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    Jim's new pond and garden project!

    HI everyone, I am new to the forum but have been lurking a while. I wanted to share my pond build with everyone to get some advice and to document the build for myself also.


    So.... the pond build is part of a much larger total garden makeover although it is the main focal point.


    A bit of background, last year we converted our bungalow into a house and as time and budget ran on we had to leave the garden but now have managed to get back on to it.


    First step was getting the digger in to scrape out all the old lawn and top soil and remove a few tree stumps






    Once the garden was a blank canvas we began work on the pond build.











    This was after the first two days, garden scraped and hole dug. Ended up being three muck away loads and was finally left with a clean driveway and a hole ready for the concrete.



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    My little helper testing out the new hole in his garden, keeps telling everyone we have a lake with no water or fish!










    The first day of concrete delivery was upon us and the bottom drain was fitted ready to be fixed in place.











    All concrete poured, that was a tough day with what seemed like an endless run of wheel barrows between two of us.

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    I have tried to draw up something to give a better idea of the finished article but my drawing is pants. The plan for the pond is to have planted raised beds around the sides with an L shape on one end for some rattan furniture for seating. We will also have an infinity window along the long front wall.


    Along the back wall it will be higher with a water blade, the pond is set at 4m x 2m x 1.5m.


    First of many blocks arrived, 350 to hump to the back garden, I didnít realise the weight of them! Once the first course was laid it was nice to see the pond taking shape.





    Once the walls were at the current ground level the gaps between the walls and the earth was backfilled with concrete, that day the mixer didnít stop.


    Another day and the walls were taking shape, more concrete was added to the floor to add the slopes in to the bottom drain.







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    So this is where I am today and so far I am really pleased with the progress. The pond walls have been completed and the recess has been cut for the window.









    I am going to make a template from some OSB board for the window so I know that it fits and get it ordered from Tuffx

    I have been trying to decide on my filtration and have settled on an Aqua Source Synergy Combi 25. (I think)

    This will be supplied by the bottom drain and also a skimmer with a high and low level return back into the pond.

    I am debating if to replace the water blade with a Bakki shower, but think the stainless blade would look nicer and I would need access to the shower within the raised wall which may be an issue, cost is also another negative factor on the shower.

    I have loads of questions on things but thought it would be good to get this up first as an introduction and also for anyone offering advice to refer to. I will try to keep this updated with progress and pictures and welcome any advise or feedback.

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    Welcome mate . Pond looks good what size gallon is it going to be . . Good to see the little one getting involved my little loves the pond

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    I think I have it worked out at 2534 gallons so the current planned filtration should be plenty. I am looking forward to the show this weekend to see some different options and hopefully decide for certain, as Monday I am back on the build and setting everything out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim239 View Post
    I think I have it worked out at 2534 gallons so the current planned filtration should be plenty. I am looking forward to the show this weekend to see some different options and hopefully decide for certain, as Monday I am back on the build and setting everything out.
    Nice one mate. Great build. Love the photo s of the little one helping out. Brill.
    Looks like you have got everything covered.
    I would chamfer the corners of the pond.
    To make sure of no dead spots.
    Great build. Look good with the window in.
    Are you fiber glassing the pond
    Fred

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddyboy View Post
    Nice one mate. Great build. Love the photo s of the little one helping out. Brill.
    Looks like you have got everything covered.
    I would chamfer the corners of the pond.
    To make sure of no dead spots.
    Great build. Look good with the window in.
    Are you fiber glassing the pond
    Fred

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    Thanks, yes the pond will be fibreglassed. Hoping to get that all done and dusted by the beginning of October and then have patio to lay and artificial grass and some new fencing on the back to get on with.

    So much to do with this project but I keep thinking of the end goal and look forward to getting some use out of our garden, after years of building.

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