Pool Design Ideas for Small Outdoor Spaces

small pool with retaining wall

We’re kicking off this summer with a list of pool design ideas for small outdoor spaces because — let’s face it — everyone is looking for ways to beat the Houston heat. With the right modifications to architectural and landscaping elements, pools and spas can accommodate unique outdoor areas. Whether you’re interested in adding water features, building your dream oasis or looking for ways to maximize your space, you’ve come to the right place.

Built-in Bars & Outdoor Kitchens

If you already have an outdoor kitchen or you’re looking to incorporate one into a smaller space, a built-in bar might be the solution for your pool area. Consolidating the two allows more room for additional landscaping and detailing to elevate your backyard. Swim-up bars also provide extra seating and opportunities for creative design aspects like tile colors and stool shapes. On the other hand, installing a retaining wall up to another amenity like a bar or kitchen area maximizes space by leveraging height. Backyards with slopes or sunken conversation pits can use a similar solution by sharing a wall with the lower space. You can be creative with the detailing to improve your outdoor ambiance.

Vertical Solutions

Tiered and vertical waterfalls can help with drainage while bringing a tranquil element to your backyard experience. You can also make your space unique and inviting with vertical landscape boxes. Seasonal flowers with vibrant colors attract pollinators like bees and butterflies or you can go for a more minimalist aesthetic by filling the boxes with low-maintenance plants.

Consolidation & Relaxation

Last, but certainly not least — get the best of both worlds with a two-tiered hot tub or a built-in spa. When you’re working with a smaller space, sometimes the length of the pool isn’t a priority. While these options provide extra seating space, they also incorporate stylistic elements in the shape and lighting features. Another benefit of consolidated spas is their ability to cool or heat the surrounding water at a faster pace — and they’re incredibly relaxing after a long day.

Interested in maximizing your backyard space? Our team of certified landscape architects can provide you with a personalized pool design recommendation based on your outdoor space. Contact the team at Prewett, Read & Associated today to learn more or request a consultation today.