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Pool Ideas for Small Backyards

As landscaping Toronto experts who have installed many pools in small backyards over the years, we would like to share our knowledge and experience so that others may benefit from our unique industry perspective. After reading this article, we recommend approaching pool and landscaping companies in your area if you are serious about installing a pool in your compact yard: they will be able to help you choose the best solution for your property, needs and personal preferences.

Yes, You Can Have a Pool in Your Yard


If you have always thought that your backyard was too small for a swimming pool, it may be time to think again. The range of fibreglass pool designs available today includes many shapes and sizes that are ideal for properties with small yards, and contractors that specialize in their installation can easily solve restricted access issues to ensure that nothing gets in the way of your dreams. However, some designs work much better than others when it comes to swimming pools for smaller yards so you need to choose your new pool carefully if space is really at a premium. Below, we look at some of the best ideas for small backyards and outline what they have to offer.

The Best Pools for Small Backyards


The best type of pool for your home will depend on the exact dimensions and layout of your backyard but you should find one of the following ideas suitable for your needs:

  • Kidney-Shaped Pools – If you plan to spend more time relaxing around your new pool than swimming in it, a kidney-shaped pool will leave you with more space for decking. This type of pool is popular with homeowners who like the idea of being able to take a dip when the weather is warm but are not likely to be doing 50 lengths before breakfast every morning. Swimming pool contractors who specialize in fibreglass installations will normally have a selection of pools in this particular shape and because fibreglass pools are the easiest to maintain, they are a good choice for people who want something they can spend more time enjoying than looking after.
  • Small Rectangular Pools – Generally speaking, a rectangular design will provide the greatest volume of water for any given space, making it the best choice for keen swimmers. You may not be able to fit an Olympic-sized pool in your backyard but if you go for narrow decking and a rectangular pool, you should still be able to have a pool that is big enough to use for both daily exercise and weekend fun. If you want the lowest maintenance option available, fibreglass will again be the preferred choice but with this shape, any type of in-ground pool will be relatively simple to install. All landscaping companies and swimming pool contractors in your area should be able to provide you with quotations for in-ground pools of this shape.
  • Freeform Pool – Owners of homes with odd-shaped backyards may find that a freeform pool is the best solution to their needs. By having a pool designed to fit your backyard, you can make the most of the available space in a yard that is not square or rectangular. The main downside of this option is cost and maintenance: you will probably have to have a concrete pool, which is the most expensive and highest maintenance type of pool. Another option for odd-shaped yards would be to have 2 or more smaller fibreglass pools, arranged to make the most of the available space. If your yard is a very unusual shape and you are finding it difficult to imagine how any size or shape of swimming pool will fit neatly into your outdoor space, consulting a local specialist should prove useful.
  • Semicircular Infinity Pool – A small semicircular pool with a straight infinity edge on one side is a great choice for those who have a small back yard but would like a pool in which they can sit and relax on warm, sunny days. The infinity edge gives the impression of an endless horizon as you sit in the cool water, creating a feeling of spaciousness and freedom that is almost impossible to replicate with any other type of pool in a very small yard. Additionally, a semicircular pool will double as an attractive water feature, enhancing the appearance of your backyard.

Working with Local Landscaping Companies and Swimming Pool Contractors


Unless you have years of relevant industry experience, you are going to need to hire a local contractor to install your new swimming pool. Whether you are looking for companies that specialize in pools and landscaping in Toronto, Los Angeles, London or Sydney, you should approach 2 or 3 at least, to make sure you get a competitive quotation. You should also ensure they are all fully insured and accredited.

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