Pool in the garden: what do I need to know?

Gutersloh / Cologne.Most of the pieces are not too small for the pool. Daniela Toman, author of a book on the subject, confirms this. A four-by-eight-meter pool can also be placed on an area of ​​100 to 200 square metres. Then there is hardly any space left for the rest of the garden design. “But a small pool garden is definitely worth it,” says a landscape architect from Verl near Gütersloh.

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Instead, an inflation pool is always appropriate. And if you don’t really have a lot of space, there are other options: “A sauna barrel or plunge tub is ideal for small gardens,” adds Ralph Ruffler, trainer at the DIY Academy in Cologne. Usually they have even two seats, and heaters for the bathroom can be purchased – “then you can also use the barrel in the winter”. The type of pond you choose is ultimately a matter of taste, space and budget. Overview:

Inflatable pools: make sure the surface is stable

If you have little space or you just want to swim a little, inflatable pools are a good idea. Speed ​​pools are a bit bigger. “It’s made of a durable material and has a reinforcing ring at the top,” explains Ruffler. Once filled with water, the pool stands on its own.

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You should not simply put any of these variables on the lawn. “It needs a straight, flexible base,” Ruffler explains. Otherwise, the pool may tilt or lose tension and run empty. Voles can also attack materials. “An anti-frost layer and/or a substrate is produced made of gravel or a ground alloy,” explains Ruffler. “You can then lay simple concrete slabs on top of that, with the correct height and profile for the bed shards.” Finally, protective fleece against mechanical damage and the pool itself is placed on top.

Digging swimming pools: inform the construction authority

Half or fully buried swimming pools are a little more expensive. Prefab swimming pools are made of plastic, stainless steel or fiberglass. “But there is also the option of making the pond out of formwork and lining it with foil.

This gives you more freedom when it comes to shaping, Tuman explains. Depending on the federal state, a building permit may be required for these variants. Pools with a volume of up to 50 cubic meters are usually excluded. However, one is obligated to inform the responsible building authority of one’s intentions, Assures Tohmann.

Swimming pool: different types of pools

Natural swimming pools differ not only visually from the usual ones. In these, the water is chemically treated. Toman explains that on the basis of chlorine, with tablets or liquids, or using a salt electrolysis system, the disinfectant chlorine is obtained from the sodium salt. There are five ways to treat water in natural swimming pools:

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With the type of pond I No technology is used. “Water treatment is ensured by underwater plants, zooplankton, microorganisms and sedimentation,” explains Wendelin Jehle, president of the German Society of Natural Bathing Water. A minimum of 220 square meters of space is required for this natural experience, with each square meter costing around 500 to 800 euros.

Pond type 2 They are maintained using skimmers – suction devices that remove dirt from the water surface. This alternative costs 40 to 50 euros per square meter more than pond type 1. According to Gehley, pond type 3, which has a planted filtration area with a target flow, is frequently built. “It is already possible with an area of ​​​​40 square metres, each costing about 900 to 1,400 euros depending on the design and accessibility.”

Both Types of pond 4 and 5 Plants are just a decoration. Filter technology takes care of water treatment. “It really has the feel of a pool and is perfect for small gardens,” explains the expert with the semi-natural bathing water. These types of pools 4 and 5 can be carried out from an area of ​​​​15 square meters, each square meter costs at least 1,600 euros.

Swimming pool in the garden: choose the right place

Perfect sunny spot. “A south- or south-west-facing location is desirable,” says author Toman. In addition, there should be no trees in the immediate vicinity. Not only does it cast shadows, Gihli explains, it also brings in unwanted nutrients like leaves, dirt or pollen, which promotes algae formation. It is also useful to place the pool in such a way that it can be accessed from all sides. This facilitates the necessary care measures.

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Pool owner should pay attention to safety

The tray in the water should be stable, it is better if it is made of metal. “The surface must be non-slip,” Toman emphasizes. “It may be necessary to install a handrail or elevator for people with walking disabilities.”

The pool cover is also important — for several reasons: “On the one hand, it prevents the water from cooling too quickly. On the other hand, it protects against ingress of leaves and dust and reduces the risk of falls,” explains Thoman. In the case of buried puddles, the cover should definitely be easily accessible.

“Plus, you have to make sure that not everyone has access to the pool,” Ruffler adds. In this context, it should also be noted that gardeners have to secure their properties with fences. Because if children climb over the fence and fall into it, they can be responsible for serious consequences.

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