Remember that time we got a tree trimmed and the whole tree ended up being dead so the tree trimmers put it in our dilapidated pool for us as a “favor”?  And then we decided to burn the branches, resulting in a bunch of scorched charred trunk sitting in the bottom of our pool?
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Here are some photos of the pool post-fire.  2015-06-10 06.08.38

As you can tell, it’s not exactly the safest thing to have in your backyard.  And with a baby who will be taking her first steps any day now, we had to do something about it… but fixing it back up into a working pool was a bit out of our price range.2015-06-10 06.09.23

SO, we decided to apply a band-aid to the problem and postpone fixing it up until we save enough money…. we decided to get a deck built over it!2015-06-15 19.10.06

The following are a series of pictures as it was being built.2015-06-15 19.09.58

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The issue with the whole thing was what happens to the rain water– we didn’t want a huge pit of gross water forming in the pool every time it rained.  Here’s where the genius came in (not our idea but our contractor’s): sloped roofing material underneath the deck boards that would catch the rainwater and cause it to fall down to the sides– to the concrete.2015-06-17 17.39.19

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Above where the rainwater will drain off, we built a step.
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(The doggies approved of the whole construction process.)2015-06-18 17.59.13

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After the roofing part was all done, and the step finished, the guys started decking over it all!2015-06-20 11.21.22

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All done!!!  Voila, a babyproofed “pool” in our backyard!2015-06-25 18.59.37
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2015-06-25 18.57.05We still need to stain it… TBD.. but I’m really glad that scary pit is no longer scary for our little family!!