Help! Narrow side fence access- Houston TX

Andreadionne

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Oct 17, 2019
4
Houston, TX
Hi everyone, I have enjoyed lurking on all of your pool related questions and insights.

I live in a suburb of Houston (Katy)...my family would like to build a pool in our backyard if possible. The problem is that we have neighbors on both sides and asking them to tear their fence down for us is out of the question. On both sides of us are families with small children and dogs.

I would say our gate clearance is roughly 6 ft. Are we SOL? Is there anyone in the Houston area who could provide who they used, if you were in a similar situation? Any and all PMs welcome.

Thank you so much in advance.
 

Jimrahbe

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Bedford, TX
A,
Welcome to TFP.. A great place to learn how to buy a new pool.. :shark:

I have seen them put pools in zero lot line houses with maybe five feet between houses... They just have to use smaller equipment, and it costs more, but anything can be done for a price.

Thanks,

Jim R.
 
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JJ_Tex

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Jul 17, 2019
392
Prosper, TX (DFW)
I would measure the clearance so you know for sure, but we only had 8 feet clearance between the fence and gas meter. You can check out my build thread in my signature, but they used a bobcat sized excavator. Since they had to drive each scoop of dirt out to the dump truck in the street it cost me a bit more, but in the 100 or so trips between the backyard to the front they didnt hit the fence or gas meter at all.

Other builders talked about using the other side where they could relocate the A/C units and lose some bushes and get ~10 feet.
 

Andreadionne

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Oct 17, 2019
4
Houston, TX
Jim,

Thank you for the warm welcome and insights. We had one builder come to our house and tell us that it would be tight, and kind of left us feeling like we couldn't do it. Maybe he didn't have the equipment (or didn't feel like the bother). Hmmmm. I will keep looking around.

I appreciate your reply!!
 

Andreadionne

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Oct 17, 2019
4
Houston, TX
Thank you everyone for your replies. I am just glad to know that it CAN be done. We are willing to pay more if that is what it takes. Just wanted to confirm that we don't need to move to get a pool, LOL.
 

JonV

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Sep 20, 2018
20
Gilbert
Anything is possible... with a price, of course. Our access is less than 5' but the pro here moved the CAT to the backyard with ease. The real pro was the one driving (i mean driving, not moving) the buggys through that narrow access in multiple trips, taking the dirt to the dumpsters in front of house. It was a miracle he only managed to minor scrape the stucco.
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ivparker

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Aug 28, 2016
46
Byron Center, MI
Are you sure a neighbor wouldn’t be ok with you just removing a panel? There might be a way to keep their yard fully enclosed after removing the panel by using temporary fencing.
 

Andreadionne

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Oct 17, 2019
4
Houston, TX
Anything is possible... with a price, of course. Our access is less than 5' but the pro here moved the CAT to the backyard with ease. The real pro was the one driving (i mean driving, not moving) the buggys through that narrow access in multiple trips, taking the dirt to the dumpsters in front of house. It was a miracle he only managed to minor scrape the stucco.
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Wow Jon, your access is certainly smaller than ours. That is amazing. And thanks for the adorable pic of who I assume is your son :)