Swimming Pool Renovation Update

Aug 29

This pool renovation is taking quite a bit longer than expected. And costing (a lot) more money than originally budgeted. The positive is that I’m grateful to have a pool to renovate and the fact the renovations are almost done. So close to complete I can smell the saltwater and BBQ’s while hosting friends and family.

Warning: This post is photo heavy!

It’s hard to believe this was the same pool/yard 2.5 months ago…

 

First came weeks and weeks of demo…

 

 

And demo removal…

 

And prep work…

and chiseling to remove the old, cracked plaster…

 

And spa forming…

 

Then came plumbing, lighting and rebar…

 

Did I mention the dirt production? I haven’t seen grass in months…

Then there was gunite! Suddenly the pool was resembling a pool…

 

Then came 3 loooooong weeks of nothing. Although I was sad to see an empty backyard where no one was working, the timing of the break couldn’t have been better. It would have made for an even more challenging move-in process. Imagine adding a swimming pool crew and their vehicles/equipment to the mix…

 

The hold up was due to the coping material. But last monday, while I was kicking off my organized home office week, my peeps showed up. Not only did they show up, they showed up big!

Day 1: Monday – Coping was installed….

 

 

 

 

Each piece was numbered and set in place as if assembling a puzzle…

 

 

Day 2: Tuesday – Tile install…

 

 

 

He lined the pool rim with adhesive….

Then slowly and meticulously worked his way around to each of the tile piles…

Yup, an organizers dream to see those tiles stacked and sitting pretty…

 

Love!…

Day 3: Wednesday – Cobblestone facing begins on the spa. Loved telling the boys I decided to paint the spa pink. Seeing their reaction? Priceless…

 

 

Speaking of meticulous, this was by far the most detailed part of the job. They worked hard for 2 days getting this cobblestone facing just right…

 

 

Breaking pieces to fit perfectly, leveling, measuring, placing and then standing back to see it from afar. Repeat x 1,000…

 

 

Day 4: Thursday – more cobblestone work and boulder placement.
In case you were wondering why this spot was left unfinished…
It’s for a decorative boulder….
One on either side of the spa…
*More on a minor boulder issue in a second.
Here is the diving boulder at the deep end…

Like the other finishes, these boulders took a long time to haul into the yard. It also took precision to set them in place…

 

Once placed, they were cemented permanently.
This is where the one small issue popped up. The boulder on the right side of the spa was placed late in the day so I didn’t see the outcome until the next morning. At first glance, something appeared “off” to me. Can you tell?…
The boulder on the left looks natural and round…
But the boulder on the right appeared to be sheared off in the front…
I carefully made my way around for a closer look and saw this…

not only flat on one side, but two. A quick call to our pool company and the boulder was replaced a few days later, before the cement set permanently. Not a big deal!

My pool guys agreed it was an odd shape. Guess this is why they’re pool dudes and not plastic surgeons. 😉

days 5, 6 and 7: friday, saturday and sunday – prep work for cement pour….

 

 

I must admit, after months of seeing nothing but dirt piles and open trenches throughout the yard, this smooth look was a welcome change!…

 

 

 

Even the surrounding equipment and plumbing trenches are now buried…

 

I may actually be able to walk around back here…A little bit. Can you believe it?!

More cement prep continued through the weekend…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this week slowed down again. the boulder was quickly replaced on monday…

 

And I waited for the county inspector to come do his thing on Tuesday morning…

It appears we passed this inspection phase so the cement pour happens this Friday – woot! Can’t wait to snap those shots. It’s going to look even more finished.

As far as what remains? The pool interior (wet edge), final equipment fixes, then my boys add water and salt. And a lot of it.

Until then, we wait. We all wait. Including charlie…

I’ve already been busy planning outdoor organization projects. Can’t wait for this pool renovation to wrap up. My checkbook will breath a sigh of relief too :-).
Have a great day!

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  1. It's really starting to come together, it's fun following along and seeing the process!

  2. […] last time i posted about this renovation. the last time we talked pool was August 29 when it looked like this, prepped and ready for the concrete deck to be poured… after seeing those […]

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