New Pool Build Voorhees NJ
Started the dig last week. Very excited, but still am uncertain about several details... coping, tile, finish, decking, equipment all still need to be confirmed. I'm hoping for suggestions on all.
Here's what I'm thinking, but could use some help. Trying to go for the most natural look possible to match the landscape...
Coping - I didn't like any of the PB options, but found this 6x12 Travertine at Home Depot for $1.99 per piece. I originally was thinking Pennsylvania Bluestone, but this became the easiest & cheapest option. Pic Below.
Decking - Originally I was going to do Aggregate concrete, because it was the least expensive, natural looking option. But, I'm leaning away from it now due to the abrasiveness on bare feet. Now I'm leaning towards the same travertine that I'm using for the coping in a herringbone pattern. I'm pretty handy, so I'm thinking of laying it all myself. I figured about $5 per foot for materials if I go with the HD travertine + stone and sand. Question though... how much should I expect to spend per foot if I had somebody cut and lay the pavers for me?
Tile - Again, I didn't like any of the PB options. And after much looking have settled on Granite tile - a blue/brown color that I can get for a few bucks per foot. Question here - If I buy this in 12x12, should I have the PB cut it to 6x6, or just stick with 12x12 all around? Wasn't sure how this would look. Has anybody done this?
Finish - I bought the quartz finish for the pool, and was planning to do a dark color. But, I've seen a couple applications that look splotchy, and I'm a bit nervous about it. Lately I've been thinking maybe I should go PebbleTec and forgo the tile all together. Question - Can this be done with PebbleTec? I mean, can you forgo the tile and run the PebbleTec all the way to the coping? Any recommendations here? Comments on quartz application?
Equipment - I know the PB will put in whatever they have gotten a deal on, unless I specify exactly the equipment I want. I've heard good things about the Pentair Variable speed pumps. Any recommendations on other energy efficient heaters, pumps, purification, etc? We're not planning any water features other than the spa overflow to the pool. The spa will be about 18" above the pool height.
Automation - I didn't buy any automation, figured we could add that later. Is this a fair assumption? Anything we should keep in mind here?
Thanks all for your help. I'll keep sending pictures as the pool progresses. A few pictures below... The HD travertine, my software rendering of what I originally wanted, the pre-dig and the dig.