It struck me recently that this endeavor would not have been remotely possible pre-Internet, or even pre-YouTube. The ability to track down tutorials, instructional videos, and professional forum discussions on topics as diverse as structural engineering to how to stop a wedding (I kid you not).
And while the technology is the facilitator, content is paramount. A plethora of content created by regular people; sometimes in the service of profit, but seemingly more commonly just out of a desire to share their knowledge (although the cynic has trouble swallowing that and favors the former motivation).
So I've spent the last few weeks studying preparation of architectural diagrams, local planning and building regulations, surveying, demolition, operation of excavators, design of earth retaining structures, cantilevered retaining walls, concrete forms, steel reinforcement design and construction (aka detailing), footing (foundation) design and concrete work, bricklaying and brick wall design, crane capabilities and local traffic control regulations, pool plumbing design (filtration, pumping systems, water velocities, pressure testing), pool water chemistry, stone paving, tiling, drainage and drain design, fencing and electrical regulations, equipotential bonding, solar heating design and installation and many others.
And now it's time to put it to use. But first, we will ensure we document the process.
Next: documenting the process.