Real estate prices are at a premium throughout Australia, including in Nowra in the South Coast region of NSW. Houses are getting larger, and this means that valuable backyard space that could once comfortably hold a full-sized pool is starting to shrink.
However, this is quickly bringing about a rise in popularity of pools for smaller spaces, including small inground pools and small above ground pools. No matter which one you want, we’re going to outline the best practices for picking out a small pool to ensure you maximise your space while getting the pool of your dreams.
Defining a Small Pool
So, what are the measurements of a small swimming pool exactly? Knowing these measurements ensures you’ll know if the small pool you dream about is really small by industry standards and whether or not it can fit in your allotted space.
Simply put, we consider a small swimming pool to be up to 4 metres wide by 8 metres long. Middle-sized pools are around 4 metres wide and 11 metres long. Then, you can get into the larger pools that are a much bigger size.
For the most part, fibreglass pools don’t get much bigger than 5 metres by 12 metres. These pools come as pre-made fibreglass shells sent directly to your home, so they have to fall inside certain size restrictions. You should also note that there are companies like Compass Pools Australia that have technology that will join two pools together to give you a 30-metre-long fibreglass pool.
You can also go bigger with vinyl-liner pools or concrete pools, and you can customise them to suit your spatial needs. However, concrete and vinyl-liner pools don’t come to your home pre-made, increasing your build and installation process. It’s also much messier.
The Best Small Swimming Pool Styles for Nowra
When you start shopping for your small swimming pool, you have to decide if you want a small above ground pool or a small inground pool. Thanks to Maxi Rib technology from Compass Pools Australia, we can accommodate both styles and design them to fit your space. At Nowra Local Pools and Spas, we have small pools for everyone. Our most popular styles include (options no. 1, 3, and 6 are typically considered as small swimming pools but the other ones are slim or have slim versions, too):
The X-Trainer fibreglass pool is a great choice if you want an area to work out. It’s a lap-style pool that can easily fit into narrow blocks due to the slim shape. We currently offer nine different sizes, including two slim versions. They start at 5.78 metres long by 2.7 metres wide and go up to 11.74 metres long by 4.2 metres wide. The two slim versions are the perfect addition to any narrow yard. You get an unobstructed swimming corridor with wide steps and a slip-resistant floor. It also has a shallow to deep floor and spaces to sit and rest.
The Vogue small pool design comes in six sizes and two slim versions. This is another lap-style pool that has a length measuring from 7.15 to 10.2 metres and a width measuring from 3.0 to 4.2 metres. This is a unique family pool that has centrally-positioned steps to make entering and leaving it easy. There is also a steep ledge that gives your kids a place to rest. The swim outs with wide steps on this small inground pool are excellent safety features when you combine them with the slip-resistant flooring.
Plunge pools are massively popular throughout the South Coast region of NSW because they offer the convenience of a deeper pool without taking up a lot of space. These pools start at 2.85 metres long and go up to 6.3 metres, and they get up to 1.7 metres deep to allow you to swim and relax. Plunge pools from our company have contemporary or classic looks to them, and you can pick the one that suits your needs the best. Do you want to relax with friends or have fun with the kids? A plunge pool is a small pool that allows for both.
This pool for smaller spaces is actually an excellent family pool. The Contemporary pool is deeper in the centre with shallow areas on both ends. It comes in three sizes starting at 8.3 metres and going up to 10.9 metres long. The width is 4.28 metres. You should note that the 7 to 10-metre pools are more medium-sized, with anything over 10 metres being larger. These sizes are not typical small pools, but they represent a solid option if you have more space available.
For serious swimmers who love to exercise, the Fastlane Lap pool is a great choice. These small pools start at 10.34 metres long, but you can get a custom length up to 30 metres. They’re up to 2.78 metres wide. This fibreglass pool will give you a long swimming corridor that you can use in the comfort of your backyard whenever you want to swim and work out.
The Sanctuary pool is excellent for small blocks. It features a lot of the amenities you’d get with a standard-size pool packed down into a small above or inground pool design. It’s available in six different sizes that start at 4.8 metres long and goes up to 9.4 metres. They get up to 1.97 metres deep, which allows you to really sit back and relax. There is a shallow to deep floor and easy entryways on both ends of the pool with ledges to relax around the outside.
Popular Small Pool Shapes
For small pools, it’s common to choose between a freeform shape or a more linear style. Depending on your space and wants, either one can be an ideal pick. A linear pool gives you maximum use of your open swimming space, and a freeform pool has curves that minimise your available swim space.
If you want to have the most patio space available for your tables, patio furniture or chairs, you’ll need to take advantage of every single decimetre. In this instance, a freeform’s pool curves will give you more space than a rigid linear shape would.
Consider the Cost of Your Small Pool
Generally speaking, fibreglass pools have a price tag based on the pool’s dimensions. So, a smaller size of the same model would cost less than the same model in a bigger size by the same company. Your prices will also fluctuate based on the area, pool model, manufacturer and material.
If you have a pool size and type in mind, this makes it easier for the company to pin down a price estimate for the project. Since you’re going to deal with fibreglass pools, it’s slightly easier to measure the costs than it would be if you chose to go with a concrete or vinyl lined pool.
Additionally, whether you choose a small above ground pool or a small inground pool will impact the cost. Thanks to Maxi Rib technology from Compass Pools Australia, fibreglass pools can have all of the support they need to sit above ground and last for years. Since Nowra Local Pools and Spas is an authorised Compass Pools Australia dealer, we have an extensive stock of high-quality fibreglass pools and the latest technology on hand and ready to incorporate into your pool design. We’d also be happy to talk to you about Little Pools, the small above ground pools made by Compass Pools Australia.
Design the Small Pool of Your Dreams in Nowra
For any customer that has a narrow or small space, where do you place your dream pool? The simple answer is to just pick a smaller option. Going smaller allows you to take advantage of all of the benefits a small pool brings like refreshment, exercise, relaxation or entertainment. Some pools go so small that they leave room for other functional backyard elements like patios or additions like water features.
You may hear these small swimming pools called wading pools, spools, courtyard pools or plunge pools. They’re the perfect size to fit right into your backyard, and they’re versatile enough to dress up or down to suit your needs. The limited size also makes them easier to maintain as they take less time to heat, and this can make them more affordable.
So, if you want a smaller pool, consider the popular small above ground pools or small inground pools we supply at Nowra Local Pools and Spas.
Contact Nowra Local Pools and Spas for Small Pool Ideas
Are you ready to add a small swimming pool to your yard in Nowra? Maybe you have questions about our processes. Or perhaps you’d like to know more about Compass Pools Australia’s Maxi Rib technology and how it can benefit your own pool. Whatever the reason, we invite you to get in touch.
Our friendly and professional staff are ready to answer your questions, and we’re now offering virtual site inspections! We’re happy to help you find the small pool of your dreams today!