So you have the pool and deck of your dreams! Now it’s time to accessorize! Adding your touches of landscaping and decorating is a great way to personalize your backyard. There are so many ways you can do this – with patio furniture, rock gardens, fountains, trees and flowers, etc. We are going to suggest a few ways that you can give it a finished look.
The first thing to understand is that landscaping goes far beyond just planting. You need to plan an environment around your pool that makes it not only appealing and comfortable, but accessible. After your deck and walkways are in place, you want to choose plants that will do well in your area. A great way to know is to check with your local nursery or if in doubt, hire a landscape designer. You will want to design your landscape plan to not only coordinate with the design of your house but also with the proportion. Be sure that you choose plants that do not attract pests such as bees, because the last thing you want is for your guests to be scared away. You also want to choose plants and flowers that don’t shed year round, causing excess debris in your pool and on your deck. Remember – plants and trees are great for creating privacy, but you never want them to overtake your backyard, creating more trouble with root systems and drainage.
Once you have your landscaping in place, it’s time to finish it off with furniture and other items for your guests to relax and enjoy. The new trend is to make your backyard area like in outdoor living room – a place you can dine, nap, relax, enjoy drinks with friends, entertain, and even watch television! You will want to be sure to create shade for those warm summer days. You can do this with large umbrellas, trellises, awnings, etc. You then will want to add great furniture such as table and chairs to dine on, lounge chairs to relax and tan on and other accessories such as lamps, rugs, wall hangings, cushions and draperies.
Don’t forget to add lighting to your backyard – not only for the functionality of providing an illumination source, but also to create atmosphere. You can add path lights, uplights to highlight trees, spotlights and lanterns.
The finishing touches to your pool area makes the statement complete for your backyard. Because there is no better place to relax than a well-furnished and landscaped backyard, you’ll want to be sure that this is an essential part of your planning when building or remodeling your pool.