Howdy all! Great Forum and lotsa info.
Tomorrow morning I will be starting the excavation on an unusual hybrid swimming pool/pond. Everything will be DIY. It will look like a somewhat "natural" pond since it's on my little 14 acre pine forest but is strictly for swimming/playing - powered by pool equipment not the pond stuff. BBB sanitation of course. No fish or water plants.
Well, I'll probably end up with some frogs and I guess the deer and other animals may stop by for a drink every now and then. Approx 10-12k gallons IG. I already have most of the materials: Hayward Tristar 3/4hp pump and C1200 Cart Filter, Widemouth Skimmer and dual main drains.
I will be using my little Kubota BX25 w/backhoe for the hard digging. 2" PVC throughout w/3 way valves (only 2 to start off with). I have a 30x40 Firestone EPDM (45mil) Pond Liner with underlayment that goes in the hole. No structural walls - just dirt and liner. Finished size will be 16x25x3-5.
Return will be by waterfall and some over the side jetting. Flagstone or similar will edge the pool/pond to hold the liner in place. This (I hope) will work out the way I've planned it. Spent all winter working out the details.
Oh yea, I'm no contractor or anything. Just a retired guy who wants a pool. So this is my first attempt at anything like this. Everything was learned from research on the web. Wish me luck and if ya'll have any comments or suggestions please send them my way. Oh yea the total cost - less than $3000.00