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13 Creative Backyard Pool Ideas on a Budget

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If you're like me, you love spending time outdoors, especially in the summertime. There's nothing like taking a dip in a pool to cool off on a hot day. But if you're on a budget, you may think that owning a pool is out of reach.

Think again! There are plenty of ways to add a pool to your backyard without breaking the bank. Here I am going to share with you 15 backyard pool ideas on a budget that I am also weighing up.

1. Inflatable Pools

Now, I know what you're thinking . Inflatable pools are for kiddies, right? Wrong! There are plenty of larger inflatable pools on the market that are perfect for adults too. And the best part is, they're super affordable. If there is anything that is going to suit those on a budget, it is an inflatable pool. You can usually pick one of these up for around $100 or less.

You could go even less by picking up a used one but be sure to check it over for any holes or leaks before you set it up - you know there is bound to be one!

2. Portable Pools

If you don't want to deal with the hassle of inflating and deflating your pool every time you want to use it, then a portable pool might be a better option for you. Portable pools are also very affordable, with some models selling for as little as $50 (although the average price is closer to $100).

One thing to keep in mind with portable pools is that they will need to be emptied and refilled every time you want to use them. This can be a bit of a hassle, but it's definitely worth it if you're on a budget.

3. DIY Pool

If you're handy with tools, then you might want to consider building your own pool. This is definitely a more expensive option, but if you're able to do it yourself, you can save a lot of money and if you do a good job, you can have a fantastic pool to suit.

There are plenty of plans available online for DIY pools, so do some research and see if this is an option that would work for you. See sources for ideas.

4. Stock Tank Pool

If you're looking for an inexpensive and easy way to add a pool to your backyard, then a stock tank pool might be the perfect option for you. Stock tanks are typically used as water troughs for livestock, but they make great pools!

They're usually made from galvanized steel, so they're very durable and they come in a variety of sizes. You can usually find them for around $100 or less, making them a great option for those on a budget. To set one up, all you need to do is fill it with water and you're good to go!

The downsides are that they can be a bit shallow (usually 3-4 feet deep) and they're not the most aesthetically pleasing option, but if you're on a budget, they're definitely worth considering.

5. Part In Ground Pools

If you're looking for something a little more permanent, then you might want to consider a part in-ground pool. These are usually semi-permanent or permanent structures that are partially buried in the ground (hence the name).

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They can be made from a variety of materials, including concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl. They're typically less expensive than a full in-ground pool, but they're still a significant investment. Prices start at around $2,000 and go up from there.

6. Natural Pools

If you're looking for an environmentally friendly and budget-friendly option, then a natural pool might be the perfect choice for you. Natural pools are usually built using native plants and other natural materials, which helps to filter the water and keep it clean

They're also typically shallower than traditional pools, which means they don't require as much chemicals to maintain. Prices for natural pools start at around $3,000, making them a bit more expensive than other options, but they're definitely worth considering if you're looking for an eco-friendly option.

7. In Ground Pools

If you have the budget for it, an in ground pool is definitely the way to go. In ground pools are permanent structures that are built into the ground. They can be made from a variety of materials, including concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl they're typically more expensive than other options, with prices starting at around $10,000, but they're definitely worth the investment if you can afford it. They'll last for years and provide you with a place to cool off all summer long!

8. Hay Bale Pool

This is a great option if you want to build your own pool but don't want to spend a lot of money. All you need is a few hay bales and some plastic sheeting (or an old pool liner). You can find hay bales for around $20 each, so this is definitely a budget-friendly option.

To set it up, just build a wall of hay bales around the perimeter of where you want your pool to be. Then, line the inside with the plastic sheeting (or pool liner) and fill it with water. This is a great option for those who want a temporary or portable pool.

9. Convert a Container Into a Pool

If you're looking for an inexpensive and easy way to add a pool to your backyard, then this might be the perfect option for you. All you need is a large container (like a shipping container or even an above ground pool) and some water

To set it up, just fill the container with water and you're good to go! This is a great option for those who are on a budget or who want a portable pool.

10. Set up Oval Pools

These are prebuilt pools that you can buy online or maybe even at your local home improvement store. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, but they're all oval-shaped. Prices start at around $100, making them a great option for those on a budget.

To set one up, just follow the instructions that come with the pool. Usually, all you need to do is inflate the pool and then fill it with water. These are great for those who want an easy and affordable way to add a pool to their backyard.

13. Endless Pool

If you’re looking for a pool that will provide you with endless hours of fun, then an endless pool might be the perfect option for you. These pools are designed to allow you to swim in place, meaning you can swim laps without ever having to turn around

They’re also great for those who want to get a workout in but don’t necessarily want to go to a traditional gym. This is my personal favorite type of pool and I’ve actually been thinking about getting one for myself. Prices start at around $10,000, making them a bit pricey but definitely worth the investment.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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