New pool build in GA

Jun 19, 2012
So after several years of stalling, my wife finally convinced me to get a pool for the family.
We brought in several builders to get estimates and try to learn as much as possible.
We decided to go with a vinyl pool even though we both grew up in gunite pools in California.
We poured a 1000 sqft cement patio of the back of the house last year so there was lots of debate on how to tie in the pool to the patio without causing drainage issues.

Here is how the back yard looked off the deck just 2 months ago.

We decided on a standard grecian style for simplicity but put the stairs on the long side instead of on the end for better flow from the patio.

Then after getting the permits pulled from county, this guy showed up.

see next post.
Jun 19, 2012
It took a lot of debate and talking to other people to decide on the depth of our pool.
We knew we didn't want a diving board because that restricted us to specific depths and such per code.
We finally decided on a sports bottom pool.
Both ends are 3.5' with a 6.5' depth in the middle of the pool.

After the hole was finished, they came back in installed the plumbing, steel walls and steps then anchored everything with concrete.

The pool was then backfilled and just sat for 2 weeks. (the longest 2 weeks of my life)
Jun 19, 2012
After the 2 week wait, it was time to lay out the decking and the tie in to the existing patio.

We ended up needing about 800 sqft of concrete for our design.
We wanted as much concrete around the pool as possible while keeping the drainage correct and not having to build a retaining wall off the back of the pool where the yard fell away down the hill.
Jun 19, 2012
The next morning at 7:00am, this guy showed up in my back yard.

We knew from the beginning we wanted a concrete canitlever edge so they also used styofoam forms on the inside edge to create the look we wanted.

3 guys got all the concrete poured and started working it out.

This was after they were just about done.
Jun 19, 2012
The next day my youngest was so excited about the decking, she asked if she could go lay by the pool and read for a while. :-D

A few days later, the liner guys came and installed the liner while I was at work.

When I got home, I found this guy with a firehose.

Jun 19, 2012
We are very happy with the results of our design.

Here is my daughter getting in for the first time.

Next up is lots of landscaping and the design and build of an outdoor grill area between the patio and the pool.


LifeTime Supporter
May 22, 2007
Toms River, NJ
Great pictures and pool. Have you gotten a good test kit yet. Read "Pool School" great info. My preference is to balance the water and use bleach until every thing is set, then fire off the SWCG.


Well-known member
May 17, 2012
Central Georgia
Very nice pool. What are the dimensions? BTW, you may be a newbie, but I learned something from you. I did not know that my pool shape was a Grecian. It's like yours but the angles are smaller.

Also, where in this beautiful state are you located? :wave: