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This huge interior design and home renovation adventure will certainly test me, but I'm throwing caution to the wind and plunging head first into design euphoria. I have  great things in store for Mrs. Colonial, and hope I can share every exciting and beautiful detail with you! 

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M.I.A. & Our Natural Pool Installation

March 17, 2019

Hello Fabulous Farmers! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

How in the heck are you? I hope you all have the skip in your step that the start of Spring just seems to bring.

 

Obviously, I’ve been M.I.A. I apologize for that. I kind of lost “the loving feeling” and couldn’t find my desire to share.  Extreme stress = paralysis. If you’ve been to my website recently and read my last “Dear Diary”, you have a small glimpse into what’s been going on relative to the home renovation front. “Painful with a few stints of excitement” is how I will sum up the many months since my last blog post.

 

Obviously, any renovation project has its challenges.  This one seems to have the mother of all black clouds hovering over it and each stage seems to go on forever. However, after a leadership change at the jobsite, and a couple of months for the new team to get their bearings, real progress appears to be on the horizon. We’re not fully in the clear as some significant challenges remain, however, we’ve left the demo and most of the structural phases for the main house and master addition behind and real excitement is building. We’re currently on the verge of new, impactful elements being installed. I can’t wait to get there and show you the good stuff.

 

In the meantime, I want to catch you all up with the progress.  With summer just around the corner, it seems appropriate to start with the pool, and then over the next few posts I’ll get you up to speed on everything else.

 

Without further ado, let's talk about our new swimming pool. Adding the master wing addition on to the back of the house creates the perfect courtyard, and what's better than a swimming pool to place smack dab in the center. However, we're not just putting any pool - we're installing a "natural" pool. By that I mean, an almost chemical free pool. Our pool will stay clean and clear with a combination of a bio filter, UV light, and plant material. As our pool contractor says, the water will be so clean you can drink it. The only chemicals that will be in our water are trace amounts from the PVC pipes used to transfer the water. Here is a pool I used for inspiration: 

 

 

This pool has a more organic shape than ours will have, but the concept is the same. This is how we got started:

 

 

First, our contractor marked out the size and shape. We wanted a rectangular shape in keeping with the formality of the house. Next, the heavy equipment was brought in to start digging.

 

We anticipated they would uncover a lot of rock and boulders so heavier equipment was standing by. Some of the boulders were so large they needed to be broken apart to be removed.

 

 

Once most of the excavation for the main pool was complete, the crew began installing the wood framing. Next, they started excavating the regeneration zone where plants will be placed on a bed of gravel so the water can be filtered through. 

 

 

Once the pool was dug, the plan was to start on the built-in spa. However, mother nature had a different plan. We received huge amounts of rain that stalled the whole project. However, once there was a small break in the weather and the crew had returned from Christmas break, they started the dig and quickly got all the piping installed.  

 

 

Next, the gunite trucks came rolling in.  Unfortunately, we had so much rain by that time that one of the trucks got stuck in the driveway and had to be pulled out.

 

 

 Luckily, mother nature blessed us with some sunshine and the pool and spa were poured.

 

 

 

 

This is where we are today.  It doesn't look like much now, but I assure you it will be quite beautiful when it's done. I've been working with a landscape designer and we have great plans for this courtyard. I can already envision it, and I can't wait to swim among the plants and little creature visitors! 

 

I almost forgot. Here is the spa today.

 

And did I mention, the spa will be "natural" too? Woohoo!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back very soon with an update on the construction of the main house and master addition, AND THEN, I have an exciting addition to tell you about!

 

Sandy Sheldon

 

 

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