I thought I'd throw a few pics out there of what I have been working on the last 11 months. I use this forum a lot and have learned a great deal from everyone here. Wife and I decided to get a pool and slowly turn our plain backyard into something we could use. I decided to get a fiberglass pool from Trilogy (Genesis model) and then went from there. I opted for two pumps to split out the water features and pool cleaning duties. I added a waterfall, deck jets (4), pool heater w/chiller option and a whole lot of pavers (~1650 sq.ft.). I am currently building a 1000 sq.ft. deck next to the house.....as my wife rolls her eyes Learned a lot and have put a lot of time into doing a lot of things myself. We still have the landscaping to put in, a large pergola above the deck stairs to install, a misting station to connect up and another electric awning to install over the spa area. I just finished installing about 50 led lights around the deck that all have dimming capability via a remote control. This project has grown a bit, but we have enjoyed it so far.
This is what we had to start with.......a backyard that always flooded out during heavy rains:
In the ground: