Serious DIY. Lots of Pictures. I hesitated to post, but figured this would be a good way to at least document this process for myself. I am building a small plunge pool (16' x 10') with baja shelf and a spa (7' x 10'). The perimeter will be raised off grade 24". The pool has an infinity edge on the house side. It gets really hot here in the summer (110* F and I wanted a place for the dogs to be able to cool off safely (negative edge basin).
This is truly an owner build. I want to do as much as I can because I have the time and construction is fun for me. There are things that I can't do (e.g. steel, shotcrete) and things I won't do for safety (electrical), but I'm going to see how it goes. It won't be perfect, so go easy on me if you choose to critique.
These pictures show the initial layout and my start of hand digging the negative edge basin. I utilized the company equipment later on... hand digging was not fun.