Atlanta Suburb Pool Build

Slaru

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May 18, 2020
33
Atlanta, GA
I noticed your paver and thought to myself that those look great. Then realized you choose the same pavers we are going to go with :) (Belgrade Lafitt). What color are they, I know they have different colors by region? Are they the Lafitt Grana Slab or the Rustic Slab, do you know? They look to have more texture on them.
I’m glad you like them. We’re told they’re the “regular” (for what that’s worth?) in Avondale. We liked the samples better and the pallets that arrived had a lot more of the darker grays than we wanted. Overall, we think it looks great and gives us a lot more depth for decorative color options. Not being stuck in a beige rut. They are very textured. I haven’t been able to run a bare foot over them, but I think they’ll be just fine.
Are you posting your build? I’d like to see how yours is coming along. Best of luck!
 

johnywess

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Sep 28, 2020
70
Salt Lake city
I’m glad you like them. We’re told they’re the “regular” (for what that’s worth?) in Avondale. We liked the samples better and the pallets that arrived had a lot more of the darker grays than we wanted. Overall, we think it looks great and gives us a lot more depth for decorative color options. Not being stuck in a beige rut. They are very textured. I haven’t been able to run a bare foot over them, but I think they’ll be just fine.
Are you posting your build? I’d like to see how yours is coming along. Best of luck!
Thanks for responding and the information. Your installer did a great job. Hmmm, it will be interesting to see what our actual pallets come looking like and the texture. Doesn't look like Avondale is available in my region. It sure is hard to tell from the small samples. We wanted to have a border look around the pool so we originally had a different color coping (Aspen) vs decking (Rio) but we just switched that. We are going to do Rio coping, thin border next to that of the Dark Charcoal, and then Rio decking. Crossing my fingers it turns out how we are hoping. I add the link to my build posting to my signature.
 
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Slaru

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May 18, 2020
33
Atlanta, GA
Progress has been a little slow over the past couple of weeks. Last week, we were able to have our privacy fence installed. We had to do a little pleading with the neighborhood association to allow us to deviate from the prescribed fence allowances just a tad. Then we had an issue with our silt fence being across the fence line. After the installation, I was doing a walkthrough with the lead and told him how dissatisfied I was with the automatic closure on gate. The gate only self-closes when opened fully. The horrible spring pops loudly and sounds like it’s about to fly off. And when the door is only opened slightly (like wide enough for a child to enter) the gate does not close enough to latch. I have spoken to the fence company’s customer service person who is looking into the matter. I explained that I need this to resolved so that I can pass my final inspection.

We are also working on our wooden deck. Repositioning the steps leading down to the pool. The contractor we are using is being a little shady, but I think we will be happy with the job when complete. Seems like it should’ve been a two-day job. But part of his shadiness is that he only comes when there are about 2 hours of sunlight left to work. I’m sure he’s working on other jobs too. I just don’t feel like our job is a priority for him.

The tile guy came yesterday to place the marker tiles. I asked him about the grout he’d be using and he said it’s black. I’ve seen in some previous posts where others recommend no grout, but the plaster finish only. What do you guys think? Is the black likely to look good with these tiles or should I insist on the plaster to contrast and make the tiles “pop?”

Plaster should be next week since rain is forecasted for the next 2 days.

Our yard is an absolutely muddy mess. The sod we’ll be installing is not available until mid-April according to our landscaper. We switching from Bermuda to Zoysia for our entire yard. We also owe our neighbors a little grass. Any ideas how to deal with this mud until then? The landscaper recommends laying down either pine straw or wheat straw over the dirt/mud. If we opt for the pine straw, we’ll be able to use it to mulch our beds.

Lastly, we’ve been checking out outdoor audio system options. Anyone have a Sonance system? We’re looking at the Landscape series, but it comes with a hefty price tag. Curious if anyone else has installed a Garden or Patio series system and how well you like it. Pics would be great too.

Thanks for everyone’s input!!!

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TexasRain

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May 19, 2020
310
San Antonio, TX
Pool Size
13868
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
My PB wanted to use black grout on my accent tiles too. I had them scrape it out. I think the black could end up looking like mold under the water. mostly because not all my accent tiles are black...so the black grout against the non-black tiles might look more like mold.
 
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Nikilyn

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Sep 3, 2018
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Gilbert, AZ
It depends on if you want each tile to stand out or look like a solid line. If you use plaster then you'll see the individual tiles but he black grout will make it look like a solid line. I would use the plaster.
 
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