There are few things as exciting as planning, and building, a beautiful swimming pool and spa in your yard, especially here in Central Texas, where the sun is abundant. From choosing the size, shape, and the amount of decking, to adding an outdoor kitchen or fire feature, it is one of the few home improvement projects that can be actually fun for the entire family. Before you dive into the project, you have to consider your existing conditions, especially the trees in your yard.
In Austin, and most of the surrounding areas, the city has gone to great lengths to protect natural resources, and have criteria in place that can often times be a little confusing. For example, any tree that is 19 inches in diameter, measured at 4.5 feet above the grade, is a “protected tree”, or Heritage tree, and requires a permit to be removed. There are also considerations for the tree’s drip line, as well as it’s critical root zone.
The diagram below does an excellent job of clarifying the city’s regulation on Heritage trees; if you have any further questions, feel free to contact the design team here at Reliant Pools any time.