We survived pool fill-in...

I promised to share a bit of what's going on with our home addition (which you can read about here and here), so today I thought I'd share what happened after we turned our pool into one last big awesome art project.  Let's just say it's a whole lot of messy and not a whole lot of pretty, but I think it will be fun to follow the whole transformation of our house over time, even if it means some not so pretty blog posts.

On the day that pool fill in began, I ran out for a few hours and came back to a yard I almost didn't recognize.  Getting the bobcat into the backyard was messy business, and I'm sad to say that many of my plants didn't survive.  The plus side though is that I now have the freedom to landscape our yard however I'd like!  The bobcat began by poking holes in the bottom of the pool (for drainage) and then destroying the sides of the pool.  According to code in our area, some of the pool pieces could be left in the pool, but the rest had to be removed and lugged out.

Curious about more details?  Keep reading for more about the process as well as what our yard looks like now...

Then it was just the process of adding a special type of dirt that compacts well, wetting it and compacting it a little bit at a time.  Until finally we had one flat yard. 

 and then, 4 short days later we were ready for a foundation!

I was so shocked at how fast the whole thing happened, and I'm super happy to say that the bobcat is gone now, much to my kids' delight. Let's just say it was a very loud couple of days.  It was hard to convince Ellie that the bobcat wasn't going to take down the house and eat all of her toys for lunch.  Hah!  

I'm looking forward to summers of bad mitten, bbq's, and lots of space for the kids to run!

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