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New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Posted by mwardgeo (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 15, 10 at 23:16

I have been lurking for a while and learned a ton from the site. We decided to go ahead with the pool about mid- January. After talking with 5 pool builders we decided to go with Gulf Coast Pools. Here are some specs:

All equipment is Pentair
Roughly 35' by 20' Free form
6" Baha Shelf with 4 bubblers
3.5' to 8' depth
2 waterfalls with a 6' slide in between
4 whisperlite pumps
3 intellibrite lights
4 fire features on the waterfalls
400,000 btu heater
DE filter
8' spa with 4 jet independent foot dome
Outdoor Kitchen
Kid fence

As far as specifics, if you would like to know just ask. I will post some pics as soon as I figure out how.

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RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Congrats on the new pool!!!

You've got a great pool builder, post some progress pic's as the pool starts taking shape during construction. I'd actually like to see the design on where they placed the slide between the falls and what material it's being constructed out of. Although many people don't, I love slides.

See ya,

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

mwardgeo....congratulations! The feature list looks impressive and can't wait to see the design and build unfold.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

OK, since I now figured out how to link photos hopefully I can show everyone the progress so far:

Dig Day

Gunite on the slide
slide gunite

Slide post gunite in the first stage of rock work:
waterfall construction

spa cons

More to follow soon.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

A few more photos

An overview from the second floor.
view from the second floor

Our lifeguard in training - Boof-
Lifeguard in training - Boof-

Shallow end
Shallow end with baha shelf

Tomorrow we paint out the deck.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

A couple more;

The equipment pad
equipment pad

A view from where the firepit will be:
pre decking

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

I really like your pool - impressive design. I'm using Gulf Coast as well - hopefully starting in the next couple of weeks. How's your build going? Appreciate your feedback.


RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

A quick update. We got plaster today. An idea of the decking and our spa:
firepit and decking

The tile work on the slide:

tile slide

Start of plaster:
start of plaster

Flagstone on the Baha shelf:
flagstone baha shelf

First Water:
first water


By the way the plaster is Diamond Brite Tahoe Blue.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Are you sure it's Diamond Brite and not a mixed-on-site kncok-off like Quartzscapes? Who did the plaster?

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Yes it is definately Diamond brite.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

I can verify that it was Diamond Brite. I saw the bags.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! It's gorgeous! The tile on the slide is amazing! The rock work...fantastic! Love your deck! Is it just brushed concrete with flagstone inlay or something else? We are doing decking next week and I'm LOVING yours! Thinking of switching from pea gravel to whatever it is that you have. Looks awesome!

One thing...does the plaster in the spa look a little off to you? It might just be the photo, but it just looks really funky on my pc. How does it look with water in it?

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Love your pool you mind me asking how much your pool cost? I thinking about calling Gulf Coast as well

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Anxious to see more pics of your pool with the water filled up.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

As far as the decking we are going with spraydeck with flagstone inlays. The decking guys wanted to wait till everything else was done before they did the spray deck, so right now it is just concrete in between the flagstone. I will post some pictures of the pool as of today later tonight.

As far as cost it is going to end up around 75 when it is all said and done. Gulf Coast was not the cheapest but in my mind they were the most creative. As far as their work I have been very happy with the quality. They have also been very receptive to changes and corrections.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Looks great! What is the color of the flagstone and tile?

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Oh, wow..that is the COOLEST tile-work on the slide I've seen...very snakeskin-ish (in a good way - very stylish...awesome!! Very nice build! Gulf Coast has done a great job for you guys, and you're right about not going with the "cheapest" really want quality. You'll be finishing up and swimming just in time for the hot weather...enjoy!

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Sorry it has taken so long to give an update but life has kind of gotten in the way. We have been enjoying our new pool now for a few weeks now. We couldn't be happier with the way things have turned out. Although we do still have a few loose ends to tie up.

As far as what the name of the flagstone and tile where I will have to differ to David. I think the flagstone was Oklahoma something. Now to the pics:

Full Pool
tahoe blue



Small Waterfall
small waterfall

Main Waterfall
main waterfall


Intellibrite LED
intellibrite led

LED Green
led green

Spa Spillway
spillway spa

I will post a few more pics when Gulf Coast gets the patio done and the fire features working.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Your tile looks similar to something I have picked out. Do you happen to remember the name of it?

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

I like the dog, and love the pool!

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Does anyone know what color tile this is? Or whether it is Master or Noble Tile? I have been looking forever it feels like on a tile color and I really love this one and would like to pick this choice for our pool! Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated!

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

Nice pool.

The builder's inexperience shows up when you see the spa spillway is flush with the coping. And as always the spillway will drool onto the deck. The spillway must be a minimum of one foot inside the pool coping to avoid water loss.
Flagstone in the water is not a good idea. I hope they water sealed the gunite under the flagstone it or even a tiny grout crack will cause leakage. I would dye test any future crack in grout to check on that.

RE: New Pool Build - Katy, TX

why no intelliflo's?

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