You guys!!! We got a pool, a Stock Tank Pool to be exact! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you already know we have been hard at work over here the last month getting our new summer vacation set up. It almost felt like we were participating in the One Room Challenge and making over the backyard again since we were pushing ourselves to finish just in time for summer. That time has finally come! The pool is setup, the deck is built, and the drinks are cold. Now all we need is a little Jimmy Buffet and we will feel like we are on the islands 🙂 Are you ready to see it? This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my policies.
DIY Stock Tank Pool
Some of you might be wondering, what the heck?! So let me explain. While we love living in Colorado and enjoy the mountains and skiing, we absolutely love the beach as well. We usually vacation to tropical places in the Caribbean or Mexico but with the cerveza sickness, we don’t see ourselves getting on a plane any time soon. So we brought the vacation to us! I know many people think it doesn’t get hot in Colorado, but it definitely does! Many times we have thought it would be so nice to have a small pool to cool off in and just hang out. So when I stumbled upon this idea, it didn’t take long for us to both get on board.
In fact, this may be the very first DIY project in history I didn’t have to sell Barry on! Literally within 24 hours of deciding, thanks to some amazing friends, we had our stock tank sitting in our backyard!
So what is a stock tank pool? Stock tanks are traditionally used as a water source for livestock but folks have been turning them into pools for decades. They have also been referred to as hillbilly pools, but we took ours to a whole new level! For those of you wondering why we decided on a stock tank pool rather than just buying an above ground pool, the answer is simple. We liked the idea of being able to customize our stock tank more than you can with an above ground pool. Also, we really didn’t want something large that would take up our whole yard. The stock tank itself is only 8 feet in diameter and fit nicely where our fire pit area used to be. But don’t worry, the fire pit has been relocated to the patio by the sofas.
I am sure many of you are also wondering about sitting water and breeding mosquitoes. Have no fear, our stock tank is super fancy and has a pool pump and filter and chlorine! Pretty cool, huh? So what all did we do to get the pool looking like this? Well, a lot! Here is a video recap of the last month and the entire process from getting it home, leveling out a spot, building the deck, setting up the pool equipment, and filling it with water.
We probably could have done this quicker, but we only really worked on it over the weekends and the deck build took the most time.
Now all we have left to do is soak up some rays and enjoy our own little backyard oasis! And how cute are our new pool floats?! The unicorn is mine and the llama is Barry’s.
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