The house was easy … the pool is a bit more stressful!

Well, we have decided to build a pool. It’s not a recent decision – we signed contracts back in December. As yet, all we have is a concrete hole in the ground and a bit of plumbing. Building a house was easier (and quicker) by comparison!

We did choose to excavate 24 hours before Sydney experienced it’s heaviest rain in over a hundred years. That wasn’t such a good decision. But the weather forecast didn’t mention that the rain was going to be the heaviest in a century. It just said “possible scattered showers”. Who knew…

It was interesting to see the pool fill up rather quickly, and to then watch one corner totally collapse and cave in. That was a little bit soul destroying.

It was scary when, in the middle of the night a few days later, we heard a massive splash, and on inspection, peering into the murky water, something (still don’t know what it was) leapt out of the water, splashed back in, and then (we assume) eventually managed to scramble out, pulling more of the wall down in the process.

When the excavators came back a few days later to remove the collapsed portion of the pool, we were half expecting them to find some kind of animal. They didn’t, so it must have escaped.

And now we’re at a standstill. Waiting for concrete to cure is like waiting for paint to dry. Endless, boring… And of course we’re now in the middle of winter, so I’m not exactly motivated to get things moving again!

I can visualise the finished product, and I know we’re going to love it when it’s done. But I kind of secretly wish that we hadn’t actually started building a pool. If we didn’t, then our landscaping would be finished by now, and I wouldn’t feel like I was still living in a building site. I just keep telling myself that it will be worth it. It will be worth it. It WILL BE WORTH IT!

My advice to anyone else who is building and is considering also putting in a pool? Do it at the same time (or before) the house. Save yourself some headaches.

And don’t forget to budget for all the “other stuff” that they don’t include in contracts.

  • Removal and dumping of excavated material (they included the cost of excavating, but not taking away and disposing of the dirt. One tip quoted over $20,000 to dump the dirt!! It’s worth trying to find somewhere or someone local to take dirt before you start excavating)
  • Additional plumbing (this will be a per meter cost if you want the filter located further away from the pool).
  • Electrical (you’ll need your own electrician to connect everything to power)
  • Coping tiles/pavers and waterline tiles
  • Fencing
  • Retaining walls (maybe)

Here are a few pics of the pool progress to date…

Before the rain

After the deluge

The collapsed corner

Concrete poured – now it looks like a pool!


Colours are done!

Last Saturday, we went out to The Ponds display home and met with Wisdom’s landscaper, and colour consultant, who were both just lovey! We sat down first with the landscaper, and went through what we want for our yard. It was a pretty easy process, and we’re happy with the result.

Then we sat down and went through all of our colour selection. This was something that I had been looking forward to, but I was also quite nervous, as it’s such a huge decision, and it’s so hard to visualise what the finished result will be like. Thankfully, Anita made it super easy, and her confidence in our decisions certainly made us feel like we’ve made some good choices.

So the colours we’ve chosen are:


Bricks: Austral Symmetry Asphalt

External Cladding: Bristol “Joey”

Render: Dune

Garage door: Dune

Paint on timber balcony posts: Joey

Eaves: Offwhite

Roof: Woodland Grey

Gutters: Woodland Grey

Fascia: Woodland Grey

Windows: Anodic Natural Matt (silver)


Benchtop: 40mm Caesarstone – White Shimmer

Wall cupboards: Laminex, white (matt finish)

Island bench cupboards/drawers: Laminex, Espresso, natural finish


Benchtop: Caesarstone – Walnut

Cupboards: White laminex


Benchtop: Laminex Natural Quartz, natural finish

Cupboards: Laminex Stipple Seal, natural finish

Interal Walls:

Bristol “White Smoke”

We received the landscaping plans back on Friday which we signed off, and so our plans are now with the developer for approval. It finally feels like we’re starting to move in the right direction. We won’t hear anything back from them this side of Christmas, but hopefully by mid-January we’ll have developer approval, and we can then submit to council!