As with any in-ground pool project, natural pools are quite an undertaking for a DIY homeowner. It is possible, but you definitely need to be up for the task, and do as much research as possible. Before you rent a backhoe and start digging, make sure you always call 811 first. This gets your utility lines drawn for free so you don’t damage a water main in the process.
The cheapest and most ecologically sound way to build a swimming pool is simply to hollow a hole in the ground. You can make your pool as shallow or as deep as you want, but the key is to make sure the sides slope: Otherwise the soil will cave in. The ratio should be a 1-foot vertical drop for every 3 horizontal feet. “It’s not a bathtub effect, but more like a soup bowl,” says Tom Zingaro, partner with Denver-based Blue Lotus Designs, a pool-and pond-architecture company. One of the main reasons traditional swimming pools are constructed with a steel framework is to ensure the walls stay vertical and perpendicular to the bottom surface of the pool. Construct a pool with sloping sides and you’ll eliminate the need for any steel reinforcement. You’ll need to dig your hole and divide it into two separate zones -the plant zone and the swimming zone. Keep in mind that you want the water to flow through both sectors at the same time. They can be separated by using a mesh wall, but you don’t want your swimmers damaging the plants that filter the water. Next, line the pool with either bentonite clay or a synthetic liner such as rubber to ensure the pool holds water. You will also still need a pump to make sure the water constantly circulates.
Perks of A Natural Pool
Natural swimming pools require no harmful chemicals, are fairly low-tech, and once established call for only a modicum of management. You won’t have to drain the pool each autumn. Except for topping it off now and then, you’ll fill the pool only once.
Need a Little Help?
If you’re considering adding a natural pool to your home’s exterior and think you’ve found a plan to follow, come to The Rock Place. We’ll help you choose the right style, size, and amount of stone required for your project. You’re welcome to call us at (615) 459-9200 with questions or just come by 475 Wade Herrod Rd in Smyrna to see our many options.