While the size and price of the average American home are growing, there is one major aspect that isn’t on the rise. And that is your lot size. In fact, the average size of lots is on the decline. Compared to homes 40 years ago, lot sizes are down significantly. Today’s homebuyers are looking for new homes with larger square footage but smaller lot areas.

Clearly, a shrinking lot significantly decreases how much space you’ve got to play with when it comes to building a pool. But is it really a matter of size and length or simply a mental expectation that we have about pools needing large outdoor areas? The fact is that not everyone has space on their lot for a 40-foot or even a 26-foot pool these days. However, new offerings like the Plungie Pool allow for a versatile and easy option that will fit in smaller spaces while serving as both a leisure space and a stunning visual focal point.

The Case for Smaller Pools

Pool & Spa Professional recently published an article about the rising popularity of smaller pools, often called plunge pools or cocktail pools. These options are inspired by Roman baths and are designed to provide homeowners with an option for a quick plunge or soak rather than a full swim. One of the biggest perks of the smaller pool is that it’s a more affordable option than its regularly-sized swimming pool counterpart. 

There are a number of additional benefits to investing in a Plungie Pool versus a traditional poolscape, including: 

  • An affordable and fast pool option
  • Simple and quick installation
  • Works well for small backyards
  • Requires less care and maintenance compared to traditional pools
  • Enhances your curb appeal
  • Easily customizable with massage jets, heat, etc.

So how do you create space for any of these pool options? Here are a few spots you might consider:

  • Against the Home — Build a small deck and place the pool flush against one of the sides of the home. As a bonus, you can access this pool much easier and it’s better for supervision if you have young kids. Hint: you can even build a large deck and integrate the pool right at the edge of the deck!
  • The End Zone — If you set the pool in a corner of your backyard, it’s tucked away from the significant central spaces, and, as a bonus, it becomes its own “zone.” If you’re opting for this design, insert a few dividing walls to create “areas” between wading pools, thermal pools, and the main swim spot.
  • Traditional — This is when you place the pool right in the middle of the backyard space you have. Suppose you choose this orientation, great! Now, every other design decision, like pool chairs and dry-off areas, revolves around your pool.

Your Dallas Pool Builder
Don’t let a smaller lot size deter you from thinking pool ownership is out of the question. Smaller pools still retain all the novelty and benefits of having a pool in your backyard, without eating up too much overall space. Be sure to contact the pool building experts at Hobert Pools to learn more about the innovative Plungie Pool option and to schedule your design consultation today. We’re excited to help create the perfect pool for your home and family.


Hobert Pools is a Dallas pool builder proudly serving Rockwall, Frisco & surrounding areas. Family-owned and operated since 1975, Hobert Pools specializes in new pool & spa construction, outdoor living design, natural pools, and fire & water feature aesthetics. Hobert Pools is uniquely qualified to build your backyard retreat.

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