Monday, October 25, 2010

Pool Deck : Finally *almost* Finished!!!

I was so excited to come home from California to find the pool paver guys gone, and an awesome looking pool deck!!  I was actually more excited to see Chris and Kodi first, but the pool deck came second (or is it third??).

The reason why I write that it's *almost* finished is because we're still working on a few finalizing touches.  Because the pavers are set in with sand, we're still working on getting all of the sand to go down between the pavers.  Chris has rinsed off the deck a few times, so a few more good sweeps and maybe one final rinse should get the job done.  We're also going to re-screen the entire pool deck area, so we're busy getting quotes for the upper portion, and seeing how much they'd charge to do the lower half as well.  While we're big DIY'ers, the though of either climbing up the screen enclosure to balance on the screen beams or investing in scaffolding to climb across the pool just seems...well, a bit unsafe instead of just adventurous.

Enough with the words already, I know!  Here are some before and after's of the pool deck project that we started waaay back in July.

Before : Outdoor Kitchen Area : Taken July 2010
After
We still need to come up with a good design for the outdoor kitchen area, but the awful laminate counters being gone with the fresh coat of paint on both the ceiling and the wall, along with our beautiful new pavers is already such an improvement!

The side of the house where the pool equipment is actually went through multiple steps of a makeover from the very beginning.  This before picture was taken in April of 2010, before we dug up and added the rock garden.


This area went from the above to the image below...a much needed improvement, but the pink pool deck was a definite damper.


And here's where that area looks like today:


Here's a before of the entire exterior house area here:


After : Newly painted lights, house, trim, and pavers!


Before : View from kitchen area


After :


I'll end on a few extra pictures of just the pool deck.  It's amazing the difference it makes out there.  We couldn't be happier with our contractor, paver color choice, and the overall new pool deck in general.  Good riddance pretty in pink!!!


It's hard to get a picture without Kodi in it.  He's my shadow.  Hey...at least he's cute!!



We're so impressed and amazed at the quality of the coping work the guy did, so I'll end on a picture of that.


Hope you guys enjoyed all of the pictures!

Thanks to all of you who wished me well and congratulated me on my run.  The last 5 months have been hard both physically, mentally, and emotionally, but raising funds for such an important cause was so well worth it.  If you haven't heard of Team in Training, I really encourage you to check out your local chapter. Your life will be more fulfilled because of it ... I promise!  To read more about my effort, click here.

Happy Monday!
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13 comments:

  1. I love how it looks! Like a little retreat in your own home! Gorgeous!

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  2. Hi,

    The pics look great. WTG on the run. Im your newest follower.

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  3. Awesome job on the deck and the run. Just so you know, you have inspired me to join Team in Training. I am nervous about raising the money but look forward to the challenge. Thanks!

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  4. Thanks girls for all the compliments!!

    ErikaL - You seriously made.my.day with your comment. Good for you for joining TNT!! If you need advice or suggestions on fundraising at all, please don't hesitate to email me! Good Luck!!

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  5. GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for linking up! :)

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  6. Beautiful work!!!! So gorgeous and I LOVE checking out before/afters for home projects--they are so fun aren't they!

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  7. I love your pool area. The pavers are gorgeous!! I'm envious of your pool. The dog givs you an idea of how large the area is. :)

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  8. Very nice! Love it. I would be swimming day and night :)
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  9. It's fantastic. I love the contrast of the coping. Having that extra detail looks great, and probably will keep folks like me from tripping and falling! I love the paverstones and the colors. Can't wait to see the new kitchen, too!

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