Hi All - I'm new to the forum and hoping to get some advice. I'm outside of city limits in the country a bit and we were hoping to get a pool built. One thing I didn't even consider at all was fencing. It didn't really come up as a necessity with the PB's, but after looking around a bit it feels like there maybe some liability issues, etc, not real sure though. My kids are 12 and 7 and swim really good, so my main concern is the liability type issues. The thing that I'm most struggling with on the fencing is where to put fencing that won't break up our yard. We have a little over 4 acres, its heavily treed and the actual back yard isn't too huge all things considered. I really like how open it is. We can step outside and play catch, kick balls around, ride bikes and dirt bikes, etc without having it sectioned off. I had visions of having the pool integrated into our outdoor activity life..up until the fence issue hit me. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out where to reasonably put a fence that wont cut things off from each other.
We are planning on taking down the screened porch to open up the back of the house to the pool living area, adding some patio furniture, dining table, a couple sizable bbq pits, etc. I'm having a hard time trying to determine if a fence that would enclose JUST the pool would make sense vs having it enclose more of the yard and tie into the house (I'm guessing on the sides of the house). I really don't like either option as having the pool fully fenced would keep the patio open to the rest of the yard, but it would definitely cut the pool off a bit and loose that whole "integrated patio/pool living area" off the back of the house feeling. It would also take some of the nice view of the pool from the living room windows away as well. On the other hand if we enclosed more of the pool/patio/yard to each side of the house then we would have a less broken up pool area, but I definitely feel like it would break up the yard quite a bit and cut us off from our property. I know we would still have easy access to it, but I just think it wouldn't be quite the same if we had to go through a gate to get to our property. I know it sounds kind of lame and probably not something worth stressing over, but I really don't want to lose the open access to our yard. Anyhow, I would love to hear some thoughts or advice on how to handle fencing on acreage property. Here are some photos.
Hand Drawn quick sketch:
Pic of house from back yard:
View straight out from porch:
View down the side of the porch:
Thanks so much everyone. - JD