Two bids for new pool construction

CarolineOK

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Update... rebar done, plumbing happening today, don’t have a finished rebar pic but here’s one in the middle...
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And fun stuff! Picked out tile and stone today! Picture taken on sidewalk outside showroom to see them in natural light...
Wall - silver travertine 3x2 (in front of vertical tile)
Coping - haze travertine
Exterior raised spa - haze travertine 2x1 (begins vertical tile)

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Also pictured are the waterline tile and tile for steps and sun ledge. We aren’t going to tile the bench because it’s so long and not in an area where anyone should be jumping.

So pictured are also a couple plaster options. I’m in favor of the dark, husband likes the light. Builder originally pulled out Lagoon but it was even darker. Thoughts on the two brands of plaster and light vs dark?

It’s really coming together!
 

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Light plaster shows less mottling and color issues. Dark plaster often does not have one consistent color to it. Have the right expectations for the uniformity of the color.

You will find lots to read on how to get a quality plaster job and problems that can occur here...

 
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kimkats

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That is what I would pick out as well. I would pick the grout for the tile NOT the plaster color as the plaster color will be so different once water is in the pool. Where the tile and grout will "stand" alone as some of it is above the water.

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CarolineOK

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Does anyone have any feedback on our plaster choices? I keep going around in circles...
1. River Roc (a pebble finish) emerald black as is
2. River Roc emerald black a shade or two lighter to be more gray (would be custom)
3. Dove gray diamond Brite (quartz)

There’s no increase in cost to us so bang for the buck wise it would be nice to to the River Roc, especially since it seems to have a 10 yr warranty. It would be nice to do the slightly lighter customization but that makes me nervous as if we needed to match down the road it seems unlikely. I’m also not sure about a pebble finish, I’ve never swam in one so not sure if it would be too rough. Originally I wanted a darker plaster (like this one), but had two pool people (not TFPers) tell me that the dark shows salt deposits and can look murky.

The diamond Brite dove gray seems like a safe choice. I may always wonder if I would have liked the dark but can feel confident that I won’t hate or regret the gray vs the dark/pebble. But it’s a cheaper option when it doesn’t change our price and it doesn’t have the longer warranty.

Thanks for any additional advice! We’ve passed inspection and our pipes are pressurized waiting for shotcrete on Wednesday :)
 

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Make sure to reference post 82 above from Allen. The links he shared will help you have the best plaster outcome. The plaster looks will come down to the skill of the people touching it but you can help make it the best possible by letting them know you know what is what.........."We better do a good job as they know what they are talking about and are watching us". Some yummy food and drinks go a long way in good will as well!

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CarolineOK

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Shotcrete happened today! Those guys are artists, really amazing. Tile next week and deck after that. Really, really, really ready for the patio because my yard looks like WWI with all the trenches...
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The finger ledge goes all the way along the wall even behind the bench which is going to be a convenient drink ledge too :). We’re trying to think of options for the top of the ledge. The PB and I both think ideally it would be bullnose travertine like the coping, but my PB has expressed concern for the cost of that so we’ll see.

We also decided to do the diamond Brite Dove Gray (which is the same as French Gray). I misunderstood our PB, he can do a few shades darker on the quartz to be in between the two but not lighter on the pebble. Possibly he was using the pebble as a color swatch rather than a different finish, the River Roc was listed in the store’s catalog as special order and I know our contract says quartz. Ultimately we felt that was the safest option and least likely to frustrate us later as well as not something we wanted to fight with PB or pay more for.

So far we’re really really happy with how everything is going :)
 

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