Friday, May 31, 2013

Backyard Oasis- Part 2

Our backyard renovation has officially begun! Can  you hear our squeals of delight!?:)
The first thing that needed to be taken care of were the stick pine trees on the side of our home. They needed to come down so the contractors could access the backyard. We had absolutely no problem with that because as you can see they were leaning over our home! Ekkk. We had been wanting to get rid of them since the day we moved in. The skinniest one actually has already had its top break off. Thankfully it did not fall on the house. We wish we could have had it taken down as well but it is in the neighbors yard and I do not think they would have taken kindly to that!;)
It did not take them long at all to get the trees down though I was sweating it the entire time. One bad move and oh my what could have been the end result. 
The stumps were ground up and this is how our yard looks now. It is one huge mess to say the least but we know it is a means to an end. Trust me though when I say it is driving me insane.
The same day the trees came down we said good bye to the swing set we built for the boys 4 years ago. It took us an entire month to complete the build so it was kinda hard to watch it fall for us all. We tried to figure out how to save it but in the end it just needed too much repair.
In the meantime The Hubster and I had a few choices we had to make for the main attraction to our backyard oasis. This place had tile galore! It took us almost three hours but we finally did make a decision.
I had fallen instantly in love with this tile. You can not tell it but it actually has a pearly sheen to it and is just beautiful.
These are a few of the other tile choices we made that day as well. Can you figure out what we are up to yet!?;)
If not this pic should give it away for sure. Here they are digging a great big hole in our back yard!
Yep, we decided to put a pool in. These here are the two most excited little boys ever! A pool has been something we have weighed on for more than several years now. We even talked about doing it at our last home in Baton Rouge if we were to have staid there. We always felt that the boys were just too little. They both are great swimmers now so it eases our minds to an extent though we know the GPs on both sides will continue to worry. It is their job!:)

We are a tad further along in the process now and I can not wait to share with y'all the next step! I told ya this is the biggest project for us yet and now ya see why we are not doing it ourselves!;)

There are so many decisions that go into a pool from the shape of the pool to what type of filtration system to ascetics. It certainly is enough to make your head hurt at times because they are all decisions that you will be stuck with for the life of your pool or the next 15 years which is how long the pool finish should last.

Stay tuned......


  1. What FUN! Your soon-to-be backyard oasis will soon become the party place for lots of kiddos! I know it will be beautiful ... love the tile you chose! My sister and her hubs built a beautiful pool at their last home and "swear by" salt water pools! Look forward to seeing more!

  2. How exciting! I am looking forward to seeing the progress along the way and the finished pool!

  3. I'm so excited for you! I'll be coming back to see more. Those kids are adorable and I know they can't wait for the pool!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Oh Dawn,
    I am so excited for you. Your backyard will be so beautiful I can't wait to see it finished.

  5. Oh how exciting!! So you lose the swing set for a pool....that is something I'd be on board with :) I bet it is going to look awesome!

  6. That is going to be so much fun!! Your tile choice is perfect :)

  7. Exciting, Pamela! I'm sure it is going to look great when it is all done.

  8. Oh Pamela, you won't regret this! This is our second in ground pool, and I can't imagine having a home without one. So happy for ya'll.

  9. I knew it was a pool! We had one at our last house. Hubby put it in himself so it took a while. We loved it. No pool here even though I would love one. We have granite running less than 3ft down in our back yard.

  10. Oh Pamela, so excited for you...send them over to m'y back Yard when they are done.
    I am excited to see the finished project of your sanctuary place of shelter and relaxation when the job has wrapped up and you are in awww over what you see.

    Thank you for sharing the beginning stages so we get a feel of where it started to what the outcome is.
    Thank you for taking the time to visit me and adding grace and beauty to my day with your visit.

    Have a beautiful weekend.

  11. Yay! A swimming pool! How exciting!

  12. Congrats on the pool, It will be so much fun in the summer time. Can't wait to see the end result.

  13. How cool Pamela! Well I know you will have a beautiful pool and your yard will look amazing with your style!

  14. How cool Pamela! Well I know you will have a beautiful pool and your yard will look amazing with your style!

  15. Pamela, how exciting things are moving along and I love that tile you chose. Good for you guys, I am sure you will enjoy it very much. Can't wait to see the process.


  16. Pamela,
    Now I hope this will not keep y'all from the beach. Congrats...y'all will have so many fun times as a family out there.


  17. HOW EXCITING IS THIS!!! What a great oasis you will have. Pamela, I love love love that tile!!! You will want to live outside!!!!

  18. Pamela, Your family will enjoy the pool so much and I love the tile you chose. We have been looking at pools for our future home and we would love to have a salt water one. There is much less maintenance and the cost to operate is less. Enjoy!

  19. Love your tile choices! You will be soooo happy that you chose that pretty, neutral tile -- we did the same thing, and after 13 years it still looks fresh, and not at all dated. Looking forward to seeing it all done!! If you get stumped on anything, or even just frustrated, email me, I've been there!
    xo, Andrea


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