Couple builds a plunge pool in their garden for £6,000 – saving £10,000 by doing a DIY job


Couple builds £6,000 plunge pool in their back garden for hot summer days, saving £10,000 by doing a DIY job – and creating a viral video with over 1.7 million views

  • Eva and Jeroen Stuart from the Netherlands often use a paddling pool in summer
  • Instead of opting for ‘ugly blue pool’ this year, they decided to build their own
  • They spent £6,000 doing a DIY job, saving around £10,000 on a professional job
  • Couple made a video of process, which went viral on TikTok with 1.7 million views

A couple has built a £6,000 DIY plunge pool in their back garden, so they no longer have to use their ‘ugly’ blue inflatable one to cool down on hot summer days.   

Eva Stuart, 26, a government secretary and interior influencer, and Jeroen, 29, an architect who has his own firm, were able to save just under £10,000 by taking on this DIY challenge themselves, instead of paying professionals.  

The couple, from the East of the Netherlands, made a video of the whole process, which has gone viral on TikTok, garnering more than 1 million views. 

Eva explained: ‘We had the idea in like five minutes, you can say we are a bit impulsive. But with the hot summers here, and setting up a very ugly blue swimming pool every year, we decided that we could do that better.

Before: Jeroen is pictured here working on the plunge pool, showing the garden space as it looked before the work was completed

Before: Jeroen is pictured here working on the plunge pool, showing the garden space as it looked before the work was completed

The finished product: the couple's plunge pool, pictured here after they completed the work, is more appealing to the eye than an inflatable paddling pool

The finished product: the couple’s plunge pool, pictured here after they completed the work, is more appealing to the eye than an inflatable paddling pool

Now the couple (pictured) is able to make the most of the outdoor space and really enjoy the warmer weather

Now the couple (pictured) is able to make the most of the outdoor space and really enjoy the warmer weather

‘We thought for a very long time about how the garden must look like and the plunge pool really became a centrepiece in our garden, creating more intimate spaces besides it.

‘Well, I didn’t expect that the video blew up in the way that it did. 

‘Part 1 had 1.7m views due to all Indonesian people who made a little fun of the way we dressed during the renovations haha!

‘The second part is flying around the globe and it is crazy to me that it got over 5 million views already. 

‘Most of the comments are amazing and very kind.’

Eve said that creating the pool was an 'impulsive' idea, and like other work in their home, they decided to do it themselves. Here Jeroen is pictured doing building work

Eve said that creating the pool was an ‘impulsive’ idea, and like other work in their home, they decided to do it themselves. Here Jeroen is pictured doing building work

Digging: first, the ground had to be prepared for the new structure

Creating the pool themselves saved the couple thousands of Euros

Work: Jeroen, an architect who has his own firm, is pictured doing different jobs on the pool, which cost the couple around £6,000

Eva Stuart, a government secretary and interior influencer, is pictured working on the DIY plunge pool in the garden

Eva Stuart, a government secretary and interior influencer, is pictured working on the DIY plunge pool in the garden

Aside from Eva's father-in-law (not pictured) the couple didn't have any help while constructing the elegant pool

Aside from Eva’s father-in-law (not pictured) the couple didn’t have any help while constructing the elegant pool

Turning their home into their dream space has been an ongoing project since 2018, with this couple destined to achieve everything they desire for this home. 

Eva said: ‘We’ve been renovating our home since 2018 when we bought it. Since then we did all of the renovations ourselves,

‘Now this year we started renovating our ground floor and did some finishing touches in the garden just like the plunge pool you saw on TikTok.

Jeroen, an architect, put together design plans (pictured) for the plunge pool, that the couple used to build their dream garden

Jeroen, an architect, put together design plans (pictured) for the plunge pool, that the couple used to build their dream garden 

The design plans (pictured) show the pool, as well as the surrounding features which include a table and paved area

The design plans (pictured) show the pool, as well as the surrounding features which include a table and paved area

Bird's eye view: plans showing the whole garden reveal the desired finished look, with the pool forming the centrepiece of the private space

Bird’s eye view: plans showing the whole garden reveal the desired finished look, with the pool forming the centrepiece of the private space

‘The plunge pool itself cost us around €5500. This price is without the flagstones around it (I’m guessing they’re about €1000).’ 

‘I think when you hire people to do this for you, you’ll come up around €15000.’

Explaining the building process, she said: ‘We firstly had to make a foundation and then build it with concrete blocks.

Relaxing: the final space has a calm and relaxed feel to it, with plenty of foliage, and a wooden seating area

Relaxing: the final space has a calm and relaxed feel to it, with plenty of foliage, and a wooden seating area 

The couple wanted to show that creating a space like this is something people can do by themselves, without having to hire lots of people to do the work

The couple wanted to show that creating a space like this is something people can do by themselves, without having to hire lots of people to do the work

‘Next to the pool we wanted to place our old olive tree and in that same area there is the installation of the lights in the pool and also the water-skimmer.

‘I wanted to create a whole video from the beginning till the end about how we made it. Hopefully that worked. 

‘And I wanted to show that besides the help from my father-in-law, we did everything ourselves. Hopefully to inspire others that you can do this too.’

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