Oh boy, we are getting closer to having the pool finished, and to be honest, it can’t come soon enough! South Florida is heating up and a dip in the pool after a long day of re-finishing furniture will be a heavenly treat!
Before we go any further, lets recall what was previously our pool…
We are only about three weeks into our pool build and the following things have been completed:
- They tore out the old pool
- Dug the new pool
- Framed it out with wood
Finished framing out the pool…
- Rebar shell constructed
- Gunite shell pored
- Backfilled around the pool
Coping and Tile installed
We changed our mind about the tile we originally picked, which almost exactly matched our coping and patio tile choice because we were afraid it would be too bland and matchy-matchy. I don’t exactly LOVE the new choice either, but we are trying to go for a more timeless look, one that won’t look dated in a few years. That’s hard to find in pool tile – everything is either way trendy or extremely blah. I’m sure it will all come together once the pool is filled, but right now it just looks a little spotty to me.
Treasure Pools is supposed to start the tile deck tomorrow, and it will take a few days to complete. We are going with travertine marble in ivory, laid in a herringbone pattern. I am super excited about this step, as it makes the entire process feel like it’s almost complete – and it cleans up a lot of the mess in the yard. We are extending the outside patio to include the area behind the family room, which will add a ton of space. Eventually, we plan on building a tiki hut or something similar to house an outdoor kitchen area. But that is way down the road – one step at a time!
One of the things that is more pressing for us to finish is the covered patio we already have. Currently, the floor is concrete – which wouldn’t be bad if it didn’t have all these little pits in it!
It doesn’t usually look this bad, but we moved a lot of things around to accommodate the pool build, including bringing our birds inside because they were getting super stressed out from all the noise and new people in their space everyday. Poor little Hurley started plucking his beautiful feathers. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it stresses me to see him so stressed out 🙁
He’s headed to the bird vet today to see if we can help him out somehow.
Anyway, back to the patio floor… we have to come up with a inexpensive fix for this area. It’s probably about 700 -800 square feet of space, so it could get pretty pricey to replace all the concrete, so we’ve been trying to find a way to just cover over the pits and make the surface easier to clean and better looking. With three dogs and three cats and two birds, the fur and feather build up gets pretty bad. A smooth surface would be so much easier to keep clean. So far, we haven’t found anything that’s both cost effective and good looking. Any suggestions?
And starting this week, I’ll be re-covering all the patio cushions with new fabric. And of course, I’ll be sure to protect them with some Thompson’s Waterseal Fabric Seal spray. I’ll be giving away some of the spray here on the blog in a few days, so be sure to check back and enter to win!
That’s all on the pool for now. I’m off to finish the furniture for my niece’s big girl bedroom. My sister is due with my new niece in just a few weeks, so I have to get a move on!!
Let me know if you have any ideas for the back patio – I could use some fresh perspective on it.
Thanks for stopping by!