Our Backyard Oasis is Complete

    We are at the finish line with our in ground pool & spa project and it looks incredible! If you remember from the previous blog, the underground plumbing and the interior pool tile had just been completed. Lawn Enforcement arrived promptly the next day to begin installing the travertine coping around the pool and spa. What an amazing skill these men have cutting each piece of travertine with precision piecing it together as you would a puzzle. The completed travertine looks fantastic and I was excited to see them move onto the pavers for the patio.

    We chose Tremron’s Olde Town Sand Dune paver; a three piece paver meaning each piece is a different size, shape and color tone. Next, we had to choose a decorative pattern for the pavers on the deck. I spent two hours browsing catalogs trying to figure out what to do and never did come to a decision. The men showed up the following morning, grabbed several pavers, and in less than a minute showed me a pattern with a border I loved, relief! Less than two days later, we had a completed pool deck that looked even better than I had envisioned, it is exquisite! And…I no longer have excessive amounts of sand being tracked through the house.

    Next, the stacked stone was delivered for the spa and I was very apprehensive about whether it would contrast nicely with the pavers, tile and travertine. We couldn’t have picked a better stone because it really complements the travertine well. Doug from Pools & More did an extraordinary installation job paying attention to each detail.

    Finally, the last step before filling the pool is covering the pool shell with marcite which gives the pool its color. We chose aqua cool which looks white to the eye but has flecks of blue and black with additional reflective pieces which create the blue water. With the marcite complete in about 4 hours, the hose was thrown in the pool and two days later we had a full pool and spa. Here’s a tip: If you’re ever filling a pool, read the meter before and after the fill and the city will credit the wastewater charges on your bill. In our case, it was just over $100 savings.

    The final phase of our project was the installation of the pool cage. At the beginning of the project someone in my home was opposed to having the pool screened-in due to concerns of it filtering the sun keeping the water too cool. However, after three weeks of watching the pool fill with leaves he realized the screen is much needed. We decided on the mansard roof style screen in white. It took five days to complete the project but it is truly an addition to our home. I feel like we have so much more usable space and it looks incredible.

    Mike Flanagan, owner of Pools & More has done a phenomenal job throughout this entire project keeping everything moving smoothly. With any home project one always expects obstacles and delays. I can’t think of a single time I’ve been disappointed or unhappy with this project or the service he has provided us. Concerned, yes, but that’s just in my nature. Each day, like clockwork, his crews show up as planned and go above and beyond when on our property.

    It’s not often I make recommendations, but I don’t hesitate in the least recommending Mike Flanagan, owner of Pools & More if you’re looking for weekly or monthly pool maintenance, pool repair, leak detection, or even considering designing and installing your own backyard oasis. He is competitively priced, has fantastic employees and most important, is honest, reliable and down to earth. Please don’t hesitate to call Mike Flanagan, I’m confident you won’t be disappointed. Visit Gainesville Pools or call Mike personally at (352) 514-4504.

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