For many a backyard swimming pool is just part of living in Australia, thanks to glorious weather and long hot summer days. Unfortunately, with the need to fit more people into an area the average size of a block of land is getting smaller and this is making people wonder if they can even fit a pool into their small yard.
The good news is the answer is YES!
The success of a good pool design isn’t actually in it’s size, it comes down to other factors – good design, form and function. If a pool looks good and it works, then it doesn’t really matter what size it is. Of course having a smaller pool can restrict some functional elements – such as being able to swim laps, so when planning an above ground swimming pool, you may have to re-evaluate your expectations. When it comes to children though – give them some water and they’ll have fun no matter how deep or big that water is. For adults a comfortable area to sit in a small pool, under some shade with a glass of wine or a beer – it’s a great way to enjoy a summer weekend.
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When designing a small space for an above ground pool there are some things you need to consider from a functional, aesthetic and compliance point of view.
If you want a stunning and successfully designed pool in a small space –
- Always consult professionals – small areas are more challenging than larger backyards, so every centimetre counts – you need a great design! If you want to have a go yourself the following tips should help.
- Consider your space – be aware of your proportions so make sure your above ground pool will fit the space and area perfectly. You want your pool to look like it belongs, rather than completely dominating the area. The same goes for a large pool – you need to ensure the pool takes up the right amount of space so it doesn’t get *lost* in the yard.
- Position – where possible make sure your pool is located close to a boundary or boundaries with a sunny afternoon aspect to keep the remaining space clear and open.
- Pool fencing – by law you will need to have a pool fence installed, this may or may not detract from the functionality of the remaining space in your yard, both inside and outside the pool area. You may be able to use the pool wall as a boundary if the pool is 1200mm off the ground. All you may need is a pool compliant gate at the base of the steps that lead up to pool level and if you have the right boundary fences your safety elements may be covered.
A well designed above ground pool can enhance your family’s lifestyle and create lifelong memories. Don’t let having a small yard put you off getting a pool.
If you are looking for an affordable way to have a swimming pool – your best option is an above ground pool. They are easy to install over the lawn in your backyard. It can take months for an in ground pool to be installed and it is a huge expense, an above ground pool can not only save you money, but time as well. It is now possible for any home owner to enjoy the freedom and luxury of their own private swimming pool, without having to go through the hassle and expense of having a more traditional in ground pool installed. Above ground pools have become popular thanks to the low cost of both installation and maintenance.
Being easy to install and maintain, you’ll find that draining the pool is simple and doesn’t require much technical know-how for the pool owner and the installation of accessories like pool lights is also easier and quicker.
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With an above ground pool, you will find yourself dealing with less debris and that they are perfect for anyone with young children or pets around the house, as above ground pools are known for their safety due to their height. The probability of small children and pets falling into the pool is lower with an above ground pool, which will reduce your worries, especially if the pool is positioned in a place that is within your line of sight.
As with any purchase, choose wisely before you invest in an above ground pool, buying the very cheapest model on the market isn’t necessarily the wisest choice. Very low cost pools are usually made from an inferior material that won’t last long. Look for a high quality pool that comes with a good long-term warranty as this can save you a lot of trouble down the track.
The size of your pool is also another major consideration and will depend on the size of your back yard. Make sure that whatever pool you choose it will fit into your back yard and still look attractive. Once you have decided on the pool size, you’ll need to purchase filters and pumps, again choose carefully as oversized pumps and filters can cause problems, so choose the correct filter and pump size for your pool – you want things working smoothly. Where possible buy a complete package – pool with the correct size pump and filters.
Always use a good filter for your above ground pool, this will go a long way in ensuring your pool not only will last, but that it will be functioning properly.
An above ground pool is the perfect and affordable way to stay cool in summer and to keep your children happy. A good quality pool fence is also required and install in your children set pool rules and correct water safety.