Are you looking for a way to add a touch of fun and relaxation to your backyard? Look no further than mini pools! These compact swimming spots are the perfect solution for those who want to enjoy a refreshing dip without having to invest in a full-sized pool.
Mini pools come in a variety of styles and designs, so you’re sure to find one that fits your backyard and lifestyle perfectly. Whether you want to lounge on a float in the sun, play with the kids, or entertain guests, a mini pool is the perfect addition to any backyard.
In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of mini pools and explore some of the best options available on the market. So sit back, relax, and get ready to add some fun and excitement to your outdoor space.
What is a Mini Pool?
This blog and my YouTube Channel focus very much on the DIY aspect of pools and hot tubs. So, whilst there are plenty of options that you can buy in the store, I am going to focus in this article on building your own mini pool. I will however touch on some of the options available.
What construction methods are there to build a mini pool?
There are several construction methods that can be used to build a mini pool, including:
Fiberglass: Fiberglass pools are pre-made shells that are delivered to your property and installed in a hole in the ground. This is a quick and easy option, but it may be more expensive than other methods.
Concrete: Concrete is a popular choice for mini pools as it is durable and can be moulded into any shape or size. In its most basic form, this method involves digging a hole, building a structure from concrete, and then waterproofing it. I know I am over simplifying things here but I want to give a 1000ft overview
Vinyl Liner: Vinyl liner pools are constructed with a metal or block walled structure, which is then covered in a liner made of vinyl. The downsides to this method is that you will need to get a liner custom made. Also, fitting the liner can be problematic and you may need to have a pool professional come in to install it for you – which kind of defeats the whole DIY thing.
Portable: Portable mini pools are inflatable or pre-made plastic pools that can be set up on any level surface. This is the quickest and most affordable option, but it may not be as durable as other methods. I’m not a fan of these of course, given this blog is about building pools, but I have included it anyway as an option.
Ultimately, the construction method you choose will depend on your budget, desired look, and the amount of maintenance you are willing to do.
What does the plumbing look like for a mini pool?
The plumbing involved in a mini pool will depend on the type of pool you have and the features you want to include. In general, all mini pools will need some type of plumbing to keep the water clean and circulating. Here are a few common components of a mini pool plumbing system – again, I am not going into huge amounts of detail, I just want to give you a 1000ft overview:
Pump and Filter: A pump and filter system circulates the water in your pool and helps keep it clean. The pump pulls water from the pool and sends it through the filter to remove debris and impurities, and then returns the cleaned water back to the pool.
Skimmer: A skimmer is a device that removes floating debris from the surface of the water. Water is drawn into the skimmer and trapped debris is removed before the water is sent back to the pool.
Sanitiser – you are going to need some form of sanitiser in your pool. Whether you opt for a salt system to generate this or you are going to use tablets – you need something to keep your water clear and healthy. Chlorine is the most common method of sanitizing pool water, but other options such as saltwater chlorinators or UVC are also available.
Drain and Return Jets: Drain and return jets are used to circulate water in your pool. Water is drawn from the bottom of the pool through the drain, and then returned to the top of the pool through the return jets, creating a current in the water.
Heater: If you want to be able to use your mini pool year-round, you may want to consider installing a heater. A pool heater will raise the temperature of the water, allowing you to enjoy your pool even on cool days.
Overall, the plumbing system in a mini pool is relatively simple, but it is important to make sure that it is installed correctly to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the water. If you are not familiar with plumbing this is certainly an area where I can help. I have lots of plumbing diagrams and layouts in my online store that can help you with your mini pool.
What design features do I need to consider for a mini pool?
When designing a mini pool, there are several features that you should consider to make the most of your space and ensure that your pool is safe and enjoyable. Some of the key design features to consider include:
Size: Mini pools come in a range of sizes, so it is important to consider how much space you have available and how many people you want to be able to fit in the pool. You’ll also need to consider the size of any surrounding deck or patio area.
Shape: Mini pools can be round, square, rectangular, or any other shape that you desire. Consider the shape that will fit best in your space and create the look you want. Also, remember building curved structures is much harder than square or rectangular shapes.
Depth: Mini pools can range in depth from shallow wading pools to pools that are deep enough to dive into. Consider the intended use of your pool and the age and abilities of the people who will be using it when determining the appropriate depth.
Lighting: Adding lighting to your mini pool can enhance its ambiance and allow you to enjoy it at night. There are several lighting options available, including underwater lights, LED lights, and floating lights.
Water Features: Consider adding water features such as fountains, waterfalls, or jets to your mini pool for added visual interest and relaxation.
Decking: Adding a deck or patio area around your mini pool can provide a space for lounging and entertaining. Choose materials that complement the style of your pool and the surrounding landscape.
Safety Features: It is important to consider safety when designing your mini pool. Consider installing a fence or barrier to keep children and pets out of the pool, and make sure the pool is equipped with appropriate safety features such as handrails, ladders, and non-slip surfaces.
By considering these design features, you can create a mini pool that meets your needs and enhances your backyard. If you have any questions or would like me to take a look at your plans and ideas, then please do get in touch below – I am always happy to help.
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Hi, Andi here. I own Buildahottub.com and also write all of the articles and info pages on the site. Some years back now, I built my own hot tub but struggled to find the information I needed. So, once my tub was complete, I started this website to help others in their own pursuit of hot tub and plunge pools DIY building information.
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