Backyard Micro Pools

Plunge into this New Design Trend

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From outdoor ovens to life-size chess boards, every season brings new trends in landscape design. One unique design trend in the last couple of years has certainly captured our attention – the plunge pool or dip pool.

waterfall and micro pool

Hillside plunge pool fed by a waterfall

What is a plunge pool?

A plunge pool is a small, shallow pool built for the purpose of lounging, wading, and cooling off instead of swimming and exercising. Some homeowners prefer them because of their lower costs to build, smaller sizes, easier maintenance, and reduced water requirements. In this low-maintenance backyard design, the "grass" surrounding the plunge pool is actually artificial turf. No mowing. More relaxing!

hot tub with plunge pool

Hot tub and micro pool with automatic covers

A Growing Trend

Why are plunge pools becoming so popular?

This growing trend provides a therapeutic advantage. Plunge pools can be built directly next to hot tubs for the purpose of “cold-plunge” therapy – an ancient practice still commonly utilized among athletes today. Cold-plunge therapy, also known as hot-cold therapy, involves moving back and forth from hot to cold water, a practice that encourages blood flow and circulation while helping to heal overworked muscles. In addition to the hot-and-cold-pool-combo, this multi-level backyard design features a firepit and outdoor kitchen.

twin micro pools in the shade

Side-by-side hot tub and plunge pool

To recap, here are some advantages of the plunge pool:

  • A great solution for small spaces
  • Lower installation/maintenance costs
  • Can be therapeutically utilized for better circulation and muscle healing

Disadvantages to consider:

  • Not designed for swimming
  • Limited capacity. A standard plunge pool fits 2-6 people.

limestone block wall and micro pool

Hillside plunge pool with waterfall and artificial turf

The plunge pool trend is growing. Whether you are on a budget, have a small yard, or are interested in the therapeutic advantages, this new trend could be the option for you. Will you take the plunge?

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