How Do You Build a Pool on a Hill?

One of Southview's lead designers was called in to difficult site conditions and high homeowner expectations for a swimming pool oasis in this suburban backyard. Dealing with a steep hill (which sloped toward the home) and saving a large 100-year old oak tree at the top of the hill called for complex and creative design.

Before: BEFORE – Homeowners wanted a pool on this hillside.

After: AFTER – A massive boulder retaining wall was built to create a level space for the swimming pool.

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Small Backyard Paver Patio in Eagan Mn

Intimate Outdoor Dining

Their only outdoor space, other than a screen porch, was a small paver patio just large enough for a high-top table for four. Preserving the existing paver patio and nearby maple tree topped the clients’ wish list.

Backyard Swimming Pool Landscape in Eagan Mn

Several Outdoor Spaces Surround the Pool for Family and Guests

The end result is multiple areas for outdoor living. The homeowners enjoy a screened porch, a paver patio plus a swimming pool area with plenty of space for catching some sun or dining; the hot tub is tucked away in a private corner. Landscape lighting in all areas makes the yard inviting early and late in the day.

Boulder Retaining Wall and Swimming Pool in Eagan Mn Backyard

Natural Stone Steps and Bridge over a Dry Creek Bed to the new Pool Deck

Storm water management and landscape drainage was needed to keep the home's foundation dry. A dry creek bed at the lowest point directs water around the foundation and into gardens. Stone steps bridge the gap between the lower patio and the pool area.

Leveling Out the Hill for a Swimming Pool Using a Retaining Wall

Stone Steps on the Far Side of the Pool Lead to an Upper Level Fire Pit

Leveling out a space for the pool meant cutting into the hill and installing a boulder wall (Superior Trap). The top of the hill has an in-ground fire pit, big enough for family gatherings, and a play area for the homeowners' children.

Chilton Stone Steps in Eagan Swimming Pool Landscape

Chilton Stone Steps Lead to an Upper Level in the Yard

Chilton Stone Steps provide access to the upper yard where they wanted a rustic-looking fire pit. A 100-year old tree on this level was saved and will give shade for many years to come.

In-ground Fire Pit in Eagan Mn Backyard Landscape Design

Surrounded by the Woods, this Fire Pit Could Be Any Campsite

At the top of the steps is an in-ground fire pit surrounded by Superior Trap boulders for seating with crushed trap and flagstones to walk on. The crushed trap keeps the weeds down and mud-free.

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