Life is a choice, you can let the hard knocks keep you down or you can get back up and keep going on. Our DIY enthusiast had just lost his beloved dog, and needed to become distracted to cope with his loss. He started off building just a little pond, but building a dream backyard for his baby boy spurred him on to continue and create something absolutely incredible. Join us on his epic journey and let it inspire you.
40. THE MADNESS BEGINS!
39. MAKING A START
Every amazing structure in the world once stared as an unimpressive site and a pile of rubble, and Here we can view the hole originally dug for the koi pond that was never to be. It’s important to know the humble beginnings of this project so that you can appreciate it when we see how amazingly it turned out!
38. GROWING THE HOLE
Our pool building champ needed a hand with the digging, so he turned to his unemployed friend to help him with his project – that’s what’s friends are for.
37. STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE
We’re starting to see some progress here, now that the hole has expanded and the pool outlined . Wisely, the pool’s foundation has been strengthened and reinforced by sandbags – smart thinking from a safety perspective.
36. LEVELING IT OUT
As you can already see, there’s a ton of different steps when creating your own pool. Here we see the two guys begin to mark off and level the different depths of the pool. You’ll see why this is critical later on.
35. PLUMB IT UP
The vast majority of people, aren’t technically competent enough to handle DIY plumbing but luckily the two men had skill in this area. Here we see the groundwork for what will be the pool’s plumbing system.
34. HEAVY DUTY PUMP INSTALLED
This isn’t a pond anymore, so big boys kit is now needed. Heavy duty pump is installed with a concrete pad pour.
33. HARD WORK IN JULY
A pool July to escape the hot weather can be a life changer, but constructing your own pool during the heat of July can also be a life changer – not in the good way. A canopy is essential to keep the team cool as they work
32. STARTING TO SEE IT
You can really now start to get a visual of how it’s going to look, with the different tiers of the pool taking shape.
31. HAULIN’ DIRT
This is when the lack of commercial tools like a digger start to hurt.Hauling this dirt was accomplished by hand, by bucket. When it’s 105 degrees, that is no mean feat.
30. RETENTION WALL INSTALLED
With odd levels in the pool, it’s vital to have a sturdy retention wall. Now that the slopes are figured out, it’s time to install it.
29. WATER DISCHARGE TANKS INSTALLED
To keep the pool clean and functional, it’s important to have a place to discharge water. The waterfall skimmer tank was installed along with this.
28. GROTTO BEGINS
So the team decide to add a cave to the design, and here the construction on the grotto has begun. This is our favorite feature in the whole build.
27. REBAR INSTALLED
By utilizing 8×8 grids we now see that the rebar(made from 5 steel) has now been installed.
26. SIDE VIEW AFTER REBAR INSTALL
Here’s a great profile shot of the pool’s construction after the rebar cages have been installed. You can now see how the pool goes right up to their deck for ease of access. We are now around $5k into the construction process.
25. REBAR ALL IN PLACE
We can now see the depth that the water is going to sit at, along with the plumbing work in place at the top right section of the photo.
24. DISCHARGE TANK INSTALLED
Going from a koi pond to a swimming pool meant that there was some serious upgrading needed at the water discharge tank position.
23. CAVE OUTLINED
The grotto outlining process was a serious job. Here our homeowner had to bend and shape the rebar to the general shape of the upcoming cave.
22. REBAR NEARLY DONE
It’s one thing hauling dirt out of a hole but an entirely different job to shape steel to fit your requirements. Get some heavy duty gloves and prepare to sweat if you take up this job
21. REBAR COMPLETION (SIDE-VIEW)
A mammoth part of the task is now complete – great job!
20. PERSONAL PRIDE
“I would rather dig then cut, bend and tie rebar all day.” – Someone is sure glad that the rebar is done.
19. A BIT OF PERSPECTIVE
Although it was the death of his dog that got him started with the project, the real inspiration to complete this work is his baby son. And here we see him in the pool for a size reference.
18. CAT DOESN’T KNOW
Unlike dogs, cats aren’t the most famous lovers of water. He doesn’t know what awaits him in his back yard.
17. OFF PROPERTY VIEW
Here’s a view of the pool’s construction process from the garden perimeter. You can see how much of the yard this pool is going to take up!
16. RISE OF THE MACHINES
We’re now just a couple of weeks into the job, and it’s time for concrete.
15. PREPPING THE CONCRETE
You can tell that the boys are sure glad to be getting on with this job, and seeing the end very much in sight.
14. SHOTCRETE IN ACTION
The concrete pouring machine (shotcrete) is now in action, making what was just an eyesore into something really special.
13. CONCRETE APPLICATION CONTINUES
It’s a tough, dirty job, but someone has to do it right? Here we see the guys start the pour at the top of the slope.
12. NEARLY DONE WITH THE SHOTCRETE
Now you can really see how it’s going to look. With the use of the shotcrete and the slopes “rock formations” were carved out in the concrete
11. ONE WEEK ON…
Hell yeah, this thing is looking good! The gorgeous base in now in place and looking real nice.
10. MULTIPLE LEVELS READY
Some real nice creativity here, with the baby pool made from two divots.
9. RETENTION WALL COMPLETE
What was previously ugly rebar and concrete looks absolutely amazing, and of course is an integral part of the pool being a safe structure.
8. DIFFERENT VIEW
This pool is just begging to be filled with water. Here you get a nice depth perspective, and see the four areas to be filled.
7. ROOF WITH A VIEW
The shotcrete machine really made this build turn out really nice, with intricate details. This is a shot taken from the owners roof, looking down at his awesome creation.
6. ROCK N’ ROLL
At very little cost, but a major visual impact, rocks have been placed strategically in the pool to give it a very exotic look.
5. SPLASHING OUT
The first dip! Two months and $10,000 later, it’s time for our owner to reap the benefits of his hard work.
4. WHAT A CAVE!
We told you this grotto was incredible! Imagine just chilling out here with the sun off your eyes and a cold beer. Heaven.
3. BABY YOU GOT IT
What a beautiful sight, of the little boy having his first experience in the pool. This makes all the hard work worth it, and a ton of great family memories are going to be made here.
2. HAPPY DAYS
This pool looks like something right out of a design magazine. And that smile has to make everything worth it, right?
1. AND WE’RE DONE
With some additional landscaping tweaks, such as the fire pit and additional plant features, we see what the owner must have visualized before he started. What started off as a very ordinary back yard, has turned out to be a masterpiece!
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