So here is our pool build, in all it's glory (and agony).
The first few pics show the layout and excavation, along with the associated carnage. Since there is no way to get to the back of my property, they took down - and tore up - my fence and side yard.
So at the end of this, we have a hole in the ground and the remains of a back and side yard. As you can see, my yard is not very large - about 25 ft deep at the deepest part, and it is angled. Hard to fit a real big pool in that space without stepping out of your back door into the water.