Simple Backyard Extras to Discover Your Poolside Paradise

When you have a pool in your backyard, you have something to enjoy for years to come. Your pool is the focal point of your backyard—a place for family fun, poolside entertaining and a refreshing place to relax. We’ll go over some things that are practical, but there are lots of extras and features around your pool that just look cool and will make you the envy of the entire neighborhood!

Prepare Pool Perfection

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Before you start accessorizing in and around your pool, make sure the pool itself is in tip-top shape. If you have broken or missing tiles, cracked or chipped plaster, or need to update your filtration system, you’ll want to repair these things first. Your pool consultant can show you the latest trends in tiling, plastering and the most advanced technology in filters and energy-efficient pumps that may actually save you money in the long run!

Bark up the Right Tree

Trees provide privacy and create a little shade in some areas where you may want to escape the sun—especially in the really hot months—or maybe you want an area of shade for your patio furniture. Be wary of trees that shed frequently, produce pollen or need frequent maintenance. Your pool cleaner and skimmer will thank you. Our suggestions: palm trees, banana trees or junipers.

Play With Plants

Select plants that go with the theme of your backyard and pool—modern, traditional, Mediterranean-style, etc. Choose plants that can take intense sunlight, don’t shed or are flower bearing, unless you are prepared for extra work for the pool cleaner. Also steer away from plants with invasive root systems, which may cause cracking in your deck. Consult with a landscaper or your local nursery for options. Our suggestions: agave plants, porcupine grass, crotons or succulents.

Decorative Decking

We could write a whole other blog about the pros and cons of pavers vs. concrete, but the concept is the same. Both are safe and can provide a non-slip surface for your patio, a must for a pool. Both come in a variety of colors, textures and patterns and can provide a cool surface on a hot summer day. Again, choose decking that matches the theme of your pool, but also adds beauty and practicality.

Light up the Night

Illuminate your backyard when the sun goes down! Did you know lighting was rated the #1 outdoor living trend in 2011? And for good reason…placing lights in your backyard area creates drama and beauty, increases security and allows you to maximize the use of your outdoor space. Choose low-voltage lighting for your pool, and create a nightscape in water with fiber-optic water features. For the patio, place lights around step paths and walkways for safety.

The Ins and Outs of Fences

Besides the obvious privacy aspect, installing fencing provides a safety feature for your pool, and a noise barrier from your street and neighborhood bustling. Fences come in an array of sizes, materials and colors. Whatever you choose, make sure all fences have a locking gate. Pool fences are a great safety measure, especially for homes with small children.