New Pool Build in The Woodlands

amy_texasNovember 4, 2009

We have narrowed the builders down to basically two after several meetings with various builders. Hopefully it won't be long before we sign on the dotted line.

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houstonmac

amy_texas, That's great! Congratulations and good luck with your pool! We enjoyed working on our design every evening until we had it just right (for us) - and now to see that design come to life is amazing. Please tell us when you get going, and love to see pics and drawings whenever you can!

Good luck!

    Bookmark   November 4, 2009 at 10:19PM
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amy_texas

We have started. Here are the basics:
36'6" x 24' saltwater pool
4 ton of rock for waterfall & weeping wall
Sunshelf with bubblers
Raised 12" 7 ft spa
Flagstone coping
Pebbletec - most likely Tahoe Blue
Pea gravel with flagstone inlays

We will also be doing a gas firepit, outdoor kitchen and pergola.

Kelly at Atlantis Pools is our builder.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2009 at 10:38AM
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amy_texas

5 trees came down on Friday, stumps were dug on Saturday, pool was dug on Sunday and they came out Monday morning to rebar.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2009 at 11:41AM
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amy_texas

    Bookmark   November 23, 2009 at 1:53PM
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amy_texas

The rebar was completed Monday morning.

The gunite crew showed up Tuesday.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2009 at 11:31PM
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greengarage

Very nice! I think I will want to install a pool base from you pictures

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 1:54AM
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amy_texas

Here are a couple more pictures of the gunite. Now we start 7 days of watering our concrete hole!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 9:29AM
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amy_texas

Well it has been slow going while the gunite was curing. The plumbing and electrical was all the work that took place in the few days after the gunite. The guys are there today with the flagstone for the coping and the tile for the waterline.

Here is the flagstone that we picked for our coping. There is a lot of variation and can't wait to see it when it's done.

Here are the guys working on the installation of the coping.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2009 at 3:31PM
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amy_texas

I need some input. Our next big decision will be the pebbletec color. We have 2 Jandy Color LED lights in the pool and 1 in the spa. We would like to go as dark as we can on the pebbletec (not black though) without losing the effectiveness of the color lights. Someone suggested that Tahoe Blue is about as dark as we should go. Any thoughts? If anyone has any pictures of their pool at night with the color lights that would be really helpful.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2009 at 7:17PM
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coog64

Congrats... This looks familiar (see link). Finished in June and my main regret is not going with the LED lights, which we will have to due later I'm sure.

Here is a link that might be useful: finished pool pics

    Bookmark   December 2, 2009 at 9:08PM
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renovxpt

The efficiency of Kelly and other Texas builders is very impressive. It doesn't matter if its raining on Sunday, they keep working. The inspectors are even on time.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 1:26PM
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paradigmdawg

This is our Tahoe Blue

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 1:48PM
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poolguynj

What light is in the pool?

Scott

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 3:14PM
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paradigmdawg

Scott,

If you are talking to me, it's a single IntelliBrite.

I thought I needed two but the PB and wife said one, so one is what we ended up with.

I still think two would have been better but the wife likes the one. Who am I to argue????

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 5:34PM
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brentr_gw

Paradigmdawg, I still think that your pool looks awesome. We love our upgraded Intellibrite and we turn it on every nite.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 6:22PM
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amy_texas

Paradigmdawg, thanks for the pics. Is the Intellibrite a color light or is it white? If it is color, which color is it on in your picture and what do you think of the other colors with your Tahoe Blue?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 7:11PM
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nosabe

Paradigm, have you always had the fire bowls? Are they gas-plumbed or standalone?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 8:34PM
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amy_texas

Rain, rain, go away...

Because of the rain the last day we had any activity was last Thursday. The guys finished the coping and the tile; still have to complete the rest of the spillway and construct the waterfall.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 5:09PM
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travis_turner

Amy,

I was able to take some pics. They aren't the best pictures because either I stink at taking pictures at night, or my camera sucks. But I think you'll get the idea of the Tahoe Blue with colored lights.

Travis

Here is a link that might be useful: Tahoe Blue w/ Colored Lights

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 9:04PM
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amy_texas

Travis, thanks for the night pictures. I think I am 95% sure that Tahoe Blue is what I am going to put in; I just need to see one in person first before I make that decision final.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 10:15PM
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travis_turner

Kelly took us to see a tahoe blue in magnolia....but if you want to take a drive to Huntsville, let me know.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 10:30PM
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amy_texas

Little bit of a disappointing day...

I went home to check on the stone work and everything seemed to be going well. The guys were there to finish the spa spillway and put the flagstone on the outside of the spa. I went back to work and then when I got home I saw that the flagstone on the outside of the spa (a lot of it was a bright orange) didn't blend well with the coping or my tile (which is not orange). See for yourself in these pictures...

I called right away and the builder said that the guys could fix when they come back out. Whew! I was relieved. So I took a flathead screwdriver and popped the orange stone off since it had yet to dry.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 10:27PM
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amy_texas

After almost one week, the guys came back to put the smaller base rocks along the waterline. Wednesday they began to build the waterfall. It got dark so they didn't finish. They were supposed to come back today but instead it is raining. Rain, rain, go away...

    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 2:38PM
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huskyridor

Hopefully we can put this sour weather behind us and make some forward progress before Christmas. Weeks and weeks of rain always make it very difficult to move forward on the new construction projects.

See ya,
Kelly

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 5:56PM
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poolguynj

Come on Kelly, I am in the middle of a blizzard. Now that's and excuse. Over a foot so far today and another 6" expected tonight.

And I have a spa call on Monday!

Heheh

Scott

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 6:11PM
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amy_texas

Now that we have had a couple of nice days, the waterfall and weeping wall are completed, spa is done, and the deck forms are down. We are thrilled with the look of the waterfall. The deck will hopefully get poured the first of the week and Pebbletec is scheduled for the Monday after Christmas.
Here are a few pics of the work that went on yesterday.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2009 at 11:11PM
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amy_texas

The deck is getting poured today! Yea! Maybe it will be an end to all the dirt/mud we have been living with for the past month. Here are a couple of pictures this morning before the guys showed up.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2009 at 12:20PM
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amy_texas

Pebbletec guys got done this morning before the rain moves in...yea!!! It looks great! Can't wait to see it after it is acid washed and water is in it. We went with Tahoe Blue and added the seashells.

We also had gutters installed this morning. Just waiting on the stone guys to finish the inlays in the deck and put the flagstone on the firepit.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 1:37PM
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amy_texas

We have water!!! It finished filling this morning. The stone guys also showed up this morning.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 9:55AM
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ajones

OH MY, that looks fantastic!!!! i can't believe that your water is so clear already. i especially like the overflow of your spa with the smaller stone, i think now after looking at ours that we would have gone that direction. great choice on the PT as well. Congratulations!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 11:35PM
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travis_turner

I second that. Our pool was pretty green for close to two weeks. Looks awesome.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 10:00PM
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amy_texas

Thanks! We are absolutely thrilled at how it looks. Here are a few more pics now that we had the pool start up.


    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 6:20PM
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poolguynj

Be stingy using the W/F and bublers for the 1st months. It tends to raise the pH. The fresh plaster will do that too for the next several months. This is a critical time for your finish. Keeping the pH down to 7.2 to 7.3 will prevent scale. Getting it off new finishes stain free is sometimes more difficult.

Sorry to sound like a party pooper.

Scott

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 6:47PM
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huskyridor

Scott's absolutely correct.
With a low 7's PH, frothy water features will drop your Alkalinity slowly and raise the PH noticeably.

Amy,
Congrats, the new pool looks AWESOME!!!
I'll try to get over as soon as I can.
If the gas company gets there before I do, call me on my cell and I'll expedite hooking up the firepit.

See ya,
Kelly

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 7:35PM
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myredfiveo

Your pool looks awesome! What are the dimensions of your sunshelf?

Thanks,

Todd

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 1:44AM
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ajones

wow, you're all finished and you started after we did...................:) cold, snowy and rainy weather suks.

congratulations again on your pool. it's AWESOME!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 10:51AM
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amy_texas

Todd,

The sunshelf is approximately 6'8" x 8'3". We also put an umbrella sleeve on it incase we want some shade.

ajones,

Crappy weather does suck. We had bad days here too, just not the snow. We were originally shooting for completion by Christmas, but hey, we made it by New Years so can't complain. Still little stuff to finish up on the pool but overall we are there.
Now we are concentrating on the pergola and outdoor kitchen. We chalked out the lines for the kitchen yesterday.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2010 at 3:45PM
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amy_texas

It has been a while so I thought I would post a few pictures that I took last night. We had a couple of guys help us over the weekend laying sod, planting 2 mexican fan palm trees, relocating a sago palm, building a rock wall for the planting bed and forming a flagstone sidewalk over to the trampoline. This is just phase 1 of the landscape; the rest will have to wait.




This is the iron fence we had put in last week.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 10:19AM
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phxownerbuilder

pool looks great - really like your waterfall!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 11:41AM
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dogue_lover

Dogs look great... pool aint to shabby also.. great job!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 2:21PM
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inthedrink

Hey Amy, was wondering how you like your spa spillover. We love the look and want to do the same on our spa, but wanted to see how you like the sound and look when it's flowing over. Anything you'd change?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 8:45PM
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amy_texas

inthedrink,

Sorry so late in responding...haven't been here in a while. We love the spa spillover. Everyone that sees it for the first time always gives compliments. Love the sound and look of it when it's flowing over. Wouldn't change a thing about it!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 2:30PM
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ryan0424

I love your pool. We are building this month in League City. Can you tell me how high your waterfall is at its highest point?

Thanks
Mark

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 9:05AM
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inthedrink

Thanks Amy--good to know you still love it. We're going to do some copying...will post the pix when we get to that point. PB says the dig is this Friday...crossing our fingers (and everything else) that the rain stays away.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 12:03PM
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amy_texas

ryan0424,
It is kind of hard to measure since it does not go up in a straight line. Best estimate is 3-3.5 feet. I actually would have guessed it to be higher just based on looks.

inthedrink,
Let me know when you start posting pics; would love to follow the progress.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 2:35PM
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amy_texas

Thought I would post a few recent pics since the landscape has greened up now...

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 3:06PM
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paradigmdawg

That bar area is bad to the bone.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 3:20PM
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mudn

Agreed... I'm ready to order up a drink!

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 5:13PM
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txmomoftwo

LOVE THIS! Where did you get your bar stools? Pool looks awesome. Love the fleur de lis gate too! Originally from Louisiana so I tend to gravitate toward everything that reminds me of home. :)

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 5:20PM
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ryan0424

Thanks amy

You can see my pool under (new pool league city)We got 3 tons of rock. I hope that is enough. I love your pool. You will have so much fun this summer.

Mark

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 9:02PM
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ryan0424

sorry league city new pool

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 9:06PM
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amy_texas

Mark,
Our waterfall and weeping wall is about 5 ton (that's what they said after it was done).

txmomoftwo,
Thanks! I ordered the bar stools online. The brand is Caluco and the line is Victoria. They are pretty pricey so I shopped them hard.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 10:16PM
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inthedrink

Hey Amy,
Will definitely post the pictures if we EVER get some. 3 weeks since they first dug and hit water. We've been draining ever since. Got most of the deep end done today and then the rain started coming down hard around noon. I think God is trying to tell us we really don't need a pool. I'm going to respectfully disagree. Prayers please that tomorrow will bring on a completed hole in the ground. Ugh.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 11:10PM
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sharoncbrn

Amy,
I love your pool. Kelly is buiding our pool now, things have been great. We are doing similar features in our pool, do you remember the name of your watertile? Really confused what to do, we wanted to have some blue in the tile but I am worry it might be too busy looking... Help!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 10:38AM
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andyspool

Amy,
Your pool is beautiful. We are building a pool in The Woodlands (the dig is next week). I like your flagstone coping, can you remember the name of the flagstone?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 11:16PM
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amy_texas

Andy,

Congrats on the pool! Very exciting! The coping is Oklahoma flagstone - medium. I chose the pallet and looked for one that had nice variation in colors with no orange (didn't want the orange look).

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 9:26AM
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to-the-beach

Amy,

Is the covered area over your bar solid or slatted? We also want a TV outside but are afraid if we go we a slatted roof (ie. pergola) there may be too much glare. Also, what type of TV did you use?

Thanks,
Kelli

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 10:11AM
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sharoncbrn

Amy, I have a private question for you. Can you send me an email, sharoncbrn@yahoo.com. Thanks so much.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 10:20AM
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swtsae

I realize this post is quite old but if Amy_Texas still happens to check this forum would you mind sending me an email at swtsae@gmail (dot) com, I have a question about your pergola. Thank you!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2014 at 10:20AM
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