New Build in The Woodlands TX - Please Critique

pjt

Gold Supporter
Jan 7, 2012
140
The Woodlands, TX
We ran into several delays with permits and getting a variance. After that ordeal, we learned our property survey (which the PB based the plan on) was wrong. The pool was supposed to be complete around the 4th of July, but we haven't even broke ground yet. If we get an amended permit soon, we should be able to excavate on Wednesday. It's been frustrating to say the least.
 

HermanTX

Well-known member
May 20, 2020
253
Katy TX
Beautiful pool design and layout. Couple of points.
Why no main drain?
Will your water feature be serviced by its own pump? Assume you have intake along the walls of your pool for that?
Will you use an autofill for the pool? I need to add water every week in my pool during the summer.
Do you have an overflow drain? Heavy rains are not uncommon and I have had to run out in it to set pool to waste position.
Will you backwash (and drain) to your sewer drain or to the street? Seems each community has different requirements for this.
Definitely have an electrical outlet in close proximity for robot or other needs.
I did a remodel with Primera Stone pebble by Wet Edge Technologies. They have a couple of authorized installers in Houston area. We are very pleased with it as it was polished with a smooth finish.
Good Luck.
 

Sparks22

Well-known member
Apr 17, 2020
114
Austin, Texas
We ran into several delays with permits and getting a variance. After that ordeal, we learned our property survey (which the PB based the plan on) was wrong. The pool was supposed to be complete around the 4th of July, but we haven't even broke ground yet. If we get an amended permit soon, we should be able to excavate on Wednesday. It's been frustrating to say the least.
Sorry to hear that!

We are still waiting on an HOA approval to be able to get started. I definitely can appreciate your frustration with the bureaucracy!
 

Bvacchiano

Silver Supporter
Apr 6, 2018
264
Sugar Land, Texas
Have you spoken to others in the Woodlands/HOUSTON area about the heat pump for chilling water here? I spoke to a few before I bought my Glacier Chiller and they weren’t very happy with the HP. My buddy’s pool water is 96 deg today. He gets half sun. I’d be sure if your objective is too cool the water that this will do the job.
 

Dtkokay

Well-known member
Dec 31, 2019
270
Houston, Texas
I‘m in Houston and have a heat pump / chiller. The HP did fine for heating but it’s a pretty poor chiller, using a lot of electricity in the process. It works okay for my purposes because I’m only trying to drop the pool a few degrees to keep it at 90 or less in the afternoon. My pool gets full sun until 5 pm.

However, I’m going to consider a Glacier chiller next season, depending on how the HP does this summer. My new pool has only been running for a few months now.
 

pjt

Gold Supporter
Jan 7, 2012
140
The Woodlands, TX
Permits finally came in! Layout inspection should be done today.

Here are a couple "before" pictures of the back yard. With the delays getting the permit, I had time to sand and stain the fence. A lot of the grass died since the sprinklers have been cut and capped weeks ago.

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kimkats

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
45,863
Tallahassee, FL
Let the mud begin!! If they say they are done go out there with the plans and a tape measure. Is it long, wide, deep, etc enough? Add about 8" for the steel, shell, and plaster.
 

pjt

Gold Supporter
Jan 7, 2012
140
The Woodlands, TX
Let the mud begin!! If they say they are done go out there with the plans and a tape measure. Is it long, wide, deep, etc enough? Add about 8" for the steel, shell, and plaster.
Dimensions are good. They put the pavilion in the wrong spot though, and have to shift it about a foot away from the pine tree. They'll be coming to adjust the trenches and forms appropriately. Should have steel on Monday.