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How Small of a Pool is too Small?

  Apr 6, 2015 / by Jeremy Miller

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Summer is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to start thinking about installing a new in-ground swimming pool. While many homeowners dream about having their own personal oasis to share with family and friends, though, those with smaller backyards may feel as though it's an unattainable dream. If this has been a concern of yours, we've got great news: no matter how compact your space is, there's a way for you to enjoy some fun in the sun and water. The flexible shapes and sizes of a fiberglass pool make it possible for you to design a gorgeous centerpiece for your property. Check out some of these frequently asked questions to learn more.

What constitutes a "small" swimming pool?

The average size swimming pool is larger than 600 square feet. A small swimming pool is typically considered to be one that is 600 square feet or less. Depending on the shape, size, and design, this sized pool could still be used for aquatic exercise, as well as purely for recreation. While waterfalls and water slides may be incorporated into a smaller scale swimming area, diving is not recommended. A small fiberglass pool will usually be no more than 5 or 6 feet deep. This ensures that homeowners get the most usable space out of their pools.   

What considerations should be made for my pool?

Before planning the layout for your swimming pool, it's important to discuss your preferences with your local pool builder.  Be sure to evaluate how much time you and your family anticipate spending in and around the pool, and how important it is that you have a grassy area within your yard where the kids are able to run and kick a soccer ball around. These types of things can help your designer to determine how the swimming pool should be laid out, what size restrictions there may be, and how to best optimize your landscape so that it's tailor-fitted to suit your every whim.    

What's the best type of pool for a small yard?

Having the ability to play around with different shapes is crucial to maximizing your space for a small swimming pool. A fiberglass pool is a great option because there are so many different shape, size, and design combinations available. Even if you've got an oddly shaped backyard, you can make it work! Fiberglass also enables you to get multiple uses out of your pool. In addition to keeping you cool, you can also add waterfalls, streams, and spillways that allow it to double as an attractive water feature, or even build in a tanning ledge to save more space.     

What shape is best for a small swimming pool?

Because every backyard is different, there's no black and white answer to this question. While some may dislike the fact that curvier kidney-shaped pools lose some water space, others love that this allows for more decking space for lounge chairs and patio furniture. Working with a design specialist to assess your property and demands will enable you to come to the right solution for your home.         

The key takeaway here is that there's no such thing as "too small" when it comes to installing a swimming pool. Through a bit of creative thinking and design, you can enjoy the luxury of a fiberglass swimming pool that allows you to get the most out of your outdoor living space. Start dreaming big for your small space today and you'll soon be on your way to making a splash in your private oasis. 


Fiberglass In-Ground Pool Guide

Topics: In-Ground Pools, Pool Design Ideas

Jeremy Miller

Written by Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Senior Digital Marketing Manager for Latham. He loves working within a company that has a strong culture built on camaraderie and revolutionizing the industry.