I think if you live in Arizona, Nevada, or California (northern, at least!), every newer home should come with a pool. Because these places are HOT. It was 95 degrees on Friday…on May 1st!
But, alas, the builders don’t see it that way.
So, we’ve been saving for years. Not eating out as much, not going to the movies as much, not buying expensive cheese as much *cries*, and holiday presents were thinner. And, you know what? Totally worth it!
Now, I have to figure out how to make money by swimming all day. Hm.
Just like any new purchase, the choices are vast. With a pool, you have to pick the shape, the depth, the surface color, the color of the deck, the texture of the deck, how many steps, etc. *head explodes*
(For the record: ours is a 16×32 rectangle, with a Grecian style, 6 1/2 feet deep.)
So much of that is decided by your budget. But then there are all the upgrades they throw at you, like getting a better pump, tile, waterfalls, umbrella. And you have to decide what you really reeaaalllllly want and what you can live without.
We went with a basic tile. There were others I did like more, but this was the least important aspect to me. I didn’t think upgraded tile would enrich my backyard experience.
But the back wall with waterfalls (which are called sheer decents, but I call them waterfalls. Because they’re waterfalls!) was a must.
You can’t be upset when you’re listening to running water. Or skipping. So I’m told.
Our concrete guy also recommended we frame the pool with a brushed look, but stamp the deck. We love it.
We saved a lot of money by doing the landscaping ourselves. (And when I say ourselves, I really mean Paul.) He spent countless hours outside hauling, shoveling, cutting, moving, stacking, and sweating.
He bought these crazy heavy duty railroad ties at some lumber yard. They’re like 6 feet long and THICK. Some serious sawing was involved. (While I stayed inside, paranoid he was going to lose a finger.) Aren’t they great?
This is Sammy.
He’s been with us for over 10 years, and has seen many moves. Lost one of his balls, even. But we still adore him.
Paul also built this lattice cover. Because the pump is ugly, friends. Imagine your air conditioner on steroids.
Oh! I did help with something! We…yes, we…put together a fire pit. It took something like 30 minutes. Thank you Pinterest!
Planted some flowers. Mainly to keep the bugs away. I’m already tired of watering them every day…
Had a pergola with fan and lights installed. Because when it’s 115 degrees outside, shade is a non-negotiable.
Top of the table, to contrast with the pool tile. Because I’m nothing if not color coordinated.
Plus a huge weather-resistant container for all. the. pool. toys. Large, serves as a bench for extra seating, has a lock – this was a great purchase.
Hung up the pool brush, too. $5.00 hooks. Life changing. Seriously.
We pretty much eat outside every night now.
You can see the kids are really miserable.
This picture was actually from a few weeks ago. It’s hot now and we have since christened it!