Last year, we installed pool number two in house number six! Same builder “Donny”, different location, colour scheme and style of pool. Our first pool was a much different shape than our current build. The shape of the pool defines the overall feeling and look to your pool area and yard. Originally, we chose a 18×36 diving pool with a kidney shaped deep end combined with a rectangular shallow end to maximize the swimming area. The liner is a solid light blue.
We went with a brown and taupe colour scheme of the shed, pavers, fencing and furniture to match our previous home.
I miss these days! Deciding upon the shape is challenging as there are so many shapes and sizes to pick from and questions to consider. How big? Do you want a diving pool? Where to physically place the pool and how to map out the area? What kind of decking should you place around the pool? What type of fencing? The list goes on and there are many important irreversible decisions to consider prior to the build. It’s not like if you place the pool in the wrong spot you can move it over a tad! Once you have a concrete design plan finding a reputable builder and praying for good weather during the install is next. There is a lot of coordination involved between excavation, landscapers, the pool builder and the electrician.
I really liked the shape and size of our first pool, but having moved into a house built in 1859, we wanted to create a traditional garden pool suiting the house more so than contemporary shape. Some photos I gravitated to for inspiration.
I wanted stairs built into the pool for a custom look.
Here is our new pool. We decided on a non diving (diving is no longer recommended in most residential pools here in Canada) 16×40 rectangular shape. The dimensions were custom excavated to exactly what we wanted in terms of depth and length. You can read more in detail about the pool build under “Our Home” “The Pool” on my home page. http://www.lincludencottagelife.com/?page_id=54
The automatic cover, was the best decision we made. Our nights are cold here in New Brunswick, so although the cover was expensive, it was worth every dime brining us peace of mind (as it is safer than a pool gate) along with heat retention lowering our heating bills! No more fussing with manual covers either!
Although our old patio furniture looks o.k. I really wanted to find a more traditional style matching the yellow and white of our house.
Two years ago, I found my dream furniture at Frontgate. After much buttering up, persistence and debate my husband agreed to purchase the seating! We live an hour away from Calais Maine and ship items to the border when we can’t find things locally, however, because our dollar isn’t doing so well, the exchange rate was not in our favour. Patio furniture isn’t something you change out frequently, so I really wanted this collection from Frontage. Our patio dinning table is from our local Pier One and I absolutely love it, but I just couldn’t find deep seating ivory wicker anywhere. “Don’t these people look happy sitting in this is comfy furniture?” I asked my husband who needed some convincing! 😉
Plus, it gave my husband a good excuse to buy the trailer he’s always wanted to transport the furniture back from the border! 😉
It’s arrived! I can hardly wait!!! Yellow cushions to match the exterior colour of the house. Yippee!
So, like I said, the Canadian dollar is not good……which means I could only get the couch and love seat. It looks a little bare. Luckily I found this umbrella locally at Pier One. I love the pops of yellow, red and turquoise!
Aren’t they fun?!
The patio will be complete once I have the chaise lounge and coffee table, but that may not happen until next season.
Although, it’s coming together!
The dogs are happy! The kids aren’t allowed to sit on the new furniture as of yet…..;) Hope the fabric is popsicle stain resistant? 😉
Dolly likes the new umbrella!
And is most likely thinking about hopping up on my new couch! No Dolly no! 😉
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