People in urban areas tend to have smaller backyards than those who live in the country. Does this preclude urban homeowners from having a backyard pool? The answer is a resounding, “No!” Just because you have a small backyard doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the summer while lounging in a backyard swimming pool. We often get asked, “How small can a backyard pool be?” and the real answer to the question is, “However small you want it to be!” In this article, we’ll go over some of the issues and considerations to keep in mind when trying to decide on the type of swimming pool that will work for you.
What Is Small Anyway?
Although it’s all relative, an industry rule of thumb is that anything smaller than 600 square feet is considered a small swimming pool. But just because 600 square feet is considered small doesn’t mean that you can’t go a whole lot smaller than that! You can get plunge pools that come in at less than 200 square feet. Plunge pools are typically much deeper than regular pools allowing you to easily submerge yourself. You may not be getting in a good workout by swimming lengths, but you’ll definitely be able to cool yourself off in the middle of summer.
What Are You Using It For?
Will your pool mainly be used by children to play and learn to swim in? Or are you looking for something to allow you to work on your stroke and get in some intensive exercise? If a swimming workout isn’t your sole motivation, you’ll likely be looking for something a bit bigger than a lap pool or a stationary pool. Both of these options allow you to keep things on the narrow side while still being fully functional. If you want a traditional family pool for fun and games, you can still keep things small by opting for a vinyl or concrete pool which will allow you to choose the final size. Fibreglass pools, on the other hand, typically come in preset sizes.
What Shape Do You Want?
If you’re looking for more swimming space, going for a rectangular pool will give you the maximum amount of water surface. If you’re looking to include a deck area, but are running into space problems, it’s probably to your advantage to look into kidney-shaped or other variably shaped pools. This will allow you to make the most of the area you have to work with by optimizing both water surface area and deck area.
What Accessories Do You Want?
You can typically add almost any accessory to a small pool that you can to a larger pool, but some things like a slide or decorative waterfall may need to be scaled back somewhat. That said, accessories such as heaters, lighting or pool covers will be available no matter the size of pool you decide upon.
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