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Can I Build a Pool on a Sloped Backyard?

Some people mistakenly think that if they have a sloped backyard, they can’t have a pool installed. However, this is not true. If you find that your yard is uneven, you can use a retaining wall so you can have that swimming pool you have always wanted to be installed.

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In this article, we will be talking about retaining walls as an option for uneven land and will go over what materials will work best and how you can still integrate water features into your retaining wall.

What Is a Retaining Wall?

If you are trying to install a pool into a sloped backyard, the retaining wall is used to fill in any space on the lower end while holding up soil on the higher end. The pool builder will be able to tell you if you are going to need a retaining wall for your swimming pool or not.

Retaining Wall Materials

Most retaining walls are made of concrete or stone. Masonry walls are poured concrete or concrete block and are faced with another material. In this case, stone is usually used.

Segmental retaining walls are pre-cast concrete blocks and are dry-stacked together and require no mortar.  The latter is a more attractive and budget-friendly option.

Water Features

Even with a retaining wall, you can still include some of those water features you want in your pool. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, water features also offer an uplifting and relaxing auditory experience as well.

The cascades are often used in retaining walls. The water flows from a subtle slot in the wall that is usually under the top layer of the stone or concrete block that was used.

The Costs Involved

Retaining walls will cost more per each square foot you add. For masonry walls, the stone you use on the outside of the wall can also cause a difference in the price as well.

But remember, the retaining wall may be a necessary expense if you find yourself with a sloped backyard but still want to have the pool of your dreams!

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