated waterfall on the left side of the pool to block access to people and thought I may need it for that. I'm still trying to find some waterfall feature that I like that is not built in stone but more stand-alone and 2ft tall at least.

Since the pool will be so close to the house deck, I should have GFCi easily available.
Noted for skimmers, just need to find the plumber now, is proving more difficult to find it avoiding the PB route.

Thanks!
 

JJ_Tex

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Jul 17, 2019
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I cant help you, but have you checked out @DB-Cooper 's build thread? He may have some good ideas for you:

 

DB-Cooper

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Jun 18, 2019
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I cant help you, but have you checked out @DB-Cooper 's build thread? He may have some good ideas for you:

We've been exchanging some DMs, I can't wait to see how this one goes!
 
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