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***Pool Color and Design Choices***

Hello again!  This is going to be the last post of the Build Your Own Pool Series.  I am going to let you know other details about our backyard in the future, but the pool is almost finished and I have some pretty great things in the works  right now.  I am excited to share with you what is happening inside the house.

One of the biggest challenges I encountered was pool color.  As you know, I love anything French and when I heard of the color “French Grey”, I had to see it in pictures and in person.  I scoured the internet for pool colors and always came back to “French Grey”.  Ultimately, “French Grey” won the final prize. 

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It is light grey in shallow water and a beautiful crisp blue in deeper water.  It’s soft and draws me in every time.  There is something about this color that is inviting.  This may sound a bit corny, but it’s true, it’s crystal clear and not too blue.  When jumping in it feels and looks clean.  No green, not too blue, not too dark, just perfect.  I had to see this color in person before actually diving into a decision.  Prado and Son’s (Love them) ,who did our Pebble Sheen, found a pool owner that has this color.  They went above and beyond by finding a “live” pool we could view.

Prado and Son’s also installed our interior tile.  A blue tile was picked to give a resort feel. 

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I visited hotels and looked at hotel/resort photos online.  I was drawn to the blue tile and wanted a solid color.  Finding solid pool tile is a challenge… who knew?  Once I set eyes on this tile, I knew this was the one.

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A dark charcoal grey was applied for the grout lines to coordinate with the “French Grey” Pebble Sheen.

The coping is a 12×24 travertine in the lightest color I could get my hands on.  

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Here you see it before it was installed.

Meeting up to the travertine is Tumbled – Territorial Blend, Phoenix Pavers in a K-Pattern. 

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I wanted the pavers to look like they were old cobblestone sidewalks and streets in France.  We chose not to seal them to maintain the antique, light grey finish.  Do the pavers get hot?  Yes!  The travertine is much cooler on the feet, but we place our flip-flops close to the pool so we don’t step on the pavers in the baking Arizona sun.  Would I choose pavers again?  Yes, however, I may opt for a wider coping by using (2) 12×24 pieces of travertine.  This would change the look slightly, but give more room for bare feet.

After the final safety inspections, the Pebble Sheen (color) was applied.

Bring on the “French Grey”.

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This was the neatest part.

It’s a crazy set up and quite a meticulous and important job. 

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Check out the boots…

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See the planter boxes/pergola in the background? 

The boxes were a DIY project. We were going to DIY the pergola, but because the beams were massive on the pergola, we hired it out. 

I will share this with you in a later post.


The pool was complete. 


We filled the pool with water and the rest is history.

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Would we build our own pool again?

Yes. Definitely.

I was able to do everything I wanted and saved in the process.

We love creating memories here.

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I’m thinking Ally likes it a little too.

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 If you have any questions about our experience, don’t hesitate

to ask.

I know it’s September, but hey, it’s still hot here…

so I hate to cut this short,


I’m going to jump in the pool.

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Every. Single. Moment.



If you missed the pool series you can see it…

here, here, here, and here.

Build Your Own Pool Series

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Good morning. I hope you are enjoying the build your own pool series.  If you aren’t building a pool, I hope you find the process fascinating.  While embarking on this pool building journey, I found there wasn’t a place to get step by step details.  I spent hours upon hours researching and trying to “figure it all out” as I went.  That is why I am creating this mini-series.  I won’t get into too much detail, but if you do have questions, I will try to help as much as possible.  Also, I am not a pool building pro, just someone who wants to share an experience.

Here we go…

After the dig, we were ready for plumbing

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We decided to run plumbing along the back wall instead of a diagonal shot to the pool.  In hindsight, I wish we wouldn’t have dug along the back wall.  I wasn’t thinking about landscaping.  Planting a tree or plant with an expansive root system is impossible here.

Slipcovered Grey How I built my own pool(This is a picture of plumbing pipes as well as electrical)

***Tip:  Photograph the process along the way.  The pipes will be filled in with dirt and the surface of your choosing around the pool perimeter.  If there is a problem in the future, the pictures will come in handy when referring back to pipe and electrical placement.***

We had the rebar/steel placed at 6 on 12 for spacing. 

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The Arizona recommendation is 12 on 12, but we wanted more reinforcement as we are on the side of a mountain which may have expansive soil.   If you would like to read more about rebar/steel check out this website .

The next step was electrical.

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After all of this, a pre-shotcrete inspection was completed.

***Before this inspection, make sure the building permit is displayed or you will fail the inspection.***

After a pass on the inspection we were ready for shotcrete.

This truly is when the pool starts to come to life.

It was a very windy day, so these photos are taken from inside the house. 

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This process was quite fascinating to watch.

You can see how the surface is smoothed out on the edge of the pool.

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And, here is the pool – looking like a real pool.

Slipcovered GreyOh yeah, see the water flying in the pool.

The shotcrete needs to be misted/watered down for a week

so it doesn’t dry out and crack.


While all of this was happening, I was doing the fun stuff…

picking out pebble-sheen color, which in-turn is the water color,

choosing tiles and pool surrounding surfaces.

Those decisions are coming soon!


If you missed the beginning of the series,

you can read about it here and here.



Every.   Single.  Moment.


Build Your Own Pool Before and After

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***Build Your Own Pool Before and After***


Remember how I was going to take you on the pool building journey and wait to show after pictures? 

Well,  I couldn’t wait any longer. 

Why keep you in suspense?   

If you wanted to see how we did it ourselves, don’t worry.  I’ll still take you through the journey, and if you are building a pool or updating a backyard, hopefully, this will help.

Here was our backyard before…

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and here is the after…

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It’s truly hard to believe it is the same backyard.

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This didn’t happen overnight, it took us about 6 months to complete.

Landscaping is the next project.  

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Confederate (Star) Jasmine will fill the entire back wall in hopes to make the wall camouflaged and disappear in time.

The pergola will also be filled with flowers and climbing vines.

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It’s also the perfect spot for outdoor movies and birthday parties.

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(like the outdoor movie theater we previously created).

The fire pit… will be a place where we create many memories.

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We made it super large to accommodate a roaring fire 

surrounded by plenty of friends and family.


Are you in the process of building a pool or updating a backyard?

Stay tuned.

I’ll tell you how I made decisions along the way,

what slowed us down, and if there is anything I would do differently.

Until next time…



Every. Single. Moment.




You can see the entire pool building series









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***Would You Build Your Own Pool?***

Well, it happened.  We built a pool.  I honestly can’t believe we did it, but the Arizona summers require a pool in the backyard.  We have so much cosmetic work to do inside, but our kids are only going to be in our house for another 8 years and we wanted to make this home a place for family and friend gatherings.  I can always work inside, but I can’t take back time for precious moments with the kiddos.

KidsThis pic is blurred out, but this is them.  Always trying to have a little fun.

Especially when I want to take a picture.

(Love them)


There are so many choices when building a pool.

Whether you are deciding to build a pool on your own, use a pool builder, or are curious about the process,

I have some pointers for you.

Trust me… this was not headache free.

I am going to travel back through our journey with you.

(and hold out on putting the after shot in – that way you can travel along with me to the end)


In the beginning we met with several pool builders.

This is a huge deal and a big investment.

We wanted to make sure we were making the right choices

and not jumping into anything.

I wanted some bells and whistles, but most importantly,  I wanted my vision to come to life.

I didn’t want to skimp.

The pool builders told me my dream backyard would be over $80,000.


One of the builders even told me $250,000.

(even bigger gulp).


That’s when Joe and I decided to build on our own and be the general contractors.

We are DIY’ers, but have never been contractors, so we were nervous.  Luckily we used a service to help us along the way called BYOP – Build Your Own Pool.


You’ve seen my backyard,


and as you know, it needed TLC.

It was hard to see past the mess back there.

I wanted to transform the backyard to feel as though when you step outside you are at a resort.

It had to have a European / Old World feel, with worn surfaces and stone.

The mountain view needed to still be a focal point and the hard surfaces/privacy walls needed to disappear.

Stay tuned as I take you through the journey…



Every. Single. Moment.


You can see the entire pool building series