New Build - Thoughts on deep end being 4Ft from house?


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Jun 8, 2016
Happy Sunday all!
My parents are looking to have an in ground pool built at their house and have met with several potential companies. Due to the constraints of their backyard, they're going with an L shape pool with the deep end being 5Ft deep. What is the consensus on having a 5Ft deep end only 4 ft away from the foundation of the house? Could this lead to future potential problems with the homes foundation? See attached Picture.pool.jpeg


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Jun 11, 2018
Verona, MO
An experienced / qualified contractor in the local area should be able to give you an assessment.
Probably depends on house foundation type and condition, soil type, water table etc as far as potential damage to house foundation.
Any type of construction doable, cost goes up with difficulty and potential hazards.


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Oct 16, 2019
The Villages, Florida
In Marion county in Florida, you can run the pool within a foot or so of the foundation. the only restriction for me was that the edges of the pool had to be 5' from my windows. If closer than 5', you need to replace all your windows with safety glass - a very expensive task.
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Tres Gatos

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Apr 13, 2019
Bullhead City, AZ
Most building codes require a 1:1 ratio, i.e. for a 5ft deep pool it would need to set back 5ft from the house. If you go closer it would require structural engineering with extra reinforcement.


Oct 13, 2017
Baltimore, MD
Ours is 10 ft away from our house. No worries about how close it is, but having to clean the splashes off of the glass and siding is getting annoying. Kinda wish we pushed it a couple of feet further away.

Desert Dog

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Apr 4, 2020
Alpine, Ca
In CA we have a foot to daylight ratio. I think it is ten feet to daylight meaning from the bottom of the pool wall up at a 45 degree angle you will have to hit daylight in ten feet. Builder should know the regulations.


TFP Guide
Jun 16, 2019
I was told it was 10 ft here so nobody could jump from the house/deck. Instead of ‘hold my beer’ it would have to be ‘hold my tequila’ in order to want to try.

I was wondering earlier in this thread if the cages in FL made the pool ‘indoors’ and part of the house structure instead of being a separate structure. Or if the cage simply removed the distance requirement because the jumping worry was no longer a concern.

in any regards we all probably have our own little local nuances.
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Mod Squad
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Jan 17, 2012
Evans, Georgia
The aesthetics of a pool crammed up to the house is not good. And I would advise the shallow end (entry for most) be closest to the house no matter how many feet away the pool is.

Maddie :flower:


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Oct 16, 2019
The Villages, Florida
I live in the The Villages - most homes have a very small yard (generally less than 1/4 acre). Once you put a home on this size of land, there isn't much left.

The only way to fit a pool in many of these yards requires the builder to get creative in their design, and to get any size at all, you need to run it close to the home. You can see how close mine is in my profile pic. The curves were put in to give the pool a free form look AND to keep the edges 5' from the windows (that is the depth of my pool).

My first home here would have been near impossible to put a pool in. My new home has an "oversized" lot by Villages standards.