Cool design on the joint bar pool and hot tub. Super cool project. I wish I would have done a bathroom but we had a couple things working against us on that. I’m in Austin a lot so I’d be happy to test out how fun your backyard is when it’s done.After more than 6 months of designs, working with builders/contractors, I finally pulled the trigger on a build. It cost me almost double what I set out to pay, but the more time I invested, the less corners I wanted to cut. I wouldn't be here with this builder if it wasn't for an individual on this forum that reached out and shared their build story and provided a referral to their builder. This build includes the following basic design elements (much more represented in pictures):
- 784 sq ft, 123 perimeter ft rectangle pool (38' x 26')
- 29,000 gallons
- Pentair Salt Water Setup
- 70 sq ft spa
- 400,000 BTU gas heater for pool/spa
- 1,050 sq ft Travertine coping (excluding foundations for bathroom, equipment, stairs, etc)
- 75 sq ft bathroom (vanity, urinal, toilet, shower)
- Fencing and Screening of Existing deck
- 620 sq ft cabana with outdoor kitchen w/ 35 sq ft granite counter-top
- (Not pictured) spiral stair case from third story balcony to mid-balcony
I left out a lot, but focused on sheer dimensions. Anyways, this build is on a very difficult canyon like backyard. I live on 1 acre in the city with a steep backyard grade. The foundation on the rear side of my house is 15+ feet of slab (level at front side). I wanted a build high enough to be part of the view (above trees) and integrate well into my existing deck. After reviewing countless proposals, this is the design I landed on. NOTE: Colors and tile material are just examples here, and I will likely raise the faux edge to prevent spillage.
I'm excited, we're about to break ground! See post 2 for terrain pictures.
Thanks, I actually saw that last night when walking around after getting back and already asked my PB about that.All I have is I would not allow them to pour the wall and include that corner post in it, I assure you if you ever have to replace that post it will not be a fun project or cheap!!!
Looks like a blast job so far!!
Thank you, some incredible ideas in here even I didn't think of. Tech is my background, so I've got a ton of plans. The PB is aware of them, including projectors, fans, power on every cabana post, lighting options, appliances, etc. The warming drawer is brilliant!!! I would've never thought of that, and honestly garbage disposal somehow escaped my plans but is now a must-have. Thanks so much!So some non pool related advice.
Wire power everywhere. You can never have too many available outlets.
Wire speakers while under construction.
When they put the sink in for your outdoor kitchen put a garbage disposal in too. It’s usually a room thing on the design.
My personal pro move is have a warming drawer in your outdoor kitchen as well. Great for cooking, but better to hold towels. Nothing better than a warm towel when you come out of your spa on a cool night. (My wife thinks I am a genius for that move).
High quality side burner for outdoor cooking. We use this more than the grill.
Little cut out sections with power where you can embed Echo or Google mini voice controllers. Nothing more fun than just yelling out to turn on your spa or play music or adjust the lights without having to pull your phone out. Make sure you have good access to those spaces to change out the devices since they will degrade over time outdoors, but they are cheap enough to be disposable.
City of Austin is extremely strict on permitting when it comes to railing and child safety (both your own children and random kids who might stumble on your property). It'll be 4' ornamental wrought iron all the way around the sides, stairs, etc. The current/previous wood deck between the 6x6s will be walled off with wood slats. There will be wood fencing around the pool/pump equipment tie'ing into the existing wood fencing on that far side. With the sight lines open due to the pool's edges, I didn't put too much emphasis on the gating since most of it is not view blocking and/or out of major sight lines such as down the stairs or pretty much against the existing property line wood fence.that really shows how steep your yard is! NICE job on the steps! What kind of railing will be used?
WONDERFUL job working with your uncle and PB to make sure things are right! So glad TFP was able to help!
We had a similar privacy issue and did 5 Eagleston Hollys as they are fast growing (1-2 feet per year) and evergreen so wont dump a ton of leaves in your pool.New topic:
I'm still looking for landscaping suggestions to provide privacy from the neighbor's house (the brown brick house). We are extremely close neighbors/friends, and thankfully so since I've been using a few feet of their front yard for ingress/egress of heavy equipment. However, I removed a huge oak tree that used to provide complete privacy between our homes to accommodate this project. I was initially planning/thinking Italian Cypress, but I don't think they're full enough, they're extremely pricey, they only barely handle Austin climates and they have spider mite issues in our region. I'm now leaning towards bamboo due to the cost and ability to grow high very fast and completely create a privacy wall full year round. I intend to get a landscaper who specializes in this in late winter, but if anyone has ideas, I'm all ears.
Thanks, I'm going for entirely maintenance free/minimal maintenance/pruning/etc, and no shedding or berries. Do the Ficus Nitida trees have any issues?Ficus Nitida or Carolina Cherry would be a good choice. Both handle the heat well and grow relatively quickly. The cherries are kind of messy though
I don't care for the cypress/juniper look, not to mention they are horrible with rodents and a huge fire issue from the dead foliage inside them.
I've never heard of the Shoal Creek Vitex, I'm not sure they'd be tall enough or dense enough and they look to flower pretty significantly. How's the maintenance and debris on the Eagleston Hollys?We had a similar privacy issue and did 5 Eagleston Hollys as they are fast growing (1-2 feet per year) and evergreen so wont dump a ton of leaves in your pool.
We also considered a shoal creek Vitex, but those were more of a V shape and would have been too wide for our space. Based on the name, I would assume it is native to your area.
So far so good on the Eagleston Holly's, but we have only had them for 3 months. They are evergreen so not a ton of leaves to deal with. Mine have not produced berries yet, but they do produce holly berries in the fall. Ours are tree form so I'm expecting to trim any new branches off the bottom ever year.I've never heard of the Shoal Creek Vitex, I'm not sure they'd be tall enough or dense enough and they look to flower pretty significantly. How's the maintenance and debris on the Eagleston Hollys?