Hello all. I recently discovered this site (I really enjoy reading everyone's build threads), and I figured I'd post some pictures of our recently completed pool.
A couple of quick observations before I get started:
-You all make me feel REALLY poor with such impressive pool builds. One guy practically built a luxury resort in his back yard. Due to limited space and a tight budget, I imagine our build is one of the smallest/cheapest on here.
-After reading all of these build threads, I feel extremely lucky that my build was mostly trouble-free and took only 31 days. It seems like some of you have been stuck in this process for months with no end in sight.
Anyhow, onto our modest project. As I mentioned, we had a tight budget so we ended up axing some features that we originally had on our wishlist (upgraded plaster, additional water features, stamped concrete, etc). The only upgrades we ended up doing were the raised spa and the variable speed pump. All other finishes were part of their standard package, but we're very happy with the final product.
I wasn't around during most of the construction (pesky job getting in the way), which was kind of frustrating but also a blessing in some ways. It meant that I didn't have to obsess over every minute detail, and when I got home from work there was always something new for me to take a look at. As I said, the build only took 31 days and there were workers on site nearly every day. I have no complaints at all about my PB, which appears to be pretty rare around here.
I will try to add more pictures later, but here are a few:
Day 1: Excavation. They did the dig, rebar, and plumbing all in one day
Tile and coping. This was completed in three days. I love the color variation in the flagstone, and I'm happy with the spillover we picked.
Deck frame. We decided to do an overlay of our existing patio so that we didn't have to take down the pergola. I build the pergola myself about 8 years ago.
Poured Deck. We chose "rough texture" and a tan color that goes pretty well with the flagstone.
Filled with water!
Picture my wife sent me while I was at work (to make me jealous) on the first day we could swim in it:
We're supposed to have pool school later this week, and we should be able to use the heater for the first time as well. I'm sure I'll have a ton of questions, as pool ownership is totally new to me. I bought the Taylor test kit (and have no idea how to use it). I could also use some landscaping recommendations. There is a 3' x 25' strip behind the pool, and a 2' x 15' strip to the right side of the pool.