Earlier this year we finally decided to put a pool in our backyard. As a full time Lake Charles Realtor married to a loan officer, we don't get to take a vacation very often. The summer is usually the busiest time of the year so we decided to turn our backyard into a stay at home vacation we can enjoy throughout the year!
I began to share my experience in an earlier post Why I'm Not Singing in the Rain as I became frustrated with the rain delays we experienced for almost 10 consecutive days!! (Refer to my first Blog for the beginning of the timeline and photos)
After 10 days of rain with record accumulation, we waited for a dry forecast to finish the tile and proceed with the next phase of pouring the concrete. First the pool had to be drained of all the disgusting brown rain water that had accumulated and was full of frogs!!
Then the decking had to be formed for the concrete. The decking was formed on July 24 and the pool was drained on July 24-25.
Due to the weather delays and other jobs before us, we had to wait for concrete. Our concrete arrived on Saturday July 28.
Due to the lot size the concrete truck could not gain access to the backyard. The narrow construction path between houses had become muddy from the rain. The concrete would have to be poured into wheel barrels and delivered to the backyard one load at a time. Workers laid boards to make a clean accessible pathway!
Notice the blue sky while the concrete is being poured and leveled.....Just after the last section of concrete was poured, dark clouds formed and a summer rainstorm came out of no where!
On July 30-31 With all the rainwater drained out of the pool, debris removed and pool was ready for the final stage of the pool construction----the plastering.
The plaster crew arrived on Wednesday August 1. Plastering is an interesting process to watch, the workers wear special boots with spikes to walk on the bottom of the pool. A crew of workers hand trowel the plaster finish inside the pool. There is a total of 3 layers applied smoothly all hand troweled!
The 3rd and final layer of plaster
The plaster dries quickly and within 3 hours your pool is ready to be filled with water! These 3 raised pillars are bar stools with a bar ledge on the edge of the pool to hold drinks.
Our Pool began to fill on August 1 with the garden hose. Within 48 hours the pool filled and was ready for the backwashing with the installed pump and chemicals added. Lake Charles City Water has a high concentration of iron deposits so the sediment created is removed through the pool filtration and backwashing process. The plumbing lines that were laid in the beginning will be flushed out also in this process. (we had alot of rain and mud during the construction) It takes about 2-3 days of this rinse and repeat cycle/process before the water will be clear blue and respond to the chemicals added.
READY TO SWIM on Friday August 3 !!
Chemicals were added daily and you can see the water transform from a shade of green to a clear blue within 3 days.
From start to finish our pool was completed in 45 days (6 weeks) and that includes all the rain delay.
Planet Pools in Lake Charles, LA installed our salt water pool for us. The owner, Paul Glasco and his crews had to overcome alot of obstacles during the process and he is to be commended for achieving a beautiful result!
My advice to anyone wanting to put a swimming pool in, is to first consider your lot size and what space you have to work with. Secondly, be patient and allow for weather changes. We live in Southwest Louisiana where showers can be a daily occurrence!
In the end a swimming pool will provide hours of enjoyment and a wonderful place for entertaining. Homes with Swimming Pools in Southwest Louisiana also add about 6% value to your home appraisal.
Your dogs will also get accustomed to the new surrounding!
On Sunday, my son drove over from Lafayette, LA to spend the day hanging out and try out the new pool. Even at 28 years old he reverted to the actions of an 8 year old jumping in the pool with great enjoyment!!!
Oh don't think we are about play, business can be conducted from home also. My husband (the loan officer).... signed RESPAS to re-finance my son's house while he was here!!!