The pool was in disrepair once we purchased our property. It hadn’t been used for ~10 years, the fence wasn’t constructed to present requirements, the tiles wanted changing, the pumps did not work and so forth and so forth. We do not reside in an incredible local weather for a pool both – it is too cool many of the yr and the dimensions made it impractical to warmth with photo voltaic (the earlier proprietor used photo voltaic + a fuel heater). Reasonably than spend cash repairing and sustaining a pool we might not often use we determined to discover different choices. We might all the time wished a big veggie backyard, and the pool space seemed like the proper sunny spot for one. We initially thought of simply filling it in, however there is not any entry for equipment and doing it by hand would have been impractical.
We got here up with the marginally loopy thought of placing a lid on it and utilizing the house beneath as rainwater storage. I sketched up some concepts, we approached an engineer and earlier than lengthy we had a workable design.
Cleansing was lot of labor. There was a few foot of collected sludge within the backside.
After many hours of strain cleansing it was beginning to look higher. It is an enormous pool, about 10m lengthy and a couple of.2m on the deep finish. We considered sealing it with a paint on sealer at this level, however we are able to all the time do that later if leaks are an issue.
The answer we used for the lid is named “Speedfloor”. It makes use of metal joists spaced ~1m aside to droop a concrete slab. It is generally utilized in multi-story carparks in Australia.
You may also see the submersible pump feeding into the pool from what was initially the overflow level. The pump supplies mains strain and is plumbed to the home (through 2 filters).
I’ve two of those 500L tanks catching water from either side of the home. Each downpipes have first flush techniques and the tanks act as settling tanks to enhance the water high quality in the principle tank. They each gravity feed into the pool through underground pipes.
At this level we had 80,000L of fresh water storage and have been operating the entire home from rainwater. It had taken ~1 yr to get up to now – about 6 months of effort getting the plans authorised by our native council and one other 6 months of getting ready the tank and organising builders for the slab (and altering builder half approach via when the primary went bust!). We had a slab occasion and a effectively deserved break.
Again to work assembling the raised backyard beds. We match 9 complete, every about 2.2m lengthy and 1.2m broad. They every have a liner to cease soil washing out and gravel base to help drainage and preserve water off the slab as finest we are able to (though it should not matter with the grade of concrete used).
We tried out wicking beds constituted of IBCs however have been involved in regards to the further weight the water reservoir would add.
We have grown virtually every thing you may consider – everlasting beds develop raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb and asparagus. Different issues we have tried embody tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini, squash, turnips, beetroot, broad beans, string beans, snow peas, numerous chilies, artichokes, spring onions, garlic, capsicum, kale, lettuce, spinach, a great deal of herbs and so forth and so forth and so forth!