The pandemic limited our travel in 2020. So we, like many others, concentrated on our own home.
Planning and history
Everything starts very harmlessly but then develops into a larger project.
At the end of the summer, we had to replace our parasol. So we get ourselves a new one in the DIY shop. A short time later, we find that our 10-year-old patio furniture has also reached the end of its life cycle. At the purchase of the garden umbrella, we saw garden furniture made of polyrattan next door. We liked it, and so we bought one of the sofa sets.
In case of rain and bad weather, we have to cover it with a plastic tarp. If we want to use the sofa set, we have to remove the tarp again. The result is that we also buy a pavilion, in which we can leave the seating set untouched even in bad weather. It is of aluminum, and the outer walls consist of a fly screen. There are large sliding doors on all four sides.
Unfortunately, we did not consider that terraces with a slight incline are being built in our region so that the water can run off when it rains, even for hydro-active pavements.
As a result, the pavilion has a slope, and the doors are constantly rolling downwards. Strong wind pushes them back in the other direction. We can avoid this by using magnets, but basically, the problem remains. So we decided to redesign the terrace as well, as this is no longer particularly attractive. We wanted to have a WPC terrace installed. In the end, it became a BPC (bamboo) terrace, as it is easier to maintain and more stable in color.
In the meantime, we have encountered a new issue. The seating set shall not remain in the open or in the pavilion in winter. The garage is not necessarily an ideal space for this either. The result is that we also need a tool shed. One is found in the DIY shop quickly, but we need a foundation for it.
In 2020 we bought a cheap frame pool, which also offered us a lot of fun and relaxation in hot weather. For this, too, we need a solid foundation that we also want to build based on WPC. But every manufacturer advises us against it and does not want to take on any warranty. During a phone call with an architect friend of ours, she tells us that she once had such a pool, but for some reason, it toppled over and caused a decent flood. Since our property is a little higher than that of our neighbors, this remark puzzled us. We decided to buy a 1.5 m deep steel wall pool that can be sunk 2/3 in the ground. Thus, this can not topple or leak.
Since this pool is being built almost directly on the property line with our neighbors, we want to set up a privacy fence made of WPC. We had built the existing wall by ourselves. However, we didn’t design it for a 1.8 m high privacy shield to withstand strong winds. So this wall has to be rebuilt as well. The wall at right angles, which closes off the property, has to be rebuilt, partly equipped with a privacy wall. Now we can add a row of bricks to align the terrace flush with the floor inside the house. It was wrongly conceived by the prefabricated house construction company when building the house and can be corrected now.
With a few exceptions, we will replant the garden completely. An additional layer of soil of approx. 20 cm has to be applied. That’s why we decide to install automatic irrigation right away. For the lawn, we provide submerged spray nozzles with MP rotators from Hunter. The bushes and plant beds get drip irrigation. The four necessary irrigation circles are controlled by a Hunter X-Core control unit with a climate sensor.
Cistern and pool feed the irrigation system. A fully automatic level regulation controls the water levels and compensates them if necessary.
The terrace and the planting beds get separate circuits for lighting. A small barbecue area receives two additional sockets, as does the pavilion. These circuits can operate with a radio remote control.
00:00:00 Overview of the old status of the garden
00:01:18 Overview of the almost finished, newly designed garden
00:04:28 Cut back the old bushes and trees at the end of February before it would no longer be allowed from March due to various bird protection laws.
00:05:05 Bad weather in March did not allow the actual start of construction until the end of March. First, one tear down the walls.
00:08:30 The old soil was dug and disposed of, then one built the foundation for the tool shed. In the meantime, the bushes to be used further were replanted.
00:11:29 Around the pavilion, additional soil was dug to enlarge the terrace. Thus it was possible to create a more optimal location for the pavilion.
00:11:44 The first wall is being rebuilt. At the same time, we can build the tool shed to empty the space in the pavilion and store the garden furniture here.
00:16:28 The remaining bushes are moved to their final position.
00:17:02 The second wall, on the edge of the neighboring property, is being rebuilt.
00:18:24 The foundation for the new site for the pavilion is backfilled, the area for the lawn sprinkler system is excavated, and the walkway stones for the first shrub bed are placed.
00:19:48 Electricity and water lines, as well as some empty conduits, are laid.
00:20:24 The passage in the wall used for the excavator is closed. The first elements of the privacy shield are set. The first parts of the garden get new topsoil.
00:22:44 The soil for the new pool is being dug, and one builds the foundation.
00:23:28 A first circulation of the irrigating device is laid by us.
00:23:44 The round steel wall pool is put in place.
00:25:36 The raw material for the new terrace is delivered, and construction begins immediately. In contrast to previous years, this spring was quite rainy. The poor weather repeatedly delayed construction progress. Sometimes there was even snow for a short time. Due to the pandemic, the supply of raw materials and technical accessories became more and more difficult.
00:28:40 The technique box for the pool is delivered. It is already heat and sound insulated.
00:28:56 The terrace has received its new surface, and the pavilion has reached its final position so that the furniture can be moved.
00:30:04 Meanwhile, the installation of the pool is progressing. Some water was let in as counter pressure to the lean concrete on the outside of the pool. It allows us to test the pool cleaning robot.
00:31:41 Drip irrigation is also now making our lives easier in front of the house.
0034: 04 The setup of the technology for the pool begins:
- Steel wall pool with aluminum handrail diameter 4.20 m x 1.5 m, inner shell 0.8 mm
- Filter pump: Per aqua TC 400 time control
- Disinfection system: Blue Lagoon Saltwater UV disinfection UVC 40 watts
- Salt electrolysis plant: Bayrol Salt ace 5
- Water-level regulator: SNR 1609 with solenoid valve
- Countercurrent system Badu jet smart “standard”
- Pool robot: Tornax rt 3200
The backwash water runs into the cistern. If we decide to purchase a heat pump, the necessary power and water lines, including the ball valves, have already been installed and laid.
00:35:19 On June 9th, we experienced an emotionally very gratifying moment when we were able to test the pool for the first time, even if it was still in the middle of the construction site.
00:35:29 Another three circuits for the irrigation system are connected so that we have a total of four, two for drip irrigation and two for lawn irrigation with MP rotators. In addition, the level control for the cistern is installed.
00:36:10 The electrolysis system works very well straight away and quickly leveled off at a pH value of 7.2.
00:36:23 Mr. Thullen from HTK GmbH & Co.KG proves to be a true master of natural stone processing. His partner Mr. Heinz as well is good at doing masonry, earthwork, and dredging work. He also takes care of the sales activities and the planning work. Both complete themselves excellently.
00:36:52 Much of the remaining topsoil is spread. The missing stones and flower beds are also being placed.
00:37:44 The construction site is transformed back into a garden and gives an idea of its final appearance.
00:38:13 At short notice, we changed our plans and, Mr. Thullen built a sunk shaft into the ground for the irrigation pump (00:44:15). At first, we wanted to install this in the equipment shed, but buried in the soil, is a much better noise protection guaranteed.
00:39:53 The countercurrent system and level control are now fully installed in the technical box.
00:40:29 Now, nothing stands in the way of the grass seed.
00:41:02 The access road to our property, which suffered from the construction work, is restored to its original condition.
00:42:20 The lawn is sown just in time so that a mother sparrow can show and explain the foraging to her young. The lawn seed is a welcome change.
00:43:33 In the meantime, the plumber and the electricians have also finished their jobs.
00:44:20 The valve box of the irrigation system has sunk in the ground. The irrigation pump draws the water from the cistern, filled either by rain or with the pool’s wastewater during backwash. If this is not enough, the level control refills the cistern up to one-third with tap water. The Hunter type X-Core 601IE, INDOOR, six stations with Climate sensor Solar-Sync Wireless, is installed in the tool shed. It is designed for six circuits so that we can set up two additional ones if necessary. The sprinkler system works at 5 am. So everything runs fully automatically.
00:45:08 The installation of the sockets and the wireless switches is complete. And the lighting of the terrace and the garden creates a pleasant atmosphere.
00:46:46 In the meantime, light metal end profiles are installed on the edges of the terrace. As a final task, the gap between the pool and the technical box closed with concrete palisades and a stainless steel cover on top. The space in between is filled with Misapor and also serves noise protection and thermal insulation.
00:48:49 So we can finish the renovation work for this year. We have already planted some plants, and more will follow in spring.
We hope you enjoy this video and that it gives you some suggestions!
HTK GmbH & Co. KG
Construction work, planning and coordination
Im Macherpesch 13
Privacy fence and terrace
Im Macherpesch 12
Master plumber and heating engineer
Belinger Straße 17
54518 Wittlich – Wengerohr
Elektrotechnik Christian Etscheid
Unterm breiten Weg 10
Poolservice Michael Schmitz
Gansen Metallbau u. Stahlbau GmbH
Metal construction & steelwork
54528 Salmtal (Salmrohr)
Planning irrigation and Hunter equipment
Am Wintersberg 11
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