Koi pond? Goofy idea or nice?
Last year we lost a very large tree (at least 30') in a hurricane. It was in a stone "well" in an area we call the courtyard.
Replacing it with a similar size tree would be tens of thousands, plus I am not sure we could do it logistically and I am not sure I want to.
So I was watching Salmon Fishing in Yemen, and the male lead had a round, stone koi pond in his backyard. And I thought, hey ... that's what we could do. Dig up the stump and go down a few feet (at least 4 since it freezes here), put in the drains, pumps, lights, etc, some lily pads and some koi.
I like this idea because it preserves most or all of the stone work, it makes a nice view from the breakfast room windows and the living room, and it might get us to use this area more. We have an extra table out there but this space is sort of orphaned. Our house is long and it is almost surrounded by stone patios. Most of the time we would be on the side facing our (large, natural) pond, or else in an area where there is a vine covered pergola. But I think having koi in this area would draw us to it, maybe for lunch or cocktails or??? Plus you can see it from our side entrance.
I would post this on GW koi ponds but the first post there is mid 2012 and the second was 2008!