DIY Backyard Dreams

By Ryan UngerBoredom Therapy Staff / SWRE

Every homeowner knows that a backyard can act as a sanctuary for many activities: it can be a playground for your children, as well as the perfect testing ground for your hobbies and creations. After all, what better place is there to relax outdoors or get to work on some new and exciting project?When one family realized they were tired of their old, wretched backyard, they decided it was time to take it to the next level with a project of truly epic proportions. What they did with it, however, is nothing anyone saw coming…This is what their backyard looked like during the planning stages. There’s not a lot going on, but this family knew exactly what they were doing. They took their measurements with a plan in mind. Just wait to see what they come up with!

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First, they brought in a small bulldozer for excavating. This removed the dead grass and a layer of dirt. Then, it was time to start making a hole for a bigger project. It was time to get digging.


And there was a lot of digging to do, so it was good they brought in an excavator to do the job quickly and efficiently. Imagine digging that by hand? That rock would not be kind to your fingernails!


Things were finally coming into place after the excavating was finished, but there was still more work to be done. Before they tackled the main project, they started on a stone garden. This would give the space a natural feel.


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First, they had to remove the old stone that surrounded the yard to get ready for the new material that would go better with their planned motif. They also stripped the side of the fence bare to make room for a new look.


Once the old stone was completely removed and the fence was stripped, it was time to add a small rock garden and some trees. It looked so clean and polished compared to what was there before.


For the next phase, they added a felt liner to the ground to help shape the base. This would help them in building what would be on top and would stop any weeds from growing through in the future.


Then, it was time to add another liner. The family placed the new one over the felt one. This time, the extra layer was custom ordered from Germany, and it was plastic and waterproof. Can you guess what they’re up to?


Before they went any further with the backyard construction, they created a filtration system in their basement using four sturdy bins. This room was located underneath where they were digging.


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After the filtration system was in place, they went back to construct this rock lining by hand with the help of some friends. It took them eight-hours of hard, back-breaking work, and when they finished, they laid down tile for the flooring.


When that was finished, they added more rocks to the surrounding area and pumped in the water. The water spilled over the edge of the rock lining to create a beautiful, flowing natural pool!


They also painted the rear fence with an eye-popping orange color to accent the trees and scenery behind it. How gorgeous does that look? Lights were added as well so they could swim at night.


Their project took so long to complete, it spanned over several seasons. During the winter months when the water froze over, some of the family members actually used the pool as a skating rink!


Once spring finally rolled around again, there was really only one thing the pool needed: an awesome deck! They laid the frame of the deck down to carefully overlap the lip of the pool.


It’s hard to believe the yard started out as an empty lot and was quickly turning into something so scenic and beautiful! Soon, friends and family would be able to lounge out and enjoy the warm weather properly.

Once they finished half of the deck, they moved their furniture on top and got to work on the other half. They were planning on extending the deck all the way around the pool so people could stand on either side.


It was coming along quite nicely; all of the colors of the fence and natural elements were coming together. It combined the beauty of nature with the rustic, modern, and tranquil look of their home.


Not long after the first half of the deck was complete, so was the second wrap-around section. They added a nice swinging bench to make it feel like a real getaway! Who wouldn’t want to spend summer days on this porch?


Finally, after the deck was finished and furniture was all moved into place, the family stepped back and admired the hard work they put in. The most amazing natural swimming pool was finally complete!


Can you imagine waking up to this in your yard? On those hot sweltering days all you’d have to do is walk five feet out the back door to an oasis of comfort. This family better be ready to do a lot of hosting with a backyard like that!


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We know this family clearly must’ve been a bit craftier than your typical suburban clan. So if DIY-ing an elegant in-ground pool seems to be too steep of an at-home project, then you might as well start with a classic, good ol’ wooden deck.

It’s safe to say that nobody enjoys unbearably hot weather of summer unless there’s a cold, refreshing pool available for a dip. And every pool needs a pool deck! This homeowner agreed — he decided to start his own DIY deck project, which you can make by following these steps! First, he needed to clear away the area… To Be Continued SWRE

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