Our Swimming Pool project
Since moving to Southern California, our dream has been to have our own swimming pool and spa. It gets extremely hot in our area with summer temperatures ranging over 100 degrees! In the winter and cool evenings, we thought the spa would be a nice addition!
After doing some internet research, we started calling around locally to get quotes. Of the 1/2 dozen or so pool contractors we contacted, we received quotes from only three. Some didn't even have the courtesy to return our calls or promised quotes and never contacted us with the figures! Also, we heard tales of pool contractors taking money and disappearing, not being licensed and going bankrupt leaving jobs unfinished! Be careful when choosing your contractor!
We wanted a pool and spa but have a very small backyard. Some of the contractors didn't want our job because it wasn't "big enough" for them. We got the impression that even though the job was "small", it would be too expensive to get what we wanted. Getting financing was also a concern for us. We almost talked ourselves out of the project thinking that we wouldn't qualify for a loan. It's funny--getting a loan wasn't a problem at all.
Here is a "photo diary" of our project:
Click on any picture for a larger view.
12/7/00 - Pool lay-out
- Excavation begins
All that dirt has to go somewhere--there were many loads that were placed on the street for later hauling.
12/16/00 - Excavation complete! Plumbing/electrical begins
Plumbing installed. The spa is raised above.
View of spa plumbing and equipment in the rear
Another view of plumbing/electrical
View of spa plumbing/electrical from inside pool - This was taken in the 6 foot "deep" end. The skimmer is the box to the right and will be where the water line is.
12/19/00 - Rebar installed
Rebar and plumbing in the spa
12/20/00 - Inspection passed - Gunite (concrete) sprayed
HUGE truck pulled up on our small street. I'm sure if the neighbors weren't aware of our project, they were then!
Here are the guys spraying the gunite (concrete) into the pool. The concrete was sprayed out of what looked like a fire hose. There was so much force coming out of the hose, they had to put up cloth covers to protect our house from flying debris. We could still hear it hitting the windows and walls. The gunite is drier than normal concrete (enabling it to stick to the sides of the pool). They told us to keep it wet for a week or so to help it cure.
Feel free to e-mail us with any comments, suggestions or questions
December 2000 - February 2001