|Project by Mark||posted 03-10-2012 09:20 PM||3265 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
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