Our yard is finished! We set a deadline to have it finished in time for an event, thankfully, it got done because of our awesome landscapers. Finally sharing all the details of the backyard area where the pool is. I will do a detailed post on the landscaping and all the yard soon. But wanted to share photos and answer the most asked questions on the pool and pavers.
Before and After of Yard-
We used the same pavers and pattern that we did at our Connecticut house! Why not repeat something you love and we really didn’t get to enjoy that space too long. We hired a landscaping company both times to install the pavers. This pattern and style is hard to get level and straight, unfortunately I don’t have a tutorial, since we didn’t install them. I will say the gray rectangle pavers are taller than the square cement pavers, so you have to dig out the darker gray paver so they sit lower.
- Where did you get your pavers? Our landscaper bought the pavers both times for us. Both pavers are from Belgard. The larger paver is just a Belgard Plaza 24″x24″ cement paver. The darker gray paver is called Holand Stone in Rio.
- Why didn’t you install the pavers? Time. It took them about 2-3 weeks to install the pavers. It was about the same time frame for the pavers at our Connecticut Home.
We had that Pergola built, I will show more of that soon!
Fiberglass Pool FAQ
- Where did you get pool and what is the style? Utah Pool Boys put in the pool and did everything, we bought the Fiberglass Pool from them. They were awesome to work with! The pool is Astoria from Latham Pools color Shale Gray. I wrote about our Connecticut Pool HERE.
- Saltwater or Chlorine? We went with Saltwater. It is more gentle on your body. We did Saltwater on our last pool and loved it. It also costs less to maintain, but more upfront.
- What size is your pool? 40’x17′ and at the deepest point it is 7′ deep.
- How much did your pool cost? Our pool cost $85k. That included removing the existing landscaping, we had a water feature and big rocks they had to remove. It also included the automatic cover, heater, salt water converter and wireless control panel. That cost does not include the pavers, just the coping.
- Why did you get a pool cover this time and not at your Connecticut house? The cover alone is around $15-20k and our pool salesperson said the covers break often and aren’t worth it. So we were talked out of it. I do wish we would have put a cover in the Connecticut pool, it makes it so you can enjoy it longer. In Connecticut they winterized it. You never drain the pool, just put a winter cover on. LOVE having a cover on this pool, especially since we have such big trees that drop a lot of stuff into the pool.
- Is your pool heated? YES!
- Does it have a hot tub? YES! You can heat the smaller spa area separately from the rest of the pool. It also has jets.
This is where the pool cover rolls up and hides. We did pavers instead of a piece of metal to disguise the cover.
We moved this shed that was over by our garage to be over by the pool and painted it the same colors as the house. Black Top from Benjamin Moore and Tricorn Black on the trim from Sherwin Williams. We will use it for pool storage, a spot to hang towels and a service area for snacks! We are making over the inside and will show you soon!
All the pool equipment is hidden behind that fence. Something to keep in mind that a pool does come with a lot of pool equipment that you might want to hide.
I will share more of the yard soon!! We are really enjoying it right now!
It’s absolutely beautiful Brooke! You and Kevin have some such an amazing job. So many memories to happen in that beautiful backward! Thank you for sharing. 🤍
It’s beautiful! Can you share about your coping? I love how simple and natural it is. Thanks!
Michelle Terrill says
Beautiful! Question: why did you switch from Leisure Pools to Latham? We are having the ultimate installed in December and hoping we made the right choice
[email protected] says
We like both of them! We went with Latham because that is what we could get in Utah and who our friends Utah Pool Boys use.
Nikki Walker says
Love the backyard! It looks AMAZING!
It’s beautiful, of course, and I imagine it feels like you are keeping a happy connection to your Connecticut home. But I’m confused, you haven’t actually moved in yet but you are able to use the outside spaces?
[email protected] says
We own the home so we can use the outdoor spaces. We just can’t live in it yet until the permits are closed.
It’s gorgeous! What are the measurements of the first long shallow step? Then how many steps after that? Thank you! ☺️
Corri Peterson says
Where is your outdoor furniture from? I love the pool lounge chairs!
Cara Richardson says
Question about the cover. Are you able to access it for maintenance and repair if needed under the pavers?
[email protected] says
yes! Some lift up that we need to get to!