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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