Modest in size but big on looks and function, pools like these offer a private swim space without requiring lots of room
If you’re an avid swimmer, or your family loves hanging out by the pool, you’ve probably fantasized about someday having a pool to call your own. But when your backyard is on the small side, a swimming pool can seem like an impossible dream. Not so with these petite pools. Before planning any pool project, remember to get informed about swimming pool safety and check local codes for pool fencing and other requirements. But first check out these 6 fabulous small-scale pools.
Daniel Hunter AIA Hunter architecture ltd., original photo on Houzz
Courtyard pool. This 9- by 18-foot pool is nestled into an antique French limestone patio. Flowering bougainvillea arching over an expanse of French doors provides a beautiful connection between pool and house.
Wettling Architects, original photo on Houzz
Classic pool. A rectangular inground pool is the backyard classic. This one is a modest 12 by 30 feet, providing ample room for playing or doing laps without overtaking the backyard.
Key Residential, original photo on Houzz
Curvy pool. This lagoon-style pool with curved steps is the centerpiece of this Dallas yard. The wide, shallow entrance makes this pool ideal for families.
Lewis Aquatech, original photo on Houzz
Half-moon pool. Work with a landscape designer to make the most of a pool with a unique shape like this one. This pool measures 16 by 32 feet and is surrounded by Pennsylvania bluestone and bluestone tile.
Loop Design, original photo on Houzz
Urban mod pool. Get the best of both worlds in your small lot by pairing a slender pool with an equally wide patch of grass and a small patio. The crisp linear design makes the most out of the available space here.
TaC studios, architects, original photo on Houzz
Lap pool. A long, narrow lot is ideally suited for a lap pool — a great choice for avid swimmers. This one is surrounded by budget-friendly pea gravel and an extra-long wooden deck.