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T-manns post in a thread gave me an idea.

How about everybody that has pictures (and I know we all have pictures), posts two or three pictures, a before and a after.
The empty naked yard, or new neglected pond, or whatever was your starting point and then the grand finish. Which we all know is never the finish.
 
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naked/ first pond preformed /2nd pond /3rd pond /4th pond and better be the last pond and last liner I have to replace I am getting to old for this :)and not done yet
 

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my preformed went in before there was grass .Dog or rodent goes near my pond again and there will be hell to pay .I wanted to do all in ground like a natural pond but septic tank was in front yard and all the underground utilities are on the other side in front yard .I knew we were going to build the covered front porch .I wish mine could look like yours pecan or addys ,but it was a no go .I wanted to view it from the front porch and hear it from there .I love the natural ponds on here and can enjoy them.Should be question included here what made you want a pond
 

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I like the shape of your pond jb and jw pond would be my idea if my porch was lower and the septic tank was not right where the wishing well is .Plus my underground gutter pipe runs right next to my pond also and did not feel like moving that .
 
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I have been very lucky Sissy, there are no utilities at all under ground in our back yard. We have had it blue staked several times. Sewer runs under the front lawn, gas and water under the driveway and power overhead. I think you have done amazing things working around your stuff underground!
 

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2010 spring

We bought a house on a slope............darn hard to mow, no grass now!

The Beginning

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Fall 2010

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summer 2011 added a deck and deck pond waterfalling into the stream

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2012 added two preforms, one 300 g stock tank one 1000 k stock tank as it appeared summer 2013

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I just noticed something in my 2nd photo up there. What the heck is that blue thing. It's nothing of mine and I don't have any lights or hanging things on poles in that area. Must be some kind of reflection but how? Weird!
 

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I just noticed something in my 2nd photo up there. What the heck is that blue thing. It's nothing of mine and I don't have any lights or hanging things on poles in that area. Must be some kind of reflection but how? Weird!
its just a lens flare but lol it does have the shape of a UFO.
 
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I couldn't get an exact match re angle of photo, but you can see enough of the change...


ground zero



halfway done (showing pond placement relative to back of house; the only pic I have of this relationship)


finished pondhouse; August 2011: year 1


2012 interior aerial view


Wish I'd have taken more pics from the same angle; will have to go on my 'to do' list this summer!
 

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BS that is the best thing I have seen for pond protection and enjoyment in forever! I want one now just like that :)
What do you do for snow load?
 

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jw; I'll admit, when I read of the predator and other problems associated with ponds, I do get a nice feeling of 'I don't have to deal with that', which is relaxing. I mainly did the enclosure to keep the mosquitos out. When I originally built the house in '87, I didn't include a patio. As time went on and my habits of watering the lawn/gardens developed, so too did the mosquito problem and I hated even being in the backyard in the evenings. Sooooo, when the idea of a pond caught fire, I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. Hence, what I call the pondhouse.

For winter, I roll the top screening all the way to one side and secure it, so that means snow just falls as it wants to. In the spring when the weather warms up enough, I'll unroll it. I attach it to hooks etc on three sides while it's fixed on the one. And, it really does make staying out when it gets dark that much more enjoyable. Have had zero mosquito problems, with maybe a stray that got in when someone didn't close the screen door quick enough, but with the fish and frogs, they're my cleanup crew. I like having the top open early as it allows some dragon and damsel flies to get in and lay their eggs. Hard later when they can't get out but they do have the whole pond then to themselves and a lot less predators than 'down the road at the big pond'.

And because I work all summer in the sun, I worked the table umbrella to be on a sliding pole at the 'ceiling' so I can open it nearer the water where I like to park my chair. Keeps the sun off me weekends and still allows for use with the patio table. It's all good. I WOULD have liked to have made my pond larger (the only real drawback as I can't relate to the others' "larger pond" syndrome) but if more than my chosen 20' x 20', the wood members would have been cost prohibitive.

Glad you like.


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love it! Actually love all the ponds pictured, each has their own uniqueness.
 
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