Pool Renovation (with Spa Addition)

TheJoshHarding

New member
Jan 19, 2019
3
Columbia, SC
Hi everyone! I’m finally taking the leap on a pool renovation after my plaster is officially worn out. We’ve decide to add a spill-over during the renovation and I wanted to document and discuss the process going forward in case my experience helps others. We have an adjacent garage and outdoor kitchen, so I ran the gas line previously that will serve the heater. After discussing the project with the builder, we think the best idea is to get one more season out of it and begin in August to have the project complete and the hot tub up and running for Fall/Winter use.

A lot of our house is grey painted brick, with black accents, so we’ve settle on a smooth pebble finish with black tile. Right now my heart is set on the NPT Mavericks mosaic for its black appearance, but I know this is going to be a high dollar tile. (NPT Mavericks Mosaic)

A couple questions the community:

1.) I currently have an LED bulb in a standard housing. It has served us well, though cycling through colors by turning on/off is a pain. What is the general consensus out there for lighting right now? We’re going to automate as much as possible, and I would like to have the full range of colors within both the pool and hot tub (I love my Philips Hue lighting elsewhere outside).

2.) We would like to do a brick exterior on the spa to coordinate with the rest of our house, but I’m having a tough time in my head thinking about the transition from exterior wall to sheer wall on the spill over. Has anyone done or seen something like this in the wild? I dont want to wrap the outside in tile, or introduce a new element like stone.

3.) Are there any other new and innovative features you’ve seen included in renovations? We’re going to have to do a fair amount of pool deck cutting and replacing for new plumbing/spa, etc. Existing concrete is very fatigued, so our plan right now is to texture coat and paint Instead of going with an entirely new deck. I’m probably going to replace the skimmer box as its pretty worn out. Are auto-fills worth it? I don’t refill my pool a ton, but I’m thinking with the spill over aspect of the spa its probably more susceptible to evaporation and water loss.

Here is an overhead drone shot of our yard, as well as my primitive sketch showing spa location. Our pool equipment is housed in the middle section of that building at the top of the screen. Plans are to screen the heater with some landscape plantings or creeper type vines.
 

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TheRaven

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Jul 3, 2018
54
Fleetwood, PA
1.) I currently have an LED bulb in a standard housing. It has served us well, though cycling through colors by turning on/off is a pain. What is the general consensus out there for lighting right now? We’re going to automate as much as possible, and I would like to have the full range of colors within both the pool and hot tub (I love my Philips Hue lighting elsewhere outside).

Really the only one I am qualified to comment on - stick with the LED retro in a standard housing. I did extensive research on lighting last year for my renovation because my pool previously did not have lighting at all. What I found is this - no matter what you buy, you are going to be replacing it after roughly two seasons (maybe less than that if you use your pool year round). Given that the nicheless LED options are $2k-ish per fixture, and many require you to drain the pool to replace them, it seems insane to subject yourself to that cost and aggravation for a feature you're really only going to use a couple times a year at parties to impress your friends. The rest of the time you'll pick a color and stay there. If you really want crazy lighting, put in two or three of the standard fixtures with retrofits on the same circuit so they run synchronized. Like I said you'll be replacing them every two seasons so this means you replace two or three $100 bulbs in an afternoon instead of calling your pool builder to schedule an $8000 job in six weeks.
 
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