Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bring on the Gunite!

The rains stayed at bay overnight so I had a nice dry, firm pool hole when the workers arrived at 6:30 this morning.

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.

I was very pleased by the work my Mexican amigos did.  This arch was added to my original plan when I learned their prices were so reasonable-just $500 more!


  1. Looks like that pool is going to be deep enough to put a submarine in. Like the privacy wall & arch. You sure have a nice looking place there.

  2. Terry ! you have designed a gem of a pool....Hope to see it in person sometime... Will you be able to fill it from your well or truck water in ? Like the shapes in the wall to.


  3. Al -- the reason the pool is so deep is so I can practice my cannonball dives! -- Terry Kelly -- you are welcome anytime!!

  4. Just catching up with you guys on the "new" blog and most definitely new plans! Looks like you've got yourselves a lovely spot. Sorry to see you off the road, but will enjoy following your new house develop. Got any RV parking there?

  5. Nina, I'm glad you caught up with us. We have a FHU site; the catch is you have to back a 40 footer in for 300 ft. You are always welcome; bring your bathing suits. Terry

  6. Love your main pic of the Catalina Mountains, and how nice it would be too stay there in the monsoon season.
    How exciting!