The Outdoor Series – Splish Splash

Welcome to our pool!!!  Come on in.
This is what the pool looked like the day we first toured our home {previous owners stuff}.  You can see how many different levels of decking there are in the next few pictures.  This is the view from our Master Bedroom.
The diamond in the rough shed to the right.  Check out what we did to the shed to update it here.
View from the back door.  Not so pretty to look at when you first walk outside.
Here is the backside of the decking around the pool.  Our backyard borders on a wetlands preserve area.  So there are some trees, lots of weeds and a small stream that doesn’t always have water in it.  So it’s not the best looking area all the time, but we might put up a solid white PVC fence once we save the money up.  We have a neighbor right over on the other side of the stream and they don’t have a fence either.  There is plenty of brush in the summer time, but we can still see into each others yards.  We like that it is open, but we don’t always like that they can see right into our yard.  We will see what we decide over time.  We are so on the fence about it.  Sorry I couldn’t help that silly pun. ๐Ÿ˜‰
So from that lower level on the back side, you go up two steps onto this walkway and then up another 2 steps to the upper deck of the pool.  Or you can go upstairs to the enclosed deck or sunroom like we like to call it.  So many options and way too much wood decking.
This is looking back to where the last picture was taken, I’m on the upper decking taking the picture.
This pool is 32L x 16w, just to give you some perspective of the yard.  Our yard is 75′ wide by 100′ deep.  So add all of that decking, plus the pool and you don’t have much of a yard do ya?  Nope!!!
This was the view on our day of closing.  I guess the building inspector made them cover up the pool properly before the closing.  They had to get certain CO’s before we closed.  So at least we had a cover that fit the pool now.
BUT….when we took the cover off, this is what was found underneath.  Gross!!!  Looked like a swamp & smelled like one too.
Close up of the deeper end.
Within 4 days we had the pool completely clean and clear.  Pump running a lot, shocking the heck out of it and of course vacuuming it out.  Now that is much better to look at from our bedroom window.  Yes the liner needed to still be cleaned better, but it was old and a lot of it was faded and just baked on.  But it did clean up better.
Here is a pretty good view of most of the yard.  Well what you can see of it with all the decking.  lol.

Here is the sunroom that is off our Dining Room.  We still have a lot of work to do on that Sunroom, both inside and out.  We want to paint the wood to either go with the siding {light gray} or white to just brighten things up.  Plus we have plans to make the ugly black poles much nicer.  You can see we added some chairs and plants to the upper pool deck to make it look nicer.  We also added two outdoor rugs.  The decking up there is really bad.

And the duckies even thought our pool was nice and clean.  They went from out neighbors pool to ours, did a few laps and then went to the next neighbors pool and then flew away.  It was so cute to watch.  Typically these duckies are in the stream behind the fence and not in our pool.  They never came back again.
Ready for some ugliness?  Well if you haven’t already guessed by other post of mine, the previous owners were slobs and didn’t care.  They had 4 kids that didn’t care either.  We found toys {and still do} all around the yard.  This was just grossed.  We really couldn’t help the water build up because the water table level in our area is high, but all the garage was just gross.  So we had to take the lattice off and rake out all the garage we could.  Oh the things we found under there.  This is all under the upper deck of the pool.  We guess at one time the lattice wasn’t there and they just through stuff there.

Yup that is a headless and clothsless Barbie.  Poor dollie.  That little girl just wasn’t nice to you.  Other things we found were lots of beer bottles, soda cans, a tackle box and lots of toy pieces.
Here is some of what we found just around the pool area.  Not even under the decking.  This was just in the dirt/weed/leaf area.

This was old stuff from a fish tank.  The gravel was even dump there.  Plus other things in between.

Then we figured out that our Sunroom was sagging in the center.  A lot of the windows were sagging and leaving gaps.  So we hired a contractor to make sure the job was done properly.  They put three new poles in and put another header up, so now there are three headers up there supporting all the weight upstairs.  Headers are those large pieces of wood you see above the poles.  Our contractor told us that if we had a party and too many people were up there, the Sunroom might have fallen into the pool basically.  Oh My God!!!  We were very happy to spend the money for this project.  Now we are completely safe.
The poles were rusted that were in the dirt.  They didn’t even seem to be in that much of cement below the deck.  What the heck is wrong with these previous owners?  They didn’t do anything by code.  Our contractor also told us that these poles were indoor poles for basements, not poles that can be in the ground outside.  So now we are all safe.  New poles are rated for outdoors and are in cement footers.  Plus the windows are not sagging anymore.  We still need to replace them, but they aren’t sagging.
New poles with new wood deck right around it.  They needed to replace them because they used like 4 inch nails and it was not easy to come up in one piece.

So has anyone else done some pool or decking projects lately?  Do share with us.  We all love to see others peoples projects.
Thanks for stopping by everyone! Have a great day! I would love to hear your comments, so please leave one if you want. I love sharing and inspiring others, but I also love feed back and sharing of others ideas and thoughts. :)

Comments

  1. says

    oh no, the previous owners left you guys with a big mess. you made a lot of progress in your home and yard. the changes and updates are beautiful. visiting from the Scott's crib.

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