11 beautiful pools for small yards
Yes, a pool can fit in your small yard, and these 11 gorgeous examples prove it. From plunge pools and small fiberglass pools to tiny concrete pools and swimspas, there’s a material and design to fit your budget, family and space. At the expensive end there’s small fiberglass and concrete pools. More affordable swimspas (we call them swimpools) leave more of your budget for landscaping…and throwing that perfect party.
The square shape of this plunge pool echoes the geometry of this modernist home, while the concrete of the pool is a nice contrast to the warmth of the wood cladding.
A long, narrow yard is divided into different living and activity areas with this layout. The pool steps are the width of the pool, which is practical and creates a visual rhythm that complements the rest of the geometry of the yard.
This “yard” feels more like a balcony with the small square pool as the focal point. Bench seating beside the pool gives it the feeling of furniture—can’t you hear the pillows calling your name?
This small pool in a short, wide yard gives the homeowners room for a separate seating area. Different “flooring” (grass, decking, interlocking pavers) create distinct areas for different purposes (playing, lounging, eating and conversing).
The pool is the focal point of this small yard, with water features and lounge seating creating a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. The brick wall keeps all activity on two sides of the pool, which controls traffic flow and distinguishes between different functional areas of the small yard.
You can squeeze a plunge pool between two walls. Added bonus: no grass to cut. The filigreed privacy wall adds visual interest and creates a feeling of lightness—plus it’s a great place for a vine. In a small yard, think vertical!
This shallow, wide yard is little more than a pool. The architectural fountains make the pool a visually arresting feature when viewed from inside the house.
The least expensive way to install a pool is above ground. This simple pergola adds visual interest and gives the feeling that the swimpool (aka swimspa) is lower than it actually is. Ditto for the deck, which makes it feel like the swimpool has been partially sunk into the ground. Get details on this 14-foot Hydropool swimpool
The plantings around the pool in this small yard give the feeling of an oasis. One wall of the pool has been curved. This introduces an organic feeling to what would otherwise be a very angular pool design and complements the informal garden design.