marta - 'Jeff and Sharon's Pool'

banana_fannaOctober 20, 2010


Here is a link of a pool I found on this forum several years ago that you might enjoy. The color scheme is what has inspired me all along. The overall 'theme' is a little more natural than what I'm looking for but the colors are beautiful, imo.

There are loads of pictures detailing all parts of construction which is interesting.

The Pebble color is Blue Granite and the tile is the Tondela blue that I really like.

Jeff or Sharon: If U R reading this, I hope it's okay that I keep posting links to your site. It's *that* beautiful. I think it's one of the main reasons people keep choosing Blue Granite around here.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jeff and Sharon's Pool

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Oh I remember this pool now; jaw droppingly gorgeous! Thanks for bringing it back to our attention!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 10:40PM
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Oh wow! Thanks so much for the link - what a beautiful pool. I hadn't even considered a blue tile and now I'll definitely have to think about it! Thanks, Marta

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 10:47AM
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I studied this build in great detail and only wish we had more money to incorporate some of it's other elements. We did get the idea for the Tondela blue from this pool. Thanks Jeff and Sharon!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 11:54AM
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Even after 5 plus years I remember this pool vividly.
It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful poolscapes I've ever laid eyes on in a lifetime of building swimming pools.
I'm certain that they're just as proud of the pool today as they were the day of turnover from the builder to them.

See ya,

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 12:35AM
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I'm blushing... :)

My thanks to all of you for the kind words, and by all means continue to share. The pictures are a great memory for Sharon and I, and I suspect a great resource for those just embarking on a build. When we started the process in 2003, it was impossible to imagine the end product, but once done, we knew there was something special about it. In the end, I believe it was the small details that really made the project.

I should upload a few new pictures. The landscaping has filled in nicely (block walls are all green now), the trees are bigger, the creeping rosemary hangs over the walls on both sides of the waterfall, and everything has weathered a bit. The fireplace is still, by far, the biggest attraction and is pressed into service as much as possible.

No radical changes yet. the original 2HP pool pump has been replaced with a Jandy ePump (variable speed) which is good for nearly $100 a month in reduced energy costs. All the other Jandy suff is still going strong. The original sAM lights have been replaced with Intellibrite (LED), and I've been experimenting with LED lights for some of the landscape lights.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2010 at 6:21PM
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Jeff you and Sharon have an absolutely draw dropping outdoor oasis! It is obvious the amount of thought and research that went into this undertaking...thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2010 at 7:06PM
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I LOVE the velociraptor metal art!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2010 at 10:03AM
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Jeff and Sharon,

your pool is absolutely stunning! We are just beginning to build our pool in Corona, CA. Is there anything you would do different in hind site? Are you happy with the depth of your deep end? I love this forum and have gained so much knowledge over the last 4 weeks, but I also know I am only scratching the surface.

Thanks for any feedback.


    Bookmark   November 7, 2010 at 12:20PM
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HI Mike,

No regrets and I can't think of anything I'd (we'd) do differently. I did add a high-pressure mist system to the patio last summer, and in hindsight, I wish I had done it sooner as it really makes the area comfortable during those 100+ deg days.

The depth of the deep end is good too, and I have a few pictures of people diving from the top of the waterfall and they all make it back to the surface with their teeth intact! ;)

I don't know the scope of your project, but here are a couple of pointers.
1) you can't have too many landscape lights. I think my original estimate was something like 10 lights, my builder said I was off by a factor of 3-4x, and he was right. I think we started with something on the order of 30+ landscape lights (step, path, uplight, etc.) and added more later. If you want lighting, don't skimp as it makes a huge difference on the after-hours use of the space.

2) you can't have too many electrical (especially switched) outlets. Put them in each planter (where code allows), on the patio cover, near any table with umbrella, at the BBQ, etc. There is nothing so upsetting then to want power in a location after all the work is done. For example, I have a switched outlet at the top of each column of the patio cover. I use one to feed the lights installed on an adjacent umbrella, and the other for holiday lights.


    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 11:31PM
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thanks for the tips. Outlets is a great reminder. We put in a new front yard last year and added about 20 landscape lights in the front. The designer I am working with has been great and has been able to put my ideas in my head in drawing. Such a huge blessing. I will post our plan once I get it in the next week or so. I appreciate your feedback.


    Bookmark   November 11, 2010 at 2:04PM
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