Swimming soon- week 3 and 4


The last few weeks have been a bit slower, so I am combining two posts together. Some of you though may find that plumbing is really interesting, which it actually kinda is, and naturally it wouldn’t be a pool without it. It doesn’t make for the best photo opportunities. All the pipes are in and connected to the water line, and hopefully soon they will begin the tiling and decking. The weather has been beautiful this winter, I think it’s the warmest, sunniest winter since we moved here five years ago, which makes the anticipation of a pool in our backyard all the more exciting, before the hot, summer weather arrives.

Week 4 – Tiling Begins

pool-tile

The tile is in, and we love it. The blue tile against the white coping is perfect. The most common design seemed to be having the coping (the brick that go directly around the pool) match the deck, but we thought the white would offset the tiles. You can be the judge from the pictures, what do you think? The pavers will be with red tones, and that should be happening soon, it will really all come together. I think it’s time to begin shopping for a new bathing suit!

The other pics are of the Red Cross Designer Show House 2012 West Palm Beach. I thought of trying to pass it off as my house, but I have a way to go to have a house like that. Especially, with a husband who lives on a corner of the couch and 3 dogs. With iPads, iPhones and laptops, who needs a desk? You can just live in front of the tennis channel while you are working. I am blogging on my screened in back porch, using my wireless network, so I’m not really one to talk.

showhouse

The house is gorgeous though, it’s in the Old Northwood neighborhood in West Palm Beach which is only a about a mile from my house. I love the gauzy beaded curtains and the pillows made out of Indian sari’s. Those aren’t colors I would have chosen, but they are so bright and cheerful, who wouldn’t love that room?

Building the Pool Week 2


At this point it seems easier to post by the week since the pool is really moving along! They finished the framing, applied the gunite, which is the cement that is blown in to form the pool and back filled, so we now have a yard once again. The dogs, Stuart, Cooper and Riley are happiest of all. The Cavalier’s who are more adventuresome, both have climbed down the steps into the empty pool. Looking at it, we almost feel like we could be going swimming before the really hot weather arrives. Rich is also really excited about the pool and vows to swim everyday. As you can see, he is already getting started!

pool-week2

Living the Dream


It’s been five years since we moved to South Florida from the cold north. During that time I’ve worked five seasons as a chef in Palm Beach, and Rich has built up a thriving private psychotherapy practice when he’s not “playing the best tennis of his life.”

We bought a cute little house in downtown West Palm Beach and live a mile from the ocean just down the street from the intracoastal. Who though, can live year round in Florida without a way to escape the summer heat? Where would we entertain our future grandchildren? So began our quest for a pool.
The lesson is though, that in a home improvement project, one thing always leads to 10 more things. Starting out, our first lesson was that the power lines in our yard would be directly over the pool, a bit of a safety problem, so after consulting, estimates and anxiety, we decided to bury them underground… We live on an alley though and our driveway is in the back yard. The pole for the power lines also, is located on the pole was on the other side of the alley, so we needed a permit to dig it up. Many months later, that part of the job is finally done! We have more electric amps, power outside (yes, we had no power outside) and it looks like we are ready to go.

After talking with quite a few pool builders, we put our faith in Cushing Pools of Wellington.

Day 1

The pool is laid out in the yard with spray paint, how cool is that!
Pool-spraypaint

Day 2

It’s the coldest day in about a year, probably in the 50’s all day with a really cold wind, making it feel much colder, but today the demolition began. Stuart who is always hunting for lizards is really checking out the piles.
Pool-stuart

Day 4

Can you believe it, looks like a pool! The forms are in and this project is really moving along.
Pool-progress