Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Not the pool... but the patio cover

To complete the outdoor living space we have added a patio cover.
It was built by Decathlon Construction .
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I think we are close to calling the backyard done!!
Short of landscaping and such.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Not the best camera work....

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Not the best camera work.... but the lights do rock in person!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Madison gets her fun!!!!

So here it is the moment that everyone but mostly Madison has been waiting for! She got to enjoy her new pool tonight and have some FUN!!! - though getting out - not so much fun..LOL
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Week Three! But you can call it done!






So today is 3 weeks to the day that we dug the hole. We are going to be swimming tomorrow after pool school. I can not believe it's only been three weeks. There is still some tweaking that needs to be done with regards to the salt system but it won't stop us from being able to use the pool.

Now we need to put in sod, landscaping, stain the concrete - back to not knowing the color, and a few other things. Here is the finished product. The red flags are where they re-routed the sprinkler heads.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Let there be water!!!!


Pool is full.
We decided to test out some of the features :)



oooohhh YEAH!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

No Plaster today

Well we have been pretty lucky with the weather all this time but I guess it finally caught up to us today - even though it hasn't rained yet today. We were scheduled to have the pool plastered today but it looks like it will be Monday now.

We know we shouldn't complain and we aren't really - we just got spoiled at how fast everything was going. We are so excited seeing it all come together, we just can't stand it! It's kinda like seeing the finish line and then someone moves it 20 yards...LOL

So nothing more to post this weekend and no pics on this post, can you believe?! Hopefully we will have wonderful pictures to post on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend all!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Clean up - Wow what a great job they did!






So today was clean up day and prepare for the pre-plaster inspection. I gotta say I was ready to come home and not see the all of the left over junk that came along with getting the pool put in but I wasn't even remotely prepared for what I came home to!

Of course, they cleaned up the "junk" but they also leveled the ground around the pool where they had dug for the plumbing and the pool area. We were all prepared to do that after the fact. We were also prepared to have the swing set moved because it was too close to the pool for my liking... They moved the swing set too!!! I couldn't believe!! Oh and my fence is back up!! Now that's a sure sign the installation is almost complete. Today - by the way - is week #2!!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Decking is in!!

We plan on staining it after everything is completed



Friday, July 2, 2010

Rebar completed for Deck





Today they came out and set up the rebar for the deck. We have another inspection and then they will come in next week either Tuesday or Wednesday and pour the concrete.... It's getting there!!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Flagstone and tile - completed!




So today they finished the flagstone around the pool and the tile. Next step is decking, plaster - the pool fun!!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Still continues to Rain - still continues to NOT be a problem for Venture!







I have really been amazed at all of the work that has been completed in the rain. I really figured that the rain would slow us down but it seems to have only picked up speed. Today they ran the gas lines, put in the tile and have almost finished laying the flagstone. Of course I took pictures but its been raining so the color might be a bit off and I had to take the pictures inside - sugar melts you know! I do know that I need to clean my windows - and I can say that because no one is really reading this blog! LOL

Below are the pictures and I think it is going to look wonderful once it is all done!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rain? Won't stop Venture!


Summer in Texas is usually just - hot! Yesterday they sprayed the gunite and when I came home I did as instructed and watered it so it would not dry out. What happened? It rained most of the night and into the morning. So we figured no work would get done on the pool. In fact since the gunite was completed a day early we figured the rain just put us back on schedule. Right? No! They came out and completed all of the electrical work today - even in the rain! I always thought rain and electricity never mixed but they said they could do it - no problem. So - electrical is now done! They even cleaned off the driveway where the mud/dirt was tracked.

I gotta say it's crazy how fast this is going. Tomorrow it will be one week since the hole was dug. Just one week and we already have the gunite in, electrical done and past our first inspection. Wow!

The round silver thing in the back wall of the pool is the LED light! Can't wait to see it at night!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Gunite In!!





Man these guys at Venture move fast! We just had the hole dug on Thursday of last week. Today we past our first inspection and since the inspection was done so early today they decided to go ahead and spray the gunite which we thought was happening tomorrow. We are really starting to look like a pool!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Coping and Tile - Selections made!




We went to the Venture Pool Showroom today and picked out our coping and tile. We went with the Oklahoma Flagstone for the coping and a wide variation stone tile. Once we get the concrete stained I think the flagstone, tile and stain will all look great together. Monday is an inspection and I think Tuesday they spray the gunite.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pool Steps in Question





We are suppose to have steps going into the pool... Looking a how the rebar was done we can't tell... Tomorrow we go and select the flagstone, coping and concrete and will ask then. We are certain it is because we have never built a pool before and are not sure what to expect! LOL

Day Two - Rebar and plumbing done!






So today they came back and completed the rebar and plumbing. Tons of pictures and are all posted on Face Book but only just a few here....

BBVA/Compass - Such nice people!

Just got a call from Jason at BBVA/Compass where we got the financing for the pool. He just wanted to see how things were going with the pool and if there was anything he could do. Really??!! I gotta say I am completely blown away by BBVA/Compass. Jason has been so nice and helpful! Frank and I have already decided that we will be moving banks. We have banked with another well known bank for many, many years and never have gotten a call just to see how things were going. Thank you - Jason and BBVA/Compass!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day One - Play by Play

This is the first picture of the day - they started with removing sections of the fence.

I just went to get a cup of coffee and they had both sections of the fence down. These guys work very fast!!
Levels are up and ready for action... Let the digging begin!
The fence sections are down time to start marking out the pool!! That's the superintendent from Venture - very nice guy!!

Yep he is going for it - gotta get the posts out of the way so he can get through.....

That's the fence post being pulled out of the ground like straw coming out of a to go cup... too easy.....
They made it through the alley and the fence...doom is near for the old concrete patio and walk path.

They started with the walk path to the patio it was loud and really close to the house.. The guy that was operating the trackhoe did a great job and really got into some close places!

Once the trackhoe got in the backyard it was straight to the concrete patio...

Bye Bye you ugly patio - I always hated you!! Didn't take much effort with the trackhoe just a couple of hits and it broke in half! Completely crazy to watch that close to the house!

This is the spa and the view from our kitchen window... had to move inside to take the picture as there was a lot of activity happening....


And they are done! Packing up and heading out for the day. Back tomorrow with more pictures of plumbing and rebar....