How Much Space Do You Need to Build a Pool?

Picture of pool in backyard.

Pools are sometimes on a homeowner’s wish list of additions to their home. Building a pool can be a process, and most aren’t sure how much outdoor space they will need to dedicate to it. Pools can add an extra element of design and luxury. Swimming pools can be built in common dimensions, but there are custom options that make pools a possibility for many. Professionals like Hilltop Pools and Spas, recommend using about 25 percent of your backyard space for a pool.

Evaluate the Purpose of Your Pool

To decide how much space you will need to set aside for your pool, you’ll need to know what you’re using it for. If you expect to exercise and swim laps, you’ll need a pool that is longer than wide which can easily be implemented in narrow backgrounds with small space. Those that are wanting to lounge wouldn’t need nearly as big of a space as those who want to install diving boards or water features. Figure out what the purpose of your pool is, and this can give you a good idea of how much space you will need.

Who is Using Your Pool?

Think about the people who will be using your pool and what needs must be considered for them. Kids may need a shallow area to wade in so you’ll need to account for extra space that is needed for a shallow end with steps or a beach entry. Adults can manage with more depth which means you have less length and width you need to worry about.

In addition, consider the number of people who will be using the pool. Large families, or people who expect to host often, will obviously need more space than someone who lives on their own or with a few others.


Other factors will play into the space of the pool. The amount of time and resources you want to dedicate to it, as well as other plans you have for your yard space. A larger pool requires more time to maintain and more money to build.  If you’re trying to save on either, you’ll want a pool that takes up less space.

Backyards are also used for entertaining and play. If you have pets or kids, you may want to keep more grass around the pool so they have a place to roam. Those who love being outdoors may also want to a build fire pit, set up grills and outdoor dining, or grow a garden. These are all additional considerations that limit the space you have for your pool.

Contact the experts at Hilltop Pools and Spas in Atlanta, Georgia to speak with professional swimming pool contractors with years of experience. Visit our website, or call (770) 471-3889. Located in Jonesboro, we serve the entire Metro Atlanta area within a 100-mile radius.


We have had the privilege of being awarded more than 60 Design Awards in every award category, including custom residential concrete pools, commercial concrete pools, in-ground vinyl liner pools, and major renovations. Hilltop was named one of the “Top 50 Pool Builders in the USA” by Pool and Spa News in 2013-2017. Pool builders across the United States were evaluated in several areas, including the total number of pools built, customer service, certifications, industry involvement, employee retention, as well as advertising and social media presence. Our company was also nationally recognized for customer service and social media. We were the only Georgia company on the list in 2016 and 2017!

We would consider it a privilege to design and construct your project and have you as a member of our “Hilltop Family.”