Newbie building in ground pool needs help

Apr 18, 2019
We are building a 45' x 20' rectangular pool plus a sundeck that is about 12' × 4' (total guestimate on sundeck). Depths will graduate to 7' deep. Water features include bubblers in sundeck and ledge type hot tub or spa. We are in excavation stage now. Would appreciate greatly any advice!!! We live in South Texas & have extremely hard water. Any suggestions on pool equipment, safety devices, convenience must haves, you name it I need advice 😛. Thanks!!!


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TFP Guide
Jun 7, 2017
Damascus, MD
If it isn't too late to go deeper, 7 1/2' is considered minimum diving depth for safety reasons.

Put in a railing. These are removable when done with a deck sleeve and will cost a lot more if done later.
Automation is always nice!
Saltwater pool is a must
Variable speed pump

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Jul 10, 2012
Tallahassee, FL
Share your design plans and any equipment WITH the model numbers included so we can look those over as well.

Share a pic of what has happened so far so we can see what you are working with.

Apr 18, 2019
This is a DYI project and we have no plans. My husband builds homes professionally and has built a couple of pools and knows lots of contractors. Almost 100% of the homes he builds have pools so I have no doubt he knows the process. I however know nothing and am a bit worried.