You dream of being able to swim in a private pool to cool off on hot summer days.

Unfortunately, the small size of your outdoor spaces does not allow you to do so... Rather than resign yourself or bet on an inflatable or PVC above-ground pool, which risks being damaged after a few seasons, if you choose for a mini-inground pool?

Very popular in recent years, these Lilliputian-sized pools have invaded small gardens, to the delight of city bathing enthusiasts.

Of all sizes and shapes

Aware that mini-pools are intended for sometimes very restricted spaces, but also for crooked or sloping grounds, pool specialists offer a wide variety of pools to adapt exactly to your needs.

In addition to the classic rectangular shape, you can opt for a personalized model, designed and made to measure, triangular, oval, figure eight or even a natural water point for a very aesthetic oasis effect.

In terms of size, mini-pools are usually less than 20 m2, and some can even have an area of ​​less than 10 m2 if they have to occupy, for example, a terrace or an urban patio.

The depth will most often be between 1.30 and 1.60 m.

A more flexible legal framework

Less restrictive to dig than a swimming pool with conventional dimensions, the mini-pool will not require prior declaration of work below 10 m2 (unless it is located in a classified site).

Safety issue, however, it is subject to the same standards as its big sisters.

You will therefore have to have it insured and install an adequate safety device such as a barrier with a locking system, a covering shutter, an ultrasonic alarm or a swimming pool enclosure.

The choice of materials

For inground mini-pool models, the most common material is undoubtedly concrete.

This offers remarkable longevity, an infinity of shapes and all the advantages of large classic pools.

Reinforced, sprayed or poured, concrete is more resistant... but also more expensive.

Then you can cover it with decorative plaster or mosaic.

Also appreciated for its sturdiness but more affordable, the steel pool holds its own and can be installed very easily.

However, these are built-in models, which you will not necessarily be able to shape according to your wishes.


Same thing for monocoque pools in polyester, resin or acrylic, delivered according to a precise molding – even if many shapes are offered.

On the other hand, we appreciate here the ease and speed of installation.


Finally, the wooden swimming pool, which offers a beautiful natural appearance and brings a friendly touch to the garden, has the disadvantage of requiring regular maintenance to preserve its original beauty.

High-end options

In addition to saving space, owning a small swimming pool has another advantage: that of being able to afford luxurious equipment more easily!

Thus, to enjoy your pool all year round, you can have an economical water heating system installed: the volume of liquid to be kept at the right temperature being lower, energy costs will be lower too.


Do you like swimming and want to be able to do lengths in your small pool?

Bet on a counter-current swimming system, adjustable in power, to indulge in breaststroke or crawl to your heart's content.

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Finally, if you are a fan of balneotherapy, treat yourself to relaxing moments thanks to massage nozzles, jets, colored LEDs or even air diffusers that will transform your mini-pool into a spa-like whirlpool bath, for the most great happiness for your aching muscles.

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How much does it cost ?

Building a small pool also has the advantage of being more affordable, even if it is not its dimensions but the configuration and nature of your land that will more or less drive up the bill.

Count on average 2000 € for a monocoque swimming pool and 8000 € for a concrete model.

The cost of maintenance will logically also be reduced.

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