Ok, I can finally share some pool build pictures! It's really a work in progress still, but I'll update as we keep at it. We're doing everything ourselves (my husband and I), from the levelling to the electric and gas work.
So far, we've started levelling the ground with our tractor. We had about a 6 inch grade sloping away from the house, so we had to take down quite a bit. After getting a very rough level, we are using 2x4s on end, with a level duct-taped to the top, which is nailed into a post sunk in flush with the ground in the centre. We took a quick look and right away discovered we were still off by a few inches. The ground is hard as rock, so my husband used a landscaping rake on the back of the tractor to dig into the ground at the high spots, and I've used the back flat-end of a rake to remove all of that now-loosened soil. We're a LOT closer now (like, it is actually looking like this might be possible ) We still need to go around with the 2x4s a few more times for finishing touches, but it is pouring rain so we're inside now.