Is My Backyard Suited For A Swimming Pool

Is My Backyard Suited For A Swimming Pool?

Have you decided it is time to purchase a fibreglass swimming pool? A fibreglass pool is a fantastic investment and will bring several amazing benefits to your life, but it is important before making this decision that you find out if your backyard is suited to a swimming pool. Barrier Reef Pools have been installing top quality fibreglass pools for the past 30 years and generally speaking we always find a pool that is suited to your backyard. There are however a few factors that could determine what type and size pool you have installed, let’s take a look at some information below.


How much space do I need for a swimming pool?

The size of your backyard will determine what size pool you have. A swimming pool will most likely be the main feature of your home, it is what will give your home that wow factor so its important that it is visually appealing and suited for your outdoor area. It is so important to determine how much space you need for your pool and also how much space you need for outdoor use, remember you want your outdoor area to still be functional even when the pool is not in use. To ensure you make the correct decision with the size of your pool and to maximise the usage of your outdoor area there are few important questions you need to ask yourself such as:

  1. Do you still need grass area available for your kids to play and for pets to use?
  2. Is outdoor entertaining the main priority for you?
  3. Do you want privacy from your neighbours?
  4. Are you wanting certain landscaping around your pool such as palm trees and garden beds?
  5. Are you wanting room around your pool for lounging around on a day bed?
  6. Are there any added features you wish to add later on such as a pool shower?

As well as your own personal needs for your outdoor space, there are also a number of legal requirements you will need to check before deciding where your fibreglass pool will be installed.

Fencing Laws

Before choosing the pool fence it is important to know that the law in Australia is that every swimming pool and spa must have a fence around it. Each state and government has its own individual laws and permits so it is it important that you contact your local council to ensure your pool fence will meet the legal requirements. It is a good idea to organise your pool fence before choosing your swimming pool, the reason being the size of your fence you are legally allowed could have an impact on the size of pool you choose. 


If you are unaware if your property is in a flood zone, the experts at Barrier Reef Pools will be able to help you and find out the information for you. Generally speaking there is a lot more engineering work that goes into installing a fibreglass pool in a flood zone. Barrier Reef Pools have over 30 years experience in the pool building industry and we will be able to assist you to ensure all legal requirements are made.


The easements around your pool will have some effect on where you decide to install your pool. Utility companies such as electricians need t to be able to access your easements to run underground services. You must check with your pool builder and the council that the position of your pool is not going to have any effect with this.

Can you install a fibreglass pool on a sloping block?

The great news is just because your land is sloping doesn’t mean you can’t have a pool installed and another bonus is that most of the time installing on a sloping block isn’t difficult, but it will require more detailed planning, designing and a few more consultations compared to a flat block. 

Many new and existing homes these days are on some sort of sloped land. Here at Barrier Reef Pools, we have the most updated and advanced technology which allows us to confidentially build and install on all types of different blocks that aren’t particularly flat. When installing on a slope, most of the time a deck or patio is built around the pool, this will allow your outdoor area and swimming pool to come together and will be an attractive feature to your home. In some cases the slope can be flattened out with extra construction work and another option is a retaining wall to be built which will separate higher areas of your yard to the lower ones. 

Even though retaining walls will cost more due to extra construction work, they make an amazing and unique feature to your home. Last but not least another option is to not hide your slope and build into the land that is there with an infinity pool. Infinity pools have become very popular and give an incredible look of no end to your pool. This type of pool is truly magical and will give an incredible view looking out over your property. When it comes to sloping blocks there are many options to suit your type of land, Barrier Reef Pools have extensive years of experience in the pool building industry and will be able to work with you to ensure we bring your ideas to life.

Important Things To Avoid

Barrier Reef Pools have installed thousands of fibreglass pools across Australia for many years, most of the time the install is a smooth process but there are certain things we discuss with our customers before we go ahead with the install so they don’t make a mistake that could be quite costly to change, some of these include

  1. Not spending enough money on paving and decking: it’s important to remember that you will spend more time around your pool than in your pool, so trying to add extra space to your outdoor area once construction has been completed could be a very expensive task. Quite often we see many people skimp on funds, make sure the amount of paving and decking is exactly what you are after the first time to save you a lot of hassle and money in the future.
  2. Not hiring Qualified Experts: when installing a fibreglass swimming pool there is so much planning involved from the landscaping, pool design, size of the pool and the installation. To ensure the work is done at the highest quality you want to make sure the team on board are qualified licensed builders with experience behind them. We understand that most of the time our customers have an idea of what they want and here at Barrier Reef Pools we always work with our customers to bring their ideas to life as much as possible. Sometimes certain things might need to be tweaked due to council regulations, that is why we can’t stress enough how important it is to not try and do any of the planning on your own without the advice and help from the experts. 
  3. Choosing the wrong location for your pool: this is probably the most important mistake to avoid. Changing the position of your pool is a very expensive task which will cost you thousands and thousands of dollars, it is so important to get it right the first time. There are a few things to take into account when choosing the location of your pool, make sure the area isn’t too shaded, some shade is good but you also want the pool to have a good amount of access to the sun to help keep it a good temperature. Another important thing is to make sure there is enough space around your pool, remember you will need enough space for barbeques and entertaining your guests. 

Barrier Reef Pools Perth have been installing fibreglass pools for the past 30 years, we have an extensive amount of experience when it comes to installations and all of our team are licensed and qualified pool builders. We make no exception when it comes to working with our customers and thoroughly planning the design and style of the pool and the outdoor space around the pool. We understand a swimming pool is a huge investment and that is why we pride ourselves on open and honest communication throughout the whole process. If you are in the market for a top-quality fibreglass pool then give us a call today and our friendly team will be happy to help you in any way we can!

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