How Much Space is Needed for a Pool?

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Nothing converts your backyard to a useful space like a swimming pool. But to get that heaven-on-earth experience, you have to design the pool with your intention at the top of your mind. While the water area is given prominence in most cases, the surrounding space is equally important. Therefore, you should answer all the key questions before you get any construction underway. For instance, how much space is needed for a pool? How will you be using the space adjacent to the pool?

How Much Space is Needed for a Pool? - A Pool Blueprint Guide

For answers to these questions, this post has your back. It will tell you the space you need for a pool and other design features you should consider. It will also share some more sections of the pool other than the water.

Possible Pool Sections

To a lot of people, the water area is what constitutes a pool. While that is generally correct, there is more to a pool than the water. The space next to the pool is also part of it. You should do your construction with that in mind. Or, you can always opt for the minimum size pool for your home to ensure that you have enough space for everything else. So, what are the other sections of the pool you should be aware of?

  • The pavement: You can place outdoor furniture here to bask over the weekend or host a few guests once in a while. You can even incorporate some decorating ideas onto this area.
  • Summer space: Pools are notoriously important during summer. You should include some space for the summer. You get a clear view of the sky and some space to kick it in during a lazy weekend.
  • Grass section: It is space for your kids and pets to play.
  • Garden beds: They guarantee you privacy as well as give your pool space a soft finish.
  • Al fresco room: It will shelter you from the sweltering summer heat and frigid cold during winter.

How Much Space is Adequate for a Pool?

The space you have will dictate the design and size of your pool. Therefore, there are no hard rules to the space you should have for a pool -- as long as you know how a pool works and how big you want it to be. However, there are some standard rules about pool sizes that you should know. Generally, a pool should occupy around 25% of the total available space. Let’s take for instance a space of 150 square meters. The size of your pool should be anywhere between 20 and 28 square meters with the addition of the area around it. This rule serves to give you adequate space to use your pool area for other things on top of swimming. After all, it is not all about being in the water. You also need the breathtaking view that a pool gives to your backyard.


A pool is not only about the water. You can use the space for a lot of things throughout the year. While the pool will take almost 25% area of the available space, the surrounding area should claim 50% of that space. So now you have your answer to how much space is needed for a pool. Keep these rules in mind so that you don’t come across any common mistakes people make when building a pool, and create some space to relax and have the best moments when you are at home.




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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Jennifer,  Funny, we do not think of pools in the Denver, Colorado area, but know of lots of people do in other areas.


Jan 23, 2020 01:47 PM #1
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Guess a lot depends on two factors Jennifer Stone .  1. Money 2. Space for the pool.  Here in Hawaii, even though we are close to water, many homes sacrafice to get pools installed.

Jan 23, 2020 01:59 PM #2
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Jennifer Stone very good report about space needed for a pool.

Jan 23, 2020 02:11 PM #3
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