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    Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    Hello there,

    I am getting a 14x22 freeform radiant pool installed semi inground and I wanted to see if anyone has any information on how to build a stone wall half way around the pool. I have seen plenty of pictures online of this type of hardcscape but cannot find any posting on how it can be done DIY. Has anyone here take on this type of project?

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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    If you could link some images that are similar to what you're thinking of, that would help.
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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    A little more like the last pic.


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    I wonder if i can use cinder blocks and adhere a stacked stone facade?


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    Is the cinder block purely for aesthetics? If so, you could absolutely use cinder blocks (CMU, concrete masonry unit) to build the wall then veneer the facade to. This is how I had a retaining wall just recently built. Your foundation will need to be built to support the weight of the block and stacked stone though.
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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    Thank you. How long after the pool install should I wait to start building the wall? Since I'm going semi inground the backfill area will need to settle. I was hoping to get the look of the last pic I posted minus the steps. I will be building a deck 1/2 way around the pool and wanted the wall the other 1/2. What would you say the most economical way to go? Veneer facade isn't cheap either.


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    The wall will need a foundation, below the frost line to prevent heaving and cracking of the facade. I am not familiar with the type of pool you are installing, but if concrete is used maybe the foundation could be poured at the same time. And you are right, it is not cheap. The veneer is cheaper than full stones and there are several options including concrete formed veneer. Maybe you can find something within your budget.
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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    Thank you


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    Hello there again,
    My pool is a semi inground radiant freeform 14x22. My installer should be pouring a concrete collar around my pool. I was thinking is it possible to frame treated 4x4 around the axis points of the pool kind of like a fence post. Then somehow curve cement board to follow the curves of the pool. For the top deck I was thinking of having someone custom bend composite decking to also follow the mimic the curves of the pool wall.


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    This isn't my pool but it's the same shape but smaller.


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    After doing the measurements the width would be too wide. I might as well build a deck all around.


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    I need to find a way to get close to the pool wall.


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    This is what I'd like to mimic.


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by mapromonyc View Post
    This is what I'd like to mimic.


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    You could get that look with steel studs and cement board with veneer stone applied in thinset.

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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    Would the studs have to be set in cement?


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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    If it is just a screen wall, non-retaining, you'd set them on a mud slab or footer depending on frost depth. What I'm describing is a simple steel stud wall like you'd build for an outdoor kitchen island.

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    Re: Sitting / retaining wall around pool DIY

    Thank you. My installer will be adding a concrete collar around the pool (semi inground 24"). Do you suggest I set sonotubes around the pool. If I wait till after the collar is in I won't be able to get close to the pool wall.


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