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5 pools for small spaces

5 pools for small spaces

Think pools are just for homeowners with expansive backyards and big budgets? Not so! The trend for small plunge pools, above ground pools and lap pools means there are so many options to consider for your compact outdoor space.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Many of us have never considered integrating a pool into our outdoor space because it’s a traditionally high cost exercise that requires a big bit of dirt. But with plunge pools, lap pools and other compact sizes now available, it’s time to reconsider reviving those pool party dreams at your place. Here are five pools for your small outdoor space.

1. Plunge pools

If you’ve got a postage stamp for a backyard, a plunge pool is ideal. They’re not designed for “swimming” as such, but more for taking a dip and getting refreshed. They come in infinite sizes and shapes and above and in-ground options. Some companies even offer the ability to convert them to heated spa pools for colder times of the year.

Plunge pools come in all shapes and sizes, as shown by this compact design and the plunge pool in the banner image, both by Frontier Pools.

2. Freestanding pools

Freestanding pools have come a long way! In the past you were faced with blue polythene and plastic pipe framing, which could really bring the backyard aesthetic down, but now permanent freestanding pools come in as many finishes as in-ground ones, and they’re very easy to have installed. Ideal for if your backyard is sloped, because you can integrate decking to create a seamless look.

Freestanding pools are ideal for sloped sections, where a deck can be seamlessly integrated. Pool design by Narellan Pools.

3. Lap pools

Unlike the plunge pool, a lap pool is designed specifically for underwater exercise. They are for those who don’t want to just get wet, and are ideal if your budget or section doesn’t run to a full sized pool. Both above-ground and in-ground options are available, so if swimming is your workout of choice, you should consider integrating one into your backyard.

This pool at Te Arai Lodge by Auckland Inground Pools was the perfect size for guests to take a dip, do some exercise and drink in the views.

4. The splash pool

If you have little ones who love to get wet, but you want a bit of an upgrade from the rubber-ringed inflatable pool, you might want to consider a plunge pool with a splash deck. There’s a deep end where you can stand, with a small splash deck for littlies to hang out, so everyone stays nice and cool. Look out for models with additional steps and a child safety ledge, for maximum relaxation.

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The Nirvana Pool by Narellan pools is compatible with both mineral water or salt water and is ideal for young kids.

5. The outdoor tub

If budget or outdoor space is really on the limited side, yet you want an outdoor bathing experience that is perfectly premium, then consider a beautifully crafted freestanding large outdoor tub. The Japanese Onsen tub is a perfect example of luxury outdoor bathing, and it can be plumbed into your mains so that you can use it as a hot bath in the winter.

The Japanese Onsen tub by Mason Ridge is made from solid western red cedar and is ready for direct filling, or plumbing into a heating/filtration system.

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