Super small yard now has an in-ground spa
When I bought my (very small) house, it had a very small yard, a lot of shade and the grass wouldn't grow very well. In 2002, I decided to give up on the grass by putting in a pond/water garden with gravel surrounding it, all of which I did myself. After enjoying my pond for so many years, I always wished I could "swim" in the pond on hot Texas afternoons, so during the past couple of months, I changed the pond out for an in-ground spa of the same shape and size. After the spa was finished, I had to re-landscape the yard yet again and re-laid 2200 lbs. of gravel, but it was well worth it. It can also be heated and 8 jets turned on for lots of relaxing bubbles. Glass of wine in the spa, anyone?
3 of 10: I absolutely loved my pond (as did my dog) and listening to the waterfall through the living room windows was very soothing. But on very hot Texas days, I always wished I could swim in the pond.
4 of 10: So I decided to change the pond out for an in-ground spa of the same size and shape. This is a picture of the hole dug out deeper, and the framing and rebar.
6 of 10: I took the boulders and rocks that previously lined my pond and used them to frame the spa so it would have the same look as the pond did, including a waterfall.
7 of 10: The interior of the spa gets plastered with PebbleTec which gives the inside a very fine stone finish to retain the natural look.