Having a pool put in…Lots of pics 56k…you will be hosed.

Thought you guys might want to see the pics of the process so far. The yard isn’t huge so we went with a 30×18 play pool (4-5-4). It will have a waterfall, spa, and tanning ledge. The coping will be oklahoma flagstone, I don’t remember the name of the tile, but it is a natural loooking tile, and the decking will be stampcrete in the shape of flagstone. The finish on the pool will be Midnight Blue Pebble Tec.

I’m not going to post the layout pictures as they are really hard to see. The layout was sprayed in orange and the sun was bright.

Enjoy.

Excavation…

Plumbing, rebar, and electrical…Not all of the equipment is there yet. We are missing the heater and heat pump.

Gunite…

Coping, tile, and decking will be the next step. That should be done next week. We have to water the gunite a few times a day for 5 days to let it cure before anything else can be done.
Will do. They did this in a week and a half, so I figure it’ll be about 2 more weeks before we can swim. It’s a good thing I live in TX because I still have a couple more months that it will be warm and will be able to jump in a cool off. We will be able to swim in the winter as well since the heater will heat the pool and spa.
Nice! I just had my pool re-plastered…so it started out like yours is right now. Just a few more days until the chlorine levels are perfect.
What color plaster did you go with? White, light grey, dark grey? Got any pics?

Si! I can’t wait to jump in it. All I can do right now is walk around in it while I water the gunite.
Thanks! We are so ready for the watering stage to be over with. It took me 45 minutes to water the gunite last night. It just kept soaking the water up, but I guess when it is 100+ degrees outside that’ll happen.

I got white – I’m in northern california and my pool is almost completely unshaded…full sun. In the summer months, the water temp gets to the high 80’s – which is very borderline "too warm"…if I had selected a darker plaster, it would have heated the water even further. So if you’re in a cooler state, or have shade, then go for a colored plaster. Also, I hear the dark grey is hard to maintain…get calcium deposits, cracks show up white, etc.

I do have pics…just have to put them together. Will post soon (if I remember!).
Well, we don’t have much shade and I am in North Texas. It’s been in the 100’s this week. We are going with a Midnight Blue Pebble finish so I know it will get pretty warm. We are going to have the pool and waterfall running during the middle of the day to keep the water circulating and help the temperature from rising too much. I know it will get pretty warm, but I wanted this color of Pebble Tec so I will just have to deal with the warm water.
Tile and coping will be done this afternoon so I should have more pics this evening. Looks like the pool may be completed early next week.
I can’t wait to see more picture…looks like it will be an amazing backyard retreat. Plus, I guess I have never seen a pool install….so it’s quite informative
Well, I wasn’t able to get pictures of the tile and coping yesterday. Our design consultant forgot to tell the guys what color mortor and coping we wanted. So…they will be out today to do it all.

Hopefully, I’ll have pics up tonight.
Wow its very interesting to see the process of making a pool. I guess I better put away my shovel and dreams of creating my own pool
Hey, you can do it on your own. Many people have. They went the owner/builder route. It’s much cheaper. You will still want an excavation company to come out. It’ll be thousands cheaper than going with a pool company.
Tile and coping pictures. They will be back tomorrow to do the waterfall and finish up the tiling.

Mind telling us how expensive this was? Maybe a quick detailed breakdown? It looks AWESOME! Why’d you choose gunite? I believe I saw part of a black lab in picture one – did you go with gunite so your dog could swim with you? What was the total elapsed time on this?
Is gunite what we see them spraying? Or is that cement? What do you mean tile – are you putting down tiles in the pool? Sorry if these are stupid questions. :-)
looking good so far if/when you have kids, having a pool is priceless! our pool is going to need some re-finishing soon i think its more than ten years old now…

It was in the 30’s. Would have been in the 40’s, but we haggled them and we were getting quotes from other pool builders. They came down to what another builder quoted. It was between the two of them and we liked the this one best.

I don’t have the detailed breakdown of it. Base pool started at 19k and we added stuff from there. Flagstone coping, upgraded tile, Pebble Tec, spa, waterfall, etc.

I went with gunite because of the peeble textured walls and floor that I wanted. Pebble Tec. Oh…and a liner pool would have been ripped by the dogs nails, and the fiberglass one was more than the gunite.

The dog is a Border Collie. She loves to swim.

Total elapsed time so far is just shy of 3 weeks.

Yes, that is gunite. It is a cement mixture. Another name for it is shotcrete.

No, the tile is for the what right under the coping. It’s the blue/tan/etc tile going around the pool up top on the inside. Flagstone is the coping or ledge if you want to call it that.

Thanks!

You should check out Pebble Tec, Pebble Fina, Crystalstones, etc. It is so nice and smooth.

Labor Day weekend.

Thanks!

You should check out Pebble Tec, Pebble Fina, Crystalstones, etc. It is so nice and smooth.

wouldnt those be a lot more expensive than just re doing whatever finish it had? (im guessing its cement or whatever they used 10 years or so ago)
Yes, but they last a lot longer than a plaster finish.

Cement/gunite is under the plaster (the finish you are needing redone). They would only be redoing your plaster unless you had cracks in the gunite.
i think they maybe just need to re-finish the plaster then? I dont think there are any cracks, its just starting to wear Ill ask them about quotes for those other finishes too I dont have any detailed pics of the pool, but its very old school-like :

best i could find

Ooo…I love the mosiacs and the doggah. If we weren’t going with such a dark pebble finish, we would get mosiacs. They just won’t show up well.

Yeah, that’s plaster. Hey, I’ll take an older pool over not having a pool anyday. At least you didn’t have to incur the costs of having one put in. Oh…and you can just get the plaster painted, but that won’t last very long at all.
Yeah those are two beta fish (japanese fighting fish?) and yeah it came with the house thankfully.

my boss put in a pool recently and it fucking rocks IMO, i love the materials, and i think the finish inside is some type of pebble like you mentioned. check these out (nevermind the goofballs inside it, those are some co-workers)

i just love the tile and the "deck" materials…
Having seen the project completed, do you think you could have done any/all of the work yourself? Forgive my ignorance here… But, if you let border collie in the pool, won’t the chlorine upset it’s skin? Do you need to use a special chemical?

Can you post some pics of your house? Are you planning on completing any additional lanscaping projects in your back yard?
dogs are ok as long as you hose them down with fresh water afterwards or if theyre extra sensitive , bathing them after, and drying out their ears.

their skin isnt any more sensitive than humans , AFAIk.

Having seen the project completed, do you think you could have done any/all of the work yourself? Forgive my ignorance here… But, if you let border collie in the pool, won’t the chlorine upset it’s skin? Do you need to use a special chemical?

Can you post some pics of your house? Are you planning on completing any additional lanscaping projects in your back yard?

I probably could have done the design, layout, dug the trenches for the plumbing, setup the equipment, and do the tile, coping, and decking. Oh…and the waterfall too. I wouldn’t have been able to do the excavation, gunite, or the pebble finish.

Dogs are fine. As someone else has said, their skin is like ours. They will get rinsed afterwards though.

We will be doing tons of landscaping. Palm trees, tropical plants, etc.

Here are a couple pics of the waterfall they finished today. Sorry…these are a little big.

And yes…those are dead bushes. They used to be shaded by a Bradford Pear and a Live Oak, but those had to go for the pool to fit. Now they are baked by the sun and dying. I never really like the bushes anyway.
wow that looks awesome. Keep taking pics of the progress.
Thanks! They will be forming the deck today and hopefully pouring it tomorrow. I’ll probably have more pics tonight or tomorrow.
I’ve got more! Only of the decking being formed though. Our heater being on backorder has delayed us some. They said it weighs 400 lbs so they wanted to get it in place before pouring the deck.

Oh…and ignore the dogs that look high in these pics. Don’t know what they’ve been smokin.

the dogs look fine to me.

So I guess you can sell the lawnmower now. Your yard is almost all concrete!

the dogs look fine to me.

So I guess you can sell the lawnmower now. Your yard is almost all concrete!

fill the remaining grass area with perennial plants/shrubbery and low maintenance ground cover

pretty pool – hope you get to enjoy it soon

the dogs look fine to me.

So I guess you can sell the lawnmower now. Your yard is almost all concrete!

Yeah, there won’t be much left after this is all done. Too bad we still have the front yard.

fill the remaining grass area with perennial plants/shrubbery and low maintenance ground cover

pretty pool – hope you get to enjoy it soon

I would so do that if we didn’t have the dogs. Around the pool, I will be planting perennials and tropicalisque plants. I’ll leave that little bit of grass you see by the pool equipment for the pottying.
They delivered it on Saturday. I was going to go out yesterday and take pics, but it rained, and it’s been raining all day today. Good news is we will have our deck completed tomorrow, Pebble finish on Wednesday, acid wash on Thursday, and fill on Friday. So…it’ll be ready for labor day weekend!

Oh, and the heater is HUGE!!!!! We also found out that it will heat and cool the pool. So…in these 100+ degree days, I can cool the water so it won’t feel like I am in a huge bath tub.

ha! cool. I never knew you could cool the water. Of course I know absolutely nothing about pools.
the thing i dont understand though is why are they using sand as a subbase for the concrete? especially since it doesn’t even look like it’s been compacted down at all.

Hey, I didn’t know they could do that either.

It has been compacted down, just not in those pics. We had to soak it with soaker hoses for a few days before they would do the concrete and compact it.

I’m pretty sure they use sand for a lot of decking around here. We had a pavestone patio put in and they used sand. We soaked it, then it was compacted.

Oh…there is also rebar and mesh in their too.
More pics! The deck has been poured. We will be filling the pool either today or tomorrow. Oh, and the color is not done on the deck yet. They will do that next week when they seal it.

awesome! I would imagine if you’re just filling it, you cant actually go swimming in it for Labor Day? The chemicals have to get balanced out or something?
make sure the first person in it does a huge cannonball
That looks really nice! I like the look of modern pools, mine is plain and blue.

I just emptied and filled mine a couple weeks ago, other than taking 24 hours for the garden hose to fill it and tossing in some chlorine the chemical balance was really close right away. I cant imagine why the pool couldnt be used by this weekend.

No….you can swim in it. Just won’t be any chemicals in it until pool school. Oh…and it looks like we got set back to Wednesday. It rained last weekend and Monday so everyone got pushed back. No swimming at all this weekend. Not until Wednesday. If they get a cancellation they’ll come out.

I plan to be in it as it fills. I will get out and do a cannonball though.
Pool is complete and full of water! The color for the deck is coming next week. They like to wait until everything is completed before they do that last step.

Sorry about the pics not being in order. My photobucket has issues with moving things around. So…you can start in the middle…move to the top…and then go to the bottom of the post to see the pics in order.

Wash cloth at the end of the hose. Keeps the metal part of the house from scratching the surface of the pool and it also looks like it keeps rust from the end of the hose out of the pool and onto the cloth.

Thanks! It’s great. I’ve been swimming for a couple of days now and boy did I miss being able to swim whenever I wanted to.
I almost forgot to come back and check this thread. Your pool looks BEAUTIFUL!
what was the total cost for something like that? around 20k?
Thanks everyone. Total cost was about 33k. Would have been around 40k, but we got all the pool equipment free. Plus, they gave us a gift card in the amount of $1,500 to Sunnyland Patio Furniture store. That $1,500 didn’t go far, but it helped. You can actually see the furniture we bought with it in some of the pics.

Oh…and the pool is a lot bluer now that the chemicals are in and balanced. I’ll have to take more pics when we do our landscaping.
looks awesome! that pebble finish looks nice. I’d almost want to throw some koi in there
Thanks! We love the pebble finish. Feels nice on the feet too.

If I ever decide that I don’t want to swim in it anymore, I just may do that.
Wow man, that looks really nice! Any reason you didn’t make the hot tub part a little bit bigger? Or are the pictures just a little decieving?
Thanks! We didn’t want a huge spa. It seats 6 and is 7ft ?" long and 4 feet wide. The pictures are a little deceiving, but it is still small compared to most. It’s only the two of us so, we didn’t want to go too large.
wow man have to say im very jealous, looks awesome! just need a little landscaping around it and it will be totally pimp
Thanks! We are going to start planting some flowering shrubs this week (azaleas). We will have to wait for most of the landscaping to be done in spring. We are in Texas, but it does get below freezing in the winter and if we plant certain things now that aren’t trees or shrubs, they will die. So…I think I’ll have to bring this thread back to life next year when that is done.

Forgot to mention…the pool is more blue now that we have all the chemicals in. I’ll have to take some more pics for you guys and gals.