It’s the morning of the birthday pool party at the Owlhaven and it is a balmy 58 degrees. Forecasted high: 66. Eek. Maybe we’ll play soccer and blow bubbles instead. But on the bright side, the deck is done and it is a thing of beauty. Like all construction projects, it cost a bit more than I’d hoped– everything altogether, including the pool, was about $1800. But I am feeling pretty confident that the per hour-of-use cost will be pretty low… Thursday, with the temp in the high 60’s the kids were out there an hour and a half. (I know, they’re nuts!)
And finally! I have deck pictures. First to explain a little. Last year we had a smaller pool right in our back yard, and it was kind of a hassle because it basically made the back yard off-limits for the little kids unless there was a big person outside. So we decided to set the pool basically in our front yard, down a hill across the driveway from our house. John built an access ramp straight from the driveway, which combined with the hill and the deck is pretty cool because it gives the pool a little more of an in-ground feel from certain angles. Here’s the view of the pool from the ramp. The ramp has a locking, self-closing security gate– essential with little kids around. You can also see the long bench on the right side of the picture. It is big enough to seat 12!
This next picture looks back toward the house from the furthest corner of the deck. You can see the way the ramp comes down from the driveway. This afternoon we’re pulling our BBQ grill and our picnic tables over onto the driveway by the garage so we can do hot dogs and picnic food. That will be fun even if it is cold for swimming.
Here’s the whole pool area from the driveway.
Here’s a little closer view, with the hard-as-nails poppies obligingly adding a colorful flourish. Poppies are awesome. They spread all on their own, and they love drought and neglect
This is the view from my chair! Ahhh! COME ON SUNSHINE!