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  1. #1

    It's already been a journey...

    Hi all!

    I thought its about time I stopped ghosting the forum, asking the odd question and started sharing what I'm up to. Hope you're interested in reading...

    We are in the middle of quite a significant build. 3 years ago we bought a bungalow in Surrey and set about getting planning permission to demolish it and replace it with a house and separate garage. As part of it all we've also designed the garden with the obvious feature of a koi pond in the centre!

    We're 18 months into starting. Bungalow is still standing. We've constructed the separate oak clad garage at the front and now almost completed the garden. It may seem back to front but there are very good reasons for doing things in this order. We probably wouldn't have done it for years if we didn't do it this way around plus we get to get the fish in sooner!

    So here is where it all started...

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    The above progress was all made in winter 2019-20 going into the pandemic! I decided to tackle as much of everything myself as I had the time / strength / ability to do. So all of the progress up to this point was hard fought and self done. I was already pretty broken!


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    So here's the plan.

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    You can see in the centre (ignore the stepping stones) is the plan for the pond. It is roughly 6.5m x 2.7m. I then made the call to make it 1.4m deep.

    When deciding on the design we had to make a call on whether to raise it up or sink in the ground. The garden is designed around a centre line view basically from the front door of the new house through to the tree at the rear of the garden with an unobstructed view so we felt that raising it up would obstruct this somewhat. So in the ground it was.

    Filtration was then the next question. If we're in the ground how are we going to make space for filtration.

    We again went through lots of discussions, designs, ideas etc. and in the end settled on creating a pump chamber / bunker next to the pond pumping up to a filter house to be constructed in the raised bed area to the right of the garden.

    I know it's not the usual way having a pumped system but it seemed the best for us so we made the leap and started digging.

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    We dug down and laid a base of roughly 200mm of MOT which I then wacked, wet, wacked, wet, wacked wet x5 etc. Clay was an absolute nightmare down there and the grabs away ££££££ but in the end we were good to go!

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    Good work so far!
    There’s few of us Surrey way so welcome aboard


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcarpchaser View Post
    Good work so far!
    There’s few of us Surrey way so welcome aboard


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    Great cheers - would be good to get to know some people this way! (I'm not originally from round here so connections welcome!)

    I'll continue to update the thread throughout the day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcarpchaser View Post
    Good work so far!
    There’s few of us Surrey way so welcome aboard


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    One quick question - how do I make the images bigger? They seem to only upload small...

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    So then it was onto some pipework. I'm previously from Bedfordshire so I've know the guys at Perfect Aquatics well as they were just down the road. I've used them for all of the supply and their advice, help and assistance on this build has been absolutely amazing.

    We specced three bottom drains to cover the width of the pond, also helping with symmetry.

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    Base poured...

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    Then onto blockwork construction using hollow blocks and backfilled

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthyde View Post
    One quick question - how do I make the images bigger? They seem to only upload small...
    They’re fine on my phone via Tapatalk
    (Good app for viewing forum and uploading stuff)


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    Next up is provision for the filter house in the kitchen garden area and sorting all the pipework. It's a bit like spaghetti junction of pond pipes and drainage pipes (there's an oak gazebo going on the terrace next to the pond so there's drainage for the guttering of that) all underneath a large bed that will have a couple of trees in...

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    In terms of kit we specced an Oase Proficlear Premium Compact, with a Bitron 180 attached. So from the off we built the filter house to accomodate that based upon size and positioned the pipework as accurately as possible!

    3x 10,000L Variflow pumps feed from the bottom drains up under the terrace into the Bitron then filter and return by gravity back down to 2x outlets in the pond.

    The 2x skimmers drain into the pump chamber next to the pond and feed back in using another variflow.

    Formwork for the the surrounding terrace and fllter house.

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    Then post pour - both the terrace and filter house bases poured together.

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    You can then see the pump chamber / bunker / panic room... lovely down there it is. At less than 1.2m floor to ceiling it's fun to work in!!

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    Ooooooo very nice indeed, certainly got plenty of reinforcement in there so won't be going anywhere

    What is your forecast gallonage and what are you thinking of filter wise ??

    Do you have fish already moving on from an old pond ??

    Oh, and welcome to the forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbs View Post
    Ooooooo very nice indeed, certainly got plenty of reinforcement in there so won't be going anywhere

    What is your forecast gallonage and what are you thinking of filter wise ??

    Do you have fish already moving on from an old pond ??

    Oh, and welcome to the forum

    Plenty of reinforcement indeed! Because it's got the oak gazebo, with a tiled roof going on the terrace it's all one structure in one pour so best to be sure.

    I'm not sure on the gallonage, I work it out whenever I need stuff then I forget it again!!

    No fish, my first time keeping koi. I've kept marines before (had a 3m x 1m x 1m tank in a wall in my old house that was a 4000 litre system with bays of water in the garage etc) so I know a bit but can't wait for all the drama and heartbreak

    Thank you!

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    There will be a lot of weight there then agreed, Sounds great !!

    First time koi keeping.g is fun, but by the sounds of it your great marine tank was certainly not a breeze to look after the water, you will enjoy this It's already been a journey...

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    I basically used left over bricks and roof tiles etc. to construct the filter building. The garage to the front of the house is oak board clad so managed to save some of the offcuts and create some doors for it too. Well pleased and should be built to last!!

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    Then whilst the plasterers were working on the garage out the front I managed to add on rendering the pond for me. It was fun watching them balancing on the moving platform they rigged up as apparently they don't possess the spiky shoe things so that they could walk in it...!

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    Terrace paved in cream / beige porelain, fibreglassing done!

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    Impressive project. Nicely done so far.

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    Agreed, really liking the detail put into the finishes, love the leadwork

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