A Pool in Progress Phase 4: Plaster

Last week was another huge week for us in the realm of backyard remodel!  We’ve been in the ready, set, wait mode on the pool for awhile now.  The tile has been in, the stackstone has been on the cascade waterfalls and we’ve just been waiting for plaster.

Early last week we heard that our pool was scheduled to be plastered the last week of May.  The rainy weather we had in April put the plaster companies behind and so everyone’s pools were behind on schedule.  I was pretty sad to hear that we’d have to wait a few more weeks especially now that the warm is beautiful and warm and our empty pool was just sitting there teasing us.  Then on Wednesday last week we got the call that they had an opening and they were going to plaster our pool the next day!!!!  Best news ever!

The plaster crew arrived bright and early at 7:30am and got to work.  By the time I got home in the afternoon after work, they were done and the pool was already starting to fill with water!  They fill it immediately which is so crazy!  Now let me tell you, watching a large pool fill with water oh so sloooooooooooooooowly is worse that watching a pot boil.  But with a glass of wine in hand I did just that, sat and watched my beautifully plastered pool slowly fill with water, cause you know, why not?

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We opted to go with plaster as opposed to a pebble finish for several reasons.  First of all, plaster stands the test of time, has been around for a long time and will continue to be around, so down the line, when repairs are needed (because it’s inevitable) plaster will still be available.  We didn’t know however, that we had color options with plaster until our pool contractor asked us which color we wanted!  I was thrilled to discover that we could get a similar result as the pebble finishes when it came to the color of the water, based on the color of plaster!  White plaster is typical and somewhat of a dated option.  We went with Tahoe Blue plaster.  I was concerned that the pool would look bright blue, and was especially nervous about my Christina ledge as I didn’t want it to look like a giant blue step, but our pool contractor assured me it would look good and highly recommended that color for our pool.  I’m soooooooo glad we went with it, it looks AMAZING!  The plaster isn’t blue at all, but a gorgeous grey color but it makes the water reflect a beautiful blue color, more blue the deeper it gets.  It’s truly perfect.

It took over 2 and a half days for our pool to fill.  That’s a lot of impatient waiting LOL!  but finally it was full and so so beautiful.  It’s even beyond what we were expecting.  It finished filling the day before Mother’s Day so I’d say it was a nice surprise gift.

Beautiful isn’t it?!  The day it finished filling they set up filter and got the automatic fill up and running.  Our pool is a salt water pool but for now it’s set up as a chlorine pool because they can’t add the salt for 45 days, they have to wait for the plaster to cure.  Thankfully we don’t have to wait for the plaster to cure to swim!  My kids were in it the very next day, even though it was only 80 something outside and the water has to be in the 50 or 60s, brrrrrrrrr!  You won’t see me in there until the weather is HOT, but I feel like I’m at my own personal resort now sitting in my yard looking at my beautiful pool.

A few other things we’ve learned since the pool is full is the amount of plaster dust that has to be swept off inside the pool once it’s full of water.  2-3 times a day we sweep the sides and bottom to filter and drain out the plaster dust as it settles. The first few days it made the pool super cloudy, but then it settled.  Each day is a little less.  We’re also still waiting to be able to use the cascade waterfalls until the water is all ready to go.  We got to test them though and they are AMAZING!  I can’t wait to post about them once they’re ready to run!

Lastly we discovered that we were not the only ones waiting for our pool to be finished. I think the local creatures thought we were building them a pond because as it was filling with water we caught a rat and a frog in the pool, BLEGH!  My son saved the frog and set him free, the rat didn’t fare so well (which didn’t make me sad).  They’ve stayed away now that it’s full thank goodness.

The rest of the yard has been undergoing big changes as well, with a beautiful retaingin wall being built around 2 sides of the pool by our landscaper and some plants going in, but I’ll save all the details of that for another post!

For now I’ll leave you with some before, during and after pics of the pool!

 

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A Pool in Progress Phase 3: Tile and Deck

It’s been awhile since my last pool update, sorry! Quite a bit lot has happened on the pool since the Gunite was installed, but slowly and some of it has been behind the scenes (electrical).

Earlier this month my pool contractor texted me that I needed to choose the tile for the waterline as well as the ledger-stone or stack-stone that will go on our waterfalls.  Now I love picking out pretty things, but when it comes to making final decisions on construction things, like hardware and tile, making a decision is SO hard! TOO MANY CHOICES!!! So after 3 days and hours and hours of looking through the tile magazines we were able to choose from and researching online what our top picks looked like on actual pools, we finally came to to a decision. We choose this beautiful blue tile for the waterline on the pool.  When the tiles were delivered I was so excited that the tiles looked even better in person than they had in the magazine and we were certain at that point we had made the right choice (but honestly we weren’t certain until that point).

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This is the tile we choose for our waterline. It’s called Martinique in Ocean Blue.  We love the variations of color in the tiles and they really catch the light in person. I can’t wait to see them with the water against them!

Next up we had to choose the stack-stone for our waterfalls.  This choice wasn’t quite as hard since there weren’t quite a many options, but you’d be truly amazed how many color variations of stone there are.  Overwhelming.  We decided on Golden Honey Ledger-stone because of it’s light versatile color and we think it will compliment the tile well. It hasn’t arrived yet so I’m still anxious to see it in person, but this is what it’s supposed to look like.

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About two weeks after we made a decision on the tile, it arrived and in 2 days time it was installed.  And we LOVE IT!!!

 

Almost immediately following the tile installation, the concrete contractors began working on the decking that goes around the pool! You can see in the pictures above some of the framing they started doing around the edges.  They spent about a day and a half framing out the edges and leveling out the ground. They also had to create caps on the waterfalls so they created molds that they then poured the concrete into.  And wala! In about a week our pool decking was complete!  We ended up going with a salt finish concrete because we like the texture of it.  They basically just spread salt over the top of the wet concrete and as it dries and the salt dissolves it leaves little holes around the top of the concrete giving it a nice look and good texture.

Here’s the decking the day it was poured, you can even still see the salt on it.  I may have freaked out that afternoon when the heavens decided to open up and dump a thunderstorm and rain all over my freshly poured concrete.  It takes weeks to actually fully cure, but thankfully it only takes hours to set enough that the rain didn’t do any damage, whew!

The picture just above is a good shot of the tile as well.  It looks even better in person!

Not much else has happened that is visible on the pool since the decking was poured.  The electrical has been run and the lights have been installed.  The pool equipment has also been installed.

Here is our current view of what the pool looks like. Next week the plaster is supposed to go on. Then it will almost be done and I can hardly wait, especially with the beautiful weather we are having!  Lastly the ledger-stone will go on the waterfalls and then it’ll be just about time to fill this bad boy with water!

Watching our pool being built has been super exciting.  It’s like Christmas each time a new step is completed!  Which is good because I’m pretty sure we can’t afford Christmas for like 10 years after paying for this pool, LOL!  Just kidding. . .sort of 🙂

 

CalBRE #01984572

I’m a full time wife, mom and Real Estate Agent and I blog about the real dirty honest stuff about renovation; like what living through a house being torn apart is actually like, the real costs of upgrading, DIY vs hiring it out, etc.  If you like what you’ve read, follow this blog to receive an email with each new post!