Tuesday, March 29, 2016


We have concrete!! They came and sprayed in the shotcrete today!

This showed up at my house very early this morning...

And the began spraying in the concrete...
And by early afternoon we had this!

We have a Baja shelf and actual steps!!

And a really big jacuzzi!


Sunday, March 27, 2016


These progress photos are so boring because they all look the same, and it's basically just dirt everywhere! I felt horrible because the guys were here all day Saturday, the Saturday of Easter weekend, and they were jackhammering!! Again! It was so loud- our neighbors must hate us. There were 6-8 guys here so I know they must have done something, but I swear there just seems to more and more piles of dirt. They had to put up caution tape because there are so many holes and trenches all over the yard. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Not Much to Show

The guys are here everyday, but nothing looks much different. They just seem to do a lot of digging, removing dirt, and installing pipes. Here is a photo I just took...
It looks like they added some lighting and the piping for the deck jets, which will look like this when they are turned on...

Since the guys left for a bit...we did a little photo op!
They locked the door, so I couldn't get the photo I wanted of the kids "driving" it. ;)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


At the end of the day on Monday, the spa looked like this...
Apparently, because our spa is so big, we need 14 jets!! I'm not a jet person, so I'd rather have zero jets, but I guess that's not an option. ;)

The electrician was here all day yesterday, but I haven't had a chance to see what they did. 

Today, we have an inspection, and the plumbers are returning because we changed our design to add deck jets, which are those things in the coping around the pool that spit water out into the pool. 

Concrete is scheduled to go in next Monday or Tuesday!!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Soils Check: FAILED

My Baja step is gone!!

The soils guy from the county came out yesterday to approve our soil so we can move on, but he didn't approve it!  Apparently, when our lot was graded back in the 60s, they used lots of different soil and backfill, and the deep soil is very soft.  So the engineer is making our contractor dig WAY deeper.

So I said, "but aren't you going to have to backfill again anyway to get the pool shape back?"  Oh no my dear.  We have to fill it with concrete!  Expensive concrete!!!  So now we have to pay for all this extra labor to dig out unnecessary dirt and then pay to fill it with all this extra concrete.  I asked my contractor if he's ever had to do this before, and he said NO.  Yup, I'm the first one.  Deep breaths.  I guess we are going to have the most structurally sound pool on the block (in the city?)! ;)

But these guys are such hard workers.  They came at 7am this morning to start hand digging and jackhammering to get the appropriate amount of dirt out so that the soils guy can come back this afternoon and hopefully approve it.  Love it!

And even though the Baja step is gone, it looks like we have some pipes?? And we definitely have a lot of rebar!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


We had a long break because of the rain so everything could dry out, and now nothing very exciting is going on. 

They dug this little portion of the trench yesterday...

And today they made it bigger...

And did some major jackhammering of the concrete on the side of the house (the side the chickens are on- they must have LOVED that all day)...
I think those boxes are a good sign! I have no idea what they are, but it looks like stuff that will make the pool work! ;)

My California room has become a dirt resting place...

It hasn't even been very long, but I hate not having a backyard! This can't be done soon enough...too bad it won't be until summer. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Rain, Rain Go Away

Here's what happens when you decide to put in a pool during an El Niño year...
No rain in years, and we decide to put in a pool this year. So the poor guys had to spend a few hours on Saturday lining the pool with plastic before it rains tomorrow. 

The funniest part is that even this El Niño year, it's barely rained, hasn't rained in weeks, yet there are supposed to be TWO storms that dump a ton of rain within a week of starting the project! Argh!!

DAY TWO: We Have a Pool?

In just two days, we basically have a pool!  This is going FAST!  But I hear it slows down a lot as you progress- it's just the digging part that is really fast.

This is the baja step, that will eventually have 2 or 3 steps below it (although it's not huge, everything in these photos looks smaller than they appear in real life!)...

The slope...

Where the jacuzzi will be- it was originally a raised spa, but we had to sink it into the pool so that we could have the electric cover thingy.  That little shelf at the very end is where the cover will go under the concrete.

Thursday, March 3, 2016


After more revisions and engineering, the plans were FINALLY approved today!  First they tore out our gate, brick wall, planter and tree...

Then it was time to get out the huge roots of our two ficus trees- the photo doesn't do it justice, but they were gigantic!

After all the roots and irrigation were out, they measured and started digging the pool!

The kids were completely enthralled with the entire thing after they got home from school for over TWO HOURS!!!  They would watch the digging...

And then when it would be filled with dirt, they would run to front to watch him dump it in the truck...

So after day one, here is our pool! ;)

And here is our fire pit pad and grass area!