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 🙂

 

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