How To Fit a Pool into a Small Backyard

How To Fit a Pool into a Small Backyard

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Nancy Mitchell
Aug 13, 2018

You don't have to have a big backyard to fit in a pool—and if you do have a big backyard, the pool doesn't have to take up the entire thing. We've got plenty of examples of less-than-enormous backyards where homeowners have squeezed in a pool—and lots of other things, too.

Above: The owners of this Austin home didn't want a full-sized pool: instead, they had the designers at Clayton & Little Architects create a 8' by 8' concrete 'dipping pool', just big enough to provide a respite from the Texas summer heat.

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This small-ish pool by Piscine Desjoyaux, via Plumetis Magazine, adds visual interest to the otherwise green-heavy space.

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A small pool doesn't have to be any less refreshing. This cast concrete plunge pool is by Australian Plunge Pools.

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In this design by Bestor Architecture, a lap pool runs across the back of a small backyard, leaving room for a patio for entertaining.

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This backyard pool from My Paradissi is just big enough to jump in and splash around a little. The outdoor shower is a nice touch.

Little pools can be just as stylish as their larger counterparts. Minimal detailing gives this small pool by Alexander Brenner Architects, via Freshome, a sleek, modern look.

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This lap pool spotted on Arch Daily wraps around two sides of a small yard.

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This design by Secret Gardens makes the very most of a small backyard, with a narrow pool, a deck for entertaining, and a little room to roam.

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Here's another cast concrete pool, from Desire to Inspire. Who knew an above ground pool could look so good?

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Here's another pool by Secret Gardens, tucked into a backyard nook.

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New York City is infamous for its compact spaces, and pools are no exception. This private outdoor space at 55 Warren Street in Tribeca has a charming two-person swimming pool that's tucked into the corner of its rooftop

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This backyard pool from Houzz might be the smallest of all — but it still looks like a wonderful spot to sit with a drink in your hand. And really, what more could you ask for?

Want more small pool inspiration?

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Small Space Swimming: Lap Pools

(Image credit: Australian Plunge Pools; Desire to Inspire)

*Edited from a post originally published 7.27.15

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