17 Things To Consider When Designing A Backyard Pool

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17 Things To Consider When Designing A Backyard Pool

Designing a swimming pool is one of those times when you need to balance aesthetics and practicality. Whether you're putting in a brand new pool or you want to enhance an existing pool, it's not just about making it look good. You also need to consider how to make your pool safe and how you can maintain it more easily. There are so many choices that you can make for your pool if you want to improve its design, whether it's for practical reasons or just to make it look better. Try some of these tips to improve your pool.

  • 1

    Choose an interesting pool shape - If you are in the beginning stages of designing your pool, considering the shape that you want is one of the important first steps. A standard rectangular pool might be all that you're looking for, but there are many ways you can design a pool with a more interesting shape. Before deciding on a shape, consider the purpose of your pool. If you want to use it mostly for swimming laps, an odd shape might not work so well.

  • 2

    Think about getting in and out - Another important consideration in the early stages of installing a pool, although you could rethink it later, is how to enter and exit your pool. You can do everything from a simple ladder to descending steps or a declining floor level. Think about the practicalities and who will be using your pool. If you want your kids to be able to get safely in and out, you don't want it to be too difficult.

  • 3

    Consider a natural pool - When you're deciding what your pool will look like, you might want to choose something other than a normal, chlorinated swimming pool. A natural pool can be a great option, which is able to mostly maintain itself thanks to the use of plants that are specially chosen for it. If you're looking for something a bit different and you don't like the idea of chemicals in your pool, a natural pool could make an attractive and unique feature.

  • 4

    Install water features - Embellishing your pool with interesting additions and features is a great way to take it from a normal pool into something more special. One of the things that you might consider including in the design or even adding later is a water feature. It could range from a decorative fountain to a waterfall that flows into the pool itself. If you want to add a water feature, consider the maintenance that might be involved to keep it working.

  • 5

    Consider different options for maintenance - Keeping your pool clean needs to be a priority when you're considering how to make it as good as it can be. A traditional chlorination system can be a lot of work to take care of, but it's often the first choice for many pool owners. However, there are other options, such as salt water chlorinators. These convert salt into chlorine and require you to maintain a consistent salt level in pool water. They can make it easier to keep your pool clean.

  • 6

    Make your pool safe - Safety is also a vital issue to consider when you design a pool. If you want to make your swimming pool safer, you should think about access to it. A pool cover can help, but not everyone wants to cover their pool if they're not required to. A fence is essential (by law) but there are different styles to consider so look at your surroundings and what fits with your style. Many people also consider alarm so that they can be totally sure no one can get in or out of the area without their knowledge.

  • 7

    Install some attractive tiling - Tiling isn't essential for a pool, and many people choose a more cost-effective plaster option. However, tiles can look incredible, and completely tiling your pool is one option if you want to make it aesthetically pleasing. There are different colours and textures to consider, and you could think about various patterns and how you might combine the tiles with lighting for an even more attractive effect. Consider which colours will look best under water before settling on a design.

  • 8

    Put in a new pool deck - When you want to improve the design of your pool, it's not just the pool itself that matters. Creating a usable space around the pool is also essential, especially if you're enthusiastic about outdoor living. If you want to build a pool deck, you could use paving, wood or other materials to create the perfect poolside space. Think about what might be most practical in terms of lifespan and maintenance, and what will give you the look that you want too.

  • 9

    Get a spa - Another way to add to your pool is also to have a spa that you can enjoy. A spa can be fun even on cooler days when you might not want to go for a swim. Whether you use it alone or share it with others, it's a great place to have a party. You could install one permanently, perhaps at ground level too, but there are portable options available too, which you can store away when not in use.

  • 1

    Choose an interesting pool shape - If you are in the beginning stages of designing your pool, considering the shape that you want is one of the important first steps. A standard rectangular pool might be all that you're looking for, but there are many ways you can design a pool with a more interesting shape. Before deciding on a shape, consider the purpose of your pool. If you want to use it mostly for swimming laps, an odd shape might not work so well.

  • 2

    Think about getting in and out - Another important consideration in the early stages of installing a pool, although you could rethink it later, is how to enter and exit your pool. You can do everything from a simple ladder to descending steps or a declining floor level. Think about the practicalities and who will be using your pool. If you want your kids to be able to get safely in and out, you don't want it to be too difficult.

  • 3

    Consider a natural pool - When you're deciding what your pool will look like, you might want to choose something other than a normal, chlorinated swimming pool. A natural pool can be a great option, which is able to mostly maintain itself thanks to the use of plants that are specially chosen for it. If you're looking for something a bit different and you don't like the idea of chemicals in your pool, a natural pool could make an attractive and unique feature.

  • 4

    Install water features - Embellishing your pool with interesting additions and features is a great way to take it from a normal pool into something more special. One of the things that you might consider including in the design or even adding later is a water feature. It could range from a decorative fountain to a waterfall that flows into the pool itself. If you want to add a water feature, consider the maintenance that might be involved to keep it working.

  • 5

    Consider different options for maintenance - Keeping your pool clean needs to be a priority when you're considering how to make it as good as it can be. A traditional chlorination system can be a lot of work to take care of, but it's often the first choice for many pool owners. However, there are other options, such as salt water chlorinators. These convert salt into chlorine and require you to maintain a consistent salt level in pool water. They can make it easier to keep your pool clean.

  • 6

    Make your pool safe - Safety is also a vital issue to consider when you design a pool. If you want to make your swimming pool safer, you should think about access to it. A pool cover can help, but not everyone wants to cover their pool if they're not required to. A fence is essential (by law) but there are different styles to consider so look at your surroundings and what fits with your style. Many people also consider alarm so that they can be totally sure no one can get in or out of the area without their knowledge.

  • 7

    Install some attractive tiling - Tiling isn't essential for a pool, and many people choose a more cost-effective plaster option. However, tiles can look incredible, and completely tiling your pool is one option if you want to make it aesthetically pleasing. There are different colours and textures to consider, and you could think about various patterns and how you might combine the tiles with lighting for an even more attractive effect. Consider which colours will look best under water before settling on a design.

  • 8

    Put in a new pool deck - When you want to improve the design of your pool, it's not just the pool itself that matters. Creating a usable space around the pool is also essential, especially if you're enthusiastic about outdoor living. If you want to build a pool deck, you could use paving, wood or other materials to create the perfect poolside space. Think about what might be most practical in terms of lifespan and maintenance, and what will give you the look that you want too.

  • 9

    Get a spa - Another way to add to your pool is also to have a spa that you can enjoy. A spa can be fun even on cooler days when you might not want to go for a swim. Whether you use it alone or share it with others, it's a great place to have a party. You could install one permanently, perhaps at ground level too, but there are portable options available too, which you can store away when not in use.

  • 10

    Add outdoor furniture - Creating an outdoor living space is a great way to make use of the area around your pool. Outdoor furniture can include a range of items, from loungers and sofas to accessories like fire pits. Think about how you want to use the space, whether you just want to sit by the pool in between swims or you want a create somewhere for eating and drinking. There are many different styles and options available to create a space that you love.

  • 11

    Choose the best way to cover your pool - Pool covers often don't look great, but they can help to keep your pool safe and keep it clean too. There are various types of pool cover, from standard tarp covers to solid vinyl and motorised covers too. They can all offer advantages concerning price, ease of use and more. When choosing a colour, a neutral colour is often best because it can blend into the environment more. You can get a pool cover that doesn't look too bad.

  • 12

    Play with lighting - Installing lighting in your pool means you can use it in the evenings and it will look great at night. It helps to make your pool safer too, especially if you don't have a cover over it. You can consider both lighting installed within the pool and outside of it. Of course, lighting can be practical, but it's also decorative, and it can give you a way to give your pool the look that you want it to have, even at night.

  • 13

    Design some beautiful landscaping - Another way to improve the area around your swimming pool is to consider your landscaping. Plants and trees can turn your pool area into a leafy paradise with plenty of greenery. However, you also need to think practically when making landscaping choices. You don't want anything that will drop leaves, needles or other debris in and around your pool. You also might want to avoid creating too much shade, so choosing where you plant your selections is important too.

  • 14

    Create more privacy around your pool - Privacy can be a concern with a pool. You may not want people looking in on you, or you might want to make sure that sound doesn't carry away from your pool area. If you want to make some improvements, taking some steps to soundproof around your pool can be helpful. The use of landscaping, walls and fences, and even outdoor furniture can help to absorb sound, as well as prevent prying eyes from looking in.

  • 15

    Make your pool more eco-friendly - Do you want to ensure you have an environmentally friendly pool? Choosing to have a natural pool is one way to do it, but it's not the only option. Consider your use of lighting and anything else that requires energy. Saving energy, perhaps through solar power, will help you to create a greener pool that also helps to save you money. Think about the chemicals that you use too, and how you can prevent animals from getting trapped in the pool.

  • 16

    Create shade around the pool - Although enjoying the sunshine is fun, sometimes you need shade to protect you from it. Creating more shade around your pool is a good way to enhance it and make it an area that the whole family can enjoy. You might do it with landscaping, or you could create shaded areas using awnings, parasols or even roofed areas.

  • 17

    Add technology - You could also consider adding some technology to your pool area. For example, this could include installing a waterproof sound system. Of course, you need to think about your neighbours if you're thinking about playing music by your pool.

  • 10

    Add outdoor furniture - Creating an outdoor living space is a great way to make use of the area around your pool. Outdoor furniture can include a range of items, from loungers and sofas to accessories like fire pits. Think about how you want to use the space, whether you just want to sit by the pool in between swims or you want a create somewhere for eating and drinking. There are many different styles and options available to create a space that you love.

  • 11

    Choose the best way to cover your pool - Pool covers often don't look great, but they can help to keep your pool safe and keep it clean too. There are various types of pool cover, from standard tarp covers to solid vinyl and motorised covers too. They can all offer advantages concerning price, ease of use and more. When choosing a colour, a neutral colour is often best because it can blend into the environment more. You can get a pool cover that doesn't look too bad.

  • 12

    Play with lighting - Installing lighting in your pool means you can use it in the evenings and it will look great at night. It helps to make your pool safer too, especially if you don't have a cover over it. You can consider both lighting installed within the pool and outside of it. Of course, lighting can be practical, but it's also decorative, and it can give you a way to give your pool the look that you want it to have, even at night.

  • 13

    Design some beautiful landscaping - Another way to improve the area around your swimming pool is to consider your landscaping. Plants and trees can turn your pool area into a leafy paradise with plenty of greenery. However, you also need to think practically when making landscaping choices. You don't want anything that will drop leaves, needles or other debris in and around your pool. You also might want to avoid creating too much shade, so choosing where you plant your selections is important too.

  • 14

    Create more privacy around your pool - Privacy can be a concern with a pool. You may not want people looking in on you, or you might want to make sure that sound doesn't carry away from your pool area. If you want to make some improvements, taking some steps to soundproof around your pool can be helpful. The use of landscaping, walls and fences, and even outdoor furniture can help to absorb sound, as well as prevent prying eyes from looking in.

  • 15

    Make your pool more eco-friendly - Do you want to ensure you have an environmentally friendly pool? Choosing to have a natural pool is one way to do it, but it's not the only option. Consider your use of lighting and anything else that requires energy. Saving energy, perhaps through solar power, will help you to create a greener pool that also helps to save you money. Think about the chemicals that you use too, and how you can prevent animals from getting trapped in the pool.

  • 16

    Create shade around the pool - Although enjoying the sunshine is fun, sometimes you need shade to protect you from it. Creating more shade around your pool is a good way to enhance it and make it an area that the whole family can enjoy. You might do it with landscaping, or you could create shaded areas using awnings, parasols or even roofed areas.

  • 17

    Add technology - You could also consider adding some technology to your pool area. For example, this could include installing a waterproof sound system. Of course, you need to think about your neighbours if you're thinking about playing music by your pool.

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