Swimming Pool Decisions

packerfan2008May 2, 2008

Hi - I know that there are many people out there looking for advice, pictures and basic info on building an inground pool and spa. My wife and I used the internet to do most of our research and we found the task to be quite daunting. We needed a designer, contractor and landscaper. We also needed to find info on city permits, laws and HOA guidlines. We also needed to pick out materials, equipment, etc. I am basically posting this to help anyone out there looking for a similar look to what we went with. Oh - I forgot to mention that we live in Southern California.

Our pool is a free form design. All the decking and coping was done using tumbled ashlers - square's and rec's (Color: Cheyenne). The bond beam (Back wall of the pool) was done using ledge stone from Cougar (Color: Dakota & Dakota Wild Horse Blend). We decided on Pebble Sheen as our plaster. We wanted a lagoon look to the water so we went with Black Onyx on the color. We decided on a iridescent glass tile mosaic for the waterline - I think this upgrade really makes the entire look of the pool. We really love the way it turned out. We also decided on a Salt Water pool -It's the only way to go. Our pool equipment is all Jandy.

Our water features are almost complete (Still looking for overflow pots that work). The BBQ island, patio cover, landscaping and basically the entire project was all very well handled by one contractor. We came in on time but unfortunately, a little over budget.

I hope these pictures help in someones decision making. I hunted high and low for pictures online was not very lucky.

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Please let me know if you would like to see more pictures - I would be happy to send them over. Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 8:16PM
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Packerfan, I'd love to see your pool decisions, I'm in that process right now, what equipment did you go with? We're building a 20x40 and trying to contract it ourselves...thanks!!
Your pool looks sooooo relaxing! Hoping you're enjoying it!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2008 at 2:30PM
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Updating an old pool....do you have to do waterline tile or can you just have Pebble Tec up to the edge under the cool deck?

Extremely hard water and high femperatures leave alot of mineral deposits on waterline tile.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 7:27PM
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Hi Packerfan,
We are new to this, also in So Cal, and just posted our new pool build stats with some questions today; (North County San Diego pool + putting green). I'd love to see more pictures and any helpful websites you found in the process of building your beautiful pool!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 4:51PM
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hi packerfan2008, would love to see more pics. your pool is beautiful - love the pebbletec color.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2009 at 11:56AM
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