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.
A small pool doesn't have to be any less refreshing. This cast concrete plunge pool is by Australian Plunge Pools.
In this design by Bestor Architecture, a lap pool runs across the back of a small backyard, leaving room for a patio for entertaining.
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.
This lap pool spotted on Arch Daily wraps around two sides of a small yard.
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.
Here's another cast concrete pool, from Desire to Inspire. Who knew an above ground pool could look so good?
Here's another pool by Secret Gardens, tucked into a backyard nook.
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
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?
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*Edited from a post originally published 7.27.15