A fresh new patio and some eye-popping furniture and our outdoor oasis is starting to take form…until you look at the pool. Ugh! Yuck! Don’t look! I’ve loved the size and shape of our pool but the 80’s tile and the badly needed surfacing is an eye sore, and it is the focal point of the backyard. While my husband dreams of redoing our floors (which trust me I would love to as well) I couldn’t wait to get our pool redone.
Fast forward a few years and with the help of a few tiles that could no longer stand the look either (they literally just fell off) we finally bit the bullet and had our pool resurfaced and retiled. Right in the middle of a pandemic when ever other person also decided it was time to fix, renovate, renew, restore, etc. Our first offer came in at just under $13K…talk about sticker shock I thought for sure that was it no new pool for me. However, my husband reached out to another pool company who he has supplied for through work and for just a little over half of the price we were on our way to a beautiful new pool.
Before – 80’s Ugly Tile Pool
Big style decisions like this stress me out! There are no take backs, you can’t have it installed and say, “No…..I think I liked the lighter color better”. I just knew I wanted my pool to be blue. The previous surfacing had little brown specs in it so the water looked clear and on sunny days it always seemed just a hint of green. Pat from Anything Wet (that is who did our pool) suggested we go with stacked stone instead of full tile. I wasn’t so sure about this at first, I didn’t even know it was a thing, but my husband really liked the idea. So, I did what I do best and started researching.
Even after researching the stacked stone, I still wasn’t sure. Was this really a good idea? It did look kind of nice? Ok my husband liked it and it will probably look fine let’s go for it. Now we have to pick out the stone we liked, and the tile….Oh MY, Soooo much stress. Even after we selected it I continued to stress.
After making our decision on the stacked stone, tile, and some fresh new LED lights, (which man they are expensive) we were put on the schedule for about a week out. Then just when it was time, we found out they didn’t have the stacked stone we selected. I could either wait or I could go with something that was similar. I looked at the “similar” choice and it just didn’t have the same sparkle. Literally the stone we picked out had some sparkle in it. I decided for such a big purchase it was important that we get what we wanted so we waited another week.
It turned out that I LOVE stacked stone. It was SOOOOO the right decision. As you can see our pool has a large backsplash area and while it was previously all tiled I think tile is too much. I absolutely love how the stacked stone breaks it up. We have a small row of tile at the water level and around the spa and it is absolutely perfect! We picked the bluest blue we could go with, with out upgrading and it is great. It is a light blue vs the darker blue and makes our backyard pop!
New Amazing Pool
I mean is there any question that the new pool is amazing? As mentioned, we went with the LED colored lights because if you are going to make some changes go big. We don’t turn the lights on enough because you have to go outside to turn them on. My next small project is getting a timer installed so they will turn on each night and turn off.