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.
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!
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!!
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!)...
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.