New Build - Lafayette, LA

blb0663

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Jun 4, 2019
14
Lafayette, LA
Hi!

The time has come to build a pool! And I am completely overwhelmed with the possibilities. This thread will be used to document our process from design to build to enjoying! This first post will be mainly background info and overall ideas. It will probably be TMI, but I prefer to provide as much info as possible. I look forward to getting to know everyone and can't wait to get started.

About Us
We are a family of 4 born & raised in South Louisiana. Our two kids are 6 & 7. Our family is on the shorter side. I am 5 feet tall on a good day and my husband is 5'7". We were told two Chihuahuas don't make a German Shepard. So, we don't think our kids will be very tall either. We are not avid swimmers and are planning on using the pool for entertaining only.

The Property
Our house is next to a large pond and our north facing back property line is a bulkhead (20ft setback required). There is a 3 foot drop that begins 15ft from the bulkhead and the rest of property is level. We already have an outdoor kitchen and patio with a fireplace. We previously extended our patio with flagstone decking and there are two 10 year old River Birch Trees on either side. We will be removing the flagstone and most likely the trees. Any opinions on the trees? They will only be 7 or 8 ft away from the pool. We think the roots & leaves dropping will cause issues. We will eventually put a deck near the pond, but that will be done later with pavers.

The Pool
We are looking for a rectangle/geometric pool that will not block any view of the water. We are leaning towards gunite, but haven't ruled out fiberglass. Aesthetics is a priority. Our back yard is visible to the public from across the pond. After reading the forums, it will definitely have a large SWG, a variable speed pump, a robot, etc...

The Features
This is where I am looking for opinions! In order to get an apples to apples bid, I want to have a good idea of the design & features before getting started.

An attached spa is a must! Before it is asked, yes, I have been in a gunite spa. I know it isn't the most comfortable, but it will be used to sit and drink and get away from kids in the pool (An adult kiddie pool). I like the aesthetics of the sunken spas, but not quite sure how they work and would have to add a different water feature for sound. I like the sound and ease of entry of a raised spa, but don't want it to block the view. This is also a reason why we are leaning towards gunite instead of fiberglass. I haven't seen a fiberglass spa that I like.

We are debating an infinity edge, but leaning against it. Our property is perfect for one; it would be aesthetically beautiful. Majority of neighbors on the pond have one. However, they all seem to be a pain in the butt. It seems expensive, troublesome, and would take up a lot of space.

Instead of a tanning deck, we would like a long bench. No blubbers or walls. Maybe deck jets. Probably a cooler. Definitely fun lights. Definitely automation. Dark finish to match pond. Debating travertine vs. sundeck/cooldeck.

I've attached pictures of the property and a few designs I've been playing with. Here is an album with a bunch of ideas: Pool Designs
 

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blb0663

Bronze Supporter
Jun 4, 2019
14
Lafayette, LA
I've been looking at fiberglass options. We have local dealers for Leisure Pools & Imagine Pools. I've read a few threads about Leisure Pools, but haven't seen anything about Imagine Pools.

Specifically, I'm looking at Leisure Pools' The Reflection w/ The Sorrento Spa - Square and Imagine Pools' The Marvelous w/ The Dream Spa - Square.

I really like the idea of the contoured spa with the look of an in ground spa.

Anyone with experience with these spas?
 

blb0663

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Jun 4, 2019
14
Lafayette, LA
We bit the bullet a put a deposit down for builder and are close to finalizing the plans. I would love some critiques on the design and possible material choices. Our current thoughts are eased pre-cast DFW concrete coping in gray, Diamond Brite French Gray plaster, NPT tile Waterfall in Victoria for waterline, Lumberock decking in Harbor Wood. Firepit & exterior of spa would be painted brick to match our house. Kooldeck for rest of decking.

My concerns are 1) plaster isn't dark enough 2) too monochromatic and 3) not sold on the painted brick.


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bamaeagle

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Jun 15, 2018
6
Birmingham, AL
We bit the bullet a put a deposit down for builder and are close to finalizing the plans. I would love some critiques on the design and possible material choices. Our current thoughts are eased pre-cast DFW concrete coping in gray, Diamond Brite French Gray plaster, NPT tile Waterfall in Victoria for waterline, Lumberock decking in Harbor Wood. Firepit & exterior of spa would be painted brick to match our house. Kooldeck for rest of decking.

My concerns are 1) plaster isn't dark enough 2) too monochromatic and 3) not sold on the painted brick.


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Are you adding the bathroom on the side? Will it be open air?
 

bamaeagle

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Jun 15, 2018
6
Birmingham, AL
Yes. Open air. Something like this:
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That looks great! We are considering a pool and adding a restroom is none negotiable for me because there are no restrooms in the rear of our home and would require guest to pass through our main living areas to get to one. Unfortunately, due to the elevation of the back of our home, we will have to build a freestanding restroom, which comes with plumbing issues.
 

blb0663

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Jun 4, 2019
14
Lafayette, LA
That looks great! We are considering a pool and adding a restroom is none negotiable for me because there are no restrooms in the rear of our home and would require guest to pass through our main living areas to get to one. Unfortunately, due to the elevation of the back of our home, we will have to build a freestanding restroom, which comes with plumbing issues.
That is our exact reason for the addition. I don't want wet kids running on our wood floors. We lucked out with having a space. It is also the same wall as our master bath and should make plumbing fairly easy.
 

blb0663

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Jun 4, 2019
14
Lafayette, LA
We've made a lot of progress!!
9/24 was dig day!
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Completed framing, plumbing and electrical by 9/26. Inspections passed 9/27. Long plumbing completed 9/28.
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And today was concrete!
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Drone shots...
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The PB definitely took advantage of the great weather and is ahead of schedule.

Hopefully watering the pool will keep me occupied while I impatiently wait for the next steps.
 

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blb0663

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Jun 4, 2019
14
Lafayette, LA
We did make a few changes to the materials. Tile is going to be NPT Lightwaves Blue 1" x 2". This will cover waterline, spa arm rest, and warning tile. Plaster will be a mix of French Grey and Onyx. Spa spillovers will be stainless steel.
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blb0663

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Jun 4, 2019
14
Lafayette, LA
They started coping today.IMG_20191106_175839_01.jpg
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We had some adjustments on the layout of the coping. There was a two inch gap and we had to make a decision on how to make it work. Top is before and bottom is what we decided.
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Here is a pic of the tile adjustments that they made. Not perfect, but a lot better!
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RoyR

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Jul 31, 2018
247
Escondido/CA
Lot of changes from the original drawings - too bad, that infinity edge would have been awesome! Like the sloped SPA sides, and the arm rests....I see no waterproofing of the POS / NEG walls on that SPA?
 

blb0663

Bronze Supporter
Jun 4, 2019
14
Lafayette, LA
Lot of changes from the original drawings - too bad, that infinity edge would have been awesome! Like the sloped SPA sides, and the arm rests....I see no waterproofing of the POS / NEG walls on that SPA?
Too broke for the infinity edge! They waterproofed behind all of the tile.