If you read my last post (here), you’ve seen all of the inspiration for our pool design that we recently put in our backyard. To give you a little refresher, I’ve included the pool design again in the video and screenshots below done by our amazing pool company, Pulliam Pools.

If you’re having trouble viewing the video, you can also view it here.  And below are some of the 3-D renderings.






We were over-the-moon when we saw the designs and couldn’t wait to get started! The entire process took about 3-4 months since it was such a big project. We also had some prep-work in the backyard we had to take care of before they could even start with the dig. Since not many people get to really see what all is put into installing a pool, I thought it would be nice to share some “real-life” photos of the process.

Here we go!

This was the “before” of our backyard. As you can see, they painted a blue outline of where the pool was actually going to be before they started digging.

Shortly after this photo, they were able to actually start digging and building out some of the framework. You can start to see the sandbar (aka layout deck) in the back, the spa, some of the steps etc.

The next step you can see is the steel construction, which is basically the backbone of your entire pool. This is what happens after they’ve excavated your pool and before they start working on the plumbing and gunite.

You can also see some of the pluming (the white PVC pipes) installed above and below. After the plumbing was complete, they started spraying the gunite.

This is one of the coolest phases of the entire process! It’s when you actually start to see the shape of the pool develop.

Next comes the waterline tile and coping. If you don’t know what coping is, it’s the stone that’s used to cap the pool surround.

Once the tile and coping is completed, they first install the decking and then plaster. I loved watching them do the plaster work! Similar to the gunite, it was another step in the process that really made the shape of the pool come to life.

It’s amazing how skilled these tradesmen are that do the plaster work. It literally has to be perfectly smooth. I don’t know how they do it!

Once we got the go-ahead from our pool company, we were able to start filling the pool up with water. It was finally feeling REAL.

And here are a few more process photos of the entire backyard. We still haven’t finished out landscaping, but these will at least give you an idea of the progress.

And if you’re wondering…. yes, we installed artificial turf grass and LOVE it. More on that in this post here.

So what do you think of the whole process? Pretty interesting how it’s all done, isn’t it?

Here are a few more posts about our backyard progress:


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  1. Wow, just fabulous! Well done on your choice of design & finished product!

  2. Oh wow…….It’s amazing. I love the fire pit it is going to be so beautiful when you are finished.
    Love it Amy.

    Much love,

  3. Beautiful pool! I was wondering what material you used for the coping? Are they concrete pavers? One last question…..did you use white grout with the tiles in the pool? Thanks so much!!

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