Progress !

No blogging for a while now – I’ve been so busy. To cut a long story short, I had some problems with my pool supplier and so had to go and find someone else who could finish the job for me. We had to redo the concrete bottom of the pool, as it had been badly affected by the frosts in the winter – this was done with a self leveling solution or ragreage.

Following this I needed to lay a felt underlay before the liner could be laid – a complicated task because of the rounded form of the bottom – there cannot be any overlapping pieces, or any folds – lots of cuts and gussets!

The slots for hooking the liner into at the top of the walls have been protected up until now by a plastic strip – this needed to be removed before the liner was fitted

Today the liner started to go in – the first step was to solder a small strip along the top of the wall sections in order to slot it into the slots shown above.
After this the liner started to go in.





By |2017-11-11T14:06:42+01:00March 22nd, 2011|Property updates|Comments Off on Progress !

Pool cover finished

The pool cover is now finished. When I first started to think about a cover for the pool, I thought that I would buy a telescopic cover that opened up by pushing back ever decreasing sizes of roof and walls so that there was an open-air pool to finish. This was probably the most important decision of the whole swimming pool project, because (believe it or not) the cover costs more than the pool itself.

However, when I started to look at these covers there were two options :

on little wheels – which meant that it wasn’t fixed to the ground and could fly away if there was a strong wind, which means that you have to bolt it down to the patio if there is a risk of wind. Well, the weather forecasts in France are about as good as in the UK – so I didn’t want to risk that!

on rails – this seemed like a good idea at first, the rails are discreet – however, each section of the cover is a different size and for the length of cover that I needed (13 metres) I would need 8 sections, which meant 8 rails side-by-side across the patio – not pretty …

The cover that I have opted for has a permanent roof, but the sides open with two windows in each section, this means that you can open one side, or the other, or both – or maybe just two sections if there is a prevailing wind, the closed side can act as a windbreak. Also you can just open a small section at the bottom allowing ventilation.

The ventilation is important – if it is a miserable day, you would keep the cover closed, but the fumes from the chlorified water are quite strong, so it is good to have a through current of air – this is not at all possible with telescopic covers.

The other advantage of the cover that I have, is that the roof is UV treated, so people who want to get a suntan can go and sunbath on the patio, but little ones in the pool are fully protected by the roof – an added advantage for me, because suncreams are a pool maintainers nightmare!




By |2017-11-11T12:55:59+01:00February 15th, 2011|Property updates|Comments Off on Pool cover finished

Grouting, grouting, grouting

The paving slabs are now all laid (hooray!) Now for another time consuming job – I have to grout all the gaps in between. For those of you who have grouted tiles, this is nothing like the same job – the joints are 10mm and the stones are porous, the grout is a lime/sand mixture so you cannot just slap it on and swirl it about until it falls in the holes. It is a painstaking exercise of trouelling the mixture and pushing right down to the bottom of the joints. I have been at it for 4 days and I think that I’ve got another 6 or 8 days to do …. on my knees, bent over double with an icy wind bearing down on me. However, it is looking great. Because of the below zero temperatures at night, I am having to cover it up with polystyrene sheets to protect it each night – roll on the summer




By |2017-11-11T13:05:57+01:00January 31st, 2011|Property updates|Comments Off on Grouting, grouting, grouting

Edging stones

Today I finished installing the margelles, or edging stones for the pool. It has taken me four days of hard slog – I had to do it on my own because I am known as Bonnie Tiler here and so everyone thought they’d leave it to the expert – ha! It was hard because each stone weighs about 10kg and they have to be millimetre accurate because the slabs for the rest of the terrasse are the same colour and width (but not the same depth) so these edging stones will be the starting point of the rest of the 154m2 – the joints and the height all need to line up. I have used 150 kg of tile cement to put them down because they need to be solid – people will pull themselves out of the pool by the edges.

I ache everywhere, back, arms, shoulders, elbows and knees ….

P.S. The water will be cleaner than this when the pool is put in service!!!




By |2017-11-11T11:52:04+01:00January 10th, 2011|Property updates|Comments Off on Edging stones

Concreting the terrasse

It has been quiet here for a while, but that does not mean that we haven’t been working. It has taken several days with lots of headscratching and shovelling to get the terrasse ready for concreting.

The problem was that we needed a slope o…n each side of 1cm for each metre to enable the water to run off freely – easily said, but with each of the four sides sloping in different directions and not easy to take levels over such a large area, it took a bit of time.

We have used a system of rails, the top of which represent the finished level of concrete, and we needed to bring in the right level of stones to reach the required depth of 10cm over the area of 154 metres squared.

The concrete arrived in two lorries and it was off loaded and levelled into place by me standing on the top of a long plank and three butch french men pulling the plank to level off the concrete (sorry no photo – lots of balancing required!)

After this the rails were lifted and we filled in their holes and finished with a petrol vibrating concrete ruler to get a smooth finish.

The only thing left for me to do was a four-course meal for 8 people, phew!





By |2017-11-11T12:34:14+01:00December 30th, 2010|Property updates|Comments Off on Concreting the terrasse

Retaining wall

Because the ground where the pool has been built was sloping, the pool was not fully sunk in to ground level. This left us with a problem of how to secure the patio area so that it would not subside. The solution was found by installing 5 former concrete and metal electricity poles (don’t ask where they came from – does everyone still have power?!) This should ensure that there is no landslide in future years!




By |2017-11-11T12:40:37+01:00December 14th, 2010|Property updates|Comments Off on Retaining wall