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Family Transforms Crumbling In-Ground Pool Into A Beautiful Garden On $12,000 Budget

If you're a fan of outdoor reno projects, listen up. This family bought a home with an outdoor pool that was pretty much in disarray. So instead of just renovating it, they decided to turn in into a fabulous garden.

You won't believe the difference once you see the before and after. This looks like some kind of an epic endeavor. Let's take a look at their whole process shared by Imgur user jmunsters.

When this family bought their house the pool area looked pretty disastrous.

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They actually got quoted around $15,000 - $23,000 to fix it up. So they decided to pick a different route.

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There were major cracks and heaves in the concrete padding surrounding the pool, and significant hydraulic cracks in the pool itself.

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It would have been hard to salvage it.

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So they figured that it was better to turn it into a vegetable garden.

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Now that the project is finished they're looking forward to a full gardening season.

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Instead of renovating the pool they used the money to buy a family gym membership with access to a competition pool.

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Smart thinking!

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The demolition of the pool proved to be a bit tricky because their hillside left them with limited options for machinery.

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But ultimately they didn't destroy the whole yard.

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They had to cut out large squares of the concrete in the shallow end to support drainage.

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The husband actually wanted to get some low-grade explosives but his wife objected.

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After consulting with a civil engineer they had to have eight truckloads of fill sand hauled in and shot over the garage with conveyor belts.

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Their kids absolutely loved it.

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They got galvanized cattle fencing with 4x4" openings from a local farm store and then they ended up cutting sections to size and framed them up.

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This worked out great.

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The fence is sturdy enough for their boys to climb up.

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They were able to plant passion flowers, hardy kiwi, jasmine, and clematis in a variety of sections.

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As far as the pool goes, the engineer suggested adding in geotextile fabric above the sand to help stabilize it.

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It was more expensive but definitely worth it.

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They ended up using 4x4 utility-grade cedar on the interior and a basalt rock wall around where the buried pool wall was.

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They opted to build 4x4 raised bed frames.

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They used some organic compost mixed in with peat moss for the garden beds, along with 10 yards of hemlock bark dust to fill in the walking and play areas.

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This looks awesome!

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Overall the project cost about $12,000 including the fencing side project, as well as a kids' play area.

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Therefore it was way cheaper and safer than keeping the pool.

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Whoa, I'm pretty amazed at how awesome this project turned out to be.

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I would still love a backyard pool myself but this is the next best thing for sure.

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