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Cool Down in Style: The Rise of the Small Plunge Pool

For many, the dream of a backyard oasis conjures images of sprawling swimming pools, perfect for laps and leisurely afternoons with friends and family. However, for those with limited space or budget, a small plunge pool offers a refreshing alternative.

What is a Small Plunge Pool?

A small plunge pool, also known as a cocktail pool, is a compact swimming area that prioritises depth over expansive width. Typically ranging from 6 feet to 12 feet wide and 10 to 22 feet long, these pools offer a refreshing dip to cool down on a hot day or space for gentle exercise. Unlike traditional pools, small plunge pools prioritise depth, often reaching 5 to 7 feet, allowing for diving or underwater activities.

Benefits of a Small Plunge Pool

While a traditional swimming pool offers undeniable allure, a small plunge pool boasts several advantages, making it an attractive option for various homeowners:

  1. Space-saving: The compact size of a small plunge pool makes it ideal for homeowners with limited backyard space. They can be seamlessly integrated into smaller yards, leaving ample room for patios, decks, and landscaping.
  2. Cost-effective: Compared to traditional pools, small plunge pools require less material for construction, translating to lower installation costs. Additionally, their smaller size translates to reduced water usage and energy consumption for heating or cooling, leading to long-term savings.
  3. Low maintenance: The smaller surface area of a small plunge pool means less cleaning and maintenance is required. This is particularly beneficial for busy homeowners who may not have the time or resources for extensive pool upkeep.
  4. Aesthetics: Small plunge pools can add a touch of luxury and sophistication to any backyard. They can be customised with various materials, finishes, and features like waterfalls or jets, creating a visually appealing focal point.
  5. Increased enjoyment: While not designed for extensive swimming laps, small plunge pools offer ample space for a refreshing dip, relaxation, and hydrotherapy. They are perfect for individuals or couples seeking a cool escape or a space to unwind after a long day.

Things to Consider Before Installing a Small Plunge Pool

While small plunge pools offer numerous advantages, it’s important to consider several factors before taking the plunge (pun intended):

  1. Usage: Consider how you plan to use the pool. If you have a large family or enjoy hosting pool parties, a small plunge pool might not be ideal. However, if you’re looking for a personal oasis for relaxation or hydrotherapy, it could be perfect.
  2. Regulations: Local building codes and regulations may dictate specific requirements for pool installation. Ensure you understand and adhere to these regulations before proceeding.
  3. Budget: Obtain quotes from reputable pool builders to determine the total cost of installation, including materials, labor, and permits. Factor in additional costs for ongoing maintenance and potential upgrades.
  4. Maintenance: Even with a smaller size, regular cleaning and maintenance are crucial for a healthy and enjoyable pool experience. Research the maintenance requirements and ensure you’re prepared to dedicate the time and effort necessary.
  5. Aesthetics: Consider the overall design of your backyard and how the pool will integrate with the existing landscaping. Choose materials, finishes, and features that complement your aesthetic preferences.3.

Small Plunge Pool Design Ideas

Small plunge pools offer endless design possibilities, allowing you to create a personalised backyard haven. Here are some inspiring ideas:

Modern and minimalist: Opt for clean lines, geometric shapes, and neutral colors like white, grey, or black for a sleek and contemporary look.

Naturalistic: Integrate the pool with natural elements like stonework, plants, and waterfalls to create a tranquil and inviting atmosphere.

Luxurious: Elevate your space with high-end materials like mosaic tiles, underwater lighting, and infinity edges.

Multi-functional: Combine your plunge pool with other features like a swim-up bar, a built-in hot tub, or a fire pit to create a versatile and functional outdoor space.


Small plunge pools offer a compelling alternative to traditional swimming pools, particularly for homeowners with limited space or budget. They provide a refreshing escape, enhance your outdoor living space, and can be customised to suit your individual needs and style. By carefully considering your requirements, researching regulations, and exploring design options, you can create a small plunge pool that perfectly complements your home and lifestyle.

Testimonials From Our Customers

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My experience with a company in creating a custom premium pool was outstanding.

The craftsmanship and attention to detail were exceptional. The team’s expertise and professionalism surpassed my expectations. Their customer service was excellent, providing regular updates and addressing concerns promptly. Highly recommended for top-notch custom pools and exceptional service.

Easter Hicks Australia, Canberra
Pool Builder Sydney
I am very pleased with the quality of service that our pool contractor provided to us.

Our premium pool exceeded all our expectations – it is absolutely unique and exceeds all expectations, both in appearance and functionality. Every detail was thought out with great care and all work was done in a quality and professional manner. The staff that worked on our project was friendly and responsible, and we felt comfortable throughout the entire construction process. I recommend this contractor to anyone who wants a unique, upscale pool and quality service!

Carol Briggs Australia, Sydney
I would like to share my impression of the company that built a pool in my house.

I was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism of the team and meeting deadlines. The work was inconspicuous and did not cause any inconvenience. Now I just have a great pool that is very easy to care for. I would recommend this company to anyone who appreciates high quality and professionalism.

Timothy Robertson Australia, Ballarat
Collaborating with a company to design and build a custom premium pool was a privilege.

The level of luxury and elegance in their designs was unmatched. Flawless execution and attention to detail created a breathtaking pool. The team’s expertise and creativity were evident, and their customer service was exceptional. For custom pools exuding luxury and elegance, they are the perfect choice.

Justin Wade Australia, Ballarat
Our experience with the pool company was fantastic.

The entire process was very smooth and professional. The team that worked on our site was very friendly and attentive to our needs. They also provided lots of helpful tips and advice so that we could get the most out of our new pool. The result has been amazing: the pool not only looks great, but also works perfectly and provides a great place for us to relax and exercise. We recommend this company to anyone looking for quality pool complex construction services.

Byron Haynes Australia, Sydney
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I had the pleasure of collaborating with a remarkable company to bring my dream of a custom pool to life.

Every detail was meticulously considered, resulting in a pool that perfectly harmonized with my outdoor space. From the choice of materials to the flawless execution, their commitment to superior design was remarkable. The end result exceeded my expectations and transformed my backyard into a luxurious oasis.

Alison Bell Australia, Canberra

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the process for building a custom pool
Our custom pool building process begins with an initial consultation to understand your vision and requirements. We then design the pool, obtain necessary permits, and prepare the site. Construction follows, including excavation, plumbing, and electrical work. Finally, we install finishes, conduct inspections, and ensure your dream pool becomes a reality
What types of custom pool features can you offer
We offer a wide range of custom pool features to enhance your pool experience. Some of the features we can provide include waterfalls, spa jets, LED lighting, integrated seating, swim-up bars, fire features, automation systems, and advanced filtration options. We tailor these features to suit your preferences and create a truly unique and luxurious pool environment.
Can you provide landscaping services to complement the pool design
We have established strong relationships with high-end landscaping companies. We can collaborate with these trusted partners to ensure that your pool design seamlessly integrates with the landscaping elements, resulting in a stunning and cohesive outdoor oasis. Together, we can create the perfect balance between your dream pool and the surrounding landscape.
How long does it take to build a custom pool
The timeline for building a custom pool can vary depending on several factors, including the pool's complexity, size, site conditions, and any additional features. On average, the construction process typically takes anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks from start to finish. However, it's important to note that this is just a general estimate, and the actual duration may vary based on the specific project requirements. During the initial consultation, we can provide you with a more accurate timeline tailored to your custom pool design.
What is the cost of building a custom pool
The cost of building a custom pool can vary significantly depending on various factors such as the size, design complexity, materials used, additional features, and local market conditions. As each project is unique, it's best to discuss your specific requirements with us to obtain an accurate cost estimate. We take pride in offering transparent pricing and will work closely with you to understand your budget and design goals, ensuring that we deliver a customized pool solution that aligns with your financial expectations. Contact us for a personalized consultation and detailed cost analysis for your dream pool project.
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