Its been a whirlwind past 7 days. Got our HOA approval and in three days flat we had a gunite shell.
Building in Katy with a local builder who was previously mentioned on TFP - so this forum has been truly a blessing for me. As a first time pool owner, taking the time to read through the other builds really made me educated about the process. I really dont feel like I am a first timer at all - that how valuable this forum is and all the helpful people here.
We felt that the geometric modern look fit our house design better. So, with modern in mind, it was always about less being more. With every item we add, we tried to take out 2 more items. The overall design has elements from the many wonderful geometric pools here: ccHopkins pool in Dallas, Pierre Espejo's pool in Houston ( I met with Pierre in this process - thanks again for all your advice) , HHuang's pool in Naples, Florida. Being a golf addict, I am also planning for an outdoor putting green as Phase 2. Artificial grass may also be a part of my project - those items are still up in the air.
Some pictures of the house, backyard and design.
Day 1 - Layout and Dig
Day 2 - Rebar and Plumbing stubout's
Day 3 - Gunite
Pool Builder Kelly O'Leary was on site on all three days plus on clean up day.
The gunite was done by South Bay Gunite. Great crew.
Day 4 - Day of rest for everybody
Day 5 - PB's clean up crew came out to remove all the excess gunite and remove all the forms. Take out all the iron rods and nails used for layout and alignment. Site is ready for plumbing and electrical crew. I was not expecting this step and it was a pleasant surprise. Three person cleaning crew along with a bobcat!!
PB supervising cleaning crew and also watering the gunite while he was there. Very hands on - I am very pleased to have selected O'Leary pools since I am dealing directly with the owner who has a construction background rather than a sales person.
All clean and done