How to Build a Pool in Maryland on a Challenging Property
Sep 18, 2014
Many Maryland homeowners dream of having a pool in their backyard. But not all backyards are created equal. Difficult terrain, steep slopes, septic tanks and reserve areas, and building restriction lines are some of the factors that might make it seem like building a pool would be difficult, if not impossible. Some pool builders might have even told you as much. But even if your backyard isn’t exactly ideal, with a little ingenuity it is possible to make your pool dream a reality.
There are several features of your backyard that could potentially be an obstacle to pool construction. First of course is the nature of the terrain. Hilly terrain with big slopes can make it seem like a pool is out of the picture.
Second, your property’s building restriction line. If you live on a property that is subdivided, then it has a property plat, and if you have a plat then you have a building restriction line (BRL). This is not the same as your property line. Your property line, for example, most likely extends farther out than your building restriction line. In any case, you’re not permitted to build anything on your property that extends beyond the BRL, such as a shed or pool.
Third, your septic tank. The immediate area around the tank is off limits for construction, but so is the reserve area. The reserve area is a part of your property that is set aside in case your tank fails and a new one needs to be built.
Altogether, these factors can present an obstacle to construction that some pool builders may think is impossible to work around, or are unwilling to work around.
How Landscape Architecture Makes Your Maryland Pool Work
The advantage of working with Rhine Pools as your pool builder in Maryland is that we use professional landscape architects on our team. Our experience landscape architects know how to make adjustments to your property to make your pool work. We can work with your local jurisdiction to move building restriction lines or septic tank reserve areas to make room for your dream pool. We can incorporate unique designs into difficult terrain that give your pool a one-of-a-kind look. Talk to Rhine Pools today to learn more about how we can help you overcome obstacles to build the pool you’ve always wanted.