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23 Small Pool Ideas to Turn the Backyard into a Relaxing Retreat

We have always believed that size is indeed relative, and what might be a lavish, generous home for some might seem like a modest, mundane affair to others. A backyard swimming pool is not too different in this regard, as those who actually do not have one often crave at least a small pool that allows them to cool off on a hot summer day. Adding a petite pool to your small backyard need not be a challenging and complex affair, and the result will often leave you amazed, as you will discover a brand new hangout just a few steps away from your living room!

Space is never a constraint when you have a bit of creativity 23 Small Pool Ideas to Turn the Backyard into a Relaxing Retreat
Space is never a constraint when you have a bit of creativity! [Design: Hunter Architecture]

With concepts such as ‘staycation’ becoming even more popular in recent times, the small pool has definitely made its way into more urban backyards. All you need is a hint of ingenuity, smart planning and just enough space to squeeze in a small pool. From health and fitness to rest and recreation, you will soon find that this tiny wonder will change your entire life.

Clean and Contemporary

Since most modern homes adopt a simple, clean design with straight lines and cubic forms ruling the interior, the landscape around your house should be no different. Let the small pool seem like an extension of the home and shape a lovely deck that acts as a transitional zone between the edifice and the pool. Even though you might not be swimming away in a giant lap pool, the classic rectangular design still gives you the satisfaction of having a beautiful pool in the backyard, even if it is far smaller in dimensions. The rectangular, in-ground pool is a classic that never fails, and you can start with one that is as small as 9 by 18 feet.

Shape a stunning backyard with the ideal small pool[Design: Apex landscapes]
Shape a stunning backyard with the ideal small pool[Design: Apex landscapes]
Small pool garden charms with its trendy, contemporary style [Design: Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design]
Small pool garden charms with its trendy, contemporary style [Design: Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design]
Narrow pool plays to the dimensions of the modern house [Design: Anthony Wilder Design]
Narrow pool plays to the dimensions of the modern house [Design: Anthony Wilder Design]
A tiny pool in the small urban backyard is all you need to beat the summer heat [Design: Molly Wood Garden Design]
A tiny pool in the small urban backyard is all you need to beat the summer heat [Design: Molly Wood Garden Design]
Water feature elevates the aesthetic appeal of the gorgeous pool [Design: The Pool Craft Company]
Water feature elevates the aesthetic appeal of the gorgeous pool [Design: The Pool Craft Company]
A modest pool design for the small yard [Design: Wettling Architects]
A modest pool design for the small yard [Design: Wettling Architects]

Fall in Love with Curves!

Not a conformist at heart? Not to worry, as there are plenty of other options that go beyond the classic rectangle. Circular pools, those with semi-circular designs and ones in irregular shapes with cool twists and turns are becoming more popular with each day. Instead of offering a sterile, modern vibe, these pools (when combined with natural stone and the right canopy) can mimic the dreamy ambiance of a tropical retreat right in your backyard! The exotic design along with some amazing lighting will also help you look past the fact that the pool is relatively small in size. Much like in the world of fashion, curves are definitely sexy in the world of small pools!

Ingenious pool with twin water features and a fire pit [Design: Bluewater Construction Group]
Ingenious pool with twin water features and a fire pit [Design: Bluewater Construction Group]
Maybe what you need is a spa with water feature [Design: The Matheson Team RE/MAX Fine Properties]
Maybe what you need is a spa with water feature [Design: The Matheson Team RE/MAX Fine Properties]
Small pool with Jacuzzi steals the show [Photography: Andrea Calo]
Small pool with Jacuzzi steals the show [Photography: Andrea Calo]
Style and size of the pool make it an absolute delight! [Design: Lewis Aquatech]
Style and size of the pool make it an absolute delight! [Design: Lewis Aquatech]
Cool off this summer in your small backyard pool [Design: Alka Pool Construction]
Cool off this summer in your small backyard pool [Design: Alka Pool Construction]

Think Depth!

I can already hear some of our readers asking us how to fit a pool in a backyard that is even smaller than those showcased in the inspirations above. Well, we have got two words for you all – plunge pool. Plunge pools require very little square footage and rely more on depth than on width and length. Smart modern designers and contractors have come up with several ways that you can easily add a plunge pool to the backyard without worrying about compromising on deck area. While some might prefer a Jacuzzi instead of a dipping pool, we strongly suggest you opt for the latter. They are easy to maintain, aid in improving your health and of course, allow you to relax in style.

A plunge pool takes up little space indeed! [Design: Clayton&Little Architects]
A plunge pool takes up little space indeed! [Design: Clayton&Little Architects]
Beach style small pool with a view to match! [Design: Randy Thueme Design]
Beach style small pool with a view to match! [Design: Randy Thueme Design]
Smart pool and deck design makes use of available space [Design: Blazemakoid-Architecture]
Smart pool and deck design makes use of available space [Design: Blazemakoid-Architecture]
Perfect petite pool for the small backyard [Design: Kirk Wood Homes]
Perfect petite pool for the small backyard [Design: Kirk Wood Homes]
Plunge pool turns into an aesthetic delight in this contemporary landscape [Design: BLADE Landscape Design]
Plunge pool turns into an aesthetic delight in this contemporary landscape [Design: BLADE Landscape Design]

Holiday at Home

Do not just think about the small pool while planning your backyard. Work out how it fits into your overall lifestyle, how much deck space you really need for all those summer and fall parties, and how the style of the pool reflects that of the home itself. Even a petite pool does not stand in isolation, so think about a matching deck area, maybe an outdoor dining space or barbecue area for some great family evenings, and even a pool house if you can afford the luxury. A small pool will definitely transform the backyard into a far more happening spot.

Gorgeous pool is 8 feet by 16 feet and fits in with the appeal of the courtyard [Design: Allison Ramsey Architects]
Gorgeous pool is 8 feet by 16 feet and fits in with the appeal of the courtyard [Design: Allison Ramsey Architects]
Lovely pool stretches across just 10 feet! [Design: Platinum Poolcare]
Lovely pool stretches across just 10 feet! [Design: Platinum Poolcare]
Small oceanview pool on the deck shapes a relaxing retreat [Design: Habitat Post & Beam]
Small oceanview pool on the deck shapes a relaxing retreat [Design: Habitat Post & Beam]
Make sure the style of the pool matches with your home [Design: Robert Kaner Interior Design]
Make sure the style of the pool matches with your home [Design: Robert Kaner Interior Design]
Small pool leaves plenty of space out for hosting a garden party [From: Lisa Borgnes Giramonti]
Small pool leaves plenty of space out for hosting a garden party [From: Lisa Borgnes Giramonti]
Pool design that keeps things simple and understated [Design: Lost West Landscape Architects]
Pool design that keeps things simple and understated [Design: Lost West Landscape Architects]

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  • We’re still refusing to accept winter is coming and are
    looking past it, dreaming up pool projects for early spring. While large pools
    and landscape structures are great, you can still achieve a home oasis with a
    small yard! Turning your deck into a segue to the pool can help you take
    advantage of space. And if you’re certain you just absolutely don’t have enough
    room for a pool for swimming, don’t rule out a gorgeous over-sized hot tub to
    compensate! I really love the small pool with Jacuzzi as well. It still takes
    up the same amount of space, but it’s two-tiered levels make it visually seem larger. GREAT POST!

  • Sometimes less is more!! These are some really stunning pictures of some smaller pools that are big on style and function! Thanks for finding these and sharing.

  • Amazing small pool design ideas. Really great work. Keep it up..!!

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