DIY Pool Designs To Enhance Your Backyard Space

Building a DIY swimming pool would be a fun summer project. Traditional swimming pools require money and commitment. A DIY pool is a convenient option for those who want something cheaper that’s also less maintenance.

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If you’ve never considered a swimming pool as a DIY endeavor, it’s time to reconsider. Our objective here is to show you how easy it is to build a swimming pool in your backyard. 

Designing and constructing an inground swimming pool by yourself would be a great way to enhance your DIY skills. 

How To Build A DIY Swimming Pool And Create A Backyard Oasis

If you’re serious about building a pool in your backyard, then you’ll find the following tutorials helpful.

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A backyard swimming pool offers fun and entertainment for the entire family. The construction process is not as hard as you think. Building a pool is not like designing a spaceship.

You could hire professionals to build your backyard pool, but that would entail spending money. After you watch the video tutorials, you’ll have enough knowledge to build a swimming pool.

How To Build A Backyard Pool

This design is framed in wood, offering an outdoor spa vibe. Putting the frame together was easy as the boards fit together like pieces in a Lego set. Watch the video on Youtube to learn how the pool’s floor was prepared and the interior was completed.

Above Ground Swimming Pool 

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Wood pallets are multi-purpose DIY materials. You probably didn’t know wood pallets could make an above-ground pool enclosure. One attraction to this idea is how an above ground swimming pool doesn’t require digging. 

This one makes use of a lot of pallet wood which is a great way to reduce the cost of this whole project.

Above Ground Pool Construction

This example is big and round. Although not the easiest project, when you’re done, it will look amazing. If you have the space, check out the Youtube tutorial that will show you how to get it done. 

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If you want a swimming pool with a polished and professional design, concrete would be the best material. This example was built on a flat surface. You could also build an in ground pool or one on a slope.

The pool has an oval shape and lintel concrete blocks to wrap rebar around it every 8′ inches. After, it was plastered and waterproofed with white surface bonding cement, followed by a blue finish coat. Check out instructables to find out the details of this amazing project.

What Are Stock Tanks?

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For something smaller, you could make use of old stock tanks. They come in different sizes, so choose one that fits well with your backyard. You’ll need to invest in a pool pump to keep the water clean. 

A cool idea can be found on heywandererblog. It has a stylish wooden frame that doubles as seating. The surface area offers a place for your pool accessories like towels, toys, and beverages. 

DIY Stock Tanks

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If you want to set up just a basic stock tank pool to start with and figure out all the accessories and other extra features later, you can check out this comprehensive tutorial on stocktankpoolauthority.

It explains everything you need to know about this project with all the different phases and all the supplies and tools that you’re going to need. Once the pool is done, you can start making expansion plans and creative ideas on how to make it look pretty or improve the surrounding space.

Used Stock Tanks 

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The tutorial on arrowsandbow covers the stock tank pool idea. Here you’ll find the tank’s exterior was painted white, giving the pool a cleaner look. 

There’s a nice border around the pool and a little walkway leading to it through the garden. It’s the little details that make a big difference in DIY projects such as this one.

DIY Wood Pallet Pool

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Using pallets to build your own little pool in the backyard is a great way to save some money, especially if you plan on using wood for the exterior frame anyway.

You can also use pallets to add accessories like stairs for easy access, or a small deck around it. For more details on how to use pallets, check out the plans on diypalletfurniture.

Shipping Container Pool

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Take things to the next level with a shipping container pool. The project is more ambitious than others, but depending on your space and personal needs, they’re also practical. In the example above, the cantilevered pool is from Shipping Container Pools and takes full advantage of the views.

Inground Shipping Container Pool

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Modpools specializes in creating swimming pools with reclaimed shipping containers. The pools can be installed immediately upon delivery. If you sell your home, you can take the pool with you when you move.  

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The filtration system, temperature controls, water jets, and lighting can be controlled via your smartphone. The technology makes pool ownership convenient and helps your whole family beat the outdoor heat.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

What Is The Cheapest Type Of Pool To Build?

A vinyl liner swimming pool is the cheapest option for a backyard pool. The pools start at $37,000 on average. Depending on how the size you want, bigger designs could cost upward of $65,000. 

Is A Salt Pool Better Than A Chlorine Swimming Pool?

Regardless of the project, whenever there are fewer chemicals involved, that’s the better project. Swimming pools are no exception to this rule. It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in logic to understand how a saltwater pool is better than a chlorinated swimming pool.

Saltwater is good for your skin and hair. Plus, saltwater pools do not require chemical maintenance to keep them cleaned. 

What Are The Disadvantages Of Saltwater Pools?

Although saltwater swimming pools are healthier than chlorinated pools, they require additional maintenance. When minor issues arise, you may have to enlist a professional to fix your saltwater pool.

Salt is also harmful to certain materials and items like heaters, light fixtures, and underwater lights. 

What Is A Natural Swimming Pool?

One feature of a natural swimming pool (NSP) is that it doesn’t use chemicals. The pool style relies on filters and flowing water to keep the water circulating.

Natural pools are made with walls or membranes that safeguard the water from dirt and soil. However, just because the pools are natural does not mean they are easy to build. 

How Deep Can An Above Ground Swimming Pool Be?

The deepest an above-ground swimming pool can be is 4.5 feet. Before you build a pool in your backyard, you will need a building permit. Another thing to consider is most above-ground pools should be 10-feet from your home.

This rule is in place to protect your utility lines from the water. The distance also prevents people from jumping off the roof and into your swimming pool.

DIY Pool Conclusion

If you want to build your own DIY swimming pool, create a plan and follow it. It doesn’t take a genius to understand how an inground swimming pool involves more labor and money. DIY inground swimming pools aren’t the best option if you want to save money and have a pool in your backyard.

One thing to consider is whether you wanted a wooden deck. You should know that wooden decks come with extra responsibilities but also provide greater convenience. 

If you want to beat the summer heat, a backyard custom swimming pool is the best solution. With the DIY methods we’ve provided here, you should have plenty of knowledge to get the job done.