Hey all. I gave the details on how we have come to have a completely wrecked back yard in the Introduce Yourself board but wanted to post some pics here of our cozy freeform inground pool and spa build in Austin near Circle C.
The first plan we are shown is this one, which we loved.
The only problem was, the corner of the pool was going to be right on top of the roots of a tree that provides tons of afternoon shade to our house, so we had to ditch it for a freeform. Of course, I don't have an image of the design from Pool Studio but you will see what we have soon. The backyard is well shaded as you can see here:
Luckily, I have two child laborers who will be my pool boys (or at least on leaf patrol) and who swear they will clean the pool whenever it needs it
We had no real concept of just how destructive building a pool was going to be. The day we sign, I think the drought in Texas begins to break and we get several inches of rain. They wait as long as they can but still sink the bobcat at least 12-15" in the excavation.
Slowly, it begins to take shape:
And they were able to get at least 3' down before hitting limestone. It was amazing how small the pool seemed when it was just spray paint on the ground and how massive it became.
Our PB, has been excellent and for the first half of construction, folks where here at daybreak and leaving at sunset. The loudest day was the gunite shoot and I was glad to have been able to be around to witness the process. The president of the PB was here all day as well and was able to redirect the guys and make sure that they shot the floor first and keep them focused. In no time, the pool really started to take shape. (Bonus shot of our poodle Lily who is sad that her squirrel hunting area has been significantly diminished)
We have some slope to our yard and drainage issues so to deal with that, the design called for the raising of the grade about 10". Here you can see the decking forms are in and the rock work is finished. The original geometric design really caught my eye and I think would have looked awesome had we been able to complete it but I think our "natural" blue hole is going to be excellent as well.
We went with weathered limestone boulders across the back of the pool with a stacked limestone veneer along the edges where we needed the extra height to deal with the drainage. The coping is the lightest Lueders (limestone) that the yard carried. The finish is going to be Wet Edge Tech's Satin Midnight Sea. We had some rain today that we are hoping doesn't put off the deck pour tomorrow. If we stay dry enough, they will plaster Tuesday, acid wash and start to fill Wednesday and open on Thursday. No spa heat for 28 days but my polar bear kiddos can get some use out of the pool until then!