I was thinking about...if going 6 ft why not go 8’ since most aren’t standing in 6’ anyways. Plus if we have a decent size shallow end then should have plenty of room to hang out. I guess it depends on the size of the pool, 36’ should be long enough to have best of both?A large adult will bottom out doing a cannon ball in 6'. Deeper is always safer.
My wife’s brother just bought a house that had an existing pool and a fairly simple rock waterfall which she liked...more for just the relaxing sound that it brought to the while backyard...so we will see, really need to get a better idea of the water feature design and cost to see if is something we will add or not.My view is that water features are overrated. They raise pH, can get salt or calcium deposits/scaling, need to be blown out, are subject to mortar getting broken in the winter, are loud, need to be run regularly, cost more money, take up deck space, look unnatural, get outdated, don’t flow as expected, etc. Mind you, I don’t have one to get the benefits, but I hear about the above from folks. Just a few things to consider. All added features have “costs”. Ok, so I listed everything I could possibly think of, but a few of them may hit home with you. Some plusses are they can look cool if done right and can drown out noisy neighbors/spouses/kids.
For shallow end water depth...do you have a recommendation? Do people do 4’ water depth or is the wall height 4’ typically?As per the choice between a 2 hp or a VS....Get the VS!! Come 2021 that will be a federal law that all pool pumps over .7 hp *must* be VS. Don't fall for his push, you'll be glad to have the VS, and many power companies offer rebates on them.
He should credit you back for spa somewhat. Way more expensive to build a spa amd pipe it compared to adding length to a tanning ledge. If hes enlarging the pool amd staying even price wise then that's great