THIS GUY TURNED AN UGLY BACKYARD HOLE INTO A SWIMMING POOL PARADISE!
What follows is a step by step process of a dream becoming a reality. A man suffering after the death of his beloved dog decided to channel his grief into a creative and constructive pursuit and he did pay homage to his dog. The following are the steps he took to turn his backyard into a paradise swimming pool.
He had planned on constructing a koi pond after his dog died but after considering his infant son, he decided to build a backyard swimming pool. He drew the finished product on paper and made the appropriate specifications.
2. Beginning of construction
The man then mapped the divisions of his little exotic pool on the ground. He began digging a hole in the earth where the initial koi pond hole had been dug. He invited a friend to help out with the pool to help make the hole bigger.
3. Pools shape starts to appear
The hole was then large enough for him to outline the pool. He solidified the pools foundation using sandbags. Step 3 is the stage where one can faintly see what the pool might look like.
4. Flattening Various Depths
The two builders’ next step was to level the hole according to the different depths they want the swimming pool to have.
There is nothing more important to a swimming pool than the plumbing. After leveling, they laid the groundwork for the pool’s plumbing which can be a challenging job to perform.
6. Pump Installation
Since the pool to be built was larger than the one he originally intended, the guy had to buy a heavy duty water pump supported by a concrete pad.
7. Clear division of the pool
Construction during the hot month of July turned out to be more challenging than expected. The only respite from the sun was a canopy of trees that provided much-needed shade. The pool is now divided into different sections that can be vividly identified.
8. More dirt
When constructing a pool in your backyard, there are two things that seemingly never end: carrying dirt and sweating profusely. The sand dug is transported by a bucket, and as the hole gets even deeper, the pool became more apparent as seen under the hot July sun.
9. Retention Wall
The slopes of the pool walls had already been decided upon and built. Therefore, erecting a sturdy retention wall was the next endeavor the grieving dad had to undertake.
10. Water Discharge Installed
A pool will not function properly and will also be dirty if there is no place to discharge water. At this stage, he also installed a water skimmer tank to get rid of food and waste particles from the pool.
11. Installation of a Grotto
What’s a backyard pool without a grotto? The man decided to add this feature to his pool which indeed added to its aura of a backyard paradise pool. The cave was not easy to build.
12. Installing Rebar Cages
The next step the dad undertook was to use 5’ steel to make 8*8 rebar cages. The cages indeed helped the pool take shape. They made the pool easier to access from their deck which would be perfect for the baby.
13. Positioning of Water Discharge Tank
The plan had to be modified once again since the decision altered from building a koi pond to a swimming pool. After the rebar cages installation, the depth of the pool could be easily seen, making it easier to decide the tank’s position.
14. Grotto Outlining
Outlining the swimming pool was a mean feat. The rebar cages with their 5’ steel had to be bent and curved to fit the shape of the grotto to be built. It also required plenty of elbow grease and long breaks of beer drinking afterward.
15. Rebar Work Completion
The pool’s builder said that the cutting and bending of metal was the most difficult part of the process. It required some serious gloves and exposing your upper body to the harsh rays of the summer sun. However, the finished rebar is a work of art.
16. Getting some perspective
The owner had to take some action so as to get a better perspective of what he was trying to accomplish. He sat his son in the middle of the pool and got an off-property look at his construction work.
17. The Machines
A little over a month after construction began, it was time to prepare the concrete for the pool. The pouring of concrete is the beginning of the end of this construction process.
18. Concrete Application
The machine being used is the Shotcrete Concrete pouring machine. It is filthy work that begins by applying the concrete at the top of the rebar frame and letting it flow down the slope then leveling it.
19. Finishing Concrete Work
A week after the machines arrive and after a lot of work, the base of the pool is finished, and the pool begins to show its shape.
20. Multiple levels of the pool
Applying concrete clearly reveals the many levels of the pool. There is the main pool for the dad and smaller baby pools for his son.
21. Finishing the Retention Wall
The wall secures the pool’s structural integrity. Now that the concrete is flattened and dry, the pool now looks like it’s ready for the finishing touches.
22. Viewing the pool from all angles
The views from the roof and from all sides of the house reveal that the concrete work is done and the pool is almost ready for some water.
23. Putting in the Rocks
Rocks are added to the pool to give it a much more exotic look and feel. They also make the design a bit more vibrant.
24. Putting in the Water
The pool is all polished and the water is now let into the pool. The owner takes the first dip so that he can test it himself.
25. Son takes the first dip
The last step is the one for whom the pool was built to enjoy it fully.