We’ve all wanted a swimming pool in our backyard at one time or another.

You may have had the dream as a child, during a heatwave while playing outside under the sprinkler. It may have been when you were in your adolescent years, bored during the summer holidays.

Or, like many others, it may be that you simply want to add another element to your family home.

It doesn’t matter when you had the dream – all that matters is that wanting a swimming pool in your backyard is a fundamental part of growing up in Australia.

If you’re ever lucky enough to achieve that dream, one of the biggest choices you’ll face is how to design your swimming pool to fit in your backyard.

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Choose a swimming pool that fits with the aesthetic of your home.

Consider the size and shape of your block

When you’re planning on installing a swimming pool in your yard, there’s more to consider than just what kind of pool you want.

Where your swimming pool is located can change the entire layout, design and feel of your backyard. Consider how much space you have to work with, and how you want the finished product to complement that space.

For example, if your yard is on the smaller side, you probably don’t want to get the largest swimming pool in the range. Do you want space for the kids to play on the lawn? Do you want an area in which to relax and enjoy the sunshine?

You need to think about what you want to get out of your backyard before you install a swimming pool.

Do you have a small backyard?

Increasingly, larger homes are being built on smaller blocks. This means the space available to build a swimming pool is more compressed than ever.

Luckily there are plenty of ways to incorporate a swimming pool into a smaller backyard.

Round or oval-shaped swimming pools are a great way to add more space around your pool.

Taking this route would mean you’re sacrificing swimming space, but it’s worth it for some extra room in your yard.

This will also make it easier to install a patio or deck around the swimming pool, creating a unique outdoor oasis that is perfect for your home.

One thing to keep in mind is that installing a swimming pool in a smaller yard will mean it will be in close proximity to your house. Because of this, you’ll probably want to make an effort to design the pool in keeping with the aesthetic of your home.

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A round or oval-shaped swimming pool can make your pool area seem bigger than it actually is.

What about a large backyard?

The more spacious your backyard is, the more options you’ll have when it comes to installing a swimming pool.

Space isn’t usually an issue in larger backyards, so you’ll be able play around with some different design ideas.

The best part about having a large backyard is the fact that you won’t be as restricted when designing your swimming pool. You can place the pool further away from the house, meaning you won’t have to stick to the aesthetic of the house as strictly as you might in a smaller yard.

If you want your pool to really stand out, you can even choose an atypical design. Pair that with a tile pattern that’s different to your home, and you’ve got a well-defined pool area that is an entirely separate part of your yard.

The possibilities are endless, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a bit more space to play with.

Some advice

Essentially, you want a pool that complements your home and fits in with the size of your backyard.

Make every effort to build a pool area that doesn’t cut off large sections of your yard. You can do this by building against the property boundary, and using your boundary fence as part of your pool fence.

You should also consider leaving enough room around the perimeter fence for the kids to play. This will give them room to run around outside the fence during the colder months.

All these things are crucial when planning a pool installation.

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