My wife has always wanted a pool. She grew up on the local swim team and still loves the smell of chlorine to this day. The answer to 'when?' was always 'maybe someday'... well Baby - someday is TODAY!
There were two reasons that we invested in a cul-de-sac lot when we built our house 3 years ago.. one was so that our dogs would have a huge backyard to play in, and the other was so that we could someday have an awesome pool. Things came together this season for us, and we decided to head off down the road to pool-ownership. Now my wife is the planner in the family... if there's a spreadsheet involved, she's all over it. She's been reading blogs and forums, talking to friends and pool owners, and coming up with a list of local builders for months now. She narrowed down the list of candidates to 6, 5 of which responded to our request for bids. Eventually, we chose Pulliam Pools here in Katy, TX to handle everything for us. Their design and price perfectly matched our description of what we wanted, and their salesman Shawn Carter came highly recommended from friends who had dealt with him before. In a business you know nothing at all about, that sort of personal insight means the world when juggling a handful of deals in the air.
So we tweaked the plan a bit based on recommendations from knowledgeable friends, negotiated the price just a tad, and signed the contract last week. Shawn immediately sent the plans to our HOA for approval, and when I called them today 'just to check', they let me know that the approval letter was going in the mail today. WE WERE THRILLED!! A quick call to Pulliam and we're tentatively on the dig schedule for next week. Someone should be coming out in the next 48 hours to mark the utility lines in our yard, and again on Monday to lay out the pool for what we hope is a Tuesday dig. After a historic drought here in Texas, there's actually some weather moving in over the coming weekend that we hope doesn't delay the ground-breaking... wouldn't that be a downer!?
I'll undoubtedly be taking TONS of photos and boring you to tears with updates, but I really enjoyed it when others on this forum did the same. I've lived vicariously through y'all for weeks now. I even setup a PoolCam in our backyard to take a photo every 5 minutes for an eventual time-lapse video of the build after seeing lots of others on YouTube.
So stay tuned for more! It's gonna be a GREAT RIDE!
38x23.5' play pool 3.5/4.5/6.5
110 ft perimeter
692 sq foot pool area
40 sq ft spa with 6 jets
Gunite shell (6-7 sack mix)
Flagstone coping & walls
Beadcrete Pebble finish
Color Logic LED lights (2 in pool/1 in spa)
- 525 Sq Ft Cartridge Filter
- 1.5 HP Tristar 2 speed filter pump
- 3/4 HP waterfall pump
- Aqua Logic PS8 w/Wireless Aqua-Pod
- 400,000 BTU Low NOX Heater
- Goldline Salt System
Polaris 480 pool cleaner
2 skimmers/4 surface returns
3 12" skupper waterfalls
6x11 tanning ledge with bubbler
812 sq ft peagravel decking with flagstone runners
4 foot flagstone faced gas firepit
Arched cedar arbor for future outdoor kitchen build