Do You Need a Flat Yard to Have a Pool?

A swimming pool is a wonderful addition to any property, providing a refreshing oasis for relaxation, exercise, and entertainment. However, one common misconception is that having a flat yard is a prerequisite for building a pool. While flat yards generally mean an easier construction process, an experienced pool contractor, such as Aqua Pool & Patio, will be able to find solutions for building an inground pool on nearly any terrain. Therefore, if you’re wondering whether you need a flat yard to have a pool, the short answer is no.

Here are a few techniques we commonly use when working with sloped or uneven land:

  • For yards that are gently sloped, a technique called grading can be used to fill in the land wherever needed to create a relatively flat surface upon which to build the pool.
  • Retaining walls. If your yard contains a steeper incline, one option is to build retaining walls between the higher and lower points. In addition to leveling out the ground, creating a stable area for the pool, and preventing soil erosion, retaining walls can serve as eye-catching design elements that enhance the visual appeal of your pool area.
  • Another possible option for steep inclines is terracing, which involves building platforms and/or steps to create a pool area that spans multiple levels. With an elegant appearance and virtually endless opportunities for customization, terracing is a practical solution that also brings a “wow” factor to any pool area.
  • Vanishing edge or multi-level pools. Vanishing (or infinity) edge pools have long been popular for their striking appearance and ability to be installed at the top of a steep incline. A newer trend is the multi-level pool, which spans two or more levels and may contain vanishing edges between the tiers. Multi-level pools are often suggested for hilly properties.

Depending on the specific terrain of your property, building a pool on an uneven surface could potentially be more costly or time-consuming than it would be on a flat surface—but with several options available for accommodating different landscapes, it is most likely feasible. With over 50 years of continuous experience designing and building custom gunite pools, the team at Aqua Pool will work with you to create the swimming pool of your dreams, regardless of your property’s unique characteristics. Call us today at (860) 623-9886 to schedule a consultation!