The backyard of your home is a place to relax, or it can be a place to get creative. It's often where most of our ambitious DIY projects take shape because it's better to test things outside than inside.
Yet, this DIY project is of a completely different scale. This took more than a year to complete, and it involved a dad and an awful lot of water.
The transformation that he made in his home is incredible, and it's hard to look at what he began with and what he ended with and see the same place. Come and take a look with us.
1. Humble Beginnings
This is the backyard as it began. Not much to it really, is there? A bit of space, an old fence, a few markings, not terrible but nothing special either.
2. Bring In The Diggers
Dad's first job was to excavate for his big idea, and for that, he needed to hire some heavy machinery and then put it into play. So he did.
3. A Little Help Was Needed
It's not a good idea to operate heavy machinery if you don't know how it works, so here you can see him overseeing this part of the project.
4. Getting Down Deep
As the weeks progressed, the digger went deeper and deeper and more and more earth was disposed of as they made an almighty crater in the yard.
5. An Aerial Shot
A view from above shows that the digging is pretty substantial and that the yard looks different from when he started. Not better, but different.
6. Preparing For Water
Yes, this is going to be a pool, and in order for that to happen, first the huge pit needed to be lined to ensure that water stays in the pool rather than undermining the foundations of the house.
7. Making Doubly Sure
You don't muck around when it comes to safety, so they used a second lining for the pool too. This one was bought in and shipped from Germany!
8. Installing Generators
If you want a nice place to play, you have to keep the water clean, and that means you need to install generators and filters for the pool.
9. Things Start To Take Shape Outside
Once the lining was in, it was time to start with the design of the pool. The idea was to create a space that was safe and fun for all the family.
10. The First Step Forward Filling The Pool
Once the pool was ready, it was time to fill it with water. It looks great, but dad wasn't nearly done with this project yet.
11. Night Lights Were A Must
If you want to get the most out of a pool, you need to be able to use it at night, and that means you've got to install lighting, like this.
12. The Passing Of Time
As you can see, this project wasn't quick to complete and during winter, the pool became completely frozen over, that didn't stop dad from working on other things.
13. Time For Some Decking
The next phase was to build a pleasant deck area for the family to chill out on while they were using the pool. It's very elegant.
14. The Finished Article
There were a few more finishing touches to be made, but more than a year after he started the project he was finished. The swinging bench was the last addition to this amazing pool area.
15. The Long View Down The Pool
It just goes to show what can be done with your imagination and a lot of hard work. A boring old backyard has become something truly incredible.
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