You don’t have to have a large backyard in order to enjoy a dip in the pool. Small swimming pools are a hot trend that lets you maximize your backyard. Here are some design ideas for fitting inground pools into small outdoor living spaces in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Use the Side Yard
If your side yard sees little use but it’s big enough to tuck a long, narrow lap pool in there, you could still keep your backyard nice and open and, at the same time, enjoy an amazing yet secluded oasis. Tucking a lap pool into a narrow space that doesn’t eat up the entire backyard lets you take part in multi-season outdoor living in the backyard rather than devoting the space to a pool.
Install a Cocktail Pool
A cocktail pool or dipping pool isn’t meant for swimming. It’s more of a delightful cross between a pool and a spa. Such compact pools can be absolutely magical if you add a waterfall and some lush plantings. They can be perfectly suited for use as infinity pools on a sloped lot where you still want a place to put a sitting area to soak in the view. The swim-up bar is optional!
Against the Wall
A small pool can extend up to a privacy wall on one, two, or three sides. You don’t need a pool deck all the way around! Seat walls around the pool provide definition to the pool area and overflow seating on the non-pool side.
A Double Duty Pool
Your new pool doesn’t have to be just a place for swimming or dunking. Add a waterfall that cascades into the water, and your pool becomes a dramatic water feature as well as a place to cool off on hot days! Install a slightly elevated pool with a hidden trench that filters the spilled over water to filter through a pebble base into an underground tank, and get pumped back into the pool’s filtration system. When the pool is not in use for swimming, it becomes a stunning reflecting pool!
Ditch the Rectangle
If a quick dip is all you want and you don’t feel the need to swim laps, then your pool can be any shape that fits into the available space: square, round, kidney-shaped, fan-shaped, teardrop-shaped, or horseshoe-shaped. Keep in mind that premade pools, such as fiberglass, may not be available in all shapes and sizes; however, with gunite, concrete or vinyl pools, you don’t have shape restrictions.
Cover it With a Deck
You can install a somewhat larger pool in a small backyard if you get clever about multi-purpose spaces. One idea is to build a pool that allows for deck sections over it when it’s not in use in the cooler months (and store them out of the way in a side yard or garage during swim season). This way, the space is usable year-round!
Keep it Simple
Minimalist detailing and multi-purpose furniture will help keep your pool area clutter-free. Water automatically gives a space a spacious look thanks to its reflective qualities, but the space around the pool needs to be simple to avoid a closed-in look. Vertical gardens are one solution that serves double duty to provide greenery and privacy. A monochromatic color palette also contributes to a serene and simple atmosphere.
No matter the size of your backyard, our talented designers and installers can transform your backyard into a fabulous retreat, and you can check “pool” off your wish list!