After the passing of his beloved dog, redditor crackercortex decided to use manual labour as a means of grieving. Initially he decided to build a backyard koi pond, however, the birth of his son put a halt on the project. Once the family was settled, he decided to increase the scale of the project and build a custom pool, perfect for Texas summers. You can see his detailed process and the result below!

The Plans
Here are the plans that he worked off of.

The Story
This is the original hole that the he dug as a means of grieving when his dog died. He intended to transform it into a koi pond.

Preliminary Digging and Retaining Wall In Place

Pump Goes In

Still Digging


More Rebar!

Future Swimmer
He really puts it in perspective!

Shotcrete Application!

A Week After Shotcrete
It takes a whole week for that stuff to dry!

Almost Done!
This is the discharge tank, creek, and baby pool area.

Shaping The Rocks
This detail took a whole month.

First Test!

The Cave

Met With Approval!

The Finished Product With Firepit