Have you ever dreamed of having a pool in your backyard but just can’t justify the cost of such a huge and high maintenance project? Many of us have. Pools can certainly be expensive, but that’s only if you don’t know how to build your own.
Building your own natural pool in your backyard is far easier (and cheaper!) than you thought.
Having a natural pool (versus an in-ground pool with chemicals) is great for so many reasons. First, it’s a great way to entertain family and guests in a relaxing and organic environment. Plus, since it’s chemical-free, you don’t have to worry about anything toxic touching your skin or eyes. It’s basically like you’re swimming in a crisp, clean lake!
A gorgeous natural pool can be built in your very own backyard in just 7 steps.
Of course, as you can imagine, building your pool will take a bit of planning and elbow grease – so do a bit of research before you embark on this project. In addition to the 7 steps laid out below, continue reading for a video tutorial with more detailed information.
1. Make and know your plan
The first step in planning your natural pool is deciding where it’s going to go. You’ll have to consider where you’ll be setting up the filtration system – this will determine how much space you’ll need for the proper equipment as well as your piping. Figuring out the location will also determine which plants will grow and thrive near your new oasis!
Of course, you’ll also need to figure out how deep and wide the pool will be. According to Ecohome, a shallow pool will be easier to care for but a deeper pool will are less likely to have problems with algae.
2. Time to excavate
Once a plan is in place, you’ll start the process of excavating the land. First, you’ll need to survey the land to make sure there are no water, sewer, or gas lines. Then, you can either hire someone to do the excavation or rent an excavator to do it yourself.
Mother Earth News says to aim for a 1-foot vertical drop for every 3 horizontal feet.
3. Slope your pool and prepare the bottom
If you have little ones, it’s best to have a gently sloping entry to your pool – much like a beach. This will make entering the pool easier, prevent falls, and provide a shallow area for kids to play. Organic Pools says depth is particularly important for consideration if you’ll be having a natural bottom pool or allow plants to grow in the water.
Once the pool has the desired slope, it’s important to make sure the bottom is as flat as possible.
4. Set up filtration
Since your natural pool will not have any chemicals to keep it clean, it’s important that the water never becomes stagnant – the water needs to be filtered and aerated. Having stagnant water can cause problems such as a mosquito infestation and bacteria growth.
You have a few options when it comes to a filtration system including a waterfall system or a pool-bottom system. If the pool-bottom system is your choice, be sure to place it in the deepest part of the pool so swimmers can avoid it. It’s best to hire a professional when dealing with any electrical components – especially when they’ll be operating in or near water.
Probably the most important, and tricky, part of this entire project will be the waterproofing. You’ll have quite a few options to choose from when it comes to natural sealants, like clay, or there are many synthetic liners as well. If you’d prefer clay, talk to a local specialist to see if the soil in your area will work with it.
6. The body of the pool
Next, you’ll want to choose which type of material you’ll use for the main body of the pool – whether that’s concrete or some other type of material. If you’re looking for a super natural look, Rastra block may be your best option. For this, you’ll need to place gravel beneath the Rastra, then fill the spaces between the stone with concrete.
7. Finishing touches
Now that your pool is practically finished, it’s time to add some personality to it. Plant trees and flowers around the pool to create an authentic, natural feel for your new backyard sanctuary. Find plants that work best for your climate and don’t be afraid to add colors and use stone!
You’re done! Now, you get to enjoy your very own resort-quality natural pool any time you’d like.
Watch the video below to see how David Pagan Butler built his own natural pool for just $7,700.
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