Old pool demo leads to new backyard paradise

When the homeowners of this Greenville, Del., estate decided to freshen things up, they realized they no longer wanted the existing 20-year-old pool. Instead, they opted for something more modern in a different location, freeing the space for a children's play area.

Removing the old pool was no easy feat, says David Hochstuhl, project manager for Clark's Pools, as the estate had 4-foot-high perimeter walls, making it difficult to move equipment in and out.

"We couldn't go anywhere near the fences with our trucks and excavating equipment," he says. "We actually had to create a 150- to 200-yard road coming off the back of the property, up the hill and around just to get access to the site."

Once the old pool was demolished and the land was leveled off, Hochstuhl and his team began construction on the new pool 50 yards away.

While the homeowners initially wanted a detached spa, Hochstuhl brainstormed with Champs Construction and Evergreen Landscaping and decided to put the spa in the middle of the pool. The spa is raised up 2 feet, creating 15 feet of overflow into the pool, where the pool in turn has a 38-foot vanishing edge.

Champs topped off the project with a pool house, complete with a kitchen, bathroom, living area and outdoor shower.

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