Backyard Pool Ideas on a Budget

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and renovate your backyard with a pool, but how do you get a stunning looking pool without breaking the bank? We have put together a list of things to look for that can save you money on your pool installation and some budget friendly finishing touches that will help to create a space that is appealing and inviting. By adding some simple and affordable features you can completely enhance the aesthetics of your pool area.

Some pool considerations that can save you money:

The location of your pool


The first thing you want to do once you have decided to purchase a pool is ask your pool builder plenty of questions. Choosing the location of your pool can alter the costs depending on whether there is easy access to where you want it or if the condition of the site is sloping or on has uneven ground. If the location where you would like your pool has limited access, they may need to use a crane to get your pool in which can add to the overall cost of your pool.

According to bluefountainpools.net, It is important to remember that the spot for your pool that you choose must be well thought out to ensure that it is not only aesthetically appealing but also practical. For example, putting your pool in area that is surrounded by large trees may be cheaper at the time to install than other areas in your backyard, however, this can result in you spending far more time cleaning it. Costing you more time and money in the long run. Your pool builder will offer helpful advice regarding the best spot for your pool initially and in the long term.

Is an above ground or partially above ground pool an option?

Whilst most people prefer the look of an inground pool, you can still have a designer looking pool for less by installing it above ground or partially above ground. A high-quality fibreglass pool that is installed above ground is just as strong as if it were installed in ground. The difference is there is little need for ground work and excavation. This can cut down on costs considerably and can potentially save you thousands of dollars.

The size of your pool


Generally speaking, small pools such as a swim spas and plunge pools are cheaper, however not drastically. A small pool is still the same quality as a large pool, and it is installed to the same superior standards. The only difference is that the amount of groundwork that will need to be done. Smaller pools require less excavation, which equals less money.

Check your site map

Another helpful tip that can avoid lengthy delays with your pool installation is contacting your local council to obtain a copy of your site map. It’s a good idea to check if there are any pipes or cables running underneath the ground where you want your pool to go. Our experienced team can provide further education on this.


Pool fencing is a mandatory requirement for all pools – even blow up ones with a depth of more than 300mm. When determining the overall cost of your fencing you can reduce the amount required by using an existing fence line. You can reduce the cost by up to half by doing this. When considering this option its important to remember that your existing fence line must meet Australian standards pool fencing laws.

Budget friendly backyard ideas to enhance your pool area:



Landscaping is one of the most effective ways you can enhance the appeal of your backyard without spending a lot of money. A simple way to do this is by placing some pots with plants of your choice sporadically in or near your pool area, ensuring that they are located away from the pool. Agave, yuccas, and aloe are good choices if you’re looking for something that is hardy and requires little maintenance. If you are wanting more of a lush, well established look, you can save money on mature plants by purchasing them second hand. Check out your local buy and sell pages. People often have cuttings and well rooted plants for sale. They are typically much cheaper than they are at a garden store. Another cost savvy way to add some greenery to your pool area is by creating a vertical garden. They are relatively easy to make and create a stunning feature. If you decide to DIY planting for your pool area, they best time to do it is Autumn/Winter. By gardening at this time of year, your plants will have time to grow and will be thriving come summertime.

Shade sail

If your pool gets a lot of sun and doesn’t have much shade, it’s nice to have somewhere to retreat to whilst still enjoying your pool. Shade sails are a budget friendly alternative to a pergola. They come in a variety of colours and sizes so you can pick one to suit your pool area. They are affordable, durable and block harmful UV rays.



Lighting is not only a great way to enhance the look of your pool and garden, but it makes it much safer too. There are many types of lighting choices on the market. Some of these include floating lights for your pool and energy efficient LED lights. String lights hung in your pool area or from your home to the pool creates ambience, making the area look appealing and inviting, even more so when it starts to get dark.


If space allows, seating is a great way to make your pool area multi-functional. A chaise lounge with a side table makes a great spot to kick back with a cool drink and book on a hot summer’s day. If a chaise is not in your budget, bean bags are a cheap seating option, just make sure that the ones you choose are made of outdoor fabric that is mildew resistant or have an inflatable insert. That way they won’t go mouldy when they get wet. Ensure that your seating does not encroach the entry to your pool area and there is enough room to move around freely.

Privacy screen

If there is a section in your pool area that you would like to make more private, you can do this by adding a privacy screen. A privacy screen can be anything from hedging and bamboo to premade screens that you can purchase at a hardware store. Screening is a versatile and inexpensive way to enhance your backyard and create a windbreak. Having a wind break in place will decrease your pools evaporation rate drastically, saving you money.

Budget doesn’t have to mean boring

There are many ways you can enhance the overall look of your pool area on a budget. By putting some cost-effective installation solutions in place and by adding some low-cost features you can create a luxury looking pool area without hefty the price tag. If you have any questions regarding backyard pool ideas that will accommodate your budget, companies like The Fibreglass Pool Company could be helpful!

Enjoy your backyard this summer to the fullest!

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