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.
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!
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
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.
5 trees came down on Friday, stumps were dug on Saturday, pool was dug on Sunday and they came out Monday morning to rebar.
The rebar was completed Monday morning.
The gunite crew showed up Tuesday.
Very nice! I think I will want to install a pool base from you pictures
Here are a couple more pictures of the gunite. Now we start 7 days of watering our concrete hole!
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.
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.
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
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.
This is our Tahoe Blue
What light is in the pool?
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????
Paradigmdawg, I still think that your pool looks awesome. We love our upgraded Intellibrite and we turn it on every nite.
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?
Paradigm, have you always had the fire bowls? Are they gas-plumbed or standalone?
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.
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.
Here is a link that might be useful: Tahoe Blue w/ Colored Lights
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.
Kelly took us to see a tahoe blue in magnolia....but if you want to take a drive to Huntsville, let me know.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We have water!!! It finished filling this morning. The stone guys also showed up this morning.
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!!!!!!!
I second that. Our pool was pretty green for close to two weeks. Looks awesome.
Thanks! We are absolutely thrilled at how it looks. Here are a few more pics now that we had the pool start up.
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's absolutely correct.
With a low 7's PH, frothy water features will drop your Alkalinity slowly and raise the PH noticeably.
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.
Your pool looks awesome! What are the dimensions of your sunshelf?
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!
The sunshelf is approximately 6'8" x 8'3". We also put an umbrella sleeve on it incase we want some shade.
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.
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.
pool looks great - really like your waterfall!
Dogs look great... pool aint to shabby also.. great job!
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?
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!
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 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.
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.
Let me know when you start posting pics; would love to follow the progress.
Thought I would post a few recent pics since the landscape has greened up now...
That bar area is bad to the bone.
Agreed... I'm ready to order up a drink!
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. :)
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.
sorry league city new pool
Our waterfall and weeping wall is about 5 ton (that's what they said after it was done).
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.
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.
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!
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?
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).
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?
Amy, I have a private question for you. Can you send me an email, email@example.com. Thanks so much.
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!