I have had better luck posting to a blog, but would like to share my process with this forum as I've found this group to be very helpful.
Be patient with me as I post, please.
I purchased my house less than a year ago and the backyard was a complete disaster. Here are some before pics:
Once I got the backyard cleared a bit, it still looked like a total mess:
It sat for a few months while I decided what to do- try to work with what I had, try to do an owner-builder pool, or hire someone. I finally decided to hire a contractor who came highly recommended to me. I signed the contract the end of May & digging started before June.
Mess in the front yard:
Figured spa seats would be reinforced.