Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Paver Colors

Chris and I have finally decided that we're going to pay someone to do something around our house.  Amazing!  We're such the do-it-yourself type of couple, but when it comes to our pool deck, we think leaving it to the professionals is probably best.  With removing the cap tiles on the pool, installing a new drain, and leveling out our non-level pool deck so water doesn't puddle, it all just seems a bit much and a bit overwhelming to go the DIY route with this project.

Just as a reminder, here's what our pretty in pink (!) pool deck looks like now:


We met with five different contractors to get quotes on how much this project would set us back.  It's our first big project, financially, at this house, and we've really been wanting to do it since we moved in in April of last year!  Getting multiple quotes definitely helped us make our final decision on who we're going with.  Of course, making sure every contractor was licensed and had a good rating with the BBB was essential, but we also managed to get the contractors to bid against each other.  This left our final (fixed) price at 1200$ less than the first price we were given.  Thank you negotiating skills (I somehow hear that weird Priceline Negotiator song in my head right now).

So after a few weeks of getting various people out here and negotiating, we had to pick out our paver color.  Easy, right?  Not so much for us...there are a million to choose between.  We both have commitment issues when it comes to home improvement projects that are pretty permanent, and we're both pretty indecisive too.  I'm not real sure how we have such a great marriage and knew that we wanted to be with each other for FOREVER, but that's another story for another day.

Back to the paver colors...

When we met with our contractor to decide on colors, he had an assortment of colors to choose between...


Grey Solids

  
   
Natural Brick PaversCharcoal Brick PaversDark Brown Brick Pavers
NaturalCharcoalDark Brown
   
Dark Orange Brick PaversTan Brick PaversTaupe Brick Pavers
Dark OrangeTanTaupe
   
  
Red  




White Solids

  
   
Sandstone Brick PaversWhite Brick PaversCoral Brick Pavers
SandstoneWhiteCoral
   
Salmon Brick Pavers 
SalmonGoldenrod 
  

Grey Blends

  
   
Heritage Brick PaversSanta Fe Brick PaversOrtega Brick Pavers
HeritageSanta FeOrtega
   
Rustic Brick PaversDriftwood Brick PaversGranite Brick Pavers
RusticDriftwoodGranite
   
Coffee Brick PaversRedwood Brick PaversBurnt Oak Brick Pavers
CoffeeRedwoodBurnt Oak
  

White Blends

  
   
Oakrun Brick PaversSouth Beach Brick PaversCappuccino Brick Pavers
OakrunSouth Beach
Cappuccino
   
Riverwood Brick PaversOld Chicago Brick PaversSierra Brick Pavers
RiverwoodOld ChicagoSierra
   
Sand Dune Brick PaversMahogany Ash Brick PaversTimberwood Brick Pavers
Sand DuneMahogany AshTimberwood
  


That's a lot of colors, right?!  We did decide that we wanted a blend of colors to add dimension to our pool deck, but that still left us with 18 different color choices to choose between.  Because these are going in the pool deck, I wanted a light and airy color, so that eliminated our grey blend category and left us with the white blends.


White Blends

  
   
Oakrun Brick PaversSouth Beach Brick PaversCappuccino Brick Pavers
OakrunSouth Beach
Cappuccino
   
Riverwood Brick PaversOld Chicago Brick PaversSierra Brick Pavers
RiverwoodOld ChicagoSierra
   
Sand Dune Brick PaversMahogany Ash Brick PaversTimberwood Brick Pavers
Sand DuneMahogany AshTimberwood


After driving around and looking at people's pool decks in a new construction area, we snapped a few pictures of the one we finally decided on this weekend and sent it over to our contractor.


Sorry that the image quality isn't the greatest.  The owners weren't home, and I wasn't taking the liberty of going through their screened in area to get a picture.  This was taken at the edge of the new construction house currently being built, through the screen.  

Our contractor told us that our winner color was...


Sand Dune Brick Pavers
Sand Dune


We had a sample of the Sand Dune color, so we took picture of that and compared side by side and decided he was correct!

So hopefully within the next month or so, our pool deck will go from looking like this:


 to this:


What do you guys think?  Have you guys had any paver decision woes like us?  Please share!

4 comments:

  1. So are you guys engineers or what? I think you went with a great color choice! I'm confused how you went from the gray color that you trespassed to get, to the sand dune, but I like em both. =)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Erin, you're a goober. Yep, two engineers in a marriage is too much at times, which I know you can relate to! The color that we did NOT trespass to get (the house is open for viewing!!!) is actually the same color as the sand dune, it's just pictured through the screen, so it's hard to see the correct color in the picture. I guess the screen makes it look gray, but in real life it's the sand dune color! xo!

    ReplyDelete
  3. oh good, that's the color i liked best. it will really update your pool surround, for sure!

    haha, loved your comment. i don't have a white kitchen or white shirts, but i have one pair of white pants and i make sure to NOT where them when we are going to an italian restaurant!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Definitely will look better! And I definitely can relate to the two engineer marriage ;-) I have been for almost 13 years now! Love and miss you guys!

    P.S. Did you see that I finally posted pics of the aquarium and Kaylyn's birthday parties?

    ReplyDelete

Like what you saw? Have a question? Got a suggestion? Leave me some comment lovin!

Related Posts with Thumbnails