How much backyard space does a pool need?
A well designed swimming pool is a complimentary addition to any outdoor living area. And whilst visually the pool is often the focus – the purpose of your pool design should be the seamless use of the whole outdoor space – year round. By this I mean allocate space and positioning according to how intensive you think your use of an outdoor living area will be, for instance:
- Grassed areas if you have kids and animals will afford play areas and free roaming – year round
- Al fresco entertaining and outdoor rooms will break the sun in summer and knock the chill in winter
- Paved areas form platforms for outdoor furniture and thoroughfares for foot traffic – year round.
- Planting and garden beds soften finishes and offer privacy – 24/7
- Pools serve a practical purpose for the Summer period ( – effectively the period from October to April if you have solar heating); and otherwise offer a purely visual function year round.
Even though I build swimming pools I don’t think they are the be all and end all of outdoor design. I think the design of pools and pool surrounds should be undertaken with great discretion with a strong emphasis on the practical use of space. If you have a small /mid sized backyard (150 sqm or so) build a small pool from 20 – 28 sqm in size with a suitable small pool surround area – as an example the pool and pool surround should occupy an area of approx. 25% of the total available area. This affords plenty of room for you to use the outdoors for the many other functions; and if by instance you can’t think of anything – imagine what kids ( – and those that think like them) would do with the space:
- Kick the footy
- Backyard cricket
- Build a vegie patch etc.
- Thrust up a clothes line
- Build a shed and park a trailer
Your backyard is so much more than a swimming pool – it’s an outdoor entertaining area whereby the ways it will be used should always dictate how you design and use it.
- Build your pool and pool surround to occupy an area of approx. 25% of the total available area (this rule applies especially if you have kids)
- Make the pool surround occupy an area of 50% of the pool surface area – approx.
- A pool always looks good – so make sure you design it well so it looks great
- Kids use pools / Kids use backyards / Adults pay for pools / Pools pay for themselves when they complement a property – so call Momentum Pools for a well designed, family focussed and value adding pool.