Join us for a step-by-step tour of the construction of a pool on Cerro del Vigia.  This was a challenging project due to the unusual shape and the specific needs of the client.

Over a ten day period we hand excavated approx. 15 cubic meters of rubble, clay and rock.  We encountered a community sewer line which needed to be patched and lowered to accommodate the pool.

Jumping ahead another ten days we're finishing up the form work.  The plumbing and grounded electrical systems and steel are in place.

A skimmer and electrical junction box for underwater lighting.

The second skimmer and junction box.

A view of the nearly finished form.

The Putzmeister pumper truck arrives from CEMEX.

They lower the boom.

The man mostly obscured on the far left uses a wireless control to move the boom and regulate the flow of product.  There's tremendous vibration and power being exerted here.

The boys are using a gas powered vibrating wand to settle the pour, eliminating any voids in the cement.

The CEMEX engineer checks the work as we wind up the pour.  This whole operation was thoroughly supervised by CEMEX with great results.  The Duramax mix is impregnated with polymeric sealants, completely impermeable to water, protecting the rebar from rust.

Four days later the forms are gone and prep for plastering begins.  Note the jet feeder ports at the far end and the main system return nozzles on the wall to the left.  The rebar standing on the left will be bent over and the space between the pool and outer wall filled and cemented over.

The other end of the lounge area with one of the skimmers, a light niche, the air control for the jets and an inset tube to accommodate an umbrella.

The equipment  room starts to take shape with electrical and plumbing stubbed in.

The plaster is nearly done and the final form becomes apparent.   The water is from last nights storm.

Another view with the supply nozzles and the floor drains visible.

Here we are applying the special cement colorant.   This proprietary system is a new product developed specifically for this project.

This is the same wall as above six hours later.

The painters came by and really spruced things up.  Also, please note the sunscreen above.

Another day and the colorant should be completely cured.

All sealed up and ready to enjoy...

New landscaping and a jaunty umbrella add to the ambiance.

Looks inviting, doesn't it?

And a couple night shots to close it out.

The sewer elbow is in place as are the floor drains, which exit to the right.  The base is 10 cm (4") of compacted rock ballast covered with 5 cm of cement.  Note the rocks, which were plentiful.  

Our lead Maestro Luis with his helper Carlos setting up shoring on the outer wall.

The manifold for the spa jets and various return and supply lines .

Five of the six return ports are located on this outside wall.

Note the shoring to support the inboard walls .

Followed immediately by the first of two cement trucks.

And begin the pour of 14 cu meters of Duramax cement, guaranteed for 50 years. 

With the first truck empty we fine tune the cement.

Almost done we continue with fine tuning.

The following morning the cement is hard but quite warm to the touch from the exothermic reaction as it cures.

This is the basic form of the lounge area with the jets set in the back.   The seat will be filled and shaped to form a very comfortable place to relax and maybe do a little stargazing.

The two floor drains, the return nozzles to the right and the other skimmer and light niche at the far end.

Ten days later the plumbing runs are complete with the .75 hp jet pump to the left, the 1.5 hp main pump to the right and the supply and intake for the coming solar heat system to the far right.  Note the 1/2" cpvc line from the solar intake line, feeding the poolside shower with warm water.

The shower and drain are in and awaiting plaster and floor tiles.  Note the shut off valve for the water supply system in the right foreground.

Here is the lounge with two jets visible with the jet intakes below

Available in almost unlimited colors, it changes in just a few hours from the purple, in this case, to the blue on the left.  The darker areas are moisture from the morning rain.

Maestro Luis applies successive layers to build up an impermiable surface.

The lime green accent is very nice.

Then we'll be ready to lightly sand and apply the sealant.

this project took a total of ten weeks to complete.

Nice aluminum sliding doors keep the pumps quieter.

The shower is very nice for before and after swimming.

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