Back as promised to tell the tale of how Tuesday’s key excitement was almost completely overshadowed by the weather and ensuing pool chaos.
The digging was scheduled to start on Monday morning and knowing the ridiculous hardness of the clay soil, we were completely unprepared to see this sight so soon by the end of the day:
And so big! (eeeeeek!)
The punchline was slightly less exciting. Perth had a severe weather warning the next day and a forecast of rain for the rest of the week. Not only had the pool people had to dismantle all the storm drainage at the back of the house, but they warned us we’d need to get water in the pool and fast, or else the rain would risk floating the pool, flooding the un-filled hole and generally doing a whole heap of damage. Of course you can’t actually fill a pool full of water until appropriate safety fences are in place… something I had thought we’d have plenty of time to organise.
So Tuesday morning consisted of a frantic set of calls (all by P – my lifesaver) to find a plumber, a temporary pool fence, and get the tap running!
Success! By the time the storm hit that night, the drainage was reinstated and the pool had about 20cm of water in it. Disaster averted.
However all this was on top of the other big doozy that day. It was only when the guys started pegging out the pool ready for the dig that we discovered the measurements we’d been given and the scale drawing on the council-accepted plan all referred to the inner water-line dimensions and not actually the outside of the pool. It didn’t fit. There was no space left for the pool fence that’s required by regulations to be situated between pool and the french doors… or at least not in a straight line.
Time to get the pool fence folk back on site to re-plan. We don’t like to do anything the easy way 😉
Today the pump plumbing was installed and the holes all back-filled:
It’s all starting to come together. We’d best get a move on to think about how we’re going to landscape around it now.
Tomorrow the timber floor people return to finish off initial installation. They’d had to stay away for the last couple of days while the window company were busy fixing the messy, lopsided alfresco door trimmings that the timber will butt alongside. We’re very pleased to report that this and many of the other PCI items have since been fixed and there’s only a couple of minor things left for the builder to do.
Almost a year since construction began, it’s practically done and most exciting of all – we have the keys of course.