What are you looking for in your poolside landscape? Depending on your choice of coping and deck materials, you can create a seamless extension of your home’s exterior — or a departure into something stunning and exotic, just steps away from your back door.
If you build an inground pool, you’ll need to add pool coping — the edge or cap you see around the outside perimeter of the pool. Coping is usually made from brick or stone, and has a smoother, rounded or “bullnose” finished edge for comfort and style. You can choose coping that blends in with your decking, or you can opt to accent it. Whichever way you go, you want to make sure that your decking and coping — even your pool tile — are selected to create a cohesive, complementary look.
Patios and decks are extensions of the home and can help create the perfect setting for your backyard. As such, patio and deck design requires accessories that will make your backyard as livable as any indoor room. From a fountain or hammock to wicker furniture and wind chimes, a few added accessories can transform your backyard into your new outdoor living space. In addition, your deck can also help add sophistication to any backyard.
The materials you choose should fit into your lifestyle and budget. Your deck should be strategically placed to enjoy the scenery while minimizing noise both to and from your neighbors.
Your deck gives you even more opportunities to design an inviting environment. Whether you’re building an above ground or inground pool, you can create a simple and beautiful space for lounging, or a multi-level, outdoor living area for entertaining. Decking materials come in an exciting array of beautiful textures, designs and styles — wood, tile, concrete, stone, pavers and composite materials are some of the most common.
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Deck pavers are durable, affordable and comfortable to walk on, and can be found in materials to fit any budget — travertine, concrete, natural stone and manufactured aggregates. Pavers can be sand-set without mortar, grout or an expensive slab, plus, sand installation allows for flexibility between the pavers so they’re less likely to crack and need repairs in the future.
Decorative Concrete is another option that offers a wide variety of colors and finishes. Concrete decking can be stamped and stained in your choice of patterns, textures and colors, and can be sealed with a spray-on, slip-resistant finish.
Composite Decking can give you the look and practicality of a traditional wood deck without all the maintenance that comes with it. Composite decking is available in colors and textures that mimic the look of real wood, yet it’s durable, long-lasting and needs no painting or staining.
Tile adds classic beauty and is available in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colors — it’s also very durable.
Slate and aggregates provide wonderful texture and rich color and is a beautiful complement to your natural surroundings.
Brick is durable, available in a variety of colors, and can be laid out in a number of exciting and dramatic patterns.
In addition to pool decking, the addition of plants and shrubs can add a lot to your backyard. Evergreens will continue to look good all four seasons of the year. In front of the evergreen shrubs, you can add color with blooming perennials and ground cover. Make sure the plants you choose will work well in the area based on the condition of your soil and how much sun the location will receive. Talk to your pool installer about proper materials under and around your new pool. Remember to account for plant size once they mature.
Trees are a lovely addition to an above ground pool because they can add both shade and color to your outdoor living space. However, be mindful of placement and type to avoid issues with roots and leaves as the trees mature. Your pool installer is a good source of information and advice for creating your ultimate backyard. Instead, choose trees with large leaves that don't come off easily. Make sure to cover the pool at the end of the summer, to catch the autumn leaves before they fall. Clean off the cover before removing for the next swim season so that no leaves fall into your pool.