Update - Every Day I'm Waterin' near College Station, TX


May 4, 2020
Anderson, TX
After a year and a half of debating, planning, and spending money on other more critical projects, we're finally rolling on a new pool build. We talked to four builders from College Station to Houston and landed on one that we really like.

Freeform Gunite
89 LF
3'6"-6'0" with raised tanning ledge
20 LF raised wall (16" tall) with 5 scuppers
Removable table and 3 bar stools (suggested removable for ease of cleaning and flexibility of space)

Structural Steel - #3 grade 40 8" OC for exterior walls and floor and #3 8" OC for interior steps and benches.
12" thick bond beam and 9" thick floor and walls
Gunite to be a 7 sack mix with minimum strength of 3,000psi
Hydraulic cement around all penetrations and hydrostatic release valve
Lifetime warranty on repair of concrete pool structure covering defects, leaking, or cracks

Pentair 2.5 Whisperflow filter pump for 2 pool skimmers w/ 2" Sch 40 PVC piping, 5 returns in pool made with 1.5" Sch 40 piping (will ask for skimmers to be plumbed independently and will upgrade to a VS pump, per TPF advice)
Pentair 420/520 cartridge filter
Pentair 1.0 HP booster pump with designated cleaner in pool (have asked to swap with a Dolphin robot)
Pentair chlorine sanitization unit (I know, I know, but I'm not a fan of the feel of SWCG water)
2 Pentair color LED pool lights
Startup of pool with chemicals included

NPT Aqua Blue Mini Pebble Puerto Rico Blend
Flagstone or Travertine coping (TBD)
Waterline tile TBD - $10/sqft allowance - Waterline tile to cover raised wall face
Brushed concrete decking

The renderings are a little different than the final product - We opted to raise the wall to give us a little more height for visual effect. We may also remove the division between the bar stool area and the sun deck and just make it a smooth curve with a bench that ties into the second step. That's a TBD once we mark everything out. The pool decking will tie in to existing flatwork, which is why we're going with simple brushed concrete. The pool will be located just off of our covered patio. We have already removed the pear tree on the right side of the picture and the little flower pot island is gone, as well. I also have someone coming to haul off the mobile office trailer next weekend (it was here when we purchased the property). That area will be a future MIL quarters/pool/bar house, but it's not in the budget for this project. The pool will be situated so that the wall blocks the open barn stall in the background, with that curvature flowing between the two small oak trees. It'll be spaced off enough to not worry about future growth, but nestle in enough to naturally flow with the existing space.


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Jun 22, 2014
Texas, San Antonio/Marion, South-Central Area
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
CircuPool RJ-45 Plus
Looks like you've done some homework. I like that lifetime warranty thing on the concrete. Hopefully you never need to use it. As for the SWG, certainly your call. Which Pentair sanitation product are you looking at? A regular inline? Chlorination is the only thing that sticks-out on this list of items. Looks solid overall.


May 4, 2020
Anderson, TX
Soggy Dig Day is here! They started around 7:00am and had everything laid out by 8:00. We're dodging showers here and there, but nothing major is in the forecast. The builder brought a huge tarp just in case.

Before the muddy chaos.
First load removed, old pear tree stump is ready to come out.
Our yard slopes quite a bit - the pictures are deceiving. The top of the form board will be the finished deck height on the pool. We had to raise the level to keep it flush with existing flatwork.
Follow the tracks and notice that the stump is now "relocated." The T650 Bobcat made it look easy. If the rain will ever stop, I'll chop it up and throw it in the burn pile.
The deck will tie into existing flatwork (where I'm standing to take the picture, below) and will be flush with the front edge of the pool. We're doing minimal decking along the back edge and will have the dirt work slope away fairly abruptly to give a poor man's infinity edge feel. There will also be a 10' long, 16" high wall on the back edge kind of in front of where the trailer is sitting.
Dig5.jpg I had to head into work for a few hours, but my wife is at home. I'll post more pictures once the excavation is complete.


May 4, 2020
Anderson, TX
It looks like we survived a pretty good downpour Saturday night with no major damage. I see one small cave in below where the wall will be, but doesn't seem to be too bad. The forecast looks pretty good for the upcoming week. PB said that he's going to have steel done by mid week and plumbing roughed out late this week or early next week. I know he's juggling a lot because he's weeks behind due to all of the rain. Thankfully, he said he has no issue getting gunite, so as soon as the plumbing is roughed in, he's going to get us sprayed. Maybe then I can finally stop obsessing over the weather radar/forecast. :ROFLMAO:


May 4, 2020
Anderson, TX
Gunite day is here! They knocked out plumbing rough in and rebar yesterday. The gunite trucks are rolling today. One week from dig to spray. Our builder is getting it! Pics to follow shortly.


May 4, 2020
Anderson, TX
6am to 3pm. Done. This time last week, we were looking at a dirty hole.

I’m exhausted just from watching the guys work. There’s some cleanup to be done, but it can wait until the morning. It’s beer:30.E587C0CA-4F68-466D-98A0-87CD5213E1D8.jpeg5531C3E7-1CFF-48F1-B462-6B3E66DD86B3.jpegD200214F-EF4F-46E4-A53C-70B390C80420.jpegB0C48E3E-D51F-4281-92E4-F1B80086B8E8.jpeg053DA7D7-08D3-4A77-8E9B-59BD8A1CF5C9.jpeg
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