A backyard swimming pool is a good way to bring together family and friends and making great use of your backyard. However, the swimming pool is only part of what needs to be considered during the planning and installation phases. Paying attention to the landscaping around the pool is just as important if you want it to remain functional and inviting. Here’s a list of some of the main things you should keep in mind when it comes swimming pool planning and installation.
Seating And Lounging Areas
Contrary to what you may initially believe, not all your time will be spent swimming laps and frolicking in the pool. An equal amount of time, if not more, will be spent relaxing around the pool or watching others take to the water. Ensuring enough space and seating options for you and your guests will allow maximum enjoyment for everyone. Make room for recliners, chairs and tables. You may also want to consider a BBQ and eating area as the pool will undoubtedly stimulate some appetites. Also, choosing a layout with a good mixture of sun and shade throughout the day will optimize your swimming pool experience.
Fencing will not only provide privacy, but it will also add a safety element. A tall, sturdy fence will not only keep prying eyes out, it will dissuade curious children (and adults) who could end up in a serious trouble if they decided to take an unsupervised dip. Make sure to consult local regulations as to minimum or maximum fence sizes when it comes to swimming pool safety and privacy.
Decking and Walkways
Choosing stable, water-proof decking and walkway materials will be key to keeping your pool clean and safe. Consider materials that have an element of grip when wet yet are comfortable on bare feet. For instance, lighter coloured materials will minimize scorched feet in the heat of summer. Stepping stone walkways in highly travelled areas will mean less dirt and organic material tracked into the pool and house.
Not only will you need some kind of structure to house the working machinery needed to maintain a pool, but you might want to consider including a bathroom/dressing room. Not only will it cut down on wet feet tramping in and out of the house, but it can also be used to store towels, bathing suits and other accessories.
Dead Spaces Around the Pool
With a pool taking up a lot of space, you may end up with small corners of your yard that aren’t terribly useful. Rather than allowing unfettered plant growth (which will inevitably end up in your pool), consider adding rock gardens or water features such as small fountains and ponds.