After waiting 48 years, I'm finally getting a pool! This will be our (well mostly my wife's) anniversary present. Though not much of a surprise since she already knows all about it.
A tiny bit about me and my wife: We're like Oil and Water. We agree on very little and always.. umm - discuss? - everything. When it came time to picking out the shape of the pool, color of the pebble finish, water tile, coping color, deck paver style *and* color and pool cage design/color, well I was planning on having to make a doctor appointment for some heavy tranquilizers.
First PB we visited we agreed on nothing. Not a single thing. Typical and expected. We tabled the pool idea for a few months. We tried another PB and I have to say this guy is good. He asked what kind of pool shape we were thinking about and all I thought was "hear we go again...". Neither one of us said anything right away. I suspect she was thinking along the same lines, "Here comes the stubborn husbands objection to everything." He said, "well lets just put something on the computer for the heck of it." We both looked at each other and said, "We love it!" Almost everything he came up with we liked. A few things not so much but I kept saying to myself that this is for my wife so she'll get what she wants. Yeah I'm that nice... or married too long to know better.
We decided on a 23.6 x 14 free form pool. From 3.6 to 5.6 depth. Not very big but we have no children living at home. Our son, his wife and 2 grandsons come down for a couple of weeks in April. The pool cage will be a mansard style in a bronze color. Totally clashes with our house color, in my opinion, but we are painting the house. Some day. We chose a Chestnut Buff Charcoal colored paver in Mega Stone pattern. should look good.
In this pattern:
We signed the contract about May 24th and gave up a deposit. They ordered the pavers. Before they applied for the permit we already had to make a change. The set back from the side property edge must be 6'. Our house is at 8'. Not enough room to put the equipment around the side of the house where it would have been out of site. So now it will be right in the back. I hope the pentair VS Intelliflo is as quiet as they say it is? So now the permit app is in and we wait. They submitted two permits apps that day. The first permit went through intake, ROW, Zoning, and Bldg Examiners quickly. We thought "Great they'll be building in a couple of weeks!" We waited for action on ours. It went through intake, ROW (I have no idea what this is), Zoning but when it got the Bldg Examiner, well, they decided to go on vacation! So we wait and wait. Finally a month later our permit is ready to pick up.
This is where we are so far today. Now well into the rain season. Figures right? Years of dry summers and this year - when we want to put in a pool - Ma nature decides to have a normal summer. Water tables are rising... I'm a pessimist so I'm gearing up for the worse. The PB said they will start Monday or Tuesday. I'm guessing Tuesday and since we're up against July 4th, guess how much will get done? Oh well...
9:30am - 90 degrees F and the enemy is gathering strength against the Gulf breeze:
Here is a before pic: