While some might naturally think of a huge, sweeping pool space when discussing an inground pool on their property, the reality is new swimming pools come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some properties do indeed install larger pools, but others are well-suited for smaller inground pool designs in many situations.
At Packman’s Pools, we’re happy to provide custom swimming pool design and construction services for a wide range of pool size needs, including many smaller options – our fiberglass pools are often utilized for smaller spaces, for instance. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over everything you should be thinking about when considering a smaller pool installation, from proper sizing to maintenance themes, benefits of the smaller space and a few operation areas to keep in mind.
Common Smaller Pool Dimensions and Depths
While your pool’s precise size will vary based on materials and your own desires, there are a few common size templates used on the smaller side of inground pools today. They include:
- 12×15 feet
- 10×20 feet
- 12×24 feet (the most common size)
- 12×26 feet
The average here is roughly 12 feet wide and 24 feet long, with a bit more than five feet of depth. Smaller pools usually are not deeper than six feet, though this is another customizable feature you have some control over.
Will it Be Large Enough?
Now that you have an idea of your size ranges for the “smaller” end of inground pools, will this range be large enough for your needs? Here are some basic steps to calculate the answer:
- Consider the average number of people who may spend time in the pool simultaneously.
- Account for at least 15 square feet of space for each person who might be in the pool, for sanitation reasons.
- Use basic multiplication to determine whether you have enough space in the pool area.
For families with children who like to host big pool parties during the summer, then, the smallest pool dimensions available might not be for you. For individuals or couples who just want a relaxing pool area where they can spend time, on the other hand, smaller spaces are often ideal.
As you may have guessed just based on their size and water quantities, smaller pools are both easier and cheaper to maintain than larger pools with similar qualities. Less water means fewer chemicals needed, plus allows you to run the pool’s filter for fewer hours. Areas like refinishing or re-tiling are much easier on smaller spaces, as well.
Specific Advantages of Smaller Pools
If you’ve gone through the above areas and have determined a smaller pool will work for your space, here are some of the potential benefits of installing one compared to larger pools:
- Cheaper and easier to build and maintain
- Faster heating and cooling
- Leave more room for other outdoor activities or accessories
- Fit in a wider range of yards
- Less expensive to close in
For more on our smaller swimming pool options, or to learn about any of our custom pools or spas, speak to the staff at Packman’s pools today.