Last year we moved to Cypress, TX. Since Texas has hot weather in the summer, we decided to get a pool. Since Autodesk software is used to design and make things, I have been chronicling the construction process.
In a original blog post, I covered:
- HOA APPROVAL
- DIG A HOLE
- ADD SOME REBAR
- LAYOUT PIPES, WATER TEST, and ADD CEMENT
- FORM THE FOUNDATION WITH GUNITE
- PICK OUT COPING, TILE, and BOTTOM COLORS
- INSTALL THE COPING and TILE
- INSTALL THE ROCK WATERFALL FEATURE
In a subsequent blog post, I covered:
- DIG THE TRENCHES
- LAY THE PIPE
- FILL IN THE TRENCHES
- ADD ELECTRICAL LINES
- FRAME THE DECK AREA
- ADD REBAR
- OBTAIN HOA APPROVAL FOR STRUCTURE
- POUR CEMENT
This blog posts chronicles the completion of the pool and the incomplete construction of an outdoor kitchen.
SELECT PEBBLETECH COLOR
We wanted something that would enhance the color of the water to bring out the blue but not be so dark that swimmers could not see the bottom.
FRAME OUTDOOR KITCHEN
We had our covered patio extended to make room for an outdoor kitchen.
ELECTRICAL FOR OUTDOOR KITCHEN
Electrical lines were run before the cement was poured.
PEBBLE TEC POOL BOTTOM AND FILL
The blue color was masked with the second coat of Pebble Tec.
INSTALL POOL EQUIPMENT and GET RUNNING
There are pumps for the pool, spa, and water feature. There's a heater for the spa and pool.
INSTALL RAIN GUTTERS
When the patio cover was extended, a portion of the existing gutters was removed. New gutters were added so the entire patio roof edge was circumscribed.
The yard had been dug up to run the gas line for the outdoor kitchen. Sand was brought in to level the yard back to its original elevation.
ADD KOOL DECK
We picked a Kool Deck color that resembled sand. Hence the name, Sand Buff, makes sense.
BUILD KITCHEN and FIREPIT
The outdoor kitchen includes a gas hookup for a barbecue grill, a storage area, and drawers. We did not add a sink because doing so requires that we tap into the sewer line. That requires a longer and more arduous permitting process. We did not opt for an outdoor refrigerator, because our friends who have one tell us that they don't use it often.
ADD GRANITE COUNTERTOP
The granite countertop finished off the kitchen quite nicely.
ADD ELECTRICAL OUTLETS
This is left undone.
I saw on a note from subcontractors on the Houzz site asking consumers not to do business with Stonewall Pools. Apparently, Stonewall Pools owes subcontractors a lot of money for work already completed but has declared bankruptcy. Alas, we paid in full upfront. We are now looking for our own subcontractors to finish the job at our additional expense. We need a granite company to cut the countertop and an electrician to wire in the two outlets. We also need "pool school" to learn how to operate our installed pool equipment. Live and learn.
Pooling my resources is still alive in the lab.