It's almost pool season again people!!! Well, I guess in Texas, it's pretty much always pool season! Not gonna lie...it helps if you have a heater in those "cold winter months" but it seems like NOW is pool building season! A lot of people have hopes that their pool will be done by Spring Break, but for us, our goal was to have our pool be completed by Easter of that year.
I have a lot of friends that are building pools right now so I thought now would be as good a time as any to post about our own pool building process.
We started our dig on the Monday of Spring Break 2013. Up to this point, we had already interviewed a few pool companies, we chose our pool shape, picked out our tile, plaster, coping & cool decking color.
Day 1 - 3/11/13 - Dig, Rebar
Let the digging commence! The first thing a pool company will do right before they dig is to mark your yard with the exact shape you requested. This includes the steps, any ledges, where the light will go, drains, etc.
Form boards were put up soon after the dig began to mark &
maintain the pool's shape
Watching the bobcat was our favorite part! It's crazy how quickly
it zooms in, digs, turns & zooms back out! I mean, they even formed all
of the steps with this machine!
Some pipes were placed & rebar went in before the night was over
Day 1 is done & it already looks like a real pool!
Day 4 - 3/14/13 - Gunite
After all that work on day 1, they had to give the ground time to settle before they could add the gunite. We don't want any cracking or settling after the fact!
The gunite was a loud process. They put up tarps all over the house so none of the gunite would get on the windows & they pump this stuff into the pool & form it all around. After this, you have to water your pool like a flower bed a couple times a day. :-) This will help the gunite to cure properly.
Day 6 - 3/16/13 - Plumbing
Now this was the messiest part of the process! They dig up & around your whole yard...around the pool, down the back side heading where the pumps would be placed, down the side & to the front to where the overflow pumps would be placed. This phase is a disaster! (Don't fret, they will clean it all up!)
Day 9 - 3/19/13 - Electric
The pumps & timers were placed on the back side of our detached garage. My husband took the lead on all things pool, but if I'm remembering correctly, I'm pretty sure we got to suggest where we wanted the pumps to be located as long as it wasn't too far from the actual pool.
Day 13 - 3/23/13 - Cutting coping & rocks
We chose flagstone for our coping, which is what you call the top layer/edge of the pool & hot tub. The workers cut them to size & put it all together like a puzzle. We also chose to get large rocks for the backside of the pool. There would be 3 pipes running through them so the water could flow down the rocks when on.
Day 15 - 3/25/13 - Tile & Coping
The flagstone has been set in place around the pool & they have started adding some of the tile around the hot tub & just under the edge of the pool.
Day 16 - 3/26/13 - Rebar the deck
The pool company includes X amount of concrete/cool decking with your pool. They will rebar all of this area prepping it for cement to be poured.
Day 17 - 3/27/13 - Tile, Coping & Rocks done
All of the coping, tile & rocks are on! They even added little inlay tiles on the edges of the steps.
This little baby 3rd step is the one thing I'd do differently if we could.
You need that last step & everyone always thinks there's a full step there,
they step off on the far left & fall in. Whoops! :-)
Day 18 - 3/28/13 - Cement poured for deck
The cement has been poured for the deck & the cool deck will be sprayed once the pool is complete. It's crazy to think of how much grass we used to have!
Day 19 - 3/29/13 - Deck done
The concrete is dry & we area ready for this pool to be filled!
Day 20 - 3/30/13 - Plaster
This looks like a fun art project! We chose a blue plaster so the water could appear more blue once it was filled. Other options were white, black, tile...or even adding a decorative design!
Day 21 - 3/31/13 - Filling the pool
We finally got to start filling our pool Easter morning!!! Hours & hours and thousands of gallons of water later, it was finally full!
Day 22 - 4/1/13 - IT'S DONE!!!
The pool is full & the cool decking has been sprayed! Nothing left to do but jump in!
I didn't think it would be possible to build a pool from start to finish in 3 weeks but they proved me wrong! I'm sure it was a combination of the weather behaving, a hard working crew & a pool company that kept on top of everything.
I hope this step-by-step helps yall to see & understand the pool building process. It's really not as bad as you think & is totally worth it in the end! Just make sure to do your homework & choose a good pool company...that will make or break your pool building experience!