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We had always been around during the construction of the pool, The pool-makers would call and ask for back filling, once things became settled in the ground itself. We paid a lot of attention to the future and the last foot or so of back-filling was devoted to putting in gravel and base material. With the budget we had, this place will outlast the house by a century or so. It could well be one of the most compacted surfaces I ever installed. I am positive it is in the 99 percentile of compaction.
So we began installing pavers around the pool. We attended to drainage issues and found it necessary to install the drain shown protruding in the picture above. The pavers we used were Belgarde’s “Bergerac” Pavers, an expensive but gorgeously-antiqued model, set in a random pattern. They were also an additional inch thick! These big beauties came in at 3 1/4″ thick, providing a huge challenge for not only our cutting apparatii (gas-powered table saw with a diamond blade) but also requiring substantial grinding for the wild number of curves. Talk about labor intensive!
Obviously, we had other issues, such as a fire pit shown in the bottom picture. The necessity to hand-shape curving pavers was especially intense when around boulders, as can be seen above. The irregularities don’t seem so drastic when the boulders first get placed. But, wow, they get intense when the finishing starts.
I am thinking the project lasted almost 2 months. There was a lot going on in general – a water feature which was designed to appear to be supply the pool water from the front yard and a 130 foot creek, originating at a waterfall out front. We tried to make the area behind the falls by the spa appear to be a bridge just to enhance this idea.
At any rate, it was intense but as we neared completion and began planting, we started to see things coming together nicely.