10 Creative Pool Ideas To Decide Which Pool Is Right For Your YardPublished: 11/08/2022 | Updated: 29/03/2023
It's summer and to call it hot right now is an understatement. We all know that the best way to fight the heat is to take a dip in the cool and refreshing water of a swimming pool. If your yard doesn’t already have one, you might be trying to figure out some of your options.
Unfortunately, with so many different varieties of small pools available on the market, finding the right one is not an easy task. Some people even build their own DIY pools to avoid all the hassle!
But we think the easiest way to decide what type of pool is right for your yard is simply by understanding how each kind works best under different circumstances.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to 10 creative pool ideas that our landscaping experts at Shrubhub handpicked just for you!
You've probably heard of plunge pools, but you may not know exactly what they are. Plunge pools are the most common type of pool, and for good reason: they're versatile, affordable and easy to maintain.
A plunge pool is a small-scale version of a bigger swimming pool. They're good for families with young children because it's easier to supervise them in a smaller body of water.
They can also be installed in small yards without any major construction work so they don't require a big budget and don’t take up too much space on your property.
Stock pools are prepackaged pools that you can buy from your local pool store. They can also be made at home by using galvanized stock tanks — We’ve a guide on how to make one of these if you’re interested!
Stock Pools come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, so you can get one that’s perfectly sized for your yard. You just need to decide what shape is best suited for the space where you want to put it.
Spool Pool Designs
Spool pools are a great option if you have limited space and want to install a pool with a very small footprint. They’re also ideal for those who live in cities, as they take up less land than traditional designs.
Spools can be installed in many shapes and sizes depending on your yard, so if you have an odd-shaped yard or an awkwardly shaped spot that doesn’t lend itself well to rectangular pools, these flexible options allow you more freedom of choice.
Spool pools require very little maintenance: simply put water in them and let them do their thing! The circular shape of a spool gives it excellent stability compared to other types of smaller pool designs that have deep sides and sloping bottoms.
Gated pools are ideal for families that want to maintain a safe, secure environment. If you have young children - or curious pets - and want to make sure they don't fall in the water, consider installing a gated pool.
Gated pools give you peace of mind when using them—you'll know your kids won't be able to wander into danger out of curiosity or boredom! If this sounds like something that would benefit your family, we highly recommend getting one installed today!
Walking into an infinity pool just hits different.
It's not just the feel of the water flowing around your feet, you also get the seamless impression of being one with nature. The water looks like it's continuing directly into nature, usually a view of a canyon or ocean scene.
The idea behind an infinity pool is that it tricks your brain into thinking that you're actually standing in a river or stream, which can be soothing for some people, especially those with an affinity for Mother Nature.
Those looking to install a pool, with the advantage of being positioned hillside or near some sort of natural border, should consider adding an infinity edge pool.
Since infinity pools require careful planning before installing them in a yard, you might want to hire a professional landscape designer so your yard can maintain its flow and functionality. Luckily, thanks to ShrubHub’s Design Experts, this should be the most affordable part of your pool installation.
Geometric pools are available in many interesting and unusual shapes and sizes, allowing you to pick the shape and size that best suits your yard. The most common geometric pools are square, rectangular, triangular, and hexagon pools! All of these are a great way to add a modern look to an old-fashioned swimming hole.
If you have a small yard or you just want a small pool design, then perhaps a square or rectangular pool would work best. Try out some of the more complex shapes like triangles and hexagons if you have more room on your property. No matter what shape you choose, a geometric pool is sure to make an impression!
Kiddie pools are small pools designed for children to play in. They typically measure around 12 inches deep and can be made out of plastic, fiberglass, wood or metal. You may also see these referred to as baby pools or children's swimming pools.
Many people opt for a kiddie pool because it’s easier to manage than larger adult pools—but they still look great in any backyard! If you're looking for options beyond the traditional blue plastic variety (and we don't blame you), there are plenty of stylish options available that will make your child feel like royalty without breaking the bank.
While kiddie pools come in all shapes and sizes, most are small enough for multiple children at once so kids can splash around together while staying safe on land.
If safety is important to your family's needs then consider investing in one with walls high enough not only to keep them from falling into water but also contain splashes from those nearby who might get wet by accident—or maybe intentionally if you have some rascals hanging around at home!
Above-Ground Swimming Pools
Above-ground pools are the most popular swimming pools available. They're affordable, easy to install and maintain, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors that will fit any yard or backyard.
There are several different types of above-ground pool kits available at your local home improvement store or online retailer—including vinyl liner, metal frame, fiberglass shell and concrete shell—so you can choose one that fits your budget.
The installation process for each type of kit is similar: You dig out a hole for the pool's base (the rim), then lay down gravel as a drainage layer before pouring concrete into the base to make it strong enough to hold up against water pressure from inside the pool itself.
Natural pools are an excellent choice for those interested in creating a pool with their own hands or anyone who likes to feel surrounded by nature at all times.
Natural pools are your basic, run-of-the-mill swimming hole that you can dig into the ground and fill up with water. You can choose from two different styles: conventional or freeform.
Natural pools have many advantages over other types of pools:
- They're private—no one will see you unless they come right up to your fence line!
- They're easy to maintain, so if you don't mind doing some shoveling once in a while, this could be right for you!
- The cost is much lower than most other styles of pool construction (though still not cheap).
For the uninitiated, saltwater pools are a little different than your typical chlorine-filled pool.
Instead of using chlorine to purify the water, saltwater pools use electrolysis to convert the salt (sodium chloride) into positively and negatively charged ions.
These ions bind with various particles in the water—like dirt and algae—and bind them together so they can be easily removed from your pool.
As you may have guessed, this type of filtration system comes with a few advantages:
- It's less expensive to maintain compared to traditional chlorine-based disinfection systems because there's no need for chemicals like bromine and cyanuric acid that can be harmful for humans over time.
- Saltwater pools require less maintenance overall because there's no need for additional chemicals or frequent cleaning cycles.
- Since there aren't any chemicals used in these systems, they're often considered more environmentally friendly options than other types of swimming pool filters.
How To Choose The Best Pool For Your Yard Size
Pool landscaping ideas are everywhere and you might end up disappointed if you randomly picked one of them for your yard without thorough consideration. That’s why we’re here to help you choose the best pool design for your yard!
The first step to choosing the right pool is knowing what you want it to do:
Do you want a pool that’s great for recreational swimming in the summer, or one that can be used year-round? Do you want it to look like something out of a movie set and entertain the whole family, or would something more understated work better with your home’s architecture? How much do you want to spend on pool installment?
Once you've answered these questions, it's time to start thinking about size, shape, and material.
Size Of The Pool
The first thing that should go into choosing the right size of a swimming pool is how many people will use it at once. For example, if there are going to be large groups of people using the pool at once (such as during parties), then it would make sense to go with something larger so that everyone has plenty of room and doesn't feel cramped together in one small area.
The size of your backyard is also an important factor to consider when choosing a pool. If you have a small yard, then you may want to choose a smaller pool. The size of your backyard will dictate how much room you have for different types of pools.
Shape Of The Pool
The shape of your backyard will determine what type of pool shape works best for it. If you have a rectangular backyard, then it's best suited for rectangular pools and spas.
If you have an irregularly shaped yard like an L-shaped or U-shaped yard, then it's best suited for those shapes as well.
Material Of The Pool
The materials used in constructing your new pool will also make a difference in how long it lasts and how easy it is to maintain over time as well as how much money it costs upfront versus long term maintenance costs down the line!
In short, before you start considering a certain pool for your yard, think of your budget, the size and shape of your yard, the purpose of the pool, and the material you want for it.
Get A Little Help From Your Friends
No matter what kind of pool you choose, the most important thing is that it’s right for your yard.
If you’re not sure where to start with all these different options, Shrubhub has some tips for you on how to find the right pool for any space. They’ll be happy to help guide you through whatever decision-making process they can handle together!