How Do I Know If My Backyard Is Big Enough For A Swimming Pool

A sure-fire way to know if your backyard is big enough for a swimming pool is to have a pool professional provide you with an onsite evaluation. Many of our Independent Dealers and most swimming pool builders will provide a complimentary on-site evaluation and estimate.  This is a great place to start. In an effort to assist them, have a copy of your surveyor report or plot plan readily available. This plan will show your lot specs along with your house and any structures, setbacks or easements that may be present.

The good news is that you most likely can fit a swimming pool in your backyard. You may be limited on the pool size and scope of your backyard swimming pool project, but most folks can fit a swimming pool in their backyard. There are several items that can limit the size of your backyard swimming pool project. Drainage and utility easements and property line setbacks are the most common restrictions that may hinder the size and scope of your backyard swimming pool. Other rare zoning ordinances can determine what percentage of your lot is covered by green space which will also affect the size and scope of your swimming pool project.

Here is a list of items that may affect the size of your swimming pool project:

  • Property Line Setbacks
  • Drainage and Utilities Easements
  • Overhead Power Lines
  • Zoning Regulations and Lot Coverage Rules
  • Retaining Walls
  • Existing Structures
  • Septic System or Underground Utilities
  • Access

Thankfully, many of these items can be worked around, moved or granted through variances. Knowing which if any of these items apply to your backyard will help you determine how big of an area you have in your backyard for a swimming pool. Once you review your surveyor report and know how much usable space you have, you can begin to envision the entire backyard including your pool patio area and landscaping. Consider what kind of space you desire outside the swimming pool to accomplish your vision. For example, if you imagine a row of loungers then you will want to allow enough space for a nine ft. to 12 ft. patio area. One last bit of advice, don’t put your swimming pool too close to your walk-out patio doors. Give yourself some room. If space allows it, give yourself at least 16’ between the patio doors and water.