Tips from The Block: Small Space Swimming Pools

children jumping into pool

The Block’s Sticks and Wombat have given their garden an edge this week with a small space swimming pool that didn’t break the bank.

The innovative pair opted for a container swimming pool, saving both time and money. At around 2.4m in height and width, and anywhere from 6-12m in length, a converted shipping container can be an easy solution if you’re looking for a portable, low-cost swimming pool that will fit into almost any backyard. Container pools (like converted shipping container home offices, bars and pop-up stores) are hot right now, providing raw style and industrial edge.

Container swimming pools are just one option, however, with other small-space solutions available including freeform pools (which can be made to fit a variety of spaces), courtyard-sized pools, plunge pools and swim spas. Above and semi-ground pools are another traditional, affordable option for Australian homes.

Container swimming pools may seem an easy and attractive choice in comparison to in-ground pools, but careful consideration should still be given before installing one. Planning permission, soundness of structure, depth, water-tightness and plumbing are just some considerations. Consider whether any landscaping of your backyard will be required to accommodate a pool and make yourself aware of pool fence regulations. Contact a specialist such as Shipping Container Pools and your local council for advice.

Sticks and Wombat’s auctioneer Daniel D’Assisi says swimming pools can be a great selling point for homes depending on the category of your property. “If you think that your property will attract a family category buyer that will use this feature for years to come, the addition of a swimming pool can be a great influencing factor in assisting you to achieve a great sale result,” he says.

Demand for properties with pools has remained strong over time, even as land block sizes have shrunk. When buyers are considering similar properties (as on The Block), the addition of a pool can have significant impact. The value a pool adds to a home varies, however, with more value added to family properties in the suburbs.

“It is important to be aware of properties that are more suited to a purchaser looking for a low maintenance living option,” advises Daniel, “as a swimming pool may present the reverse effect for the potential new home owner. We would always recommend calling in your local Noel Jones agent to discuss any major works for your property prior to making such a substantial investment.”

One distinct advantage of a container pool is the ease of removal in comparison with an in-ground alternative.

With Sticks and Wombat’s backyard being one of three properties with a pool on The Block this year, it will be interesting to see how the auctions play out.

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