Good morning! I am hoping for some help from all you courageous people who have done new pools and remodels.
I have a 14x28 rectangular pool (with clipped corners) that we had fiber tech applied to about 18 years ago. It started coming off within 2 years and now has many places as large as 10"x30" that are bare concrete or metal.
So I am now looking for pool remodeling ideas, finishes and contractors.
My pool deck also needs to be redone as it is 1/4" inch salted cement that is also coming up or cracking all over the place.
I swim at least an hour every single day.
I don't want to over-build as I live in a middle class neighborhood built in the mid to late 50's.
Mostly 1 story block houses.
Tons of beautiful trees, no sidewalks.
1 house in 10 has a pool.
Prices in the $175K to $250K range.
Great school district for elementary and middle, pretty darn good for high school. All schools within 1/2 mile of my house.
I have a corner lot so pool can be seen from side street.
Has flat-roofed pool cage that is 34" inches away on far side and left side, 48" away on right side and then house is 96" away on near side with big windows and sliding glass door.
I will live here at least 10 more years, maybe even 20 (I am 55).
What I think I want:
Glass bead finish
Heated (October - May)
Lit, stacked slate waterfall about 72" wide and 24 to 36" tall and 15" deep. Multiple channels of water, not a sheet. Mostly to create light and sound for ambiance in the evenings. I think this should go on the 34" wide far side so it can be seen from inside the house. This will be geometric, not free style. Maybe 18"x24" inches on each side and 36"x36" in the center.
Remove ladder in deep end, never use it.
New stairs in shallow end.
Better drainage on deck (algae grows from winter rains).
Should I spend the money to make the pool rectangular by removing the clipped corners?
Will that add a ton to the cost?
Will that make it harder for the Hayward Navigator to clean?
How thick should the new finish be?
Should the deck project over the pool edge or be even with it?
Is it harder to clean the top of the pool if it projects over?
Is pebble aggregate better than glass bead?
Does heating increase electric bill much?
Does a waterfall running about 20 hours a week greatly increase evaporation of pool?
Are waterfalls hard to clean?
How often do they need to be cleaned?
Should I convert to salt water?
Is it more expensive or harder to maintain than chlorine?
Does salt water erode pool surface faster than chlorine?
Are there other reasons not to consider salt water?
Does heating it increase electric bill a lot?
Does heating it really make it swimmable when it's 50 degrees outside?
Should I go with a stamped concrete deck or invest a lot more in pavers?
Or is there a better idea for the deck?
Can you recommend any companies to do this is Pinellas County, Florida?
Thank you, thank you, thank you for any advice and help you give me. This is exciting and terrifying for me.