New Build - Houston, TX (Heights) - Materials Selected! Dig to start End of Jan.'ish

Herkimer

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Jul 26, 2020
6
Houston, TX
Starting new build soon (permit applied for on Dec. 10, start in late Jan/early Feb), would like feedback on where to add a bench on benches in the pool, any ideas on location would be appreciated.
My original thought is to have a bench going along the west side (furthest from the house) and a bench in the corner area opposite the spa (near the house). The pool is just for my wife and I to relax, not to concerned about swimming laps or sports. The depth goes from 4' - 6', overall length is approx. 23' the width in the pool area is 11'.


Some specs:
All Pentair
+/- 11,000 gals
2 VS pumps (one for water features)
led for the lights, bubblers and sheer decents
pool automation - IntelliCenter
SWCG
 

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kimkats

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Hi and welcome to TFP! What a lovely design they did. As for benches I would not add any. Your shelf and steps are right were they need to be for sitting and relaxing to watch TV and chat with others. No real need for a bench. I don't see a need for a bench in the pool. Now if you want to put a sitting spot under one of the water falls that might be neat as some people like the water to fall onto their shoulders. I would not do it as it will eat up a bit of you pool.

What are the dimensions of the pool?

I would LOVE to see a pic of where this pool is going!

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HermanTX

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May 20, 2020
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Katy TX
Pool Size
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Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
Hi fellow Houstonian,
I like your pool design with the outdoor kitchen as well.
I have a waterfall and have a seat under it - it is great. So if I were to put a seat anywhere in your design would be under the water feature.
Great that you are running dual circulation systems - 1 for pool and 1 for water feature. I have similar and really pleased I have that.
I think your depths are perfect for this size pool and you have picked all the right stuff - IntelliCenter, SWCG, etc. Even though you have 11,000 gals, go with the biggest cartridge filter you can fit in your budget as that will help in long term maintenance.
Keep us posted.
Create Your Signature to help us understand your proposed set up, that way it is always available when you ask questions.
 
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Herkimer

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Jul 26, 2020
6
Houston, TX
Starting new build soon (permit applied for on Dec. 10, start in late Jan/early Feb), would like feedback on where to add a bench on benches in the pool, any ideas on location would be appreciated.
My original thought is to have a bench going along the west side (furthest from the house) and a bench in the corner area opposite the spa (near the house). The pool is just for my wife and I to relax, not to concerned about swimming laps or sports. The depth goes from 4' - 6', overall length is approx. 23' the width in the pool area is 11'.


Some specs:
All Pentair
+/- 11,000 gals
2 VS pumps (one for water features)
led for the lights, bubblers and sheer decents
pool automation - IntelliCenter
SWCG
Hi, thanks for the input, the main part of the pool is approx. 11' x 23'.
 

PoolGate

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Jun 7, 2017
5,204
Damascus, MD
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Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Jandy Aquapure 1400
Another vote for under the waterfall it's the most popular seat in our pool. Only thing i wish we did was extend the seat from the waterfall around to the sun shelf.
 
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BowserB

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Jul 29, 2018
386
Katy, Texas
IF IT WERE MINE...I would lose the sun shelf and run the steps all the way across, so they double as steps and seating of various heights for people of various heights. That said, I don't know directions for the pool. If you keep the steps and sun shelf and still want a bench, then whichever is the west side would be my preference. East puts the afternoon sun in your face. Same for north most of the year.
 

Herkimer

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Jul 26, 2020
6
Houston, TX
Selected our water line and spa overflow tile (blue horizontal tile), feature wall near the shear decents (quartz split face), decking (grey porcelain tile 12x36), coping (marble looking travertine) and blue slate pebble sheen.

Coping-tile-decking-feature selections.jpg
 
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kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL
PRETTY!!!! LOVE the picks!

Now think about grout color. White will make each tile pop out where a medium gray will help them blend in together. BOTH are very pretty ways to do it. They should have grout sticks you can use to see how each color looks.

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Nikilyn

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Sep 3, 2018
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Gilbert, AZ
Lunada Bay tile is gorgeous! Here's an idea to try for the grout. I took pieces of paper and folded them and stuck between the tiles to mimic white grout. It completely changed the look of the tile.
 
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Herkimer

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Jul 26, 2020
6
Houston, TX
Thanks, for the decking I was thinking to have a grout very similar to the grey tile to blend the tiles all together for the decking. for the water line tile...I think a grey would or something not white would be best (I am afraid I will never keep the white grout clean!). New pool....so many choices!! Thanks for all the input!
 

Herkimer

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Jul 26, 2020
6
Houston, TX
For the gray look you can get some paint cards and do the same thing as @Nikilyn did with the white paper.
Thanks for the tips...now the debate...for the raise water wall with the sheer decents we are doing the quartz, for the raised spa, our architect is recommending to wrap the outside in the blue tile (so spill over and raised wall on the outside of the spa, then capped with the travertine), however I think it might be to much with the tile and am considering the quartz. Thoughts? I did ask for some renderings to help us decide, but they are convinced the blue tile would like good.
 

TexasRain

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May 19, 2020
304
San Antonio, TX
Pool Size
13868
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Would love to see designs with both options! I would probably go for the quartz... I think it would look more modern!
 

Nikilyn

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Sep 3, 2018
692
Gilbert, AZ
My order would be 1, 2, 3. I like the contrast between the spa and wall. I'm also a fan of color. My sister would definitely pick 3 because her favorite come is white 😂. But I don't think you can go wrong with any of them because they are all beautiful.
 
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