Started New Pool - North of Houston

travis_turnerJune 3, 2009

Starting new pool today. The guys came to the house and drew it out. All is good. At some point when I'm not so exhausted, I will post some specs. But, in general:

32x18

3'5' to 6'

Jandy Equipment

Weeping Wall

10'x7' spa w/ 8 jets

Pebble Tec (deciding on color this weekend)

I'll post some pics if someone will tell me how to do that. I consider myself a tech savvy guy, but I'm stumped. Maybe too many beers? :0)

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mwrede

How exciting! Congrats! My husband keeps asking me when ours will get started.

I am attaching a link I found about posting pictures.

Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Instructions on how to get pictures posted

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 8:59PM
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travis_turner

Ok...back online. My fault for not having the telephone company come out and lay a temporary line. But, things look great.

Laying out the pool...

Day two. Starting the dig...

End of day three.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 8:46PM
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travis_turner

Ooops...thanks for the help mwrede!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 10:09PM
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travis_turner

Gunite completed. Started at 6:30 a.m., done by noon.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 8:45PM
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spa_doctor

Looks good:) Post up the finished pic love to see how it turns out.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 10:41PM
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mcdaisymom

Hi -- if you don't mind answering....what price range are you paying for your pool? We are in College Station and considering a pool and I'm just trying to get a ballpark figure. What type of decking are you using?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 9:57PM
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travis_turner

mcdaisymom...We are going with the the exposed aggregate (approx. 650 sq ft) finish with some flagstone inlays. As far as price range, we are in the neighborhood of $45K, give or take a few $$. Some other specs:

2 1/2 hp 2 speed Jandy pump
Jandy CL 580 cartridge filter
Jandy PDA
Color Changing Lights
Aquapure 1400 SWCG
Decided on Tahoe Blue Pebble Tec
Polaris 280 cleaner

What am I forgetting?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 10:37PM
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travis_turner

Plumbing and equipment today....

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 10:56PM
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just-a-pb

Looks Good,
I have two questions on the equipment set.
One I dont see a check valve between the chlorine feeder, and, salt chlorinator, or heater. The PH from the tabs will burn up both of those without protection.
Second, they plumbed the chlorine feeder into the top. That generally makes it work to good eroding the tabs way to fast.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 9:35AM
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tsunami

Neat plumbing work!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 9:54PM
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travis_turner

Thanks. I think it looks pretty clean myself.

Just-a-pb: I'll be honest...I don't have a clue about those things you mentioned.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 10:27PM
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huskyridor

Travis got my standard pool/spa equipment set. No check valve between the cell and high feed on the 320's tube. In SE Texas 4 tab's with high feed for pool start-up will keep a pool sparkling until we introduce salt in 4 to 5 weeks. The equipment has always done fine with this method.

See ya,
Kelly

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 1:31AM
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just-a-pb

Kelly,
Makes sense,
What you dont like floaters for the first month?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 1:20AM
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travis_turner

Stone and tile....

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 6:42PM
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huskyridor

quote" What you dont like floaters for the first month? "quote

In our area we've got pretty dog-gone warm water.
A floaty doesn't cut the mustard even when stuffed full of tablets. It just cant put even chlorine distribution into all the surface areas water. A 320 with the feed line up high will erode the tabs rather quickly and make great distribution all around the pool. Since I only use an erosion chlorinator on the first month I trust the check valve in it's base to check backflow of the highly chlorinated water in the cylinder.

I feel kind of bad about Travis's pool. He and several of the other new pools have been on a wicked pace with all this good hot weather we've been enjoying. I've only been to his job 3 or 4 times since we started and have been running equipment and supplies from one jobsite to another or operating my excavators at my digs. I've seen more progress on this thread than I have seen in person at his home. Tomorrow I'm gonna try to get out there to paint his decks on the ground again, we kind of destroyed our lines with the front end work. All in all I cant bellyache, last Thursday he had a regular backyard and after today he's ready for concrete decks.
Everybody in our area has been complaining about the recent drought, I've found it AWESOME. Normally, this time of year, we see lots of afternoon rains and it costs me time on my job descriptions.

See ya,
Kelly

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 12:17AM
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loves2read

the look of the rock around the side of the pool looks very organic and makes me think of Sedona...
what pool color/finish is going in?

does this plan have planter beds behind the rocks (where the irrigation pipes are?)

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 11:26PM
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travis_turner

loves2read....The rock is a medium Oklahoma flagstone. We are having Tahoe Blue PT installed. Kelly took us to one of his previous customer's pools, and we loved it. Oddly enough, I did not really like the color the first time we saw it. However, the second time we went to the home, my wife and I knew almost immediately this was the color for us. As far as planters go, we will be backfilling with soil behind the weeping wall and sloping the dirt away from the pool. I will more than likely be lining it with some rock along the back edge. We'll see what's left in the budget.. :0)

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 12:53AM
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janetlong

Do you mind me asking who is your pool builder?
We are just beginning the process as well.....hope to see more pictures of yours as the process continues.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 4:25PM
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travis_turner

Janet,

Atlantis Pools and Spas out of Magnolia. If you look further up this thread, my builder has posted a couple of messages. Kelly Simpson is his name, aka "huskyridor". Just search this forum for huskyridor, and you can read lots of posts he has written on various topics. I actually came in contact with Kelly through this forum. Kelly was at the house today re-drawing the decking in preparation for the decking crew that will hopefully be here tomorrow to build the forms. If everything works out, I will have some more pics to post by tomorrow evening.

Travis

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 7:22PM
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travis_turner

Oh, and I also found his company by searching the Better Business Bureau. No complaints in 8 years with them, although he has been building pools much longer. I'm a little afraid of giving him too many props for fear of being labeled a 'spammer'. :0)

Here is a link that might be useful: BBB Link

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 9:55PM
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travis_turner

Decking today....

    Bookmark   June 16, 2009 at 8:06PM
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travis_turner

Day 1 of Pebble Tec today....

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 3:07PM
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janetlong

Wow, I love that STAR in your pool. Neat idea!
What kind of decking did you go with? Pea gravel/aggregate?
If so, is it the "rainbow" or "river rock" color? It looks great regardless!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 4:09PM
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janetlong

Travis or Huskyridor: when they install the equipment (pumps, filter...) do they include the concrete pad? I never thought to ask about this. Thanks!!!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 4:16PM
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travis_turner

Janet: The star was something we saw on another one of Kelly's pools. My wife loved it, so there you have it. :0) As far as the exposed aggregate decking, I don't really know which one it is. Just know we like it. Maybe Kelly will stop by and answer that one. And yes, the equipment pad is included. It is actually gunite as well. Thanks for the kind words...

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 4:45PM
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janetlong

I do love that star....a little touch of texas in your pool. We got some Texas shaped pavers to put in the decking when its poured.
Is your pea gravel/aggregate deck darker with the browns in it? The lighter colored is the "rainbow"....it has more grey, whites, tans...but not too much brown. That is the one we want---lighter. Just wondering. What are you going to put in the spaces left on the deck where they didn't pour?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 6:48PM
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travis_turner

Janet,

Based on your description, I would probably say it was the "rainbow" version. Those recessed areas are for flagstone inlays in the patio and sidewalk. Another idea we came across while looking at one of Kelly's pools.

Travis

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 8:51PM
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travis_turner

Janet,

Forgot to mention that it's not that they didn't pour concrete there, its that they recessed the concrete in that particular area. They actually just dug a little deeper under the recessed areas so that I still have 4" of concrete under the flagstone.

Travis

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 9:09PM
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janetlong

Very cool idea--Flagstone and Travertine are my fav. stones around a pool! Are you in the Woodlands? I guess they will be filling your pool soon. Wish we were at that stage....I'm having to move gas and electric lines out of the middle of my yard first.
Keep the photos coming...I would love to see the fill and your water color. We can't decide on Blue Granite PS or Aqua Blue PS.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2009 at 9:18AM
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jenno_tx

Your pool looks awesome! I love the pool finish and your flagstone is really pretty. The star and flagstone inlays in the deck are nice! I've enjoyed watching your thread, keep the pics and updates coming!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2009 at 11:47AM
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travis_turner

Day 2 of Pebble Tec...acid wash and then filling.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2009 at 7:03PM
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travis_turner

Pool was running when I came home from work...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 7:58PM
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huskyridor

Travis, your pool looks AWESOME indeed.
Thanks for the wonderful compliments on the service we provide.
You were really BLESSED with some incredibly good weather during the process. I've done the same things on all my jobs forever. Scheduling and finishing promptly is a process which involves a little luck. I can go through the exact same motions on 2 different pools and have one turn in less than 3 weeks and another go 6-8 weeks. The difference is almost always weather oriented. With a Monday rain I'm usually not able to move to my next step until Thursday. The single day of rain cost me the 2 days afterwords.
I'm sorry I haven't been to your jobsite more often during the latter parts of the construction.
Michael and I are fixing to get out on our crotch rockets and run some light service jobs this afternoon, one of them is the pool owner in Elkins Lake. I'll breeze by your place to look at the pool full of water and circulating.

See ya,
Kelly

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 12:17PM
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travis_turner

Water is clearing up and we are really happy with the Tahoe Blue PT. Next step is landscaping and a fence.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 9:45AM
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just-a-pb

Still looking,
Didnt find any Sarcastic A's here.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 3:05PM
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domingos35

very nice pool.
congrats

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 8:40PM
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travis_turner

Thanks....I'll have to post some more pics. Got in the pool today and it had gotten even more blue overnight. Weird. Water is now crystal clear. Now just looking forward to getting our back yard in order. Shouldn't be too much longer.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 9:00PM
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janetlong

Travis--pool looks amazing.....you have a nice, big yard. Looks so natural with all your trees. That star sets it off nicely. Thanks for the directions to post photos. Will try tomorrow. Please post more pics....anxious to see more.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 10:17PM
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huskyridor

quote" Didnt find any Sarcastic A's here. "quote

What are sarcastic A's???

See ya,
Kelly

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 10:18PM
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travis_turner

LOL....don't get him started. I've already made that mistake once. These pics are from this afternoon.

We could not be happier with the Tahoe Blue. Also, the deck received the acid was today. Looks great.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 10:55PM
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travis_turner

Ooops..acid WASH. It's Monday. :0)

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 11:10PM
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nosabe

Great-looking pool. Is the flagstone coping rough against the legs when you sit on the side or rough on little hands holding on to it? Did you seal the flagstone? Any concern of corrosion with saltwater?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 2:01PM
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travis_turner

nosabe: I haven't really noticed the flagstone being rough when you sit on the side, but I really haven't done a whole lot of that. The wife hasn't complained about it, so I'm assuming she hasn't noticed that either. The first day or so after getting in the pool, the tips of my 6 year old's fingers were pretty red. I attributed it to her holding on to the side so much. But it's been a couple of weeks now and she hasn't had that trouble since the one time. I did not seal the flagstone. I asked about it, but my builder actually didn't feel it was needed. At this point I'm not really concerned about the saltwater system. I've done a lot of reading on this message board and others, and there appears to be no real consensus on the topic. There are strong opinions on both sides. I guess we'll just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. I do however love the look of the flagstone coping/inlays, and I love to walk on it (after the sun goes down, as it as just as hot has the concrete decking...ouch).

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 5:09PM
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womanowned

I would seal it if I were you!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 12:59PM
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travis_turner

Fence was finished this week. Still have quite a ways to go, as I am the cabana boy/pool guy/landscaper/....you get the picture.

That pile of what used to be a tree is gone as soon as this burn ban is lifted.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2009 at 2:19PM
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jenno_tx

Travis, looks GREAT. I just love your pool. And WHAT an amazing view out there. NICE.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2009 at 11:15AM
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travis_turner

Jenno,

Thanks. We love living in the country where we have a little space (we sit on one acre), and don't have all of the wooden privacy fences between every home. And we love our neighbors. But I am looking forward to some more plantings to give us a little more privacy when we're in the pool. :0)

Travis

    Bookmark   August 24, 2009 at 1:04PM
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partypond

LOVE the star!!! Did your masons cut it themselves or did you order it??

The pool looks wonderful - congrats

    Bookmark   August 24, 2009 at 2:38PM
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gardenerswife

We've been admiring this pool as we build our own this summer. I'd love to know if the star on the top step is actual flagstone or a pool tile that looks like flagstone? Will real stone hold up ok?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 3:14PM
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travis_turner

It's real stone. I guess only time will tell how well it holds up. We also have stone along the back wall that is partially submerged in water. It's my understanding that it's not the submerged stone that have the problems. It's more of the coping than anything. Here's an updated pic...

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 7:52PM
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brg88tx

travis, i like the look of your peagravel with flagstone. was your peagravel color rainbow or riverblend? thanks.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 4:24PM
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travis_turner

Thanks. Rainbow I think...

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 10:56AM
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Cypress3

Travis, I love your pool and I am considering a similar pool. Is there anything you wish you had done differently or are you pleased with your pool just the way it is?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 6:46PM
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