Forty year facelift: OKC pool renovation
Hi everyone! I've been chronicling our pool renovation over on TFP but I also use this forum and find it so helpful and wanted to document here, too, for future users.
Long story short, we've lived in our house for two years and it came with a 1975 era pool. We knew the pool would need some work when we bought the house, but thought we had five years or so to save up and live with the pool to see what we wanted to do. Over the two summers we lived here, it seems the pool had other plans for us, though! The coping would disintegrate underfoot as we were sweeping the pool, the tiles fell off by the dozen, and a crack appeared that was very concerning to us. The concrete decking was heaved in a lot of places, and made it trip-hazardous to walk around the pool area (I almost took a swim several times). Ultimately, we decided to collect a few bids to see what we would be getting into, and decided to dive in this winter so we will be ready for swim season next year.
We'd thought about trying to reshape the pool to a simple rectangle, add an auto-cover, add a tanning ledge, etc, but all have proven beyond the constraints of our budget. Instead, we will be giving a facelift to the entire pool area, with new plaster, tile, coping, decking and retaining wall. Here are some of the specs for our project:
144 perimeter feet, 850 square feet
approx 35,000 gallons (from 3.5-8 feet deep)
medium gray plaster
poured in place coping with ogee edge
stamped concrete deck (approx 1400sf) with ashlar overlay, hand tinted to look like slate or bluestone
78 foot concrete block retaining wall faced with New York bluestone and cap. Multiple heights, stepping down from seat height to 1 foot to follow slope of yard.
new lights with LED bulbs (non-colored)
new gray skimmers, fittings, umbrella sleeves
I'm really excited about the retaining wall. One design change that was within our budget is pushing the wall back from the edge of the pool about three feet, so we can walk all the way around the pool - will be much easier to clean and we could possibly add a safety cover/leaf cover much easier in the future. Also correcting the drainage back there, as the pool has flooded several times from rain running over the retaining wall washing in a ton of dirt and debris and messing up our water chemistry.
We also elected to fill in our leaking hot tub (it would not hold water) to create more usable deck area, and we will build a pergola along the wrought iron fence to help separate the pool area from the adjacent driveway. Our PB will set the pergola posts for us when they do the deck, and we will build the top ourselves.
Icy weather is delaying us right now, hoping for some sunshine and dry weather soon. Now, on to the pics!
We let the pool chemicals go once we decided to remodel this fall, so the pool went green before it was drained:
Wall is moving back: