Garden Pool

To take an idea, no matter how whimsical or farfetched and to actually make it physical, make it whole, is the most creative act known to humankind. Yes, we build tract homes and outlet malls, but at its heart, building is a personal thing, borne from individual experience and obsession. Since the dawn of civilization, people have built things with meaning, from the humble and the mundane to the grand and sprawling.

When Dennis McClung bought a house in Mesa, Arizona, a few years ago, he was determined to grow his own food despite the unforgiving climate. It only took a few months before he was farming tilapia, harvesting hen eggs and producing all his family’s vegetables—all out of a totally transformed backyard pool. It’s a model of how to live sustainably in the desert, complete with African pygmy goats!

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