The weather this January and February has been unique to say the least. We have had the predictable snow and windy cold days, but to have near 70 degrees this past Friday makes me think of summer. For those who planned ahead, they will be enjoying a new pool and pool house this summer to combat the intense heat of August in metro DC.
This project in Bethesda, MD, was planned last summer so we could coordinate the permits and begin construction in the fall. Overall winter temperatures were pretty forgiving for construction so we made good progress. The lot has some intense topography so retaining walls anchor the ends of the pool terrace. At one end, the pool house masks the fact that the project is cut into an 8' tall slope. We used full masonry walls for the pool house to make it easy to clean and practically a maintenance-free structure. The walls will have a stucco finish with tile and stone accents.
A curvilinear concrete retaining wall with field-stone veneer levels the other end of the project and creates a lawn area adjacent to the pool for recreation and casual seating. You can see the stone masons taking advantage of the warm weather in the adjacent photo. We will excavate the pool soon which fits between the pool house and the wall in the photo on the left. The before and after images of this project will be dramatic so I'll continue to share the progress as we get closer to completion.