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FAQ: Can I build a pool on my property?

Do you have a less than ideal space in your backyard, but you’re still wondering if it’s possible to install a new swimming pool? The fact is, that not everyone has a flat, spacious backyard with easy access points, but that doesn’t necessarily have to stop them from installing a pool. Skilled, experienced pool builders are capable of working around these issues to create a fantastic swimming pool area no matter what your backyard looks like. In the following article, we’ll discuss some common concerns that homeowners raise, and then explain how we work around these issues to ensure everyone can build a new pool.

Common Concerns

My backyard is too small 

Many of us have small backyards or gardens that may not be able to accommodate a large family sized swimming pool. As the demand for housing increases, the land available decreases and so hundreds of thousands of Australians are now living with smaller backyards than ever before. For example, building a pool in Pakenham normally means a smaller size due to the smaller backyards. Luckily, we have solutions for those living with these kinds of space restrictions. We can install lap pools which are long, straight and narrow pools designed for swimming laps and exercising. Our Paradiso pool shell has a small width of 2.15m but 5.5m long, or the Sentosa pool shell at 6.5m long.

These are perfect for those who may have a wide backyard but very limited space in terms of width, creating a narrow space for a pool to sit. Whilst they are primarily used for exercise, they will still look amazing and offer all the fun and entertainment of a regular sized pool. They’re available in a wide range of styles, sizes and colours, giving you the ability to customise your pool how you would like it.

We also install plunge pools, which are a great option for those who want to install a new swimming pool but have very limited space. These pools can accommodate 2-3 people in a small area and resemble a regular pool, just scaled down to accommodate for the available space. An example of this is our Latina, just 4.5m x 3.5m. If you can resonate with the above, please read more on small pools here.

My backyard has limited access

Not every backyard has plenty of open space to allow for trucks and machinery to pass through into your property. However, it’s extremely unlikely that access limitations will greatly affect expert fibreglass pool builders in today’s day and age. Whilst better access can make the job easier, there’s no reason to stress if your backyard is hard to access.

Experienced pool builders have the knowledge and expertise to transport a pool into your backyard safely and effectively, removing the stresses surrounding access. Usually, if the access is very limited the pool installers will hire a large crane to lift the pool above the house and drop it into the backyard. Read more about how we handle limited access sites.

My backyard is uneven or sloped

If you live in a particularly hilly area, you may be faced with a backyard that slopes. Whilst a sloping backyard can change the way an experienced fibreglass pool builder will go about the installation, it is certainly no difficult challenge. After assessing the degree of your slope, we may recommend an above-ground or partially above-ground pool. Our high-quality fibreglass pool shells are designed to be extremely durable and will maintain their structural integrity just as well as one that is installed completely in-ground. Most fibreglass pool builders will advise you to install the pool away from the steepest section of the slope, as it becomes hard for machinery to work well on a steep gradient. This can delay the digging and installation process which will ultimately cost you more money. Check out our article on building a fibreglass pool on a sloping block

Council permits

One more important aspect that determines whether or not you can build a pool on your property is a council permit. You will need to verify with your local council as to which permits you will be required to submit in order for the installation process to go ahead. You can also request a site map of your backyard which will detail where any existing pipes, drains and cables are located, ensuring your pool builder does not dig into them. A professional pool installer will be able to take care of the paperwork themselves, so if you’re searching for someone to install your new pool, make sure they are capable of doing so. This can make the process much easier without having to call around and chase paperwork.

The truth is, if you have a difficult backyard with at least a small amount of space, you can still enjoy all the benefits of a regular pool. No matter what your situation, our team of experts will work hard to ensure that we create a beautiful swimming space for your backyard.

Whether your yard has limited access, your home is situated on a hill, or you only have a small courtyard on your property, we will make sure your swimming pool dreams become a reality. For more information, or if you’re interested in a free site visit to discuss a new fibreglass pool build in South East Melbourne, Bayside, Mornington Peninsula or surrounding suburbs please contact our construction experts.