Swimming in Your Own Backyard: sloped yard hillside pools

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It’s summertime and the living is easy. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the grass is as green as can be. What could make this idyllic scene even better? How about a backyard swimming pool? If you have a sloped yard, don’t worry – you can still have your very own pool! In this blog post, we will discuss the pros and cons of having a pool in your sloped yard, as well as some of the best ways to go about it. So read on to learn more!

Two levels with water

Two levels with water
Photo from @rmpools

Building a pool on a hillside can be solved in a similar way, as shown in the photo. The two levels of the pool create an irregular shape, which is nevertheless best suited for such a place. The lower level seems to support the second level, which allowed it to be built on a flatter surface than the first. In the end, the two levels stabilize each other, and the appearance is very beautiful and attractive. If possible in terms of material, such pools can easily be supplemented with a Jacuzzi, which is better to arrange on the second level for better stabilization.

“Stone Bath”

"Stone Bath"
Photo from @studiobuildllc

The “stone tub” design came from the appearance of the pool itself, which looks like this. On a hillside of more than 16 meters, the advantageous and less complicated way is this architecture. The lower level serves more for decoration and only imitates the pool. It is needed to level out the area. Due to this uncomplicated plan, an in-ground pool is built in the center of it.

By the way the material can be used for lining any, not necessarily stone. Rectangular shape is better in terms of stabilization and gives a beautiful external design of the pool itself. The size and width of the pool can be different, it will all depend on the exact details of the slope on which it will be built.

At an angle of 30 degrees

At an angle of 30 degrees
Photo from @jdesignspoolandspa

The depth of such a pool can vary from one and a half to two and a half meters, due to compliance with the rules of construction to withstand the frame of the pool itself. After all, the load is ultimately on the outside wall, so a slight angle of 30 degrees or more, allows the construction of non-broad pools only. Narrow design provides an even distribution of pressure. Also, this method is not characterized by a large monetary investment.

Inside the pool itself is allowed to make comfortable steps, put the dividers, and set the railing on the sides. Do not overload the structure, so as not to destabilize the structure. This can lead to deformation of the pool and its complete destruction.

Large pool on a steep slope

Large pool on a steep slope
Photo from @marinopools

If you have a large backyard with a steep slope, you may want to consider a pool on the side of the yard. These types of pools are becoming increasingly popular because of their many benefits. This option is also good for people who keep a hotel and want to build a pool for their guests.

It’s worth saying right away that such a project will cost a lot of money. You will need an architect who knows the area and can calculate all aspects of construction. It is worth paying attention to what a strong structure with columns holds the pool itself. Thanks to them it was possible to get rid of the slope completely and create a stable concrete platform for the pool itself. Interestingly, the pool itself is easy to make any size in width and length, but the shape is better to comply with a rectangular or square.

The pressure on the struts is calculated individually. If the calculations allow, you can even build a pergola in the pool itself, as in the photo. A good idea of design creativity.

Popular Questions and Answers

Can you put a poll on a sloped yard?

It is possible to install a sloped pool in your backyard, but there are several things to consider before doing so. First, is the type of pool you want to install. In-ground pools are the most popular choice among homeowners, but they can be more difficult to install on a site with a slope. There are also underground options, where the pool is in the ground. Either way, it is allowed to install these structures, thanks to special retaining walls. They allow you to install pools on slopes up to 16 meters.

Can you build an inground pool into a hill?

Can you build an inground pool into a hill?
Photo from @oasispoolconstructions

The answer is yes, but it won’t be cheap. Inground pools built on hillsides or in sloping yards can be terrific, but they come with a high price tag. If you are considering installing a pool on your property, be sure to consider the cost of excavation and construction before making any decisions.

What can I do with a downward-sloped backyard?

If you have a backyard with a downward slope, you may be wondering what you can do with it. The options are actually limitless. You can install a patio or deck, build a pergola or gazebo, plant garden beds, or even create an outdoor living space.

But also of course one good idea would be to install a pool, it’s just that this construction option would cost a lot more than the others. And all because of the difficulty of installing it on a hillside.

How much slope is too much for a pool?

The rule of thumb for in-ground pools is that you need at least 50% flat surface for construction. So if your backyard has a lot of slopes and hills, it may not be the best place to install an in-ground pool. In fact, it may not be possible if the slope is too gentle, in which case the retaining walls simply can’t handle the pressure and the shape of the pool itself will be compromised.

Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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