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

Hillside plunge pool fed by a waterfall.

What is a plunge pool? A plunge pool is a compact swimming pool, typically designed for wading, relaxing or cooling off. This is not only a cost-effective alternative to a standard sized swimming pool, but also a wonderful option for the homeowner with a small yard

Modern plunge pool design.

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, or often referred to 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.

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 install / maintenance costs
  • Can be therapeutically utilized for better circulation and muscle healing

Disadvantages to consider:

  • Less space for swimming
  • Limited capacity. A standard plunge pool only fits 2-6 people.
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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