Installing a pool is a great way to cool off on a hot day. The pool is also an excellent place for family and friends to gather for fun and make memories.
Now that your pool is installed, you can start setting up the area around the pool to make it functional, aesthetically pleasing, and a place you want to spend your time.
There are a few tips on what you should follow to make your pool area an outdoor oasis.
1. Create a Decorative Patio
When you and your family sit by the pool, you don’t want to sit on the grass. Not only can this feel uncomfortable, but it won’t give your pool area the outdoor oasis feel you are looking for.
You can have stamped concrete and pavers installed around the pool area. Make sure the area is large enough to fit chairs around the pool easily.
You can also create a larger patio section at the top of the pool, which will provide room for a table and chairs.
2. Check Your Pool Fence
It is best to surround your pool with a fence to prevent small children and animals from falling into the pool. In many communities, a pool fence is required by law. You can also reduce your homeowner’s insurance premiums when you install a fence around your pool.
If you want your pool area to feel like a luxury resort, you should check your pool fence and choose a fence material that will fit with your vision.
For example, a chain-link fence will do its job, but it won’t add to the look of your pool area. A tall wooden fence will give the pool area a great look and privacy; however, wood fencing isn’t easy to maintain. PVC fencing looks great and will provide privacy when you are in the pool area. In addition, it is one of the easiest fencing materials to maintain. Wrong iron fencing or aluminum with brick pedestals will give your pool area an elegant look, but these aren’t the best options if you want privacy. If you have a green thumb, you can dress up your fence with ivy or other types of plants that will grow against the fence.
3. Add White Stone or Gravel Between the Pool and the Fence
It is for aesthetics and maintenance to keep grass away from the pool area. Placing white stones or gravel between the pool area and the fence will give your pool area a more sculpted look and prevent the grass from growing. In addition, you won’t have to worry about cutting the grass around the pool. Dragging the lawnmower or weed trimmer to the pool area can be a hassle, and there is a good chance that some of the cut grass will end up in the pool.
4. Create Multi-Seating Elevations
Multi-seating elevations are a great way to add additional space to your pool area and separate the different areas. For example, a composite deck with multiple elevations will give you a place for barbecuing, and an area for a table and chairs, and a lounging area. Setting up a deck this way will give your pool area a structured and elegant look.
5. The Furniture
You will need furniture around your pool to give your family and guests a place to sit. You can start by putting reclining loungers around the pool. Your family and guests will want a place to bask in the sun when they aren’t in the pool.
You should also put a table and chairs in the pool area for family and guests to sit and eat or enjoy a drink. You should add a matching umbrella to the table to provide shade.
When choosing your furniture, make sure everything matches and fits with your pool area theme.
6. Add Water Features
Water features can create a tranquil and relaxing feel to your pool area. Water features can also give your pool area a luxury resort feel. If you don’t have a lot of money in your budget for a complex water feature, simple waterfalls will provide the results you are looking for.
7. Landscape Lighting
Your pool isn’t just for day use. It is nice to sit by the pool on a nice summer night and even to go for a late-night swim. You want your pool area to be illuminated when you use it at night; therefore, landscape lighting is essential. The types of lights you choose depends on your pool area setup.
You can place small solar lights all around the pool to keep the pool lit. You can also use blue LED lights designed for the inside of the pool. This brightens up the pool’s interior, and the color will do a lot for the pool at night. You also need lighting in the area around the table and chairs.
If your pool is a good distance away from your home, you can use LED ground lights or light posts to create a well-lit path to the pool.
Adding the proper landscaping lighting will add ambiance to your pool at night and make it more functional.
8. Add A Fire Pit
An outdoor fire pit is a great way to relax by the pool on a cool evening. If you have the money in your budget, you can have a permanent fire pit built in the patio area using the same material. This will give the pool area an attractive and more unified look.
If you don’t have the money in your budget for a permanent fire pit, you can buy a wood-burning fire pit or a propane fire pit. It is easy to find one that works with your budget and will fit your pool area’s style.
9. Add a Pool Slide
Kids love pool slides, and most adults do as well. Installing a pool slide will make your pool more fun for your friends and family.
You can also make the pool slide the focal point of your pool at night by installing led lights on the sides of the slide.
If you are going to invest in a pool, you should also be willing to invest in the things necessary to make your pool area the backyard oasis you have always dreamed of.
If you follow the tips listed above, your dream can become a reality.