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Spruce Up Your Small Backyard With A Swimming Pool – 19 Design Ideas

Trying to find a way to make your backyard more attractive and interesting? Try adding a swimming pool. It’s the perfect feature to turn a boring backyard into a major attraction for the whole family. It’ll always be great for entertaining guests. And don’t give up the idea just because your backyard is small. There are also small swimming pools and lots of great shapes and designs to take into consideration.

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Take this small backyard for example. The pool completely transforms it. Although the space is small, it’s very inviting and it accommodates the pool, a lounge area and even has some room for some greenery.

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Depending on the shape and size of your backyard, the pool can be customized. This one, for example, is rectangular and actually quite tiny. It’s more like a tub. But simple designs and shapes are often the best choice for small spaces.

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Here’s a beautiful example of a modern backyard swimming pool. It glows at night and it’s beautifully surrounded by trees and vegetation. The mood lighting gives the backyard a magical look.

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If you have a little more space at your disposal, try something with a dramatic look. This pool, for example stands out with its robust and old-school design. The rectangular shape gives it that classical look.

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Of course, you can also choose to have a pool with a more unusual shape. Take this one for example. It definitely stands out with its shape. Another interesting thing about it is the surrounding landscape. The eclectic mix of small trees, plants and sculptures makes the pool resemble an exotic oasis.

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Swimming pools with organic shapes like this one are great if you try to create a simple yet interesting design for your backyard. It’s a more natural approach and the pool resembles a small lake.

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You can add interesting features to traditional pools to make them stand out as well. This simple pool has a waterfall. The whole backyard looks like a beautiful outdoor spa. It has a relaxing and serene design and atmosphere.

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Mediterranean architecture is always impressive and easy to distinguish. This beautiful walk-in pool has an elegant shape and the water features make it even more interesting. It’s a very nice combination of simplicity and sophistication.

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Here’s another interesting swimming pool. It also has an unusual shape. The pool is the focal point of the backyard and its main landscape feature. It’s somewhere in between modern and traditional.

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Even if you have a small backyard you can still fit in a small pool. If you plan everything correctly, you’ll even have room for an outdoor living area, a lounge area and a small outdoor dining space.

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A pool is the backyard is a very welcome feature. It allows you to relax and have fun and it doesn’t need to be very large in order to do that. Ideally, you’d also have a patio with a lunge area.

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A modern pool with a simple but exquisite design. The spill water goes into a hidden trough under the pebble and then into an underground tank where it’s recycled back into the pool’s filtration system.

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Spruce up a traditional home with a free form pool in the backyard. Unusual shapes are great for small pools. It makes them stand out and the viewers focus on the shape instead of the size. The additional water features also help.

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This small sunken pool is built into the deck and raised above ground level. It thus offers views of the backyard and the surrounding landscape. Such a pool is, however, a little pricey to install.

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If you’ve decided to make the pool the star and the center of attention in the backyard, then make it as big as possible. This pool occupies almost the entire backyard but there’s no need for anything else anyway.

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Depending on the size and shape of your backyard, you can decide where the pool should go and how it should be shaped. This one fits nicely in the corner. It saves space with its form and there’s plenty of space left for an outdoor dining area.

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Simple shapes with clean, straight lines are often associated with modern and contemporary homes. This pool has a symmetrical shape, it’s long and narrow with an extension to the side.

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If you wish to turn your backyard into a whimsical and magical space surrounded by nature, try using natural materials such as stone for the pool. Also, give it an organic shape and maintain the same characteristics for the rest of the landscape.

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This pool has one of the most unusual shapes we’ve seen so far. The pool is built into the deck and a drain prevents the water from collecting. The deck is made of a tropical hardwood.

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Swimming pools are definitely awesome but so are hot tubs. These tend to be better-suited for small outdoor spaces and can be incorporated into all sorts of different decors and settings. We’ll leave the details up to you. As for the actual hot tub itself, there’s a variety of models to choose from, like this plug and play one. Simply fill it up, plug it in and enjoy it. It has full foam insulation for energy-efficiency and a digital control panel for adjusting various settings such as the temperature, jets and lighting.

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The Select 150 Spa is a 4-person hot tub built from impact-resistant polyethylene. It has 12 stainless steel hydrotherapy jets with dual side air controls so you can customize your massage. It also features a cascading waterfall with multi-colored LED lighting that creates a nice ambiance. It only weighs 234 lbs. (106 kg) which means you can change its location without a lot of effort.

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If you want a hot tub that the whole family can use at once or that you can enjoy with your friends, check out this particular model. This is a 7-person hot tub with a bunch of cool features including a waterfall. It also has LED lighting underwater to set the perfect mood every time and a powerful HD pump which ensures steady pressure in each water jet. It’s made of acrylic and has a simple and versatile design.

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The Alberta Spa hot tub can accommodate 6 persons and has 57 jets which can be adjusted to provide the best experience. It also comes with lots of cool features such as not one but 4 waterfalls as well as aromatherapy. It’s powered by 2 pumps with 4 different speed control configurations. It also includes LED mood lighting and Bluetooth audio so you can create the perfect immersive ambiance which relaxing in this hot tub.

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When space is limited, a big hot tub is not a commodity you can afford. However, there are plenty of smaller models that can deliver a wonderful experience. One is the ThermoSpas 4-person hot tub which offers all of the features of a full-size model but in a more compact form. It has a deep therapy seat with armrests and an oversized double-wide lounge as well as adjustable settings for a fully customized experience.

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Of course, the classic swimming pool is also an option, with plenty of models to choose from based on size, shape and other elements. This is an above-ground pool set with a sturdy metal frame and a 330 GPH filter pump. You can get it in three sizes, this particular one having a water capacity of 1718 gallons (6503 liters) and is big enough for four persons.

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Inflatable pools are great for kids because they’re soft and safe and because they can be easily deflated and stored when they’re not needed. This one is actually big enough for the whole family and can hold up to 2 adults and 3-5 kids. It’s thick and resistant as well as soft to the touch. The floor is inflatable as well, creating a soft cushion between the ground and the users for added protection and comfort. It only takes a 3 to 4 minutes to inflate it with an electric pump and the water valves speed up the drainage so you can easily uninstall the pool when needed.

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The Summer Waves pool has a sturdy metal frame with a stylish wicker weave shell along the sides which allows it to more easily blend in with your outdoor furniture and décor. It’s an above ground pool and it comes with a ladder, a Skimmer Plus SFS600 filter pump, GFCI plug and type D filter cartridge. It’s great for backyards and fun for the whole family.

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Here’s another inflatable pool, this time with a simple and modern design. This is also super easy to setp. As you inflate the top ring, the pool rises and starts to take shape. It comes with a RX600 cartridge filter pump, GFCI plug and filter cartridge and has a puncture-resistant liner that adds durability to its design. It measures 29.1 x 16.8 x 11.8 inches which makes it big enough for the whole family and safe for kids.

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With the CoutureBridal inflatable pool you have a choice between a variety of different sizes, based on how much space is available and you needs. The smallest one measures 6 ft x 25’’ and can hold 2 kids and the biggest one is 12ft x 30’’ and can accommodate 5-6 kids as well as adults if you’re planning a family fun time. It can be used both indoor and outdoor and it’s easy to inflate as well as easy to store for later use or if you want to take it to a different location.

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