My Unintentional Backyard Lake

Project by Mark posted 03-10-2012 09:20 PM 4508 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We recently did a major renovation to our backyard – and as with all such efforts, there are always surprises.

One of the major set-backs came in the form of realizing just how much re-grading we needed to do.

There were areas that simply had to be elevated by ~14-16 inches. We put the pool in and graded as best we could – but with the pool contractor, that grading really only pertained to the pool area. Once we added the pool shed and the walkway/patio to the right, we realized just how much pain we were going to have – seeing everything starting to come together comprehensively. The combination of patio & walkway essentially created a mini “dam” in the yard – though I didn’t see the true effects until after we installed the fence around the pool.

Becoming more and more aware (and wary) of all of this, I had the fence installed at the correct elevation – and it was a bit over a foot off the ground at one corner. (Look closely at first picture.) My wife got a bit upset when I made the fence guys do this. It surely looked terrible. (And frankly, it stressed me A LOT to put the fence in like that as well.) But when we saw the mini “lake” appear after a major rain – I knew we had as big of a problem as I thought we might have. Didn’t make me feel too much better, but at least I wasn’t nuts.

I got a general contractor then come in to do all the soil fill – high density top soil. You can see how it all eventually came together in pictures above, and there even some are “landscape” shots (with grass, shrubs and trees) on my web site as well if you want to see the truly finished yard – http://www.all-about-the-house.com/refreshing-a-swimming-pool-landscape/

Really, really stressful project – but we’re very happy with the final outcome. And really happy not to be writing all those checks any more!

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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posted 04-09-2012 02:49 AM

Wow. You have a very lovely backyard based on the pictures you posted on your website. The photos uploaded here are way too different compared to the final output of the pool. It’s a good thing you got a general contractor to save your yard from post-rain floods.

-- http://www.poolsaboveground.com

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posted 04-09-2012 11:34 AM

that is gorgeous and the stress of “yesterday” will soon be forgotten as you look out over this paradise every morning!!

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 04-09-2012 12:45 PM

Thanks Peter/Debbie -

That backyard effort took 2.5 years in total. At its worst, you can see the photos above. At it’s best – some of the photos at the link I provided above, more than a year later. Highly stressful – absolutely. The grading took several conversations with a great contractor that I trusted. I created a diagram laying out swales, overall flows and items to avoid. (I didn’t want the base areas of certain trees covered – as that could kill them after a few years.)

I even buried a 4-inch perforated PVC pipe under a paver walkway so it was there if I ever needed it. Had areas in mind for wells, too. At the end of the day, things look neat and pretty—but as we all know with gardening, construction, wallpapering, etc… the intermediate steps can be far less pleasant.

In the end, though – these items make telling the stories a little more fun though, right?? :-)

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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posted 04-09-2012 03:29 PM

hahaa that is true, so true.
when something goes smoothly you say, “See? Nice, huh” .. but where there are challenges along the way, the project becomes so much more fascinating!

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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