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Jungalow By The Mountain Pool Renovation


That is the story of a pool transformation.  However, I need to begin off by saying that the “earlier than” pictures of this pool aren’t some wretched hole-in-the-ground swampy “earlier than” pictures that make the “after” pictures all of the extra attractive. The “earlier than” pictures of this pool are, for my part, actually lovely. In truth, the pool and the yard surrounding it had been what offered us on this home. I’m a water particular person. In my household, we’re all water individuals. We may spend all day within the water. And this pool is giant sufficient to do laps in! And surrounded by bushes! We liked the pool! We liked the brick coping (the bricks across the pool’s edge) and the unique waterline tile–whats up solar form (couldn’t be extra excellent for us!)! Hell, even the little selfmade pergola state of affairs had its appeal. If we may have left the pool as-is, consider me, we’d have.

Before photos of the pool

We liked the unique coping and waterline tile of the pool

Once we purchased the house we knew that the pool wanted new gear and replastering. What we discovered after shopping for the home was that the pool additionally wanted new electrical and new plumbing. In truth, a number of tradespeople warned us: “{the electrical} work on this pool is so previous, I’d be afraid to swim in it for concern of being electrocuted” (yikes).  Properly, that was sufficient for us to re-allocate funds for a loo rework and add it to the pool finances so as to make it secure and swimmable. The lavatory rework may wait — in spite of everything, there was no actual hazard of being electrocuted within the previous bathtub.

This was our first time ever engaged on a pool, so I used to be coming at it from a spot of whole ignorance. After interviewing half a dozen contractors,  we employed a licensed pool contractor to information us by way of the method. What I shortly realized is that the plumbing and electrical work had been all positioned across the pool, that means that we would wish to interrupt up and take away all of the cement within the surrounding space, together with the coping and the waterline tile so as to get to {the electrical} wires and piping.

I don’t know the place I used to be anticipating the pipes and electrical wiring to be positioned in a pool — I suppose I had by no means given in an excessive amount of thought!?! However I used to be shocked as soon as I noticed that we needed to demo the whole pool and surrounding space so as to make the pool secure to swim in. The very first thing that we requested is that if it was going to be doable to salvage the tile and brick coping. The reply was a “possibly.” We went into demo day hoping for the most effective.

It’s at all times onerous to observe one thing be demolished, particularly one thing lovely and one thing that you just’ve simply spent a wholesome portion of your life financial savings on, however hey, typically you simply should dive in, huh? So we took a deep breath, paid the deposit and started to empty the pool — which took three hoses and three days.

As soon as the pool was drained the demolition crew got here by way of and demoed the floor space of the pool and the encompassing areas. Sadly, the coping and waterline tile crumbled throughout the demolition and had been unsalvageable.

Now that the method was underway it was time to make some design choices. We might maintain the form and measurement of the pool the identical, solely take it from 9 toes deep, to 6 toes deep within the deep finish. Making the pool extra shallow would make it cheaper/quicker to warmth and make it a bit safer, too. Additionally, since we had been eradicating the present diving board for security causes, there was no motive to have the pool keep that deep. Different huge choices to make had been:

1.) The pool was beforehand surrounded by a cement floor, what did we need to change the cement with?
2.) What kind of coping did we would like?
3.) What did we need to use for waterline tile?
4.) What kind of end did we would like the pool to have?

We started to consider the general vibe and the way we wished the house to really feel. All of us agreed that we liked the look of the previous pool, so we determined to purpose for a design that will make the house really feel form of prefer it had at all times been there, so making a design that match with the general vibe of the whole property drove our design choices. Timing additionally guided many choices. Decided to complete the pool in time for the recent L.A. summer season months, the whole lot that we had been on the lookout for wanted to be IN STOCK. This proved to be very difficult, particularly throughout COVID since there have been a whole lot of shortages, delivery delays, and objects from abroad caught on the docks.

Reclaimed brick specified by a chevron sample

1.) The Pool Encompass

After a whole lot of analysis and throwing concepts round, we determined to exchange the cement across the pool with brick pavers. We landed on the pavers as a result of tiling the whole house would have been prohibitively costly. We didn’t love the look of the cement that had been there earlier than however DID love the look of the brick flooring on the higher patio, and so we determined to try to emulate that look. Sand-setting the bricks can be cheaper than grouting them in. As soon as we settled on the brick look, we solid a large internet on the lookout for the right brick — however that truly ended up being an issue — the brick that we had been discovering was too excellent — it seemed too new and subsequently didn’t actually match with the vibe of the remainder of the property. So we determined to go on the hunt for previous brick. Not solely wouldn’t it seem like the remainder of the home, however it could be extra sustainable as effectively. We ended up discovering 800 sq. ft. price of BEAUTIFUL, reclaimed brick at a neighborhood stone yard and snatched all of it up. The one difficulty was, the floor space of the yard is 1200 sq. ft. So we had 400 sq. ft. of house that will nonetheless want hardscaping. We thought of on the lookout for extra reclaimed brick, carving out areas for crops, or cementing small “zones” for, say the outside eating space, however landed on the concept of tiling a 400 sq. ft. space of the yard that, because of the structure of the yard, was raised. We name the raised space “the stage.” We spent a couple of weeks sourcing cement tile for the stage too — and entertained a number of totally different colours and motifs, however couldn’t discover something that was “in-stock” that felt proper for the house. We wished it to really feel like a contemporary backdrop that would look good with a number of totally different finishes. As a substitute, we ended up deciding to make use of a sage-colored, hexagon cement tile from Zia Tile that we had ordered months earlier for our kitchen rework.  Since we had been nonetheless ready on permits for our kitchen rework, we knew it could be months earlier than we’d want the tile for the kitchen, so we determined to tile the stage with cement tile that was initially allotted for our kitchen, and use brick on the remainder of the encompassing space. (And ordered extra of the identical tile for the kitchen flooring!)

The brick and the sage would drive the colour choices for the remainder of the world.

When the brick was lastly being put in, we had plans to put in it in a cross-hatch motif like the remainder of the property, however that’s after we realized that in contrast to the brick on the remainder of the property when you put two of those bricks side-by-side, the width of two bricks didn’t equal the size of 1 brick #oops! So we needed to assume quick, and selected a chevron sample as a substitute. You reside, you be taught, you pivot!

Brick pavers and bullnose pool coping

On the left, the reclaimed brick pavers earlier than sand-setting and grout, on the best the pavers and coping absolutely put in.

2.) The Coping 

Full disclosure, I had by no means heard the phrase “coping” earlier than Feb. 2021, however now I really feel I’ve explored each kind of coping identified to mankind! Ha! Impressed by the unique brick coping that the unique pool had, we favored the concept of utilizing a brick coping. However, I didn’t love how sharp the sides had been across the pool. In spite of everything, my goals of sipping a mojito on the sting of the pool with my toes within the water didn’t embrace scraping my tush on the sharp fringe of the pool, so Jason urged bullnose brick coping that resulted in a spherical edge and I liked that concept. And bullnose brick coping was in inventory and straightforward to search out at most stone yards, in order that’s what we selected.

3.) The Waterline Tile

Waterline tile is used on the pool to forestall a yellow ring from forming across the pool’s edge. Sure, I had goals of utilizing gorgeously uneven Moroccan zellige clay tile across the perimeter of the pool after having seen it utilized in so many fountains and swimming pools in Morocco (and after utilizing it in my kitchen at #JungalowByTheRiver). However, after speaking to fairly a couple of consultants at tile retailers, I used to be suggested towards utilizing a clay tile. The consensus was that “pool-grade porcelain tile” was the best way to go for the pool encompass. I used to be advised that it could final a lot, for much longer than clay tile and resist the wear and tear and tear that pool chemical compounds can have on tile. Our contractor additionally made it very clear that the tile set up can be a lot quicker, cheaper and simpler with a porcelain tile. He didn’t flat out refuse to put in the zellige — however didn’t need to be held accountable if it didn’t maintain up. So, albeit a bit dismayed, we went on a hunt for the right *in inventory* porcelain tile. This was an actual problem. Porcelain tile that felt vibey proved tough to search out. We noticed a whole lot of tile with fairly patterns, however the patterns seemed like they had been printed on the tile, not a part of the tile itself. Numerous it seemed too retro (not in a great way). A lot of what we noticed and favored was solely out there by particular order, oftentimes with 12-20 week lead instances, and we couldn’t afford to attend that lengthy.  After looking excessive and low, we lastly discovered some porcelain tiles that basically liked at Mission Tile West in Pasadena who has a huge tile assortment. The tile we landed on, the 4X4 Sant Gervasi tile from Latin Accents  *was* in inventory, dear, however in inventory. However, very like the reclaimed brick — there wasn’t fairly sufficient of it to make it across the whole pool. So, by no means one to draw back from mixing it up, we discovered a strong, 6×6 celadon coloured sq. that recalled the colour of the sage hexagon cement tile, and we additionally discovered a small 2X2 accent tile that coordinated again to the bigger Sant Gervasi motif, and we ordered sufficient of these to cowl the “stage” portion of the pool’s edge and the recent tub encompass. This was additionally a pleasant repair as a result of these different tiles had been considerably cheaper so we saves a couple of cash, too.

As soon as we bought the tile again to the pool, and positioned the strong celadon tile on the pool’s edge we bought nervous. It seemed like toilet tile and didn’t really feel enjoyable or particular or previous or something that we had wished it to really feel. So, Jason had the good thought to insert the small 2X2 tile at a diagonal within the nook of 4 strong, 6X6 tiles and instantly the vibes got here pouring again in. Disaster averted! The tile installer, Eugenio did an incredible job at meticulously chopping the corners off of the strong tile to create the sample and we’re actually, actually proud of the ultimate end result.

We additionally had a number of loopy sample concepts for the spa spillway into the pool. We performed quite a bit with the patterns right here and ended up with a checker sample that makes use of the small 2×2 flower tiles, which I’m obsessive about. Due to the curved line right here, it’s greatest to make use of smaller tiles for the spillway in order that there aren’t too many gaps.

We additionally dotted tiles alongside the pool steps and the pool benches and saved the additional tile for an eventual outside bathe that we plan to put in down the highway.

4.) The Pool End

The pool end choices had been fairly restricted. We may have gone with normal plaster, however we had been advised (and analysis confirmed) that Pebble Tec merchandise final quite a bit longer than conventional plaster, and after 5 months of coping with this pool renovation, we didn’t need to should replaster the pool any time quickly.  Pebble Fina within the Egyptian Sands end was our first alternative. We favored how the hotter tone of the end solid a heat inexperienced coloration on the pool, however, alas, that product was caught on the dock and so we needed to pivot once more, going with Pebble Sheen in Desert Gold as a substitute. The colour was comparable, however the Pebble Sheen has a rougher texture than the Pebble Fina. In the long run, it seems to be quite a bit like actual sand, which could be very cool as a result of it offers us a beachy really feel that I welcome wholeheartedly.

As soon as the pool end was executed, it was time to fill the pool, which took about two days. The anticipation was killing us. The entire venture took about twice as lengthy (virtually six months) and twice as a lot cash as we had anticipated (about the price of an costly marriage ceremony) however within the few weeks because the pool has been mainly executed we have now been swimming each single day and day by day that I’m in there, I simply go searching in awe and gratitude that we had been in a position to make this place ours.

We nonetheless have some issues to examine off the to-do record — we have to construct a canopy for the pool gear, end furnishing the pool encompass, do landscaping, repair the fence that surrounds the whole yard, and wait one other couple of weeks till the Pebble Sheen cures earlier than we are able to warmth the pool or the spa, however as with all initiatives, the paint will at all times be a bit moist, and I’m positive as time goes on we are going to proceed to hone in on this place and proceed to make it our personal.

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