If you’re considering adding a compact pool to your indoor or outdoor property (see Part 1), one of the first elements you’ll want to consider is the size of the pool you want to buy. This will depend on your own personal preferences, your budget, and the amount of space you have available. Once you choose a specific size for your compact pool, you’ll want to focus on the pool’s design.
Typical Dimensions of a Compact Pool
In order to be considered a compact pool, your small-sized swimming pool will be no larger than 400 square feet. This would be the maximum size, though many compact pools are actually a lot smaller. That’s around 25 times as large as a typical residential bathroom bathtub. Compact pools usually run about four feet deep all the way across with no deep end. As far as length and width go, the typical compact pool is around 12 feet by 14 feet.
Though these are the typical sizes and dimensions of most compact pools, there’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to stick to these dimensions. If you have some unique ideas when it comes to the size of your compact pool, talk to your pool installation team to find out if those ideas are workable.
When deciding on your compact pool’s dimensions, you’ll need to consider how many people you plan to have use the pool on a regular basis. If it’s mostly just for yourself or a few family members, you may be able to get away with a very small size. If you plan to entertain, a compact pool on the larger end or moving up to a standard sized backyard swimming pool may be a more practical option. Otherwise, you and your guests may grow frustrated at the crowded conditions in your pool.
Compact Pools Allow Opportunities for Versatile Design
Due to their smaller size and a usually lower budget required for installation, compact pools can often allow homeowners plenty of room for design creativity. Some people want their compact pools to look like a little replica of a standard swimming pool. Other people go with the curves and contours that would be more commonly seen in spa design. When it comes to shapes, you can go with anything from round to rectangular, to square, to oblong and more. The choice is up to you.
There are a number of different pool construction materials you can choose from when installing a compact pool. These include typical pool choices, such as fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl liners, as well as some that are not as conventional, like cedar or copper.
You can add all sorts of fancy extras to your compact pool to give it that customized look you’ve always wanted. For example, you could add interior seating for relaxing with a small circle of friends after a patio picnic. Or you could incorporate lighting and water features for a nighttime light show that adds some wow-factor to your outdoor space.
In our next article in this series, we’ll look at some fun customization ideas for small-sized pools.
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