As soon as the concrete truck arrived they went straight to work spraying the gunite. Gunite is really just concrete with a finer aggregate so it can be sprayed. At $123.25 per yard it's a bit more expensive too. By days end I used 22 yards, exactly two truck loads.
The workers put up a barrier around the pool so any over spray doesn't get on the masonry wall or the house.
Creating a pool is really more of an art than a science. The gunite has to be constantly carved and checked for level and plumb as it is sprayed. A detail like the steps has to be delicately shaped and measured by an experienced worker to come out right.
It only took about 4 hours to do the job. Now I have a one-of-a-kind totally unique pool like no other. The 3 square niches along the pool's edge are where natural rocks will be placed. This will be the next contractor followed by tile around the perimeter at the top.