Just a little nostalgic this morning.
I am ready to post about our pool demolition. It has been completed now, and no way to go back. But as I look through the videos I have taken, I am coming across old videos of fun at the pool, and I do have my regrets. That pool was a lot of fun even if it was such an expensive and tiresome drain on us.
Since I am writing this for information for anyone considering a pool demolition, I need to tell you upfront that your city and/or county may have restrictions or codes or inspection requirements for this type of operation on your property. If you should ever consider anything like this, call your city, township, county offices. Permits and inspections may be required. That is all regulated by your particular municipality.
So investigate early and save a lot of problems in the long run.
The process we performed is called “partial collapse and non-engineered fill.” This is the most common pool demolition and is permitted by some cities. However, that land will now be considered non-buildable, but based on where that empty area is located, it may not be an area where you want to build anyway, or would even be permitted to build based on current building codes .
Also, if you should sell your property, you would be required to disclose this partial collapse to any buyer. We don’t plan to ever move from this house, so that is a moot point for us, but you may need to consider this.
We are aware that settlement of the soil will occur over the next few years, and it is in our plans to haul in even more soil after that occurs. Our soil is very compacted and clay-like here in Ohio anyway. I will not have a nice lawn for a while. ( We will not be placing sod since that would be so expensive!) I can wait on grass.
Maybe a big rock garden? A big hypertufa garden? Wow……No, I have to restrain myself. I have too much to take care of anyway.
I did take a lot of video footage, some of which was usable, and I have tried to compile some good footage to show you what we did.
It is in 500% speed or these films would be endless! I added some music since the videos at high speed sound like I “filmed inside a chicken coop” as Jerry says.
And this is the second part.
Friday, I will put together the final video of our finished-up-to-this-point back yard. I will let you know our cost compared to what our estimates were to have it done.
We will be adding more topsoil. I think I have enough backfill at this point, but I want to have good soil on the upper layer. When it settles we will just keep adding.
Any opinions? Let me know in the comments. Would you have tried this?