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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

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    What a story about the wire! Me, being me...........would you have bought the house if you knew you would have had to pay to have it moved?
    Yes - I knew going in we would likely have to pay to have it moved, even called SoCal to ask about it, but was told it'd probably cost about $700-800. Then after we moved in, called to get it done and they came back with $3000 - that's when the Eric Wrye Justice League kicked into high gear...
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Here are some short, fun Time Lapse Vids of the Demo from yesterday:




    And here's what it looks like after excavation today:



    In Ground Shotcrete Freeform Pool, 12,132 Gallons, approx 18' x 32', 4'6" Depth, Barbados Quartzscape, Pentair 420 Cartridge Filter w/Pentair IntelliFlo2VST Pump, Pentair IC40 SWG, & Pentair Mastertemp 400btu Gas Heater and 2 Pentair IntelliBrite Color LED lamps w/Easytouch 8 Wireless Screenlogics 2 control system. TFT-100 Testing Kit + Salt Water Test Add-on + Speed Stirrer.

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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Hey dude, there's a hole in your back yard!!

    Love the videos. So cool.

    Poor lawn, may you RIP.
    You were once was so beautiful,
    Then you struggled so, in the hot, socal sun.
    You fought for every sip. Denied your right.
    Now you're just a distant, faded memory.
    And a three second blip on YouTube.
    Poof.
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Now thatís progress! No turning back now. I hear you on the last minute freak out. I think mine lasted the entire week it took to dig our hole. Looks like they have done a great job with the excavation. A whole new chapter in your life is about to start... filled with dirt, mess and eventually swimming *??


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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    That's a biggggg hole. Exciting times ahead
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Let the MUD/dirt begin!!! Fun times ahead!

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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    I'm enjoying the videos and can't wait to see it finished.

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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Awesome design! Can’t wait to see this project complete. Loved your time lapse videos. Wish we had done some of those.
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Quote Originally Posted by teribble1 View Post
    I'm enjoying the videos and can't wait to see it finished.
    Glad to hear it. I messed up the first time I put them up (directly from my YT Channel) and violated the TFP Code and got reprimanded. lol - not really as harsh as that sounds, but I was unknowingly violating some very good rules used to protect the forums. So I had to do a special set of vids just for the forums. I'll be adding time-lapse of the dig over the weekend as time allows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HolliG View Post
    Awesome design! Can’t wait to see this project complete. Loved your time lapse videos. Wish we had done some of those.
    Thanks! I'm enjoying doing those, even if is a little time consuming. We're excited. It's a little ominous right now having that humongous hole basically taking up our entire backyard. We knew going in that space was limited - I just can't wait to have it all done... 10-12 weeks from now.
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Been a BUSY weekend - making choices on Pool Finish, Tile, and Pavers - more on that later. Just wanted to get the latest Time-Lapse Video up from the Excavation. Enjoy!

    In Ground Shotcrete Freeform Pool, 12,132 Gallons, approx 18' x 32', 4'6" Depth, Barbados Quartzscape, Pentair 420 Cartridge Filter w/Pentair IntelliFlo2VST Pump, Pentair IC40 SWG, & Pentair Mastertemp 400btu Gas Heater and 2 Pentair IntelliBrite Color LED lamps w/Easytouch 8 Wireless Screenlogics 2 control system. TFT-100 Testing Kit + Salt Water Test Add-on + Speed Stirrer.

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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Can't wait to hear about your picks for your finishes!

    Have you measured to make sure it is wide, long, deep, etc enough? NOW is the time to fix,change, tweak as needed/wanted.

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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    Can't wait to hear about your picks for your finishes!

    Have you measured to make sure it is wide, long, deep, etc enough? NOW is the time to fix,change, tweak as needed/wanted.
    This is the worst aspect of any construction now-a-days, that it is performed by human beings!! You have to personally double check as much of the work as you possibly can. Ask a lot of questions. Get them to explain things. Show you what they are doing. Make sure everything on the plans is as it should be, Etc. It's not right. It's not fair. It's not easy. It's not what you paid for. It just is. If you skip this step on a pool, it is often impossible to go back and fix, as a mistake can literally be "in stone." You get a credit, if you're lucky, instead of what you wanted. Measure twice, cut once. You've heard that. For a pool it's measure twice, pour once. You do the second measure!

    If you read some of the other builds here, you'll see what I mean...
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Thanks for the tips! Actually, the builder themselves measured width and length with us to confirm the correct sizing. The pool is as wide and long as humanly possible in our yard! The depth seems correct - with no rebar/concrete it's deeper of course than what it will be. I confirmed with our designer on excavation day (just to be safe) that he had 4'6" marked as the actual water depth meaning the over all pool shell depth would be a bit deeper and he confirmed 4'6" for the actual water depth.

    The construction manager is supposed to stop by today to look over the excavation and make sure everything is good to move forward so since my spouse is at home (he's a CHP officer and has every other Monday off), he's gonna talk to him and go over everything with him and make sure everything is kosher.
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    Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California - Pool Finish Color

    Pool Finish Selection
    Originally, we were going to go with super dark Quartzscapes Color like Anvil or Curacao Night, both Dark Gray/Black colors that give a super deep lagoonish water color. But after thinking about it longer we decided that would be too dark especially because our pool will be fairly shallow at at times depending on sun/shade you'll probably see the pool floor surface directly rather than the water color reflection and we didn't want to see a "black/gray" floor. So we decided to go with the deepest richest blue water color they have that is based on a blue finish.

    The Winner: Barbados Blue



    In Ground Shotcrete Freeform Pool, 12,132 Gallons, approx 18' x 32', 4'6" Depth, Barbados Quartzscape, Pentair 420 Cartridge Filter w/Pentair IntelliFlo2VST Pump, Pentair IC40 SWG, & Pentair Mastertemp 400btu Gas Heater and 2 Pentair IntelliBrite Color LED lamps w/Easytouch 8 Wireless Screenlogics 2 control system. TFT-100 Testing Kit + Salt Water Test Add-on + Speed Stirrer.

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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Sounds like you and your PB are on top of keeping things to spec. Awesome. Keep it up. I've been amazed here as I read about what PBs get wrong, forget, overlook, etc.

    Does your PB have any pools with that finish that you can visit? Pictures and swatches are not the greatest. Of course, it'll take on its own color and personality in your yard, but seeing someone else's pool with that finish might be worth your time, if that's possible...

    Sounds like you've already figured this out, to some extent, but keep in mind that depth affects color more than you might think. I have a deep aqua color (modified Tahoe Blue), that looks one way in the deep end, a little less blue in the shallow end, all the way up to the top step, which is a med-dark grey. Doesn't seem to have a bit of blue in it.

    So as you look at pic's or pools, it's the shallow end that'll be your color...
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Barbados blue looks great and it looks like it has some bling to it
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Having nailed down pool finish, we moved on to tile selections. First, if you live in SoCal and your builder is using NPT Tiles, I would personally recommend not going to their showroom to pick out tiles. It was a hot mess and had us very frustrated. What we did get from there was a piece of paper that had the names of tiles and what group they were in. Our build included Groups 1-3 in the pricing (could pay more for tiles outside those groups). So we went back home and used that paper and went online to look at tiles and find the ones in our groups and narrow down. This was WAY more productive and I wish our builder had given us the paper with the group #'s names and suggested we do it that way. (After narrowing down to 1-2, THEN going to NPT to just see them in person would make sense.) Not sure why NPT doesn't have the "grouping" on the website with each tile - would make way more sense. Anyway...

    After a frustrating morning at NPT, we were able to sit at home and take our time looking at various tiles and discussing what we wanted and ultimately decided on the 6x6 Tuscany for our Pool Line. We liked the more natural look of it and the fact that each tile varies greatly so it doesn't look like a factory repeat patter print. Here it is:



    While we were looking for our pool line tile, we saw this other tile - Canyon Gems - and decide the brown/bronze shimmering color would look great as an accent just on our steps into the pool so we did a change order to add that into our build. Here's the tiles as well as an example of how they will be on the steps:



    So many decisions with a pool... It's great being able to customize it to our liking, but there's a part of me that wishes we'd just bought a house that already had one and would have just been happy with whatever was there. (Not really, but I sure felt that way Saturday afternoon.)
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    So many decisions with a pool... It's great being able to customize it to our liking, but there's a part of me that wishes we'd just bought a house that already had one and would have just been happy with whatever was there.
    That's how I did it!! Fortunately my tastes and the original owners' match perfectly.

    Reminds me of the diner scene in "My Cousin Vinny" where Pesci says "Wadda ya tink?" to Tomei and then shows her the menu that has only three lines:

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner


    So this won't help...

    Tip'o'the'day?

    If your tiles have color variations and you're looking forward to the effect that'll create, then you might want to plan to be onsite when they install. If they're willing (after the juice and donuts you'll serve), ask them to layout the tiles all the way around the pool. Then have a hand in arranging all the tiles to your liking. It's how I did my step tiles, that were all different colors. I even rejected a bunch that I knew would bug me. It's not that they might do it wrong (though they certainly could otherwise), but everyone has their own eye, and if you're picky (like me!) then even a couple tiles can bother you forever! This way you'll get what you want and be able to live with it. Your tile guys might actually welcome this, as it takes the burden of arranging them away...

    Sub tip?

    This probably won't apply to you and your tile, but just in case: keep in mind that a lot of the time you'll be looking at the tile, you won't see the whole tile, but rather only the upper half and it's reflection in the water (like during certain hours of the day, with calm water). This would be more of an issue with tile that has some sort of strong pattern or design that would look funny when reflected. In your case, if one of the tiles has a big blotch of color, you might want to hide that under the waterline, to avoid having to stare at a big ol' blotch and its identical twin a few inches below it (its reflection).

    This is probably just me and my OCD, but I'm sensing you might have a touch yourself...
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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Reminds me of the diner scene in "My Cousin Vinny"?

    This is probably just me and my OCD, but I'm sensing you might have a touch yourself...
    Ha! My Cousin Vinny - love that movie!

    Those are EXCELLENT tips - hadn't even really thought about having a hand in tile layout. I am picky and super into the finer details, but my spouse is SUPER OCD so I'll probably have him be there and do that. He'd be like you if one tile was just out of place it could literally drive him mad. Whereas I'm being overly involved in everything right now, but the minute there is water in the pool and I can jump in and swim, I probably won't care about anything else anymore.
    In Ground Shotcrete Freeform Pool, 12,132 Gallons, approx 18' x 32', 4'6" Depth, Barbados Quartzscape, Pentair 420 Cartridge Filter w/Pentair IntelliFlo2VST Pump, Pentair IC40 SWG, & Pentair Mastertemp 400btu Gas Heater and 2 Pentair IntelliBrite Color LED lamps w/Easytouch 8 Wireless Screenlogics 2 control system. TFT-100 Testing Kit + Salt Water Test Add-on + Speed Stirrer.

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    Re: Small Yard, Big Pool Dreams - New Build - Lakewood, California

    Dirk has some great advice for you. I love both those options. Another build recently installed the Tuscany and it looks amazing.


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