Robot is on the list, so going with a Polaris 9450. Was only $450 bucks extra.Please do yourself a favor and get the SWG. It is worth it on convenience alone. I had a few PB’s tell me variable speed pumps aren’t worth it. I can tell you that they very much are worth it. Do some research on here. Running them at lower speeds for a longer period is what you will need to do and they’ll use very little electricity. It was less than $20 month to my bill. Robots do a much better job of cleaning your pool than anything else and are very energy efficient as well. As far as automation goes, make sure you get automatic valves that will switch your pool to spa mode. Also, some automation devices only come with a local remote control. Be sure you can control it with your phone if you want to be able to control it when your not home. Good luck with your build!
I'm iffy on the VS Pump. Have been doing research and there's a lot of back and forth. Higher up front cost, if it breaks it is expensive to replace. Then the tricky part about having enough pressure so that the other pool components filter well. It is an $800 upgrade to go VS. I feel like I can probably source one later for the same price and just replace it. I think they are doing Jandy Pro Series PlusHP at 2.0HP for the pool and water feature. Then another pump for the deck jets, bubblers, and spa. Something like that, and a blower.