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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Beginning Of The Pool

It seemed like it took forever for the permits to get through the city, but things are finally getting started. I guess everyone wants a pool before the summer hits, so the city was back logged on permits.  I wanted to document the pool construction and thought you might like to follow along.


Friday 4/14 - They came out and marked off all the water and electrical lines and drew the pool out on the ground.  This was interesting to watch.  This gentlemen had the copy of the design that the city signed off on, so he started taking measurements in all kinds of directions so he could get everything to scale.

This is the architect's drawing of the pool.  I love the size, not to big or little and tons of cool deck on the side so there is plenty of room for chaise lounges.


 Then he used a string and some tape and spray painted the ground in the exact shape and measurements the pool would be in.  He was amazing to see how it all came together.








 Now we finally have the rough shape.


 The back bench  - - -


 The finished design showing the front steps and the total shape of the pool - -


When he was finished the supervisor came out and double checked all of his measurements.  Everything was perfect so now we are all set for the dig to take place.

 Wednesday 4/19 - The Dig!!!  Boy things started off bright and early.  The crew got here a little before 7AM .  The Superintendent came out and layed down a mat to cover the water meter box so it wouldn't get broken - -


 then the crew pulled up that was going to do the dig.


 Off came the bobcat and backhoe.


 One guy started hammering rebar in the outline of the pool  (That is the supervisor from the pool company with the cowboy hat)


 and the other guy started knocking down the fence.


 Now we were ready for the first shovel of dirt for the dig.  Yip - Skip - I am so excited.

As he dug the dirt the other one hauled it out to the dump truck.



 This guy must have made a gazillion trips back and forth.  He also had to go empty the dump truck 3 times too.  They dug a lot of dirt.


 As more of the pool is dug, they outline the shape with bender board.


 By 1:45 they were all done and even a backwash pit was dug up in the upper right hand corner.

This is our view from the end of the patio. 



That was a lot for one day.  You can really see the shape of the pool.  Plumbing and electrical is next.

 It is going to be so fun for this summer.  I can't wait.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Dining Room Chandelier

My chandelier came last week and I was so excited to see it.  I absolutely love it and think I made the right choice.  Now I just wanted to get it hung for Easter Sunday.  My electrical guy said he would try, and he was such a trooper.  He was going out of town Saturday afternoon so he came at 7 AM on Saturday morning to hang it.  Now that is way above and beyond what I expected.

So here it is in all it's glory -


Love it, I think it has enough presence for the room but is still open and airy so it doesn't dominate the space.





 I even like the way it looks as you come down the stairs.  If you have a fixture that can be seen from upstairs, then you have to make sure it looks good from the top too.


Everyone warned me not to hang it too low.  The general rule of thumb is 30" and this is 31".  I think it could have been a couple inches lower but maybe it's just because I have a shorter centerpiece on the table.


If you have been following along, then you remember these are the choices I was considering.


At any rate, I love it and think I made the right choice.  This was such a great find and price.  It came from Build.com and it sells for $153.85.  You can find it here.  I think this proves you can find some great buys out there and you don't have to sell a kidney to have a fabulous light.

I added some pillows to the host chairs to give them more presence.  It totally changes the look.





 I am having fun looking at this space from all kinds of different angles.  Isn't it amazing how something new just gives such a different look to the entire room.


 This was the beginning of my Easter table.  I added a couple of leaves on Sunday morning and redid the table for 8.  I love being able to visit with my family.


Ok, enough pictures.  Yes, I do like it.



So what do you think now that it's up?

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

371st Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 371st Inspire Me Tuesday.   I always love to see what all you guys are up to.  So many inspiring makeovers and DIY projects.  Here are just a few - --

Kitchen makeovers are always something that makes me stop and take notice and this one is AMAZING.  You have to go see the before gutted down to the studs space.  Love it all.  Check out The Harper House for all the details.


I am sure you have all seen these bead strands all over blogland, love them but not the price.  Meaningful Spaces shared her wonderful tutorial for how to make one.  Love the tassels she added.


Those old cabinet doors can become one of your favorite decor items with a little TLC and DIY.  The Painted Hinge shared how she painted hers to achieve this fabulous aged crackle finish.


With the Easter Holiday last Sunday, you guys shared a tons of Easter Decor and Tables.  I loved them all and just too many pretty ones to pick just a few, so be sure to go back and see them all.


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