IN THE PRESS: Block size no barrier to aquatic dreams

Even if you don’t have a large block, you may still have the option to install a pool − albeit a touch smaller than the usual.

Smaller pools offer a range of benefits, but there are some key factors to consider to make sure installation is executed well and no hurdles come about when adding one to a smaller block.

Brian Burke Homes Group Managing Director Michael Burke said less water was one of the biggest benefits of a smaller pool.

“There’s the ability to have a pool on a smaller block, where a large pool would be impossible. This could be a small pool, a plunge pool or a lap pool,” he said.

“There’s also the ability to tailor the pool to your needs – one of our clients used their pool for rehabilitation, so they chose a magnesium mineral pool. Spa jets were installed to help with hydrotherapy and it was also fitted out with rails and platforms at various depths.”

Mr Burke said there were a few key things to consider when working out if a smaller pool would work on your block.

“You have to consider the size of the pool, plus the amount of space you would like to access around the pool,” he said.

“How will you access the pool? Where are your entry and exit points to the house? You must also comply with local regulations around latches and barriers.”

Mr Burke said you might want to consider a heating system for your pool if the area did not receive a steady flow of sunlight.

For those looking to install a smaller pool, Mr Burke said to consider the proximity of existing buildings and the role of the pool as part of your landscaping plan.

“Consider what you are using the pool for,” he said. “Do you need a ramp for easy access? Room for exercises or stretches? Space to sit with your friends on a warm summer’s day? Room for your kids to jump and swim around in?

“Concrete pools are custom-made for each client, so they are a great option if you have an unusual shape or specific size you need to achieve.

“If building a new home, the pool can be designed so the home literally sits on the pool edge.”