Are In-Ground Swimming Pools An Option For Small Backyards?

Does your backyard seem too small for an underground swimming pool? Statistics show that 16% of American homes have pools, according to USA Today.

When planning your pool there are many considerations such as front yard and backyard fence ideas.  If you have a small backyard it’s important to use innovative ideas for the limited space.  

What Is Classified as a ‘Small’ Backyard? 


While the term “small” is somewhat relative, some general guidelines are 25,000 sq. ft. for large yards, 10,000 sq. ft. for medium yards, and 2,000 sq. ft. for small yards.

Even if you have a small yard you can take steps to improve aesthetics. This includes options like structures, focal points, and greenery. Meanwhile, the smallest swimming pool size is about 10 square feet.  

Fine Print about Small Pools 


In most cases, it’s legally possible to install a small pool in a small backyard. However, it’s important to know about the local building codes. For example, you should learn how far the pool must be from your house and property line.

Local city/county development services can provide this information. Such factors can determine how big your swimming pool can be. Another factor to consider is if your property has an invisible line known as an “easement.”

This is where overhead or underground utilities are located. You can learn if there’s an easement from utility companies or city/county records offices.

This is an important issue related to pool safety, especially potential risk factors of accidental drowning.

What Is The Best Swimming Pool Material?


Concrete is the best option for pool customization. For example, you can build small “cocktail pools” of any shape with concrete. On the other hand, there are also some drawbacks to consider including the high price tag.

Customizing the pool’s size and shape might still be worth the higher price. Fiberglass pools are another option. However, consider that they’re factory pre-built so you can’t customize the pool’s size and shape. For example, if a pool shell is too large for your backyard then you can’t add it to your property. 

Thirdly, there’s a vinyl liner pool. The smallest one available is generally 12 ft. x 20 ft. Sometimes you can customize vinyl pools but at a higher cost.

An in-ground swimming pool doesn’t have to be a home improvement for the rich and famous. If you have a small pool you must first learn if local building codes allow you to install one.

Next, pick among different types such as vinyl, fiberglass, and concrete. Then you can enjoy a swimming pool that never closes.