Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Our pool.

For the past month and especially the past fortnight, our internet has been intermittent to say the least. A different Tigo technician has visited us everyday for the past week, each claiming that the problem has been solved, but within a few hours we are without internet and TV again. 

So annoying.

But at least our pool is back in action and has been for the past week. Yippee!

We emptied it so that it could be re-tiled with small mosaic-type tiles. Even better, Jose and his team completed the job under the allotted time frame! Amazing how a monetary bonus can work as an incentive. 


Before

All the chipped tiles around the edges of the pool, as well as the surrounding patio area have been replaced. No more horrid concrete underfoot. The flooring is no longer a mish-mash of grey and terracotta, but rather a creamy selection of pebbles and stone tiles, and stays remarkably cool. No more burning tootsies!

Five lorry loads of water were needed to refill; that's 60,000 litres of water! It took the poor guy from 8am to 8pm as only one water lorry was operational that day! 


The one and only lorry.
Fill her up!

Of course, there was a hiccup, as there always is. We noticed a few days after its being refilled, the pool started to lose water - rapidly! Where the hell was it going and how? The builders only re-tiled, there had been no excavation work. We searched for evidence of water around the garden, outside on the roads, in the pipes, but nothing. After 5 days and with a loss of about 10,000 litres of water or so, we got the builders back in to see if they could solve the problem, which thankfully they did AND at no extra cost to us. A miracle!!

Have I mentioned that we also had a 'rancho' built, to give us some much needed shade around the pool? Oh yes, and the outside shower has had a make-over too, with some left over black pebbles from La Casita (to the left of the photo below).


After

 Really pleased with the end result, what do you think?




6 comments:

Jane said...

Looks great! x

Gabriela Bernate said...

It looks fab! Wishing I was there....

stella B said...

Thanks ladies. As I'm sat here sweltering at the laptop, it looks very inviting!

Stella Hammond said...

Congratulations on upgrading your pool! Did the pool guys tell you the cause of the leak? It would've been good to know, in case something like that happens again. Anyway, removing the terracotta was a good call, as it absorbs dirt and grime in the long run and could be unsightly. I hope you guys are ecstatic with your new pool. Cheers!

Stella Hammond @ Palm City Pools

Lindsay Wood said...

What a transformation! The pool looks so brand new, now that you've given it a make-over. I hope it wasn't too troublesome, though. It would be best to perform regular check-ups and maintenance on the pool. The sooner you're aware of its issues, the sooner you can fix them, right? Anyway, thanks for sharing that! Enjoy swimming! :)

Lindsay Wood @ PoolShopWA

Leena Wolf said...

It looks like the pool is ready for action! It can take a lot of work and time to clean up a pool, not to mention the amount of water you’ll need to fill it up again afterwards. And another thing you have to consider is maintaining it, since you don’t want to be wasting a lot of water every time you need to do some drastic cleaning. Anyway, thanks for sharing this with us, and have a nice day!


Leena Wolf @ H2O Spas