Often, when we see private residential pools, they’re on the larger side. And the yards they’re in are even bigger. But what if your backyard doesn’t occupy multiple acres? Small pools are a very real option and you can create great outdoor entertaining areas without skewing towards huge.
Long & Lean
Whether you’re playing or swimming laps, a long and lean pool is a fantastic option for a more shallow lot. A series of woven ottomans offer plenty of versatility as seating and table-like surfaces and enhance the natural element.
You can purchase a hard pool cover that lets you stand on the pool to recapture backyard space as needed. (Just make sure the hardcover you choose is durable enough to withstand the weight of people walking on it.)
Another way to make the most of your backyard space without foregoing the pool is to make use of stepping stones–across the pool.
Steps bridge and join backyard zones and may allow you to maximise the size of your pool. Just remember to check local bylaws for boundary clearance requirements before you arbitrarily decide to grow your pool.
Play with shapes and angles to add visual interest and functional spaces. I love the unexpected geometry of this triangular patio and surrounding landscaping.
Take a Plunge
If you just want to take a quick plunge and not necessarily swim, a plunge pool is an option.
After all, a tiny pool in a small backyard is still an escape from the summer heat.
You may even want to build in bench seating, similar to a hot tub.
An alternative to bench seating is a broader than average step heading into the pool.
This creates a ledge or shelf that’s great for shallow lounging when you don’t want to take a full plunge.