Our very first pool build DFW!

jenspenceSeptember 5, 2013

We got started on our pool build today. Wow! Today was so exciting....dig day! I still have to select my tiles, but can't wait to see it all come together. Our pool is 38'x24', 3.5-8.5 deep with a jump platform. I've uploaded the 2D design.

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jenspence

This is a pic after excavation!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 10:42PM
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cbink

Looking good! Keep the pics coming!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 11:42PM
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jenspence

Day two....steel and plumbing!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 7:01PM
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jenspence

Another angle....

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 7:03PM
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busouthpaw22

What company is doing your pool? I hope everything goes smoothly for you.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 10:15PM
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jenspence

We went with Watercrest Pools. So far, everything is going great!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 12:54AM
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jenspence

Gunite was completed today! I hear that this is where is seems to slow waaaaaayyyyy down on the build process. Been fun so far!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 9:49PM
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jenspence

Another angle

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 9:50PM
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jenspence

This is the tile I am leaning towards. I have gone back and forth between something like a slate and something bold. I am thinking bold would be really fun:-)! Has anyone used these before? This is Nile Blue 6x6 and Rainforest turquoise 1x1 both from Noble Tile. I would love opinions (& pics if you've ever used either of these)!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 9:54PM
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cbink

Congrats - looking great so far!
It definitely does slow down after gunite...

As for the tile - I like it! I think you have to go with whatever you like the most as it's you that will be looking at it every day.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 11:24PM
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banana_fanna

Amazing tile choice. LOVE. I think it's kind of slate-y and kind of bold. Best o' both worlds.

Wait til you see that filtered sunlight on the sparkling water! Great yard for a pool.

If you have a sprinkler system, ask your guy to rig up whatever it takes to automatically water those urns on the back wall.

Congrats.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 10:59AM
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jerseypool

Looking good. Where are you located?

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 3:29PM
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jenspence

Thanks! We are located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. @Banana_fanna, we are having irrigation lines connected that go into the pots. We live in Texas so I was definitely concerned about that, especially since it gets well over 100 degrees here! Thanks for your complements on the tile. I am still a bit nervous about it! I hope it all comes together beautifully:-)!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 5:43PM
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cbink

How are you progressing? I really love the jump platform idea!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 10:12PM
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jenspence

Tile went in yesterday!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 8:56AM
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jenspence

Another view...rolled beam on the spa;)

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 8:57AM
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cbink

Have the plumbers destroyed your yard yet?!
I couldn't believe how much devastation the trenches caused.
Looking great so far - love the rolled edge on the spa.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:03AM
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jenspence

Yes and it's an AMAZING mess! I think it will all be worth it though! Lol!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:57PM
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cbink

It will!! It's going to be beautiful when its all done!

My pool builder and my father in law warned me about the mess the yard would be but it still came as a bit if a shock. After gunite I was like, this isn't as bad as they said it was going to be, then the plumbers came and my yard looked like it had an infestation of moles!!!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:04PM
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jenspence

Stonework has begun. Slight delay due to rain today, so no more work until next week. Decking should also start next week!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 9:06PM
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banana_fanna

Beautiful! That rolled edge in the space is great.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 1:21PM
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jenspence

Stonework is still going....

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 9:10PM
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jenspence

Close pic of one of the columns to show the stacked stone....

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 9:12PM
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cbink

The stonework looks great! It takes time though...
I think we were 2 weeks for stonework in the end...

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 12:59PM
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jenspence

Stone work on pool is complete!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 7:21PM
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cbink

Woohoo! Congrats - it looks great!
Do you know what your schedule is moving forwards?

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 2:46PM
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jenspence

They are doing the deck set now. Not sure how long that will take! Then they will seal the stone, pour the deck, build the fire pit and outdoor kitchen, then plaster. After it's all done, we then get to call our landscaper and see what we need for him to do to get the yard into something livable again ;-). Hopefully, then we can stop spending until spring when we will need to buy more furniture and floats! I can't wait to be at the place you are Cbink and get to enjoy it!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 6:32PM
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banana_fanna

Very nice. The stone work is beautiful and the rolled beam on the spa looks very luxe.

It might be the angle of the photo but is the scupper on the far right NOT centered between the two columns? Can't wait to see it with water. It looks big now and usually once the water is in, it'll look even bigger.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 10:42PM
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jenspence

It doesn't look centered does it? I hadn't noticed that! I will have to look tomorrow when it's daylight again. If it's not centered, not sure what I can do about it now. Ugh! So far, still love it and hope it won't be an issue:-)!

Tomorrow is an inspection day, then the deck pour is next week!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 10:53PM
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jenspence

Ok....@ banana_fanna....brought this (scupper not centered) to Pb's attn and they will fix it when they do the fire pit and outdoor kitchen stonework. So glad you pointed it out otherwise I probably would have realized it too late! Thank you ! :-)

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 3:48PM
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jenspence

Starting the outdoor kitchen....

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 10:02AM
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jenspence

Other side....

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 10:04AM
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jenspence

Seating area under the trees....still need to acid wash and clean stones.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 10:05AM
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jenspence

Fire pit area....

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 10:06AM
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jenspence

Another angle

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 10:08AM
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jenspence

More!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 10:09AM
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jenspence

Can't get it all in the picture! Still have alot of work to do. Repairing the off-centered scupper/stone work on pool wall, acid washing all decking, pool plaster, add stone diving platform step-up, finish outdoor kitchen, clean-up of yard and play set area, and lots of landscaping! Also will be putting a flagstone walkway to seating area under the trees and to fire pit area. Can't wait until it's all ready for entertaining!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 10:12AM
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jenspence

Another...you can see here they've started fixing the scupper on the right side....

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 10:14AM
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banana_fanna

Looks great! I see they're replacing the scupper! So glad it wasn't a big issue. Suring installation, I made our tile guy tear out a whole section of my water line tile because it would have driven me crazy to look at how unsymmetrical the pattern was. LOL. But once he got out of the pool and looked at it from my kitchen window, he agreed and was happy I said something. I love how you're using the same stone to face the front of your kitchen. You're getting there!

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 8:55PM
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jenspence

Plaster day....

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 11:12PM
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jenspence

PebbleSheen has been applied! Anyone know what I need to look for next? I am not sure what else they do to the Pebble Sheen before we get to add water.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 11:14PM
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jenspence

We have water now! No chemicals yet and equipment is not hooked up just yet. They will do that in a day or so.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 10:36PM
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jenspence

We now have our step to the jump platform. Water is finally all in. Can't wait until everything gets turned on!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 10:39PM
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jenspence

Outdoor kitchen almost done. Ready to get cleaned up and start entertaining! Still waiting on electrical to put the fridge into its home.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 10:40PM
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cbink

Wow, it looks beautiful, congrats!!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 11:31PM
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airb320

That turned out very nice ! Enjoy...:-)

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 3:07PM
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miniminer77

Hi. I love love what you have done so far. Can't wait to see the finished pictures. What is the finish on your decking? We are going to put a pool in and I'm in the middle of trying to figure out what finish I want on a concrete decking

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 8:17PM
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jenspence

Thank you! We have exposed aggregate on pool deck and limecoat on covered patio. The colors are all great together and we are very happy. I will post more pics as soon as it's complete:-)!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 11:40PM
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banana_fanna

I love the picture of the sun rays on the pool. Like the angels are singing....LOL

Looks great.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 8:51AM
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Rickhobo

What a beautiful back yard! Enjoy!!

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 7:47AM
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jenspence

We've had a lot of very cold weather. Even though we haven't really gone swimming yet, we are getting some great use out of the hot tub! Can't wait for Spring so we can finish landscaping and furnishing the patio. Looking forward to my first dive! :-)

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 9:41AM
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