Written by: Calvern Tong



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In the heart of Austin, Texas, where space is precious and summers scorching, plunge pools are becoming the go-to for cooling off in style.

Compact, cost-effective, and chic plunge pools offer a refreshing alternative to traditional swimming pools, fitting snugly into small backyards and urban spaces.

But what sets these smaller pools apart? And why are they such a hit in vibrant cities like Austin?

Hop on the Plunge Pool Bandwagon with Cowboy Pools

A plunge pool is designed for cooling off and casual lounging rather than swimming.

Characteristics of Cowboy “Plunge” Pools

  • Depth : While not necessarily deeper than standard pools, Cowboy Pools are optimized for lounging and provide a comfortable depth for seated submersion. This makes them ideal for soaking and cooling off (or warming up) without requiring extensive depth, ensuring safety and conserving water.

  • Size (6', 8', 10') : Cowboy Pools are compact enough not to overpower your space, yet spacious enough to offer a genuine respite from the heat. They are perfect for urban homes with limited outdoor areas, turning even a small patch of green into a luxurious retreat.

  • Style : With sleek, modern designs, these pools are tailor-made to suit urban aesthetics and can be customized to match your style and backyard vibe.

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Why Austin Residents Love Cowboy Plunge Pools

Here’s why these small pools might be the perfect addition to your venue or home:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Each Cowboy Pool serves as a striking focal point that adds fun and functionality to the overall design of your outdoor living space.

  • Versatility : Great for more than just residential settings, Cowboy Pools can also add value to commercial spaces such as boutique hotels, spas, Airbnbs, and restaurants. They add an element of luxury and comfort that can significantly enhance the customer experience.

  • Customization : Cowboy Pools offers extensive customization options, allowing you to create a pool that perfectly fits your space and style preferences. From the color of the finish to optional features like  heater and chiller systems . Yip, you can turn your pool into a hot tub for year-round use.

  • Ease of Installation : Unlike larger, more traditional pools, plunge pools require less space and can often be installed more quickly, reducing the disruption to your daily life and lowering installation costs. We have DIY kits and done for you stock tank setups.

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Plunge Pool Cost vs. Traditional Pools

This is how Cowboy Pools stacks up against traditional concrete pools in terms of cost, maintenance, and lifestyle compatibility.


Plunge Pool

Traditional Pool

Cowboy Stock Tank Pool

Plunge Pool Cost

Starts around $30,000

Typically over $80,000

Starts around $1,850

Water Use


Extensive, higher chemical use

Minimal, eco-friendly

Space Required

Minimal, but permanent space required

Extensive, requires a large area

Minimal, adaptable to various settings


Quick, can be above or in-ground

Time-consuming, primarily in-ground

Extremely quick, above-ground only

Plunge Pools and Their Benefits

They come in various styles, each offering unique benefits:

  • Space Efficiency : Ideal for small outdoor areas.

  • Lower Costs : Less expensive to install and maintain than full-sized pools.

  • Aesthetic Flexibility : This can be customized to enhance the outdoor decor.

  • Health and Wellness : Offers a private spot for relaxation and hydrotherapy.

Image Idea : Showcase a serene backyard featuring a Cowboy Plunge Pool on a fantastic Austin evening.

Installation and Customization Made Easy for Homeowners

Cowboy Pools simplifies the process of adding these soak pools to your home.

Our stock tank designs make our pools customizable to reflect your style and fit your space constraints.

  • Custom Features : Add a heater for chilly nights and year-round use, or a chiller to keep the water cold in the summer heat. Cowboy Pools custom curved cedar benches provide a seat for hanging out around your pool

  • Installation : Most Cowboy Pools are designed for easy setup, with some models requiring no more than a day to install. We have DIY and done-for-you options.

Image Idea : A time-lapse photo series of a Cowboy Pool installation from start to finish, capturing the transformation of a typical Austin backyard.

Why Choose Cowboy Pools?

Choosing Cowboy Pools means investing in a local Austin business dedicated to quality and community.

We provide a superior product and personalized service. So, your backyard pool installation is as easy as finding tacos in Austin.

List of Local Benefits

  • Community Support : Every purchase supports local jobs and the Austin economy. We proudly offer nationwide shipping on selected products, extending our support and services beyond Texas so you can enjoy our products wherever you are in the U.S.

  • Personalized Service : Benefit from custom solutions and attentive service that large national brands can't match. Whether you're in Austin or any other part of the country, our dedicated team is ready to assist you in creating the perfect backyard oasis.

  • Innovative Design : Our pools are designed with the Austin lifestyle in mind but are versatile enough to complement any regional aesthetic. Whether you're looking for a serene soaking spot or a vibrant party centerpiece, our designs cater to various tastes and backyard dimensions.

With Cowboy Pools, you're investing in a quality lifestyle upgrade that supports American jobs and showcases exceptional craftsmanship.

Image Idea : Vibrant scenes from local Austin Cowboy Pool installations featuring happy customers enjoying their new backyard havens.

Turn Your Backyard Space into an Oasis

These cocktail pools keep you cool during the hot summers. But with our heater systems, you can create a year-round haven for relaxation and entertainment.

Here's how to make the most of your outdoor space with a Cowboy Plunge Pool.

Building Lifestyle Features Around Your Plunge Pool

  • Outdoor Kitchens and Bars : Integrate an outdoor kitchen or a chic bar area next to your pool. Picture yourself flipping burgers or mixing cocktails without ever having to step away from the laughter and splash of the water.

  • Luxe Lounging Areas : Add stylish lounge chairs or a hammock nearby to provide a comfy spot for poolside relaxation. Incorporate outdoor rugs, cedar benches, throw pillows, and shaded areas to make your backyard a luxury resort.

  • Fire Pits and Seating : For those cooler nights, a fire pit near your plunge pool can keep the party going. Arrange cozy seating around the pit for warmth and a perfect smores-making spot.


Hosting and Entertainment with a Cowboy Plunge Pool

A plunge pool is the perfect centerpiece for hosting gatherings or simply unwinding after a long day.

  • Themed Pool Parties : Throw a luau, retro swim party, or a chill country music night. Use your plunge pool with themed decor and activities as the center of attraction.

  • Relaxing Spa Days : Convert your pool area into a spa retreat with floating candles, essential oils, and soothing music for a day of pampering at home.

  • Fitness and Fun : Use your plunge pool for low-impact exercises like water aerobics or yoga on float mats. It's a great way to stay fit and relaxed in a smaller backyard.

Read our blog on Cowboy pool party ideas for more inspiration.

Dive Into the Cowboy Pool Lifestyle

Your Cowboy plunge pool is a multipurpose, all-season oasis that brings luxury, fun, and a taste of Texas to your living space.

It's about to get hot out there. Stay Cool. Stay free.

Visit Cowboy Pools Shop today to see how easy the installation process is.


What is a plunge pool, and how does it differ from a regular pool?

A plunge pool is designed specifically for cooling off and casual lounging, not for swimming like a regular pool. It is much smaller and requires less water and space, which makes it perfect for urban homes with limited backyard space. Cowboy Pools offers a variety of plunge pool designs that are easy to integrate into small yards, providing a luxurious oasis without the footprint of a full-size pool.

Can I install a plunge pool next to my outdoor kitchen?

Yes, a plunge pool can be perfectly installed next to an outdoor kitchen, enhancing your outdoor living space. Cowboy Pools specializes in custom plunge pool designs that complement your outdoor kitchen and entertainment areas, turning your backyard into the ultimate hotspot for relaxation and social gatherings.

What are the benefits of adding a plunge pool to my small yard?

Adding a plunge pool to your small yard maximizes the use of limited space while providing a luxurious spot to cool off and relax. Cowboy Pools' plunge pools are ideal for small spaces, offering a sophisticated look and feel with minimal maintenance. They also add significant value to your home, making them a smart investment for urban homeowners.

How much does it typically cost to install a plunge pool?

Installing a plunge pool costs around $30,000 and can vary depending on the choice of materials, size, and customization options. Cowboy Pools provides affordable plunge pool solutions that are less expensive than traditional pools, with quick installation times that minimize labor costs.

What should I consider when choosing a plunge pool for my backyard?

When choosing a plunge pool for your backyard, consider the size of your available space, budget, and style preferences. Cowboy Pools offers a range of plunge pool designs that can be tailored to fit into smaller backyards and match any aesthetic, ensuring your new pool looks as good as it feels. Additionally, consider features like heating or built-in seating to enhance your plunge pool experience.



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