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.

A pool that uses space efficiently

Here is an example of what we’re talking about. The pool is not too large to take up the garden, leaving plenty of space for other activities.

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.

Key points:

  • 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.