Underway on large pool project... w/ pics

kimkats

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WAIT! Are you wanting to dry stuff or are you wanting warm towels for when you get out of the hot tub?? If it is warm towels then you throw them in the house dryer then put them in a cooler! That will keep them warm until you are ready to use them!
 

BMK

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Oh I wasnt suggesting using the dryer primarily as a towel warmer. Just mentioning it as a possible added benefit.
:)
I'll have to try the towels in the cooler method. Never thought to do that! If they really do hold their heat in there for 30 - 40 minutes, that'll be even more convenient!
 

dunginhawk

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So things are starting to progress a little bit this spring.
The frost literally just came out so the ground is totally saturated, so no machinery in the yard yet.
However I had to get my bar area complete before the pool goes in because the stone has to be laid down before concrete decking...
So here are a few pictures of the project mock up I did last fall on what I wanted it to look like. Then a few after I demo'd part of the wall. Finally what the bar looks like before granite. Granite is being measured for on wednesday.



Wall after I took out about 3/4 of it with a sledgehammer.


Bar completed, before the granite gets added.




I also finished about 40 ft of drainage tile to pull water from my house, and my new deck downspout...


Wednesday starts a new project (kind of threw it in last minute). Which is reconfiguring an old retaining wall near my front garage from a wall to a staircase leading down to the back yard.. So we/guests dont have to walk through the neighbors yard to get down to the pool.

So things are moving along... Im documenting the entire process, start to finish because I want to see how close I can come to my renderings from the landscaping software I used last year.

One final timelapse of the bar being created.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/7ZtGMJBKM2CoJDSm8


Also, all my pool project content is uploaded in to this folder :) https://photos.app.goo.gl/spJMTT5pjxjVhMWg6
 

kimkats

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That is really coming out great!!! I am loving how everything just flows together to make an impressive finial package!

Yeah it might be nice to not have to walk in the neighbors yard LOL I am sure you will share the before/after pics of that as well!

Kim:kim:
 

dunginhawk

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Thats a good reminder... I need to get the Wyze cam out there to set up the Timelapse :) . Ill get before and after pics for sure... They just need to agree to my price :) . I also may have found my trees at a much better price... One nursery was quoting me about $10k for 20 x 12' arborvitaes which would create an immediate privacy wall along my entire south fence. My stone guy just told me he thinks he can get them for 4k at 8' , so that would be much preferred :)
 

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So the last few days the crew was back working on the stairs off my 2nd garage. Rather than walking through the yard, this makes it much easier for guests to get down to the back yard....
THe album located here is updated. https://photos.app.goo.gl/spJMTT5pjxjVhMWg6
Here are a few stills of the before and after.










Obviously I need to clean those rocks out and either lay down some sod or put in some flagstone or something like that, but the bulk of that work is done :)
 

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Granite went in today.. Ended up being exactly what I had planned it to look like in my model..
The installers didnt quite know what to make of it at first... "we havent really done anything like this" I thought to myself "thats the point"




 

dunginhawk

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Ok... so an update :). Last weekend I started ripping out carpet from my guest bedroom (sorry mom and dad) and the hallway. I also removed the beautiful slate tile (that i love) from the bathroom. For once in my life I wish my builder had taken a shortcut, but nope. Most amazing tile work ever, meaning the thinset was HARD to get out... But I did it :)

Bathroom Before



bathroom demo'd



Room Before -



Room Demo'd



Window removed and sliding door added.





This just concluded a couple days ago... Today the tile guys came by and prepped the floor for tile going in next week. That will really transform this room and bathroom. The cabinet maker is estimating a few weeks until the built ins go in inside the pool house room.
20 x 8' emerald green arborvitaes go in next week along the south side of the fence.
PB called and is expecting to start in less than 2 weeks. Things are really picking up.

So I do have a question for you guys/gals... What do you think is a common or average walkway around a pool? I am targetting 4' but may have to increase it a bit in some spots (where basketball hoop goes etc).
However I dont have a lot of room to play with.. My city ordinance only allows 30% of your backyard to be hardscape (pool, concrete, patio, etc) so it REALLY boxes us in. I had to fight for every variance I got. Do you think 4' is enough? ive measured it out and It seems like it would be ok.
Here is a picture of the layout (its not 100% perfect because I need to allow more room at the end (right) of the pool to get my automatic cover put on.


thanks
 
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kimkats

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I also thing 4' will be fine. I do want to ask if removable stone/steppers would count against your covering?

I love your tile you just took out. One of my all times fav color! So what did you use to get the glue up? When I removed the nasty stuff in our hall way I used an air chisel and hated every min of the noise, dust, chips, cuts to the point I am holding back on doing the bathroom.

Kim:kim:
 

dunginhawk

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Ok... Tile is is finished... Couple day delay due to a sick kid from one of the guys... All good.. its finally in and it looks stunning...
Couldnt be happier....

BEFORE






AFTER
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Up next... Hopefully Pool next week, along with 20 arborvitaes, concrete decking etc... stay tuned.
 
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