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.

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.