Back Yard Finished…Almost!

March 16, 2011

  So it took 4 weeks give or take a few days to be completed.  We still have some patio furniture to be returned that we were having the fabric replaced on  together with some canopy blinds still to be added to the kitchen windows outside and last but not least the spiral staircase.  During the course of yesterday and right now we are having some additional landscaping rock added as what was there had significantly thinned out in both the front and back yard since the house had been built almost 12 years ago.

We don’t use a landscaper very often but he swings by once every other month just to trim back a few bushes.  He is due to come round this Saturday morning and add a few date palms to the back wall behind the spa.  We had 4 there before the work  began but due to the harsh winter they really suffered so I just had them removed.  I should be getting 3 x 2 trunk date palms.

What you can’t see from these pictures so I’ll have to take more and create a different post is the 15 mosaics we decided to add into the pool.

We tested out the BBQ and the fire pit on Saturday and had a couple of friends over for dinner.  We had a lovely evening and finished it off by roasting marshmallows over the firepit.  Kirsten couldn’t eat them fast enough!

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Paving In Progress

February 24, 2011

Since I last posted the guys have been hard at work with all the paving. There is so much detail to be done that almost every piece is having to be custom cut.  This means we have excessive dust everywhere but as I watch the work progress it is definitely all going to be worth while in the end.  The stone we are using is called Shell Lock and has crushed shell in it.  We are using a pinwheel pattern except in certain places it has to go out of pattern, but I don’t think it is noticeable at all.  Kimball came yesterday and started to add the stonework detailing to the side of the fire pit  (sorry no picture as yet) but the paving is now just to be added round the side where we removed the BBQ island and round the back of the new BBQ Island.  Today they are removing a lot of their rubbish and levelling the ground ready to work on this area.


Pool Remodel – Week 1

February 19, 2011

We are  just over a week into the work.  Cameo Pools came in and drained the pool down on Wednesday 9 February and on Thursday 6 guys arrived bright and early to start to demolish the pool so to speak.  This means that they were removing all the pebbletec from the pool and spa including the rolled edges.  Mid afternoon Kimball, our masonry guy, arrived to start to demolish our current BBQ island.  He then asked the guys removing pebbletec if they could help him to remove the cool decking that had been beneath the BBQ Island too which they did.  It was a very noisey day with 5 pneumatic drills going all day and vast quantities of dust.  It was like having an Arizona dust storm just all day.

Over the course of the next couple of days we saw plumbers come in from the pool Company together with electricians to replace some of the pump equipment and electrical equipment as we are upgrading the pool/spa heater and replacing one of the 2 pumps for a variable speed.  This is hopefully going to save us money in the long run. This week we  have had the tilers in to add the new waterline tile. If you remember from my previous post our pool used to have pebbletec both beneath and above the water line.  Kimball then sent his gas/electric guys in to redirect the natural gas in our backyard as it had to be brought back towards the back door for the new BBQ Island and round the back of the spa for the new fire pit going in.  I think on Tuesday at one point there were 8 or 9 men working in the back garden:  2 on the water line tile; 2 on the BBQ island; 2 on the gas/electric for the BBQ and fire pit; and 2 for the plumbing/electrics for the pool.  I had to do some grocery shopping so I picked up a couple of crates of bottled water and 2 super-sized pizzas which I came home and baked for them.  Kimball’s guys are impressive as they have been here by 7.20am every morning and worked until 5pm.  They’ve taken about 45 minutes to an hour for lunch but stayed on site.  They even had a camp stove with them to cook their own food.  I can’t ask for more than that although Kimball told me I’d been spoiling them by providing them with pizza.  John and I made some last minute changes to the BBQ Island by deciding we would add a fridge after all.  We thought we could ultimately regret it if we didn’t.

 The BBQ Island is at the point where the concrete is setting and then they can add the equipment and stonework finish.  The same pretty much goes for the firepit.  The latter part of this week has been Kimball’s men working really hard on the paving.  It is looking amazing and so intricate.  The dust is everywhere though both inside and outside.  We’ve been promised rain this weekend and normally I would say no thank you but this weekend I’m saying I would love some just to clean down the dust.  I know there’s be more dust next week but this will give me a little respite at least.