How To Fit a Pool into a Small Backyard

From Apartment Therapy

It's amazing what a good designer can fit comfortably into a small space.  One doesn't need a sprawling estate to have a functional, aesthetically pleasing outdoor living space complete with a swimming pool.  This post from Apartment Therapy presents a dozen examples of good design principles for small backyards that turned out sublimely.

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Small Inground Pool Home Design Photos

From Houzz

The fastest-growing home design and improvement website is Houzz, bar none.  Countless consumers wishing to save pictures of ideas for their home use Houzz to save pictures to ideabooks, and even contact home improvement and design professionals through the site.  Of all the ideabooks available on Houzz, there are many devoted to outdoor living, and specifically swimming pool design.  One subcategory is small yards and small pools, which showcase what is possible when good design meets a challenge.  This post is one such ideabook featuring small swimming pools.

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What is the Best Small Pool for a Small Yard?

From River Pools

Let's face it, not everyone has a sprawling 10 acre lot on which to install a residential waterpark.  Most people's lots are just enough to have a wonderful home and a decent sized backayard for grilling, a playset, and perhaps some green grass for tossing the baseball around with the kids.  What most people fail to understand about swimming pools is that one doesn't need a sprawling estate in order to enjoy all of the benefits of a custom inground swimming pool.  This post from River Pools talks about ways to maximize one's space and have the best possible outdoor living experience regardless of lot size.

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The Sensible Way to Enjoy Your Inground Swimming Pool

From APSP

Swimming pools are one of the most fulfilling amenities that a family can acquire.  The swimming pool can create memories, and give families and guests years of enjoyment, relaxation, and fun!  Unfortunately, swimming pools also carry inherent risks, not just from drowning.  The hazards surrounding a swimming pool are legion, and it is incumbent upon the swimming pool owner to be aware of these risks in order to mitigate and manage them.  This guide from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals is the most comprehensive treatise to date on the myriad issues that can be associated with swimming pool ownership, and the responsible management of them thereof.

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Swimming Pools: Valuable Home Upgrade or Just a Pain in the Wallet?

From Money

One of the major considerations that prospective swimming pool purchasers have is the effect on their home's value that the amenity will have.  There are many opinions on both sides of this issue, mostly from realtors that have a vested interest on either side of the issue.  This article from Money gives the straight skinny on this issue, and gives the definitive answer about home values, and it may not be what you think.

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The Real Cost of Owning a Swimming Pool

From U.S. News Money

The upfront costs of installing an inground swimming pool are just the beginning, according to this post from U.S. News Money.  While the average upfront cost for the installation of the pool proper is around $40,000, the associated costs of landscaping, maintenance, and insurance have to be considered when installing a swimming pool.  

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How Much Does an Indoor Pool Cost?

From Pool Pricer

Indoor pools are a subset of the inground swimming pool market that is even more exclusive.  In climates that experience harsh winters, the indoor swimming pool extends the swimming season indefinitely.  For those fortunate enough to have the means, the cost of such a project is still always a consideration when contemplating a project of this magnitude.  This post from Pool Pricer gives a great guideline as to the costs of materials, installation, ventilations systems, and ongoing maintenenance.  

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How Much Does an Inground Pool Cost? Let’s Break it Down

From Pool Pricer

The Inground pool can be considered the ultimate luxury item.  It is desired by many, and posessed by relatively few.  For those that make the decision to acquire one, the cost is always a consideration.  This post from Pool Pricer discusses the average costs for inground pools, and also outlines the factors that can drive the cost such as features, materials, geographic region, etc.

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Pool Finishes to Consider For Your In-Ground Pool

From HFS Financial

Many people don't realize that an inground concrete swimming pool has a finished surface.  The fact that the concrete gets a surface treatment is often misunderstood and overlooked by the swimming pool consumer.  Originally the only choice for a pool surface was paint, but that has changed drastically over the decades.  Marcite plaster, the next evolution of pool finishes has been steadily replaced with exposed aggregate pool finishes.  The exposed aggregate genre has expanded and evolved into pebble and glass type finishes, making the swimming pool service aesthetically pleasing as well as utilitarian.  This post from HFS Financial discusses the different pool surfaces available as well as the pros and cons of them.

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