Can I Put a Pool in My Small Backyard?

In today’s modern world it seems that property prices continue to go up while the size of the property keeps going down. This is especially true if you live in an urban environment where there’s a premium on space. For those looking to make their backyard more luxurious and interesting, a swimming pool is often considered. But you may be asking, “Can I put a pool in my small backyard?” Generally, the answer is, “Yes,” but because of space concerns you may need to consider things from a different angle. To help those with small backyards figure out how to install a pool, we’ve put together this article.

Local Property Regulations

To figure out if you have enough room for a swimming pool, your first stop needs to be with your local property regulator. That said, most pool distributors are very familiar with local laws and should be able to give you the advice you need regarding size. The two main issues you need to look at are easements and setback rules. These will tell you how far your pool needs to be from property lines and existing structures and whether there are any areas on your property where you’re not allowed to build. Once you understand these limitations, you’ll know exactly how much space you have to work with. You should also find out if you need to build a fence to contain your pool and how much extra space will be required for its construction.


Once familiar with easements and setback rules you’ll be able to determine a pool size that will work within the space you have available. At the same time, you need to take into account all the peripherals that come with the installation of the pool: the security fence, the water pump and heater, decking and seating areas, etc. If you find you just don’t have enough space for a full sized swimming pool, you might want to consider a lap pool or swim spa instead. Both will allow you to practice your stroke while taking up much less room.


When it comes to installing a full sized swimming pool timing is important. If you wait too late into the swimming season it can be impossible to find a swimming pool installation expert who isn’t already fully booked. For this reason, it’s smart to begin the installation process a season or two ahead of when you want to actually start swimming. This will allow you time to secure any permits necessary, book contractors and equipment and have the landscaping done in preparation for installation. On the other hand, if you’re installing a swim spa, once you have a strong, level surface that can support the weight of an at-capacity swim spa, the installation can often be done within a day.


The cost of your swimming pool will ultimately depend on the style you choose. Inground pools are, by far, the most expensive. You can reduce the cost of a full sized inground pool by installing a lap pool instead. This could also alleviate any problems you have regarding space issues. Above ground pools are considerably cheaper and may require less time for installation. If space and size are your main concerns, a swim spa might be a great alternative. They cost considerably less than a full sized, inground swimming pool and are much easier to install. As an added bonus, because of their small size, you can heat the water to temperatures high enough to use in the middle of winter. And not only will your upfront costs be lower than with a full sized swimming pool, the smaller tank size means that your operational costs will be lower over the long run as well.

To get more ideas for what types of pools you can choose from, download our Backyard Escapes guide.

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