New Fiberglass Build SW Chicago

gingrbredman

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Jun 10, 2020
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Chicagoland
I have been lurking in the shadows for some time, doing a lot of research on pools. Finally decided to take the plunge (pun intended) and now wait patiently before our turn in what seems to be a very long line of others like me who decided this year was the year.

We are in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. First, we looked at above ground pools, then went and talked to a few pool builders about inground liner pools. Our yard is, not so straight, and not so wide for a big pool, so the inground vinyl would allow us for some creativity to fit the pool within the local restrictions of our space (10’ away from foundations, no patio extended 10’ from property line on back, 10’ away from utilities, etc.).

I really wanted a rectangle pool with an auto cover, the wife set on some kind of freeform, or L, or lazy L. But in the suburbs of Chicago, and a family who I know will love a heated pool in the early and late seasons, I wanted the auto cover for a lot of reasons.

After talking with one PB in particular, he measured out the space and talked about all the options we had. Luckily, he was on my side (haha!) and marked out the different places the pool could go, and the pluses and minuses of each one. In the end, it seemed a rectangle pool with the auto cover, in fiberglass was the best for our space. No debating with the wife which was a plus, and the price all in seemed to be right in our budget.

So, here is what we settled on, with September 1 as our tentative start date.

14x30 Majesty by Latham

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Ocean Blue “G3” color (upgrade over G2)
Pentair Intelliflo VSF Pump
Pentair Cartridge Filter
Pentair Mastertemp 200K BTU Gas Heater
3 LED lights
Coverstar Auto Cover with WiFi keypad in charcoal
Pentair SWCG (PB likes to install “Frog Mineral” systems, his tried and true success as he says, but we wanted salt and there was little debate over this)
Rough in for slide (Not sure yet if $4k is worth it for a slide, but roughing in will give me flexibility down the road.

Here is the “rough” drawing of the space. No fancy rendering here, but for us, what we needed to get moving.
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For automation, this PB likes to install the Easy Touch with Screen Logic. I know the IntelliCenter is the latest for automation, and I’m a big tech guy and would love it, but for this I’m really not sure I am that convinced to change it up. This PB puts in the easy touch all the time with screen logic, understands the systems well, will set everything up, and seems they are just not that up to date on the IntelliCenter. I have read a lot that the Easy Touch is “fine” but if installing a pool today, IntelliCenter would be the way to go. This is really the only place we are going back and forth with in our heads. The price would be the same, and I lean towards just letting them install the system they know and love, and it is a simple pool setup, why change it now?

We talked about waterfalls, but in the end, just don’t want to take away from deck space, or battle any PH issues down the road. Maybe a few “water jets” that shoot across the pool (think they are called “Laminar”, or maybe a bubbler for the entry deck, but can decide on these things as we get closer, and if the budget doesn’t bust.
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So I posted this in “under construction”, hopefully we will be soon! I'll be posting updates, I like pictures, and am sure will be asking a lot of questions along the way.
 

gingrbredman

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Jun 10, 2020
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Chicagoland
Looks to be a nice project. Kudos for sticking to your guns and dumping the Frog. :goodjob:
Thanks! A few things for sure I've learned while lurking around. TP test kits, ABCs of water chemistry, and no mineral systems! I guess I understand why PBs like them and are part of their standard practices, and know a lot of new pool owners get them because they are not educated about the different systems, but nope, not for my family.
 

YippeeSkippy

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My only suggestion is to go for keyed autocover access. Wifi seems a bit overkill to me? And one more thing to break down or have glitches. The keypad ones (numbers like a push button phone) have had problems but never once heard of a problem with the keyed ones.

I'm a Luddite that way.

Maddie :flower:
 
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gingrbredman

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Jun 10, 2020
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Chicagoland
My only suggestion is to go for keyed autocover access. Wifi seems a bit overkill to me? And one more thing to break down or have glitches. The keypad ones (numbers like a push button phone) have had problems but never once heard of a problem with the keyed ones.
I appreciate the tip, and agree the WiFi keypad may be overkill, but do like the idea of having alerts when the cover is opened, closed, or left open for a certain amount of time. We have so many interconnected systems at the house right now, push alerts, and automation are part of the daily routine.

The nice thing about the WiFi keypad is the cover will not open or close through an app or over wifi, you still need to enter a physical code on the pad, and hold the open or close button , the Wifi module only sends a push notification when an action occurs. So maybe no more issues to happen than a standard keypad station, at least that is what we are hoping for.
 
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gingrbredman

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Jun 10, 2020
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Chicagoland
Figured I'd keep this updated with anything that goes on, and try as best as I can, because one day I'll look back at this and probably be amazed at all that went into this.

Our PB first put together a plan where the best place the pool was going to go, and with some discussion, we liked it a little closer to our existing patio. We couldn't put it right off the patio, or on the other side because of easements, so this is where it was going to go.

Apparently, this would put the walkway on the opposite side of the house, 1.5 feet over the back 10' easement line. My property mind, you, and no utilities of any kind back there, and the pool itself wont be over the line. The city said, "that wont be a problem, but we need you to submit a grading/drainage survey to make sure everything is still ok". Fine, we did this, and then heard back today, nope, you cant go into that easement at all. No grading change of any kind, no drainage issues, nothing except one point five feet over an imaginary line!

If we left the pool in the first spot, we would be tight, but nothing over the easements. If the city would have just told us no in the beginning, we wouldn't have had to pay for the new survey. They really asked us to get a survey done to tell us no! Anyone else who would make you pay money for something worthless would be out of business.

OK, rant over, all is well. Our PB really knows how to work within the cards he's (we are) dealt, and all will be fine. Permit will be approved this week, and the waiting continues.
 

avenger_chicago

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Jun 22, 2019
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It took us nine months, hiring an expediter, and multiple meetings with the city of Chicago to get our permit approved. I understand your frustration. Glad to hear you’re going to be able to move forward!
 
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