Backyard swimming pools are a popular amenity in Melbourne homes. A pool is a great asset to any property, allowing its inhabitants to enjoy social gatherings, private moments of reflection, and countless hours of fun in the sun and water.
Having a swimming pool in your Melbourne backyard is not only a beautiful addition that will bring your backyard to life and boost the value of your property, but it's also a great way to get in shape and improve your health. But before you go out and buy a pool, be sure you've done your homework. In order to get the most out of this substantial investment and have fun with your pool for many years to come, you need to pay close attention to every detail.
People in Melbourne and other Australian cities are still opting to build larger homes despite the rising cost of land. Consequently, people may forego their lifelong desire of installing a swimming pool in their backyard because of a lack of room.
But we submit that you're wrong. In spite of limited outdoor area, you can nonetheless realise your goal of installing a pool. What it doesn't imply is that you have to settle with subpar workmanship or an unattractive design. Many Melbournian households maintain their backyard pools for recreational and exercise purposes.
A swimming pool is a wonderful addition to any house, no matter how big or small. The park is a great area for families to spend quality time together, whether by playing games, running about, or just talking. Gather your loved ones around the pool and enjoy the holidays in style. It's also a great location to relax and unwind by going for a swim or floating around on your own.
Having access to a swimming pool in Melbourne (or wherever you may be) can motivate you to get up and move about more. This is a great approach to maintain your physical health and fitness. Swimming and other forms of exercise in a pool are low-impact activities that can be done routinely by the elderly or people with physical injuries.
In spite of this, even a modest swimming pool requires a sizable outlay of cash (albeit one that is smaller than that required for a more sizable pool). That's why it's important to spend some time learning about the various alternatives available to you for small swimming pools in Melbourne, especially those that will fit into compact backyard layouts.
This is a complete guide to the greatest small-area pools in Melbourne can provide. In addition, we will provide information that is specific to tiny pools, so that you may move on with your small pool project with complete confidence.
What follows is essential information for anyone thinking of constructing a pool in Melbourne, Australia.
More than 90 per cent of owners think their swimming pool adds value to their home, but in some cases, it can do the opposite. AUSTRALIA boasts 1.2 million household swimming pools, the world's highest per capita rate of pool ownership.
The cost of pool maintenance
According to HiPages, Australians spend about $1000 to $1400 or more on pool maintenance per year. Your pool could cost up to $1200 per year, depending on how long it runs for each day.
For many families, having a pool is a lifestyle choice that they can't do without, so the cost and time spent on maintenance are well worth it. Make your pool something special, with great design, water features, lighting and a great entertaining area.
Planning And Safety Laws For Pools In Melbourne
Like all states and territories in Australia, Victoria has its building regulations, which you need to follow if you want to build a swimming pool in Melbourne.
Your pool area must not be directly accessible from any other part of your property, as all pools must have a safety barrier or fence around them of at least 1.2 metres high. The pool gates must be self-closing and self-latching, and you must never prop them open. Additionally, the safety barriers should have a clear space around them, so there are no objects which children could stand on to climb over the barriers.
If you are building a pool in Melbourne, you must take care with your choice of pool builder. All pools here must be constructed by a builder who is registered with the Victorian Building Authority. You and your builder must sign a domestic building contract before any work on your pool can begin.
Also, before your pool construction begins, you must obtain a building permit from a registered building surveyor. You can either use a private surveyor or apply to your local council’s municipal building surveyor. The permit must cover both the pool and the safety barriers, even if they are constructed by different builders.
Once your pool is completed, it will need to be inspected by the building surveyor, who must issue a certificate of final inspection before you can use the pool.
Types Of Swimming Pools Are Best For Melbourne’s Climate?
Melbourne is famous for its changeable weather conditions, and it is often said to have “four seasons in one day.” The weather is particularly unpredictable in spring and summer, although storms and strong winds can happen at any time of the year. Temperatures can suddenly drop, causing rain, wind, and thunderstorms, although these sometimes only last for a few minutes before the conditions return to their previous state.
With weather conditions like these, it is important to install a good pool heating system if you want to use your pool regularly throughout the year. Most pools in Melbourne use solar heating systems, but during the cooler months, it can be a good idea to have this system linked to electric or gas pool heating for those times when there is not enough sunlight to produce sufficient solar power.
Melbourne is also prone to occasional earthquakes. These are not usually too severe, but your pool must be made from a strong, durable material that will withstand ground movements without being weakened.
Most swimming pools in Melbourne are made from either fibreglass or concrete. Both are extremely strong materials specifically designed to cope with extreme weather conditions and ground movements, thus lasting for many years. However, each material has its advantages and disadvantages.
Concrete pools are extremely easy to customise to suit your tastes and the shape of your backyard. They are built from scratch in your backyard so that you can have a great deal of input into the design. However, the building process is complex and may take months to complete.
Concrete is also the most expensive material used for swimming pool construction. There is more work involved in the construction, and once it is completed, a concrete pool needs to be lined with tiles or pebbles.
Maintenance is another important consideration. Concrete pools are notoriously difficult to clean, and they are prone to algae. This means you will have to spend time cleaning and maintaining your pool regularly.
However, concrete is a proven material that has been used to build swimming pools in Melbourne for many years. It is known to withstand all aspects of the climate, and it’s a good all-around choice if your budget can stretch to it.
Fibreglass pools have become more and more popular in Melbourne over the past few years. Fiberglass composite pools by Compass are currently constructed using ceramic core technology, thanks to modern technological breakthroughs and inventions. These features provide strength and durability to our pools, and they have been tested and shown to resist significant earthquakes in other regions of Australia and New Zealand, including the devastating Christchurch quake of 2011.
Fiberglass pools are also very low-maintenance because they do not foster the growth of algae or germs and can have automatic cleaning systems added to them. As a result, there is hardly any work or time required for upkeep.
The fact that the fibreglass pool shells must be purchased in advance is the most significant drawback of these types of pools. This precludes you from designing a pool specifically for your home, instead limiting you to selecting from a predetermined set of sizes and layouts.
This is no longer a significant drawback, thanks to our pool customization options, which let you join your pool with a spa, have a custom-length lap pool installed, have your pool paired with a wader or beach, and have your fibreglass pool installed above the ground, like an infinity pool with a negative edge or even with one edge replaced by glass.
Choosing a fibreglass pool has the benefit of being much simpler to set up. Once construction begins, you may anticipate completion within a matter of weeks so that you can start using your pool almost immediately.
Fibreglass vs Concrete
The two heavyweights in any new pool build. Fibreglass pools are typically more affordable as they are prebuilt off-site and delivered ready to install however this comes with design limitations. Concrete pools are luxurious by nature and give you more choices with finish, shape and style.
There is more to it, though. For some homes, fibreglass pools aren’t possible due to access limitations, so definitely take some time to access your property. The current trend for smaller lot sizes has also contributed to a change in pool designs. If your backyard is limited in space, we might build the pool right up to the boundary; however, that could require some soil stabilisation work.
Most Popular Designs For Pools In Melbourne?
Pool designs vary throughout Melbourne, as different pools suit different backyards and lifestyles. Most families in the suburbs will choose a family pool, as this offers a large area for swimming and games, as well as plenty of safety features and seating areas so the kids can rest whenever they need to.
Singles and couples in the inner suburbs are choosing plunge pools. These small pools only measure 3m x 2m on average, so they are perfect for smaller backyards and still offer enough space to swim and relax in the water.
However, even if your backyard is not particularly large, you may prefer to install a lap pool. These are ideal for anyone serious about their fitness — they are long and narrow and designed to give an unimpeded stretch of water for swimming laps.
Pool and spa combinations are also being seen more regularly in Melbourne. This gives the ultimate flexibility, as it is a full-sized swimming pool with a separate spa section containing hydrotherapy jets. You can relax in the spa while the kids play in the pool or enjoy swimming while your other half has hydrotherapy treatments. Even better, the pool and spa can be arranged in many ways, creating an impressive design feature that makes a perfect centrepiece for your backyard.
Exactly how small is a small pool
It’s helpful to know the exact measurements that make a pool small by industry standards. This way, you’ll know if the small pool you envision is a small pool and whether a small pool can fit into the space you’ve allocated for it.
What we consider a small pool would be up to eight metres long and up to four metres wide. A pool that’s middling in size would run up to 11 metres long by more than four metres wide. Of course, large pools would be (much) bigger.
Fibreglass pools usually aren’t much bigger than 12 metres by five metres. Since they’re delivered directly to your place, they have to meet sizing restrictions. There are some companies out there that can build larger/longer fibreglass pools.
Compass Pools Australia, for example, developed a technology for joining two or free pools together to create a super long fibreglass lap pool – up to 30m. However, you can go bigger with concrete pools and vinyl liner pools and have these customised. That’s because construction is done right there in your backyard. They take longer to build and install, though, and building these is a much messier process.
For a small pool, you can decide between having a linear style or a freeform pool shape. Depending on your goals, either one may be ideal. A linear pool can provide maximum use of the open swim space, whilst a freeform pool has curves that cut into the available swim space.
If you want to allocate the maximum patio space available for your tables, chairs and other patio furniture, you’ll need every single decimeter that’s free. In this instance, you have the extra patio space you need from the spaces left by freeform curves.
Pros and cons of small pools
Just because you’re getting a smaller pool doesn’t mean you’re downsizing the many benefits it offers:
- Private socialising space: You’ve got sufficient space for family fun and play, as well as opportunities to hang out and relax with friends.
- Accessories and water features: You can have tanning ledges and bench seats to enjoy the view of the water and relax without actively swimming. You can also add a gorgeous waterfall, deck jets, cascades, pool lights, the works! Functional pool accessories such as saltwater chlorinators and heat pumps can be installed as they work on any pool, regardless of size. You can fulfil your dream in a small pool project.
- Less maintenance: Regular pool maintenance is essential, and it just gets less tedious with a small pool with less surface area to check and clean. There’s a lot less water that needs to be treated and tested. You’ll also have less water surface area to skim leaves and bugs off. This means more time for pool fun for you and the family!
- Costs less up front: This depends on the pool model or type that you choose, as well as the pool contractor you’ll be working with. In general terms, however, getting a small pool can save you thousands of dollars compared to getting a large pool. Having a limited budget and opting for a small pool means you can save and get the accessories you want at the same time. You’ll have the money you can earmark for a pool cover, water features, or general maintenance expenses.
- Easily accommodated in small yards: When your backyard space is limited, getting a small pool makes perfect sense.
Of course, having a small pool can also present a few disadvantages, such as:
- Reduction in open swim space: If your purpose for having a pool is to swim laps, a small pool won’t have enough space for users to swim traditional laps.
- A small pool won’t offer much in terms of resistance: However, you can install a propeller-powered, jet-propulsion, or paddlewheel system to act as a pool treadmill as it creates a current you can swim against. This way, you’ll get an Olympic-sized workout with a lot less open swim space. Another option is to make use of a tether system where you can swim against your resistance.
- Not deep enough: The limited length of a small pool makes them relatively shallow. However, this is a perfect pool for family play as players can stand instead of tread through the water. A small pool then is generally safer for families with kids.
Your very own dream pool in your Melbourne backyard
When faced with a narrow or tiny lot, the question of where to put your ideal pool arises.
The obvious solution for most people would be to downsize. In this way, you may enjoy the many benefits of having a pool in your backyard, such as a place to unwind, do some exercise, cool off, host parties, and impress your guests. Some of the pools are ridiculously tiny. Decks, patios, and outdoor kitchens can be built around them to enhance the aesthetic value and practicality of the backyard.
Small swimming pools go by many names, including spools, wading pools, cocktail pools, courtyard pools, and plunge pools. These may be dressed up or down to suit your whims and are the perfect size for your backyard. Because of its limited size and low heating requirements, they are also a low-cost solution that requires little upkeep throughout the year.
Think about the round stock tanks or above-ground pools that are readily accessible in Melbourne and can be sunk into the ground or encircled by decking if you're in the market for a tiny pool.