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Small Pool Ideas for a Small Backyard (Tips from Professional Pool Builders)

Just because you have a small backyard, doesn’t mean you can’t get a fibreglass pool! Small fibreglass pool and spa designs are sought after in Melbourne for small backyards. A small swimming pool design in your humble backyard has many advantages, including a range of health benefits, a place of your own for enjoyable exercise, and of course an oasis to relax and make memories!

Here is how the team at Master Pools can help you install a small fibreglass pool in your small backyard to make a big impact!

What size pool shell should I choose for my small backyard?

Let’s talk size…

Although you don’t need a big backyard to construct a swimming pool, when selecting your pool you need to keep in mind that you will need to save some room for paving, fencing, and at least a metre from the boundary fence or easement as per your local council requirements.

Your landscaping is just as important when it comes to small pools. Ask yourself what you need for the functionality of your outdoor space? Do you want decking? Do you want turf for pets? This will all need to be considered before measuring up a pool.

Also keep in mind that the pool fence needs to be kept clear of objects, so if you have outdoor entertaining furniture, or kids play equipment, you need to save enough room around the pool fence boundary so that animals and children cannot climb on them and find their way over the fence. Read more about pool fencing regulations.

If you still aren’t sure what space you have to work with, we recommend arranging a free site visit from a local pool builder, who will be able to provide guidance and advice for your new pool. Professional pool builders are experts in selecting and installing small pools, as well as the safety requirements, local regulations and construction planning, so you can leave the hard work to them!

What small pool shells are available?

Now that you know how much space you need, check out our best ideas for a small back yard below. Make sure you consider where the entry to the pool is in relation to your home, in order to enhance the flow of your backyard.

By creating a seamless flow through your home to the pool, you can potentially make the pool larger, and gain greater functionality in your space. This can also be extremely advantageous if you intend to sell your property, as it is a simple way to add value to your home, so it is best to plan this carefully.

Before deciding on a small pool shell, you should also consider what you would like to use the pool for. Each pool has a different purpose. Do you want to use it to relax with a couple of friends? Do you want it for the kids to learn how to swim? This is important when deciding the shape and the bench seating in each style. See below for some of our small pool ideas.

Latina Pool Shell

One of our best sellers – the Latina, fits into the tiniest of backyards, measuring just 4.5m x 3.5m. Don’t be fooled by the size though, this fibreglass pool packs a punch, with plenty of seating, jets and lights. Its modern square shape has a big impact on any small backyard.

If you need something slightly smaller, but like the entry and seating of the Latina, you can also opt for the Alto Pool Shell, which is 4.5m x 2.75m.

If you would like to see the Latina Pool Shell in person, you can make an appointment to visit our display centre in Cranbourne West.

Allure Pool Shell

The Allure Pool Shell measures in at 5.0m x 2.5m for those who want to install a pool in a narrow back yard. For something slightly shorter, you can also select the Serenity Pool Shell which has the same entry design, but is 4.0m x 2.5m.

What colour should I choose for my small pool?

Generally if you are choosing a small pool to install in your backyard, it is best to opt for lighter pool colours which will reflect the sunlight, whilst drawing your attention to the depth of the pool, making the pool appear larger than it is.

However, you should also consider the landscaping surrounding your pool such as coping and paving. Sometimes choosing lightly coloured coping and paving, combined with a light coloured pool can lead to heavy glare and a washed-out appearance.

The good thing about a dark pool, is that it has the potential to reflect the surrounding landscaping, resulting in a mirror effect. If your pool is surrounded by lush, tall trees, or geometric screen and fencing designs, this can actually make the pool look larger than it is as well. Combined with light coloured paving and coping, this can be a great colour option for your small pool.

Make sure you choose a pool builder that offers an anti-fade technology so your colour stays light and bright for years to come. Our Pool Colour Guard has a lifetime warranty to ensure it doesn’t lose its sparkle.

Ultimately, the choice of pool color should align with your personal style and the overall ambiance you wish to create in your backyard. Whether you prefer a serene and light color palette or a dramatic and dark backdrop, your small pool’s color will play a significant role in defining its character and setting the tone for relaxation and enjoyment in your outdoor space. Go with your heart!

Expanding Your Small Backyard Pool Experience

While a small pool can be an amazing addition to your compact outdoor space, you can enhance the overall experience with some thoughtful additions. Consider adding some outdoor furniture around the pool to create a lounge area where you can unwind and relax in the sun. A few potted plants and a little bit of landscaping can introduce greenery and a touch of nature to your pool area, making it feel like a true oasis.

Pool lighting is another crucial element that can transform your small pool into a magical retreat. Install underwater LED lights to create an aesthetic glow in the evenings, turning your pool into a serene and inviting spot for night swimming or simply relaxing by the water.

Lastly, don’t forget about safety! Even in a small backyard, safety measures are paramount. Ensure your pool is equipped with a reliable safety cover and your fence is in line with the requirements in Victoria.

Optimising Your Small Pool for Year-Round Enjoyment

To maximise your pool’s usability, consider investing in a pool heating system, such as a solar heater or heat pump. These options can extend your pool season, allowing you to enjoy it even during cooler months. Due to the reduced size of your pool, heating it is much more affordable in comparison to larger pools.

Additionally, a pool cover can help retain heat and minimise water evaporation, saving energy and reducing maintenance costs. By adopting these effective, eco-friendly practices and innovative technologies, you can ensure that your small pool remains a warm and sustainable addition to your backyard for years to come.

How much space to I need for the construction of a small pool?

A small backyard can mean limited access to your backyard, making it more difficult to build your pool. Luckily, you can install a fibreglass pool in almost any backyard, however, if the access to your backyard is less than 2m in width, it may take slightly longer, and potentially be a little more expensive.

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The team at Master Pools have installed hundreds of small pools across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula in small backyards. Purchasing a pool is a big investment and comes with a lot of important decisions. If you are considering installing a small fibreglass pool in your small Melbourne backyard, or in surrounding suburbs, please contact our team of pool building experts today. We can help provide advice on small pools in small backyards so you can make the best decision for your family. Visit our FAQs for more pool-related questions and answers!