Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Backyard Oasis part 5- Overlay & Landscape

The last I left off with our Backyard Oasis project the pool itself was officially completed. Next up that needed to be completed was the patio overlay and the landscaping.
This is the area behind the pool where we wanted to put landscaping. We were just going to have our contractor prep the beds for us and then in the fall we would actually plant stuff. That all changed when I saw that the local garden center had everything 50% off. Who can pass up 50% off so the boys and I went to BOTH garden centers near our house on the hottest day of the summer and picked out what plants I wanted. We spent hours picking stuff out and the plan was for our contractor to come by later in the day and pick up the big stuff. Well the garden center said no. There I was stuck with four large Crape Myrtles in 108 degree weather and two surprisingly well behaved under the circumstances but certainly hot boys.
To the rescue came our contractor Tim. I called Tim and explained they would not hold anything for me so within 30 minutes he was up at the garden center loading up my Myrtles himself!
Later that afternoon the boys and I headed back up to the garden center and brought all of this home plus some. It took two trips in my Flex to get everything home. Yes, I could have just paid Tim to go and get everything but I was trying to save $$  and I wanted to be able to pick everything out myself cause that is just the way I am!;) 

Here are the beds prepped and the overlay started.
Here is the other side of the pool area. The pool decking is quite expansive which is really nice. 

I purchased two crepe myrtles with white flowers for each side of the pool. 
We laid everything out just where I wanted it.
Here is the end result! I have African Day Lillies, Pencil Holly, and Lagustrum. I even have enough room left over to plant some color in the fall. I was wanting to keep everything pretty simplistic with green and white and then later on add pops of pinks.
After the landscape was completed the tape from the overlay design started being pulled off. I have to say I was getting rather giddy at this point. I showed Tim exactly what I wanted our porch to look like and he said no problem. I was still nervous seeing as we have never had any type of work like this done before. The tape was coming off and I was feeling good so the boys and I headed to the grocery store.
We got back and my heart sank. I mean literally sank. They guys had started painting the glaze on top of the design and I just was not feeling it. Though it was lovely and it was the color glaze I picked out it was not the look I was going for. It was just too orange/peachy for the rest of the pool. It was taking away from my overall vision for the pool design. 
Thankfully I caught them in time and they had not gotten quite half way done painting the large squares and I asked them to go back over the glazed areas because I preferred this look instead. They thought I was nuts and kept making sure I did not want the glaze. It was quite comical to me because they were mostly speaking Spanish and I was just imagining what they were saying to each other!;) I assured them it was ok to not put the glaze on and thanked them for going back over the areas they had already glazed. 
Once they were done I was giddy once more with delight!
The overlay came out perfect! 
I am working on the finishing touches to the patio and then I will share with y'all the official pool reveal.

Thanx for stopping by and following along with our progress.

If you missed any of the previous Backyard Oasis posts here they are:
Backyard Oasis
Backyard Oasis Part 2
Backyard Oasis Part 3
Backyard Oasis Part 4
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33 comments:

  1. Well you know your stuff and glad they listened!! It looks AWESOME.

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  2. It looks beautiful. You'll enjoy many days and nights out there.

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  3. Your pool looks great and I like all the plants/trees/bushes you picked out. What a great deal 50% off.
    Looking forward to see everything complete.
    Mary

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  4. I have been following along with your pool on FB, Pamela...so much fun! The overlay looks fabulous! Can't wait to see the final reveal! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

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  5. I cannot WAIT to come sit out by that beautiful pool!!! :)

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  6. Everything looks great. I'm so envious of your large shrubs! So glad you're happy with everything, too. That's the best part!

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  7. So pretty, Pamela. I am officially jealous. :)

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  8. I am giddy with excitement for you!

    Oh your pool is so awesome! I would love to have one, but our summers are too short here to justify having it - so I shall have to live vicariously through yours. It's calling my name!

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  9. I can just hear the water spilling over so beautifully into the pool...love the deck..turned out fantastic..you must love looking out toward the backyard all the time now!!!...love what you did with the landscaping around the pool..

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  10. Pamela, it's gorgeous! You're so smart to go ahead and do the landscaping now. You'll really enjoy it. After we put out pool in we decided to wait a bit for the landscaping behind the pool. 6 years and counting. :) Good intentions and budget don't always mesh.

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  11. You should be giddy, girl. This is amazing. I always wanted a pool in my backyard...sigh. Granted, we only get about three months of warm weather here, but it sure would be nice on a hot Summer day like we had today:-)

    You think of me while you're out there soaking:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  12. Well...what a lot to decide and get done but it looks as if its all coming together well! I do like the plants you've chosen but what a palava getting them home. Well worth the effort though. I look forward to the reveal!! Joan

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  13. It's looking gorgeous, Pamela! Love your plantings. I can't believe the garden center wouldn't hold the trees for you and risk the sale. It will be amazing for you to look back on these before and afters. I remember I couldn't believe everything we did in our yard when I saw the before shots {from the first year we were in our last house} up until we left.

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  14. Your yard is absolutely a dream. I am green with envy. This looks so beautiful. You have done such an amazing job. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  15. It's SO beautiful! Glad you were able to work out the kinks!

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  16. this has turned out just fabulous, Pamela!

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  17. So beautiful!!!! How lucky to get all the plants you wanted for half price too :o)
    ~Des

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  18. Your contractor sounds like a great one! Everything is looking wonderful.

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  19. This looks like where I'd like to be today! Coming along beautifully.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  20. Pamela, you definitely created a beautiful backyard Oasis!!! I can't get over how truly beautiful this is and I can't wait to see it all finished. Have the boys ever gotten out of the pool yet???

    Cynthia

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  21. Pamela,
    It's looking OUTSTANDING and I sure wish I could jump right in (I've been outside all day painting for the shop). Thanks for sharing at my party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. Your backyard definitely looks like the place to hang out on a hot summer day. Beautiful!!! I guess if you live in Texas, you have to have a pool in your backyard!
    Mary Alice

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  23. Oh your pool is so awesome!!! I am really jealous!! Enjoy!!:))
    Blessings,
    Vesna

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  24. Pamela, WOW! It is really coming along and your plant purchase is just perfect. What a fun summer for you and the kiddos!

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  25. Oh my gosh, Pamela, it is all so beautiful. I think you made the right decision on not staining the overlay -- looks perfect.

    How is your little guy doing who was having all the ear and thought problems? That's all behind you, I hope.

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  26. Gorgeous! I so want to just jump in!

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  27. WOW! Your pool literally and figuratively ROCKS!!!! Love the over-all design, can't wait to see it all done!!!

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  28. Beautiful, Pamela! It was 100 degrees here today and I would have loved to jump in your pool.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  29. Just stunning! I absolutely love your pool. Definitely prefer the non stained decking that was a good call. More then your beautiful landscaping I am jealous of that sprinkler system I see you must have had put in too. The Mr. promised we would do it in the fall after putting in the pool but it's yet to be installed. You know how that goes. I should have stood my ground. Luckily, it's been raining like crazy this year and keeping everything green which would otherwise be a royal pain. You are one blessed lady. Enjoy!

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  30. It looks so inviting .

    how wonderful to have a pool right out the back door

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  31. Woo Hoo! That is awesome! I would LOVE for us to get a pool! Your family is going to LOVE having that right in your own backyard! And, it looks beautiful! Life to the full! Melissa

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