Every homeowner knows that their backyard isn’t just a place for your kids to play. It’s also the perfect testing grounds for your hobbies and creations. After all, what better place is there to relax or get to work on something new and exciting?

When one family realized they were tired of their old, beat-up 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.

Get ready to be amazed by this family’s project. You’ll be inspired to do the same in your yard!

This is what their backyard looked like during the planning stages. There’s not a lot going on, but there’s a lot of space and plenty of potential to make something great.

But this family knew exactly what they were doing, and took their measurements with a plan in mind. Just wait to see what they come up with!

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From the fence to the house, you’ll be amazed to see how this simple space becomes transformed with their hard work.

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First, they brought in a small bulldozer for excavating. This removed the dead grass and a layer of dirt so that they would be able to dig more. 

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Then, it was time to start making a hole for a bigger project with the same excavator as before. Just wait to see what the hole is used for!

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There was a lot of digging to do, so it’s good that they brought in an excavator to do the job quickly and efficiently. Imagine digging that by hand?

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Things were finally coming into place after the excavation was finished, but there was still more work to be done.

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Things were finally coming into place after the excavating was finished, but there was still more work to be done.

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Before they got started on the main project, they got to work on building 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.

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They also stripped the side of the fence bare to make room for a new look. Things were really coming along by this point!

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Now, it was time to add a small rock garden and some trees. It looks so clean and polished compared to what was there before.

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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.

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Instead of using any adhesive or stakes, they weighted the felt down with stones. Easy!

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Then, it was time to add another liner. This time, the extra layer was custom ordered from Germany. What are they up to?

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They paused their construction and created a filtration system…but for what?
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They went back to construct this rock lining by hand with the help of some friends, taking them eight-hours of hard, back-breaking work.
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Now, it was time to lay down tile for the flooring.
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When that was finished, they added more rocks to the surrounding area and pumped in the water.
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The water spilled over the edge of the rock lining to create a beautiful, flowing natural pool.
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They also painted the rear fence with an eye-popping orange color. How gorgeous is that?
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They also added lights so they could swim at night.
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Their project took so long to complete that it spanned over several seasons.
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It looks like kitty is in love with her new play area, too! Who could blame her?
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When it was spring again, they decided to add some finishing touches.
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This meant it was time to install an awesome deck!
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They laid the frame of the deck down to carefully overlap the lip of the pool.Imgur / Von Bubenberg

It’s hard to believe that the yard started out as an empty lot and is turning into something so scenic and beautiful! Just wait until you see the finishing touches….

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Once they finished half of the deck, they moved their furniture on top and got to work on the other half.
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It was coming along quite nicely, and all of the colors of the fence and natural elements were coming together.
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The most amazing natural swimming pool was finally complete!
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It combines the beauty of nature with the rustic, modern look of their home.
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It was just missing something…
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A-ha! Nothing like a nice swinging bench to make it feel like a real getaway!Imgur / Von Bubenberg

Can you imagine waking up to this? That is one gorgeous creation. Click to the next slide to see some more amazing pools that people made in their own backyards!
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That sure was an incredible DIY pool that he made! It just shows that a little elbow grease and some patience can help you attain the cool home amenities that you’ve always wanted in and around your home. Just check out some of these other DIY pools that people have made, like this backyard pool created with reclaimed wood. 

You’ve almost certainly heard someone say that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” From the look of this DIY swimming pool, the builders took that saying to heart. Maybe they should change it to, one man’s trash is another man’s swimming hole!

This DIY swimming pool is definitely a bricklayer’s fantasy project. The best part is that when summer time is over and the cool Fall nights come around, you can empty the pool and convert it into a fire pit. What a neat project!

Everyone is always looking to get rid of their old and useless cars once they’ve been pushed to their absolute limit. This DIY swimming pool, though, begs the question: Why sell your old car when you could do this?

This DIY swimming pool basically has everything you could ever need to have an awesome block party with your friends and family. You could even sling a cheeseburger and a hotdog to other hungry drivers you encounter on the road!

These pool projects are truly inspiring. Which one will you make in your backyard?