How Can You Best Fit An Inground Swimming Pool Into Your Small Yard?

Posted on: 21 April 2016

If you've longed to have your own backyard swimming oasis for years but are dealing with a lawn barely large enough for a badminton game, you may be wondering whether you'll ever be able to realize your dream without moving to a larger home. Fortunately, there are a number of materials and design options that can allow you to fit a family-sized swimming pool into your current small yard. Read on to learn more about some of the inground swimming pool designs that can be especially well-suited for a small space. 

What are your best pool materials if your construction space is limited?

Most inground pools are made from one of several materials: fiberglass, vinyl, or concrete. Fiberglass pools are generally pre-fabricated and installed in a single piece, while vinyl and concrete pools are more easily customizable as they're constructed on site. 

When designing a pool for a small space, it's often best to go with concrete or vinyl, as you'll have increased flexibility to customize your pool's size and shape to your backyard's dimensions. Having a customized pool is also handy for small lots with close-set neighbors, as the mere act of transporting a prefabricated fiberglass swimming pool from the road to your backyard could lead to broken windows (or a damaged pool). 

What should you keep in mind when designing your new swimming pool? 

If you've never had (or supervised the construction of) an inground swimming pool before, you'll likely want to enlist the help of a professional designer or landscape architect to help create plans that will put your pool in the best possible location for aesthetics and drainage. For example, placing a pool directly in the path of a row of deciduous trees could have you vacuuming leaves on a daily basis, so you'd want to avoid that! The smaller the pool area, the higher the risk of pump-killing clogs in your filter or drain.

You'll also want to consider the "flow" from your home to the pool and take into account any potential safety concerns inherent in placing a pool in a small enclosed area. For example, installing the pool directly outside your back door may necessitate the construction of a small wall, gate, or other obstacle to prevent children or others from inadvertently falling into the pool when running outside the home. Be sure to test the skid of your decking or other surface materials to ensure they're not too slippery when wet.