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    Our Mountain Retreat

    Hi Folks!

    We began our research back in June and construction started in January. I am new to this site and Iím hoping to share our experience with you as we continue our build.

    Iíve posted on another site, poolforum.com (hope itís ok to mention), and apparently it no longer is running. Fairly disappointing as I just subscribed there. Hopefully, once I get my feet wet, and the CFO (my wife) agrees, I will subscribe here as well. Looks very similar. There are many questions that I still have, and I hope that the knowledgeable people here will be able to help.

    Well, here are a few pics to catch up on, and I will continue to post as we progress.

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    Demolition:


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    Rebar and Plumbing:


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    Landscaping and Waterfall:


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    Welcome to the forum. We ain't going anywhere and we love pics!
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    Yes, Welcome to TFP!

    That's a beautiful setup there. Very nice!!
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    Thanks Woody. I haven't uploaded the latest pics from the past week or so. I have a new bbq island that was just completed (but no gas yet) that I'd like to share. I'll try to get updated pics on later today.

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    That looks awesome!
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    wow! Very nice. And that retaining wall rocks!
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    Oh wow... Love the free form and the terraced portions of the yard! This is going to be beautiful!
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    Re: Our Mountain Retret

    Good evening everyone,

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments and making a new comer feel welcome. Not much has been done to the pool in the past few weeks. Mostly landscaping and the bbq. Today, the landscapers poured the slab for the storage building that will house all the pool equipment.

    Pool and landscaping:


    BBQ Framed:


    BBQ Completed. Can't wait for the first rib eye:


    Storage Building slab:


    This is where we sit as of today, 3/21/15. This coming week should be pretty exciting as the coping will be going in along with the storage building. Tile should follow fairly quickly and then the equipment.

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    Looking really good! Yeah, put some meat on that grill!!
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    Looking great!
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    Primo work
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    Thanks again, everyone. We are super excited and can't wait for completion. We've dreamed of this backyard for years. A place to unwind, and relax. Everyone in the family are busy during the week, and we needed a place to "get away" and just reconnect on the weekend. We're actually doing that now and we don't have anything done. We sit on one of the retaining walls (the upper one)with a cold drink and just chat. We call it the "Wall of Reflection" or if my wife is out there with a friend, the "Wall of Gossip".

    So, that brings in why I'm here and needing help. Maintenance is not my strong suit. We've had a pool 8 years ago and it was somewhat stressful. Of course, I'm a little older, and hopefully, a little wiser so I'm planning on doing better on this one. Our previous pool always seemed to have issues, whether is was with algae or with the plaster flaking. I just didn't take care of it or understand pool chemistry. So, I look forward to some help and taking some of the stress out of taking care of our pool. I'll be posting on the various forums soon.

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    Grill looks sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarianParoo View Post
    Hey, toybuilder! Grill looks sweet!
    Hi Marian,

    Do I know you from Pool Forum? Did you use another username?

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    Re: Our Mountain Retreat

    Happy Easter everyone!

    Not much has happened in the past week. Only a bit of the coping has been cut and placed, and the equipment has been installed. The builder is behind schedule and delaying our landscapers also. Coping need to be complete before the landscapers can install the flagstone for the deck and patio. Good thing it's still a bit chilly out...but it is getting nicer.

    Hopefully, this coming week, theyíll start motoring and get everything back on track.




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    You should start reading the ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry to get a handle on what you need to know before a drop of water hits the pool.

    Also, if you have not done so, you should order one of the recommended test kits for proper testing of that beautiful pool you're building. Test Kit Comparison. You're going to want to protect your investments and the TF100 will help you do it. I've owned this kit for several yeas now and it is all that with the magnetic stirrer.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    You should start reading the ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry to get a handle on what you need to know before a drop of water hits the pool.

    Also, if you have not done so, you should order one of the recommended test kits for proper testing of that beautiful pool you're building. Test Kit Comparison. You're going to want to protect your investments and the TF100 will help you do it. I've owned this kit for several yeas now and it is all that with the magnetic stirrer.
    Yup! Already started, and making lots of notes. Will have lots of questions. TF100 is on the list too. Will order that in about a week. CFO won't let me have the stirrer though. Have to do it manually.

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    That's how I do it too, but then again, I don't have to check CH often. CFO wins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowRocker View Post
    CFO won't let me have the stirrer though. Have to do it manually.
    I say big mistake. Get it. Makes testing consistency much easier and also funner!!
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    Dang finance people always messing up the fun!

    LOL! Funner. Ha!
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