Perhaps you’ve always wanted a pool for relaxing on a hot day, but you just aren’t sure you have space in your postage stamp sized yard. Or maybe you’ve always wanted a custom in-ground pool, but you’re not sure if you can fit it into your budget. In either of these scenarios, a compact pool may be your ideal choice.
Whether you’re limited by space and finances or not, there are plenty of good reasons to consider a smaller than average sized pool for your property. In this series of articles, we’ll take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages that these compact pools, sometimes referred to as cocktail pools, have to offer. Once you consider all the pros and cons, you’ll hopefully be able to decide if this increasingly popular option is right for you.
Before exploring the upside and downside of compact pool ownership, let’s take a closer look at what makes a pool qualify as a compact pool in the first place.
Compact Pool Basics
A compact pool is a pool that’s smaller in size than a standard swimming pool. Like their larger counterparts, they can be built as above ground or in-ground swimming areas. The in-ground ones come with concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liner options just like regular sized swimming pools.
Many Compact Pool Owners Incorporate Spa Elements, Creating “Spools”
Though these pools can be a refreshing spot to take a cool dip, they can also serve a dual function as a spa/pool combination, sometimes referred to as a “spool.” This dual purpose is achieved simply by adding certain spa elements to the compact pool, such as heaters, jets, and extra seating along the sides. In this instance, the pool could be heated up for use during the cooler months of the year and cooled down when the temperature rises. Compact pool owners often love this option for versatility.
Compact Pools can be Built Either Indoors or Outside
Like standard sized pools, compact pools work well as either indoor or outdoor recreation spots. They may be just the right size to fit into a spacious sunroom or screened in porch. Or they can add some fun to any backyard lawn and garden area. People who live in colder climates may get more year-round use out of their compact pools if they choose to add them to their home’s interior space. It’s also more financially feasible to add a compact pool to the inside of your home as opposed to a standard sized indoor pool.
Now that we’ve looked at what a compact pool is, we’ll take a more in-depth look at some of the available designs and dimensions for these small sized swimming spots. Then we’ll get into some advantages and disadvantages of these alternatives to standard sized pools. We’ll even explore some creative customization tips for those who decide to add compact pools to their homes or backyards. Check out the rest of this article series if you want to find out more helpful information about the wonderful world of compact swimming pools.
Continue reading with Part 2.
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