Outdoor Living

Cocktail Pools & Hot Tubs Make a Big Splash in a Tiny Space

Have you always wanted a pool but thought your postage stamp backyard was just too small? Or maybe you do have the space but not the budget or time it takes to build and care for a large pool. Well, good news! Bigger isn’t always better. Pocket-sized plunge pools or “cocktail” pools are the newest craze in outdoor living spaces. While not built for laps, these diminutive darlings are the perfect size for cooling off on a hot summer day with a nice rosé, sangria, or yes, even a beer 😉

Today I’m going to show you some small but mighty swimming pools and some equally as wonderful hot tubs that will transform even the tiniest space into a backyard retreat. So grab your itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini and let’s dive in!


Cocktail Pools

Whether they’re called “cocktail” pools or “plunge pools,” their function is the same: to provide a cool, relaxing respite from the heat. Personally, I love the idea of a small pool. I don’t want a huge yard to maintain but a beautifully landscaped outdoor space which could easily accommodate a small pool is a dream of mine. Here are a few that I find particularly attractive. What about you? Can you picture yourself in one of these cuties?

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Hot Tubs

Not ready to take the plunge on a swimming pool? Maybe a hot tub is more up your alley. And although I enjoy a nice soak in a steaming hot tub as much as the next person, as a designer, I’m not a fan of the free-standing backyard spa. So many of them are just plain (how do I say this politely?) ugly. 🙁  For me, function has to follow form when it comes to hot tubs. I just can’t have one without the other; you know the whole yin yang thing, and form is very important to me. So, here are some beautiful hot tubs that I would be proud to have in my own backyard.

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The Ultimate Retreat

Can’t decide between a small pool and a hot tub? Why choose? You can have them both! These backyard retreats are the ultimate.

So what do you think? Is a small “cocktail” pool on your wish list? Or maybe it’s a hot tub you are dreaming about? We’d love to help you design an outdoor living space that’s perfect for you, no matter how big or small your backyard. Give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email.

For lots more inspiration for swimming pools of all shapes and sizes, and more hot tub inspiration, check out our Pinterest Board: Swimming Pools.

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