If you love the idea of swimming in a setting that perfectly mimics the look and feel of a natural pond, you may want to look into adding a swimming pond to your property. These unique ponds provide the closest experience possible to swimming in a real pond. However, they are quite complicated to construct since a lot of planning needs to go into designing effective regeneration zones for the plants.
A much simpler option that still makes it possible to swim in beautiful, clean water without the need for chemicals is to go with a natural swimming pool. These pools are easier to build than swimming ponds. As an added bonus, they also can be heated.
Check out the tips below to learn more about how you can construct your own inexpensive natural pool using DIY methods.
Focus On Simplicity
Even though features like walls made out of natural stone or small waterfalls can make your pool more attractive, they all add to the complexity of the build and cost a lot of money, increasing the total price of your pool. Keeping things simple is better both in terms of the ease of the building process and the cost of the project.
Keep The Bottom Of The Pool Flat
Installing a natural swimming pool with a flat bottom simplifies the process of digging the hole and creating the wall foundation. Keeping flat-bottomed pools clean is also quite a bit easier.
Opt For A Pool In The Shape Of A Box
There is a reason why the majority of swimming pools are designed with box-like shapes – it is the least expensive option to construct. Companies that produce liners are usually more than willing to box weld a customized liner for your pool. Alternatively, you could also tank it. If you do decide to tank your pool, make sure to choose a product that is free from phosphates. This will help reduce the risk of algae growth after the pool is installed.
Don’t Go Overboard With Unnecessary Fittings
Simplicity is key when you are constructing your own natural pool. One of the ways to simplify the design is by keeping the number of fittings that you use to a minimum.
When properly camouflaged, pipes leading into and out of your pool won’t detract from its look. Although it is possible to skim the surface of a small pool using a handheld net, automatic skimming is also an option if you use a balance tank. Using a balance tank eliminates the need to use complicated fittings.
The most complex part of building a pool is waterproofing it. Even though most pool fittings are affordable, it is best to limit their use so that you don’t have to put too many holes in your waterproofing layer.
Limit The Depth Of The Pool
Unlike swimming ponds that need to be quite deep, natural pools can be just about any depth. As a general rule of thumb, however, it is best to keep the height of the walls below 2 m. If the walls are any taller than that, they require a significant amount of reinforcement, which makes the build a lot more complex. It can also be worthwhile getting GPR surveys to prevent issues before you dig down.
If you don’t need a lot of extra depth for diving, you can opt for a pool that is 1.5 m deep. Pools that are this deep don’t require an excessive amount of reinforcement. As an added bonus, cleaning them is also quite simple. If you are uncertain, always consult with a structural engineer to ensure that your retaining wall is strong enough. It is particularly important to evaluate potential weak spots like the joints between the floor and the walls. Long sections of the pool wall should also be checked to see if they need reinforcement. If you don’t want to reinforce these areas with steel, you may be able to strengthen them with additional concrete.
You can also look into using the insulated wall elements that we carry specifically for natural pools. Reach out to us any time to learn more about the packages that we have available.
Consider Alternatives To Prefabricated Or Concrete Walls
Creating a pool that is deep in the center section with shallower sides may allow you to build the walls out of sandbags or stone. If you go this route, pay careful attention to your building process. If you aren’t careful, combining sandbags with a flat liner can create an unattractive look.
Consider Using Well Water For Your Pool
If possible, consider using well water or borehole water for your pool. This can wind up saving you a lot of money. If you connect the pool to the main water supply, your water usage will be metered. Additionally, this type of water usually needs to be treated before it enters the pool. If you need help, we are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about water treatment.
Choose A Black Swimming Pool Liner
Building a pool with a black liner is a great option since the color black naturally absorbs heat.
Plan For Drainage Ahead Of Time
One of the biggest reasons why natural swimming pools fail is because of improper planning in regards to drainage. It is important to figure out how to keep water both on top of and under the ground away from your pool. Ideally, you should avoid building your pool in an area that is lower than the surrounding ground. Adequate drainage areas need to be carefully placed around your pool.
When It Comes To Treating Your Water, Professional Solutions Are Best
In an ideal world, you would be able to use spring water for your pool. Not only does this ensure that the water quality is excellent but it also is affordable. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible. If you don’t have access to a spring or want to heat your pool, you need to figure out how to treat the water. A lot of resources talk about moving the water through gravel-filled beds that have plants growing in them. As it turns out, however, this is not the best solution. Instead, you should work with a qualified professional during the installation process to ensure that the water is properly treated.