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Old 03-27-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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My Back Yard Oasis


After seeing other people cool projects i decided to share some pics of my Back yard Oasis that I have been building over the past 2 summers. The waterfall is poodles but i still kinda sorta fits!


I was at Princess auto one day and bought a small billage pump with the intentions of making a "small" water featurte... Knowing my self i tend to over due things and go all out.. soon after i busted out the shovel and my 10$ billage pump soon upgrade to a 5,500GPH pump

It all started with a boring rocky hill


Time to get out the shovel..





And many many hours of sweat later.... something beautiful arose.




Next i wanted to move the hottub (behind the red fence panel) to open up the yard.. so out came the jack hammer to carve out part of the bank beside the water fall

Count less days/hours of jack hammering later I got may chunk of bank out, levelled it and moved the hottub.




Next was time to build steps/decking around the tub to tie it all in







Yay, more patio space


Next I wanted a fire table.. how ever they seemed to be highly overly priced (2,000 on average)... so in good DIY spirit.. i decided to build one!
In the end it probably cost me about 450$ and trading some skills (for the granite/cutting)


And to top it off.. I added a back yard drive in (who could say no to a free 18' screen!)



If anyone is curious about the DIY aspect i have tons of in progress pics.
and even a made a youtube video on the DIY waterfall process.



This summer I may do fake grass on the bottom layer of the yard and maybe a putting green (if i can find a good enough deal on fake grass and the bank account recovers from all these fish tanks!).

I hope you enjoyed my never ending back yard oasis project.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:34 PM   #2
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Nice work, when is the hot tub party. We just got 18 inches of snow!
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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We had snow a week ago... Today is up to 13 degrees (C) springs finally coming!

I'm actually having some friends over for a hot-tub drive in night tonight
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:35 PM   #4
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Looks fantastic....though with fish tanks, bank.account rarely recover. Lol

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Thats damn sexy right there. Love it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:17 AM   #6
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Nice work!
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:11 AM   #7
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That's a lot of work, it looks good.
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That's amazing!! Definitely a backyard oasis
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:17 PM   #9
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Beautiful!! For sure a backyard oasis!!
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:38 PM   #10
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Thanks guys! I appreciate all the comments
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That looks great! So relaxing. I would hate to leave.
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WOW.... if only i could inspire myself to dig that long......

I'm truly impressed with what you have done here!! CONGZRATS
that is Excellent!
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:52 PM   #13
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Thank you! The secret is to just start digging and see what you come up with.

It was a ton of work but worth it in the end
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:28 AM   #14
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Beautiful.

Looks very relaxing back there. Someday when I get too old to take care of my water garden it will get turned into a pondless waterfall. I think they are just as beautiful as ponds without all the maintenance.
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