During this crazy long stretch where I’ve been working from home and not traveling, I came up with the hair-brained idea that we needed a backyard pool! We are in Vegas. We are hot. We need to cool down. But mostly I’ll be home over the next few months so I can stay on top of getting it done! Here’s a digital rendering of what our pool should look like when it’s done:
We actually made a few slight tweaks to the design after these drawings were made, but it’s pretty similar to what’s shown here and we are super excited about it!!
The start of an Idea
If you live in Las Vegas, chances are you either have a backyard pool or know someone who does. Shortly after we moved into our new home last year, our next door neighbors put in a pool in their yard. They’ve been super generous in allowing us to use it, but after the pandemic hit, I began thinking what our yard would like like if we had one built, too.
I was pleased that I was able to use Electric Quilt Design software (EQ8) to come up with the rough sketch shown below. But even before that that I spent several days chatting with my husband Jason about what we would want in our pool.
We both really like to swim for exercise, but knew that our yard wasn’t big enough for a lap pool. So after a bit of research, we discovered this device called a “fast lane” by Endless Pools. It basically creates a current in the pool, allowing you to swim in place continuously. We knew that we had to include that if we were going to make this pool idea become a reality.
Next, I started asking a bunch of friends which pool companies they used, and I was referred to BYOP (Build Your Own Pool) of Nevada. (FYI this is NOT an affiliate post – I just want to share about my experience as it happens). The clincher was when I asked them if they were familiar with they fast lane idea and they said yes they had installed those before.
So just like I tweak my quilt designs over and over to get them just right, we worked with BYOP to perfect our pool design, That included figuring out how to incorporate the fast lane device and preserve a pretty pool aesthetic. It will be recessed as shown below and covered with pool decking so that it doesn’t stick out into the pool itself.
It’s gonna take awhile!
So the hardest part about the whole experience is that it will take a total of 3-4 months to install. I jokingly say it will be done just in time for winter, LOL!! But we did opt for a heating unit AND a spa – so it will be functional year round. Christmas day swimming anyone??
First we had to submit our plans to not 1, but 2 neighborhood HOA’s. Then we had to secure permits for the construction. Fortunately that all got approved relatively quickly, so now we can begin excavation soon. That’s where they basically destroy our current backyard and dig a big hole in the ground.
Once the design was finalized, the pool company came over and marked up the yard so that when the excavators come, they’ll knno exactly where to dig.
As we were finalizing the design, I used bricks from the yard and empty fabric bolts to visualize how big the areas of the pool would be. It was actually pretty fun to see my idea begin to take shape!
Below are the construction lines for our “wet deck” – a trend that I’ve seen in newer pools. It’s like a suntan ledge where you can put a chair and umbrella in the water or dangle your legs into the pool while sitting in just a few inches of water. It will be a great play area for future grandchildren, too (not that there any on the way anytime soon, but I’m just sayin’ it’s good to be prepared…)!
The Start of Something Good
Because we decided to cover the entire non-pool area with the same tile and decking, the first big project was to dismantle our covered patio so that they could remove the concrete that’s already there. The cover will be reassembled once the pool is in place. Here’s the before shot:
Below is our poor house with no more backyard shade. So sad, but at least we know it’s only temporary!! It’s kinda crazy how small our yard is, but in the future we will just refer to it as “swimming pool” room, LOL!!
So, in the meantime while I wait for work to begin, I will cool off the best way I know how – with a portable pool and some lounge chairs in the shade. I’ll post another update in a few weeks, when things really start happening. After all, it’s been a great distraction, and something to keep me occupied in between sewing sessions.
Stay cool out there, friends!!
6 thoughts on “My New Summer Project – Building a Pool!!”
Endless Pool fun. we had a tether we clipped ourselves too so we didn’t get swept away from the centre of the pool
That’s gonna be so cool. We call it a Shamu Shelf here.
This was so interesting! Thanks for sharing. We had a pool when I was a kid and we loved it–I can remember that our mom lived in her bathing suit all summer long, as did we. Our favorite feature was the slide. (Now all I can think of was how loud we must have been. She was a lot more patient than I am!) If I had a pool now I am sure I would want your swim-in-place feature; that is so clever. Also, that “tanning ledge” looks like a great place to hang out and read a book while managing to keep cool during the hot desert days. This seems like a great plan, as long as all the kids are pool-safe or you install alarms, since you don’t have any way to put in a fence. (Sorry to be a downer, but we lost a nephew to drowning, so that is never far from my mind.)
Hey, it sounds like a win for a Vegas house.
I remember the “kids pool” cooling me down many years ago. Just get the feet cool and the rest cools down too. Enjoy the pool, eventually!
I’ve done 2 of the quilt-a-longs: string of pearls and beaded lanterns…great quilts!
Be safe and thanks for all the quilting fun.
We used to have a pool at our former house and used it constantly. Now I miss it so much! I can’t imagine how much you will use your new one in Vegas! You will love it ! Just get thru the construction dust . In the meantime, I love your current pool, enough to put your feet in !