Do you dream of being able to enjoy a swim with friends or family? But you think pools are only reserved for people who live in the countryside and have a large, flat plot of land? Think again! Although it requires a certain amount of preparation, it’s perfectly possible to have your own pool. at home, even if you have special terrain !

But how do you go about carrying out such a project in a city center or on small, sloping plots of land? Find out everything you need to know before taking the plunge. building the pool of your dreams!


How do you build a swimming pool on a small plot of land?

Did you know that, to build an in-ground pool only 50m2 are needed? Thanks to the know-how of
French pool specialists
Today, it’s possible to design pool shells smaller than 10m2 the so-called

Without further ado, discover the advantages of a mini-pool and the various administrative procedures before you start!

The advantages of a mini-pool in the city

Because of its small surface area, the in-ground mini-pool (or semi-underground) is perfectly suited to small spaces. Averaging less than 10m² in size, these mini-pools fit easily into any space, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. shapes (round, rectangular, square, oval, etc.). Ideal if you live downtown.

And a small pool means a small budget! In fact, construction and maintenance costs
of this type of pool will cost you less than a standard standard pool. You can therefore take advantage of this opportunity to design the space around your pool without breaking the bank.


Mini-pool regulations

Another advantage of the mini poole is about regulation. No administrative formalities are required to build a pool of this size. There’s no need to building permitnor preliminary building declaration to be submitted to your local town hall.

However, beware of the planning regulations in force in your town! Make sure you comply with the PLU (Plan local d’urbanisme).


Can a swimming pool be built on a sloping site?

Building a on a sloping site is perfectly feasible, even if it requires careful preparation to ensure a long-lasting installation. For example, you may need to consider one of the following solutions:

– Riprap: this method consists of creating an embankment (or rock wall) to hold the soil in place and prevent it from sliding. In addition to securing your pool, rock landscaping gives your outdoor space a natural, aesthetically pleasing look!

– The use of a retaining wall Particularly resistant, this solution consists of framing the pool with a brick or concrete wall to support the weight of the land around it.

– The gabions gabions: this metal cage filled with stones forms a wall and provides effective support for your land, without the risk of breaking.

– The wooden deck for above-ground and semi-sunken pools: fitted around your pool, the deck can be used as a beach for swimming afternoons. What’s more, wood is renowned for being pleasant to the touch, aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain. Perfect for a natural pool!

Sloping terrain can also be an opportunity to build a highly original pool, such as an infinity pool, a sloped-bottom pool (on a gentle slope) or a natural swimming pool.


How much does it cost to build a sloped pool?

The construction of a pool can be more expensive than a pool installed on flat ground. This will depend on a number of factors:

– The cost of terracing your pool so that it is stable;

– The type of pool (concrete pool, polyester shell pool, wooden pool);

– Pool equipment (pool enclosure, submerged cover, filtration system, heat pump, etc.);

– Landscaping around your pool (decorative rocks, plants, etc.).


Questions to ask before building your pool

How do I know if my land is suitable for swimming pools?

Would you like to build a mini-pool in your small inner-city garden or install a semi-sunken pool on your sloping plot? The first step is to find out if your land is suitable for swimming pool.

To do this, you first need to go to your local town hall to request the PLU (in other words, the local planning regulations).ules locales d’urbanisme) and find out which category your property falls into:

– Is your plot in zone A? As this zone is reserved for agricultural activities, you won’t be able to build a swimming pool.

– If your land belongs to the N zone, the chances of obtaining authorization are relatively low due to the presence of preserved landscapes.

– In the U zone (urbanized area), applications for swimming pool permits are successful in the majority of cases.

– In the AU zone, the project is feasible. Patience is called for, however, as delays are likely to be lengthened.

Is it possible to build a swimming pool on land that cannot be built on?

After consulting the PLU, you realize that your land is not suitable for building, and you wonder whether you can build an in-ground or semi-in-ground swimming pool? The answer is no. Considered as a construction project in its own right, the building of a in-ground or semi-in-ground pool on non-constructible land is illegal. In the event of infringement, the local council can order the pool to be dismantled and impose a fine of up to €6,000.


To legally enjoy the swimming season, you will need to install an above-ground pool that meets the following criteria:

– Can be completely dismantled;

– Have a surface area of less than 10m2 ;

– Have a maximum height of one metre;

– Be used for a maximum of 3 months of the year (15 days for classified sites).

Do you have a project in mind? Call on your pool builder to build your own swimming pool. Call on Aboral!

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