Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver
So, are you actually saying the pool would be on the main level of your home w/ the basement under you? If so, then this was my last birth and will be the case for my upcoming birth.
I wish it was just that. My house is I think called a side-split, where you come in the front door and can go down to the basement, or up to the kitchen level, and then up a half-storey to the family room (which is over the ground level garage), and then up another half-level to the bedrooms. So my bedroom is actually two full floors above the basement. Which is cold. And unfinished.
We did hear back from the home builder, and they said no. My husband (knowing I would not accept that!) actually went elsewhere in his building at work to talk to a structural engineer to ask him to explain their reasoning. The structural engineer said they weren't really answering the questions properly, as they gave the average rating for the whole house (40 p/sf) rather than the load spreading (?) capacity of the floor, or something like that. So I've sent him back to figure out how to re-ask the homebuilder rather than just tell them they're wrong. Because I refuse to believe that my house (from a supposedly excellent and well-known builder) is the only house in the history of birth pools that can not withstand the weight of a pool. That's crap.
And on top of that, one average sized-person - heck even me - standing still in one spot on the floor is far more than 40 lbs per square foot, so that doesn't make any sense. Any structural engineers reading this who would care to chime in? Please? In my head I'm sure it's fine. But I don't want it to cross my mind during labour that the pool could potentially crash through the floor. I'd just like the math to work out for this.