Small Backyard? You Might Still Be Able to Have A Pool

Sean Deminski, Realtor®
Sean Deminski, Realtor®
Published on September 13, 2018

Many backyards simply do not have enough space, or at least, don’t use it in the best way. With that being said, having a small yard does not mean you should not consider installing a swimming pool. A pool helps flourish the look of a small yard, and it has plenty of benefits to offer (including upping your home value if you’re considering selling). In this article, we will answer common questions often associated with installing a swimming pool in a small backyard.

What’s the best design for a small backyard?

Concrete pool shapes and vinyl liner are customizable, while fiberglass pools come in existing molds. Fiberglass pools require minimal maintenance. Linear shapes maximize the water space, and freeform pool designs provide more patio space. These customizable options work the same with small pools as they do with standard size pools. Most pool contractors and designers will be able to tell you if your current idea for the design will be compatible with the yard you currently have.

Which type of pool is best for a small backyard?

When considering the kind of pool and design for your yard, there is not a substantial advantage on one version or another, as long as you find a size and shape that is ideal for you. Vinyl liner and concrete can be shaped in whatever form you like, with minimal limitations. Fiberglass requires the least amount of maintenance, but it comes with already existing molds.

Overall, small pools require less time to maintain than ones of a larger size. In regards to maintenance, many factors, such as the type of pool, surrounding landscaping, and if you have an automatic pool cleaner, come into play when discussing the amount of maintenance required. Concrete is generally the most difficult to maintain, whereas vinyl is more comfortable to manage. Vinyl liners need replacing every 8-11 years.

What pool shape is best for a small backyard?

It depends. Everyone’s backyard is unique, and you have to work with what you have. Keep in mind that curvy pools, typically shaped like a kidney, lose water space, yet allow more room for decking. If you plan on having a lounge chair or more furniture on your pool’s patio, you need at least 7 feet of decking space. You can always look into more unique options like plunge or lap pools, that are definitely out of the norm, but still have a lot of great use.

Are there any smaller alternatives to a full-blown pool?

A common alternative to a traditional pool is installing a hot tub. People choose to install hot tubs over pools, as hot tubs are the perfect size for small backyards and can still provide value and fun to the home. Hot tubs may be easier to install than a small pool because they are typically already shaped to the intended size. They can be purchased in a plethora of stores, as well as online. Hot tubs provide similar benefits to a small pool, without the amount of maintenance and in a smaller size.

Whichever way you decide to go with providing entertainment in your backyard, be sure to take every safety step necessary in order to prevent tragic injuries and accidents, especially if you have non-family members over. Install a barrier that meets the specifications of state laws and minimize slipping hazards the best you can.

Regardless of what you choose, just know that your small backyard shouldn’t limit your water-based fun. Whether a pool or a hot tub, most of your guests and family members will appreciate the effort to have one on your property.

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