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18 Extraordinary Small Pool Design Ideas For A Backyard Oasis

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These incredible small pool design ideas will help to transform your backyard space into a fabulous oasis for living and entertaining. If you have limited space in your backyard, adding a small pool can be a challenge but will greatly enhance the aesthetics of your property. During the summertime, a swimming pool is ideal for cooling off and is especially essential if you live somewhere that is temperate all year long. The addition of a small pool will be great for entertaining, but can also be used for personal fitness and relaxation.

There are different types of small pool design ideas: spools, plunge pools, cocktail pools, and wading pools. While it will take less material to create a smaller pool, it does not necessarily cut down on costs. As you still need to consider materials such as stone and tile and attractive water features, all done by an expert. However, the end result will provide you with a great reason to ‘staycation’ in the comfort of your own fabulous backyard!

Have a look below for some inspiring small pool design ideas that you could incorporate into your property to create an amazing backyard oasis.

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1. This pool in Dallas, Texas is about 12’ x 26’, at its widest points. 340 square feet, in total. This includes the wet deck. The large stepper pads and the coping on the pool are both Pennsylvania Bluestone. The stepper pads and the synthetic turf are both set on a bed of decomposed granite. The pool is concrete and the spa is 6 x 8. (via Pool Environments)

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2. Clean lines and lush privacy planting characterize this tropical backyard oasis in Miami, Florida. The material around the pool is square cut Florida Coral Stone. The plaster color is French Grey Diamond-Brite. The waterline tile is 6″ x 6″ Crossville tile color: Sea Monkey. The width of this pool varies from 6′ to 12′ and the length is 24′. (via Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture)

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3. A cozy seaside summer cottage in Orange County, California features this backyard swimming pool. The pool is 8 feet by 13 feet. It’s a “spool”, normally a cold dip but with a fast-heat system so it can be a spa too. (via Anders Lasater Architects)

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4. A Southwestern pool in Tuscon, Arizona is custom in-ground. It was built by forming with rebar and shotcrete. Partially submerged chaise lounges from Ledge Lounger provide for a relaxing spot to stay cool in the hot desert sun. There is also a built-in hole in the shelf for a patio umbrella. Surrounding the pool is concrete in an etched finish, providing traction which is ideal in a wet zone. The pool cost was roughly $40k. Pool dimensions are 29 by 9 feet. The pool wall is raised 18-inches above the ground, this provides seating for guests. (via Prideaux Design)

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5. This 12’x22′ swimming pool features a swim jet system to accommodate competitive swimmers. The materials used in this pool are Shotcrete with a Granite blue PebbleSheen custom plaster; pavers and walls are Techobloc. The Spool is part pool and spa. (via Land & Water Design)

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6. A rustic pool in Fort Worth, Texas provides a backyard oasis. The interior of the pool is Sandy Beach Pebble-Tec. The heavy use of rock adds a natural look to this pool. (via Brad Sharpe Pools)

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7. A Bohemian style backyard sanctuary in California features a pool and spa. The spa is  6′ x 12′ W, while the pool is 14′-16′ W x 16′-20′ L. There are 4 levels to the pool as it was meant to be a “social” pool for all ages, with a total depth of 8-feet. The pool deck is local California sandstone. (via Katie Leede & Company Studio)

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8. The main body of this pool is about 10’x18′. For the pool shelf, the water depth is 6″ for the Ledge Lounger. The pool interior is coated with Wet Edge Primerastone “Blue Pacific Coast” plaster and lit with Pentair GloBrite LED pool lights. (via Randy Angell Designs)

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9. A traditional swimming pool that spills into a hot tub in Dallas, Texas. A natural stone surround and water features adds to the overall tranquility of this backyard oasis. (via Pool Stop)

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10. A natural backyard swimming pool in Houston, Texas features a beautiful waterfall that makes swimmers feel like they are swimming in a Rocky Mountain River. The basin is oblong in shape and varied in degrees of depth ranging from a few inches on the end to five feet in the middle. The pool is heated so that it can be enjoyed throughout the year. Two types of luminaries help to illuminate the pool for complimentary effects. (via Exterior Worlds Landscaping & Design)

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11. A small backyard required a small pool for this Biscayne Bay, Florida home. The size of this pool is 22’6” x 8’, while the Baja shelf is 9’ x 8’. The pool surround is a nice compliment to the other colors and textures. (via Somar Pools)

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12. A swimming pool and hot tub on San Marino Island, Florida offers a tropical backyard oasis. A rock wall water feature creates a relaxing ambiance. (via Robert Kaner Interior Design)

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13. This pool was built with a blue quartz interior. The size is roughly 12 x25ft but it is a organic freeform shape. There is a small seating area or “grotto” behind the waterfall. The pavers are Travertine in a square cut random pattern. The backyard is approximately 50 ft wide by 30. (via Gib-San Pool & Landscape Creations)

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14. A contemporary pool garden in Tribeca, New York offers a backyard oasis in the city for relaxation and entertaining. A wooden wall screen features hanging plants. String lights overhead brings nighttime ambiance. (via Jeffrey Erb)

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15. A beautiful plunge pool is surrounded by a peaceful countryside setting in Massachusetts. The surround is Thermal Finish Bluestone. (via Soake Pools)

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16. A swimming pool in Denver, Colorado offers an extraordinary view of the rugged mountains in the distance. Stunning stonework surrounds the pool, which a covered terrace for shelter from the elements. (via R. Kimbrough Photography)

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17. This sleek pool installation in Northern New Jersey has a custom glass water wall with a raised spa. Perfect for relaxation! The pool dimensions are 11×23, while the spa is 8×8. (via Cipriano Landscape Design & Custom Swimming Pools)

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18. A beautiful Mediterranean style swimming pool with a water feature will keep swimmers refreshed in the hot desert climate of Scottsdale, Arizona. (via The Matheson Team)

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Eli Diaz
6 months ago

When you can have both a pool and a view, well that is the ultimate. I especially like the one in Denver.