Especially on summer days like these, when it's about a million degrees out, a pool is a nice thing to have. But, you may be thinking, my backyard is not big enough for a pool. Or maybe you have the space but you're not totally keen on a pool taking up your entire backyard, because you want to be able to do other things there, too. But I am here to tell you that even if your backyard tends towards the teeny side, you can still have a pool. When it comes to pools, bigger isn't always better. Sure, you may not be able to train for the Olympics, but you'll be able to submerge yourself and drink a cold one on a hot summer day — and isn't that what pools are for?
Above: This pool, from Houzz, makes up in looks what it lacks in size, with a minimal stone coping and gorgeous green surroundings.
This little pool, from House & Home, fits neatly into a small townhouse backyard. The wide shelf at the edge of the pool makes an excellent spot for lounging in the water.
Just because you have a bigger backyard doesn't mean you have to fill that whole thing up with a pool. In this backyard spotted on Houzz, a modestly-sized pool leaves room for plenty of lounging space.
At this Portuguese farmhouse turned holiday home, spotted on Architectural Digest, a small stucco pool is just the right size for a midday dip.
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.
In the backyard of this Australian home from Walk Among the Homes, a concrete stock tank pool is the perfect place to beat the summer heat. (The deck wraps around the pool, providing a place to jump in without the aid of a ladder.)
In this backyard spotted on Cote Maison, a sizeable deck adjoins a smal plunge pool, perfect for a quick dip.
From Mad & Bolig, a petite pool in the backyard of a Bordeaux home.
There's no rule that says a small pool can't be just as luxurious as a large one. With its dark bottom, stone coping, and lush landscaping, this small pool from Houzz has all the style of a much larger one.
This narrow pool, spotted on The Globe and Mail, fits into a townhouse garden with a little room for lounging left over.
The water feature, surrounding stone walls, and lush greenery make this little pool from Atlanta Homes Mag into a tiny backyard retreat.
Can get enough of small pools? There's even more inspiration in this post.