When we think of the quintessential perfect Australian backyard, there’s more than likely a pool somewhere in the picture. With blocks of lands consistently getting smaller, however, many people start to wonder whether it’s even possible to fit a pool in their backyard. The good news is that the answer is almost always yes – if it looks good and it works, then the size really doesn’t matter. Here are our top tips for small space swimming pools:

1. Employ a Professional

Small spaces are more challenging than large ones; every square centimetre counts in the design. Mistakes are magnified, as are successful outcomes. Because of this, it is recommended that you seek the services of an expert with experience in such areas. There are too many pitfalls for someone without experience to see success.

2. Fiberglass or Concrete?

Generally, there are two types of pool to choose from – prefabricated fiberglass and in situ built concrete. Fiberglass and Concrete both options have pros and cons that you need to be aware of – fiberglass is quicker to install, for example, but they don’t allow for as much design freedom. Concrete pools offers complete freedom in shape and size, and is better suited to tricky sites.

3. Consider Proportions

Be aware of and sympathetic to proportions (or balances of scale). What we’re trying to say is that you need to ensure the swimming pool fits the backyard and has a sense of belonging – it should dominate the space. The same works in reverse, too – when dealing with a large space, you need to ensure that the pool isn’t so small it gets lost.

4. Position is Everything

Ensure that you locate the pool close to a boundary or boundaries, as this will keep the central remaining space clear and open. Remember that some important engineering considerations will be required when digging near a boundary, so determine what these are. As a general rule, move 1000mm in from the boundary to avoid this.

5. Think Differently about Fences

Remember that the fence needs to be at least 1200mm high, but it’s possible to be clever when it comes to securing your swimming pool against unwanted entry. You could build it out of the ground, for example, which means you’d only need a gate at the steps and correct boundary fences in order to satisfy legislation.

6. Avoid Over-Designing

When dealing with a small space, the key is to keep things simple. You can still add some tasteful and exciting elements, however, such as a façade backdrop or small waterspout. For a raised pool, an acrylic window can be a great and luxurious feature. Just ensure that you aren’t trying to include too much or it’ll be too busy.

Don’t let a small backyard deter you from adding a pool. If you have taken the time to research and come up with a functional pool landscaping design, it could be a truly great addition to your property that you can enjoy for many years to come. As you can see from the list of tips above, there are plenty of ways to design a functional small space swimming pool – you might have to think outside the box or even employ the services of a professional to make it happen.