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How Small Swimming Pools Can Fit Into Your Life

How Small Swimming Pools Can Fit Into Your Life

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April 12, 2007

More than ever, families are choosing small swimming pools for their backyards.  Not only are they cost effective and easy to install, but they're also easy to maintain.  With small swimming pools, you can get all of the fun of a pool without any of the hassle that many larger pools entail.

When you're looking at small swimming pools, it's usually for one of two reasons - space or price.  If you don't have a big backyard, it just makes sense to buy a pool that will fit into the space that you do have.  But you also don't want to choose a pool that completely overwhelms your yard - hence, smaller is a better fit.  And of course, when you buy something smaller, it will be cheaper as well.  Smaller pools don't require as much installation time, nor do they require as many materials to build.

Small Swimming Pools 

Another benefit to installing a small swimming pool is that it cuts down on the amount of yard space, which, for many homeowners, is a great thing.  Time spent mowing and treating the lawn is reduced, leaving you to spend more time relaxing with your family and friends around your new swimming pool.

What you may not have realized about small swimming pools is that they can still offer many of the benefits of larger lap based pools.  You can find many smaller pools with swimming 'treadmills' installed that will allow you to swim against strong currents without moving anywhere.  This motion gives you a great workout without the necessity of a long pool design.  You can also choose to not have a pool at all and instead install a small hot tub.  This will give you a place to sit and relax after a long day at work.

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Installing a small pool also allows you to be creative when it comes to the shape and size of the pool you'd like, as well as the landscaping to go along with it.  You can look into round or oval small pools, and depending on the size and style of your yard you could install a pool that has a more bean shaped appearance if you need to work around a prominent feature already in your yard such as a large tree or play area for the kids.

When you're looking into buying small swimming pools, there are a few things that you may want to keep in mind.  You still have two options when it comes to these kinds of pools - inground and above ground.  The inground pools will be permanent, so they can be a wise investment for someone who plans to live in their home for a long period of time.  But if you want to move in a few years, they can't be taken with you to your new place.  If you choose an above ground option, it can be a larger setup that can be taken down at the end of the season, allowing you more versatility.  And with this kind of construction, it's also easier to move when you plan to move.

When choosing between in or above ground pools it might be helpful to consder how you plan to use the pool.  What kinds of benefit do you want to get out of your pool primarily?  Do you see it being a space for the kids to play and enjoy the summer, or is it more likely to be a relaxing space for you and your friends to kick back and sip a cocktail.  Looking at how you plan to use your small pool will help you decide whether you need an inground or above ground pool. 

Whether you decide to start a swimming pool addition, or something completely different, take the time to think about how you want to invest in your home. Start a swimming pool addition by receiving free estimates on your project, or check out our other home remodeling ideas to find the project that's best for you 

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