Aug 08, 2016 9:42 pm
I decided to also do a dedicated pool build thread here as well as chronical it in my house build thread here: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=73412&start=0
I'm happy to answer any questions along the way and plan to share my experiences each step
We are building a 27 lineal meter or essentially 8x5 concrete pool.
We built our house last year and always intended to build a pool as soon as we had handover, unfortunately due to the size of the concrete driveway (383m2) we had to use the pool money.
Fast forward a year and we were back on track to get the pool done.
We were basically looking at a 8m long (to match our alfresco length) by 4m wide concrete pool.
But we also wanted a bench for our youngest to play on for a couple of years until she is big enough to venture off.
Originally we were looking at a 4m long by 0.5m ledge, but this would then make the pool effectively 3.5m wide of swimming area.
We then decided to add the 0.5 as an addition to effectively make the pool 4.5m wide with a 4m wide swimming area and 0.5m ledge 4 meters long so a total size of 8x4.5.
We then decided that 0.5m really wasn't wide enough so we changed this to 1m wide so the ledge became 1m x 4m in size. This effectively made a 8x5 sized pool.
We also decided to add a water feature or a waterfall type feature which is a 1.2m x 2.0 m block wall with a 1200mm water blade. This will be clad in the same stone as the coping.
Due to the water fall we felt it would be good to have a small bench for the kids (and adults) to sit on and have the waterfall cascade over. So we also then added a 2m long by 0.5m wide bench in front of the waterfall.
This has brought the total of the pool to 27 lineal meters.
The pool will be concrete shell, with a 1mm black and white pebble interior. The coping will be an as yet undecided stone (leaning towards a marble type). We will then concrete the surround and tile with 600x600 tiles which will continue down the entry stairs and onto alfresco.
Fences will be frameless glass across the front and black aluminium with wood posts for the sides and rear.
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Aug 08, 2016 9:46 pm
We marked out the pool today, and the dig starts tommorow I will document the entire process with pics, feel free to ask questions along the way!
Here it is as of today when we marked it out, the dig will happen tommorow.
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Aug 09, 2016 2:58 pm
Dig finished about 1:30pm today, still have bob cat removing the fill and then a tidy up before steel and plumbing tommorow.
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Aug 11, 2016 3:52 pm
Last of the big days today, the concrete shell was pumped and sprayed in.
Finally looking like a pool now, will sit for 28 days before the coping goes on the red tod the time line will depend on how quick I can get fences done.
I'm getting approx 75m2 of concrete around the pool which can't be done until the coping is done to get the level right for the tiles. This will include the slab for the Bali hut which will go on the shed side of the pool.
And this is the difference 3 days makes:
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Sep 21, 2016 9:48 pm
I am very impressed with your Concrete pool build. I know that with my build with the home extension things got in the way and time slipped away. We missed a complete swimming season. Hope you get your pool done for this year as I found out last year in SA when I went looking for a pool tiler in August, almost all were busy until Jan - Feb the following year. Those that could possibly fit me into there time schedule before December 30 wanted 3 times the price to tile the same pool. Don't drop your guard and press on.
We love our pool.
Good luck, your pool looks AMAZING!
My Pool Build in SA.....
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Sep 23, 2016 4:21 pm
So not a lot of visual updates yet will get some updates pics this weekend.
The plumbing for the filter etc is almost complete and I have dug out the pool surround area ready for concrete
We ended up going a linen Travertine tile. For the coping it is 600x400 then I will do a second row of 600x400 to make my coping 800 mm and bsically be twice as thick as usual.
The water feature will also be clad in travertine and will use the coping on the edges and top and then 600x600 travertine on front and back.
Following out from the coping will be 600x600 travertine laid on the concrete surround on the front and right side (future Bali hut) and at this stage I will deck the left side and back for a bit of a variance in colour and to tie in the wood features of house.
Looking forward to the coping starting that will be in a week then we can work out concrete surround levels which will the. Allows us to do the fences once the surround is layed.
From the coping
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Oct 06, 2016 2:27 pm
Coping now complete. The water feature has also been clad in matching travertine, I pulled the travertine right down to the seat so will be under water and give the water feature the illusion of being taller than the 1m it actually is.
Just have the grout to do tommorow and that part is complete.
Next part is the fence posts. Once they go in I can't concrete the surround and lay the remaining travertine to crest a second row of coping.
Pretty happy with how the look is coming together it's exactly how I wanted it, this has been a struggle at times working with trades who don't care about aesthetics but rather fastest way to do the job (always bites them when they spend double the time redoing things) but we got there in the end.
I was very specific in my cuts and made sure they were minimised and any cuts were away from vision to enhance the appeal of the stone.
Here's how it's looking now
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Oct 26, 2016 7:53 pm
Been a fair bit happening with the pool the past fortnight, I had to wait for the coping to be done to get the correct levels for the concrete, then before we could box it up I had to get all the Iron Bark posts in as I wanted to have them neatly in the surround and be able to have the fence panels sit above concrete not ground.
we then laid all the electrical conduit ready for the concrete surround
Boxed the concrete and started the pour .
It ended up 91m2 and 15 cubes of concrete, was a lot of concrete but I wanted to get good proportions and future proof it.
I also managed to incorporate some steps with a landing for the glass gate and a strip around the side and back to level the panels.
I then started to install the black top fence panels for the side and back
The dirt around will be deck to break it up and there is another row of 600x400 travertine to go down hence the extra concrete lip around the coping.
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Nov 02, 2016 1:32 pm
Pool fence is now complete went full frameless glass across the front with iron bark posts and black aluminium fence for side and rear.
Fence gets complied end of the week and should be pebbles, filter and filled next week.
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Nov 02, 2016 9:23 pm
Looks great Mr bee, will you pave around it?
Our MainVue Aegean 430
Thanks. Yes we will slowly continue thetravertine tiles around the pool and down the stairs
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Jan 13, 2017 3:41 pm
Here is the basic plan I was working off, however I since added a 2m by 0.5m bench infront of the water feature
Thanks for giving me an idea!
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Mar 20, 2017 8:07 pm
Looks excellent. How's it going now?
We've started to think about a pool too, so its nice seeing a couple of people on here share their experiences.
House is built, now onto the landscaping: https://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=84989
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