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    Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Just curious about everyone's backyard project plans for 2012 ... I've finally gotten off the stick and began a tiled wall mosaic overlooking my pool area. My local pool mosaic contact gave me a great deal on some custom aqua mosaics that I affixed to the house. Having finished the "Fishscape" and frame, I'm now filling the frame with "Water" for lack of a better word. It has been a laborious process ... Enjoy the pics!
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    Wall Mosaic Progress

    More progress being made!
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    Mosaic Progress Continues!

    This is more work than I had anticipated! Things are going very slow, but just gotta make sure everything fits correctly.
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    Freeform 15x31 Pool w/ oversized spa, 1 1/2 HP Blower, Pentair Quad 60 DE Filter, Heliocol solar panels, Pentair Maxitherm 400K BTU heater, Pentair IC40 SWG, Pentair Easytouch 4 w/wireless remote, Pentair IntelliFlow VSP, and Pentair Intellibrite LED Pool/Spa lights.

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    Wall Mosaic Project ... Starting to look Better!

    Been at this for the past 2 months working on just weekends when the weather has been favorable. I'm kinda growing attached to it now that it is on the downhill side of the projcet.
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Simply gorgeous! Love it

    You got a lotta patience
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    I'm sure I do---------just haven't been informed as to what they are by the "boss" yet!

    That's gorgeous.
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    That is really nice!
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    Backyard Mosaic Progress

    Here's my progress since my most recent post 2 days ago. As you see, it is slow going ... hoping to be ready to grout after next weekend.
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Karl, ,it looks great. I can never have the patience for that kind of work.
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Very cool!

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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Good job Karl. Anxious to see it all grouted in.

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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Just finished the mosaic tiles yesterday before the bad weather set in ... looks like grouting fun for next weekend.
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Really cool!

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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    That turned out fantastic! excellent job
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    What color are you grouting in?
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    It looks great without the grout
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Karl , not to rain in on your blog but for 2 years the "Girls" AKA pink flamingos have been fighting to keep mulch in their home so I finally got inspired and added a concrete border. Here is a pic before





    Here pics after. I think this would be the extent of projects for this year





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    Pics of our Spool ( Social Pool) being built Solar install Outdoor kitchen upgrade

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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    I WANT to get started on my outdoor kitchen this year, but it might be mid summer or even later before I recover enough financially to get it done. Between the pool last year, and taxes and some unexpected expenses this spring... man I am about wiped out.

    That mosaic looks like a fine idea. I pitched doing one to the wife but she nixed it saying that it would be "too much" for our back yard. I might try to come up with something more muted for our back yard, I really like the idea of the time and care it took to do that. really nice.
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Love the mosaic project -- that looks really great!
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    Re: Any 2012 Backyard Project Plans?

    Brentr ... Nice corral for those insane looking birds! Makes edging the grass a breeze

    As for the grout color that I chose, I chose a very light smokey gray ... figured I could darken it later if I did not like the lighter shade.

    I'll post final grouted-in pics ASAP!

    I'm off to make sure my 89 degree pool water is balanced ...
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