Is My Backyard Suitable For A Swimming Pool?

Swimming pools have many advantages. Building a swimming pool is a costly activity that requires long-term efforts. Once built, the swimming pool will stay with you for the rest of your life. However, it would help if you looked closely at your backyard before worrying about the material, landscaping, lighting, and water function.

Pools with huge dimensions are only suitable for backyards with equally large dimensions. You should allocate approximately 25% to 35% of your available space to your pool – 45% if you are passionate about it. You’ll need a yard of about 150 square meters for a small or medium pool (20-30 square meters). 

Not all backyards are suitable for pool construction. It depends on your backyard whether it’s easy or challenging to build a pool. The following factors about your backyard can affect the pool building process.

Backyard Size

Swimming pools sound fun, but do you know if there is enough space? Now, there are a few things to consider. How big should the pool be? Do you want the pool to take up most of your backyard, or do you want to have a smaller pool but still have a lawn? If you have a large backyard, your options are endless, and your imagination only limits you. The smaller your backyard, the more limited you will be in size you can have. If you have a small backyard or patio, you may not have a large pool, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a luxury pool in your backyard. We have a wide variety of pools suitable for every garden. Our smallest pool is the 4.2mx1.6m Billabong Slimline Plunge. If you’re looking for something smaller, we also offer a variety of spas.

If you plan to install the pool in a confined space, it is recommended to place the pool near a house or fence. This will increase the space. You can create the illusion of more space by arranging the pools parallel along the longest part of the fence.

Backyard Accessibility

Your backyard’s accessibility is perhaps the second and most important question. Simply put, pool owners may not be able to get in and install your pool if you don’t have adequate access to your backyard. Some of the factors that determine backyard accessibility include:

  • Access to trucks and equipment: No matter the size of the pool you want to install in your backyard, all pool builders deliver truck installation equipment and supplies to their customers. Therefore, some car access in the backyard is required. Even if the installer cannot fully use the vehicle, he should at least be able to park it close to the backyard before transporting the mounting materials and equipment to the installation site.

Therefore, even a professional plumber may install a pool complex without adequate backyard access. If you need to access the backyard through someone else’s property, you will need permission from your neighbor.

  • Suspended power lines: Suspended power lines make it difficult and unsafe for installers to work. Suppose you have a similar situation in your backyard. In that case, you should call the certified electrician/electrician team to ensure the power lines are correctly laid out of the pool installer’s path. 

It is recommended that you seek the advice of the pool installer during field consultation on what needs to be done to ensure easy access to the installation site.

Backyard Level 

Swimming pools can be quickly built on flat slopes. The construction cost is low, and the installation work can be done quickly. If your house is on a steep slope, you may want to go to the pool on the ground. Creating a pool on a steep slope can be difficult. It would help if you chose an experienced pool builder. Construction requires more planning and is more costly.

Property Regulation

Some states have strict regulations regarding the distance of pools from boundaries, fences, and proximity to stormwater drains. You need to make sure your backyard meets the required regulations. It would help if you found utilities like gas, electricity, cable, water, and telephone in your backyard. Sufficient space is required to carry out the excavation work without damaging the underground network.

Garden Slopes or layouts

The good news is that having a sloped block doesn’t mean you can’t install a pool at your location. All of our fiberglass pool ranges can be installed above ground, above ground, or partially above ground. The latest technology allows fiberglass pools to be designed to fit in almost any garden. Located on a sloping block, the pool is a beautiful feature of your home. The deck and patio are often found around the pool, allowing you to combine an outdoor entertainment area with a swimming pool.

It’s always best to install a fiberglass pool to avoid the steepest parts of the yard, which saves time and money for digging. The most crucial factor to consider is drainage. Drainage is essential for all pools and even more so for pools in sloping gardens. Rain, seepage, and leaks can erode the pool’s slopes. Drainage channels should be installed to keep water out of the house to prevent it from flowing toward the house. The cost of installing a fiberglass pool on a sloped block depends on the access, the block’s steep slope, and the soil’s quality.

Your Neighbor

If your backyard is very close to your neighbor’s house, you may need a fence for your privacy. Your pool may be covered with other buildings and trees in your neighbor’s backyard. If there are trees that extend from the neighbor’s backyard to where the pool is, they can defoliate and contaminate the pool. You can ask your neighbor to get rid of those trees.

Ground Condition

Installing a pool can be difficult if your property is in an area with high groundwater levels. Groundwater may come from the water table. Surface water may seep in due to the outflow of the deck. If water appears on the surface during excavation, the pool builder should perform a dehydration method before proceeding with the construction work. This can cause delays and increase costs.

After installation, if the water table is higher than the lowest point of the underground pool structure, it will lift the pool shell. The pool can lift off the ground if the structure is not designed to withstand this force. It may be necessary to install an underground drainage system to remove groundwater around the crust. Worse still, groundwater can fluctuate significantly in some areas. In such cases, the groundwater level must be constantly monitored to avoid construction and maintenance problems.

Exposure to Sunlight

Your pool needs some sunlight to keep the water warm. It is best to place the pool in a place that receives plenty of sunlight. If too many trees are blocking the sun, you may need to cut them down to clear the pool area.


We recommend contacting your local professional pool installer to find exactly what type of pool is right for your backyard and any potential issues with the installation process. Discuss with them in detail the type of pool you want during your first meeting. After listening to your opinion, an expert can tell you if your idea is practical enough to be implemented.

While the guidelines above consider whether your yard is big enough for a pool, measure your yard and subtract 10 feet from each corner.

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