Gulp. OK, so we knew when we decided to fill the pool in that it was not going to be cheap. I called the landscape person we have used for other projects, and with whom we've had great experiences in the past. She came out at the end of May to look at the area and talk to me about what might work best. Because of the rainy May we had, she and her crew have been behind, and so she told me it might be a few weeks before she got back to me with a plan and proposal. Fine. We had nothing but time. In the meantime, we went ahead and drained the pool of the water so that we did not have a cesspool growing as it got hotter and hotter. We simply kept the area covered with the trampoline tarp.
June came and went and although I was in touch with her several times, she did not have a proposal to show us yet. Husband became rather impatient as June morphed into July, and called her himself the first week of July. She told him she'd have something to show us by this week, and on Thursday called to say she would be by on Friday evening to show us what she'd come up with in terms of a plan for the area.
So, yesterday afternoon late, she came out to show us this beautiful and well thought out plan for the area. Initially, she proposed a "sunken garden" area, but we explained that the sides of the pool are metal, which pretty much means we'll have to fill in the entire area with soil. When she came out in May, she mentioned "re-doing" the beds surrounding the pool which now are a straight line of holly and arborvitae to "soften" the look since we'll be taking down the fencing. But, when she came out yesterday, those beds were not addressed at all. Nope. And as she explained the plan she designed, she said, "I tried to stay within the budgeted amount, but just could not." Gulp. As I looked at the total amount, a good $3000 more than we'd intended to spend, combined with the fact that it did not even include "softening" the beds surrounding the pool, my heart sunk.
We kindly listened to her proposal and then told her we needed the weekend to discuss it, and we'd let her know something by the first of the week. As soon as she was out the door, we both turned to each other with deer-in-the-headlights looks and basically decided that we'd have to go back to the drawing board. I can't even imagine we can't get it done for the money we've budgeted, and so we called a contractor friend, who will be getting in touch with someone he knows to get us a better price on the fill-in and then we'll deal with the landscaping issues. What a disappointment. Nothing is easy I suppose, but money is money, and in this day in time, budgets are a necessity. Stay tuned...