Are you thinking about getting a pool, but you feel a bit overwhelmed at all the different pool and landscaping design choices available? You’re not alone. Plenty of other prospective pool owners have been in the same boat. If you’re having trouble figuring out which selection is right for you, here are some helpful tips to help narrow down your options.
1. Consider the Size and Shape of Your Yard
If you have a small backyard, you’ll want to go with a pool shape that will make the most out of your limited space. Perhaps you could put in a lap pool with a long, narrow design that snugs up to the side of your house. Or, you could choose a custom-designed free-form pool that will contour to fit into some of your yard’s unique nooks and crannies.
You could decide to install a small exercise pool that includes a water current feature. These pools are ideal for allowing you to swim against the resistance of the current so you can still get your virtual “laps” in without needing to install a large pool.
On the other end of the spectrum, if you have a spacious yard, you could install a much larger pool, depending on how much of your yard space you want the pool to encompass. You can go with a traditional shape, such as a lap pool or kidney shaped pool. Or, you could choose an unconventional shape that’s built around elaborate landscaping.
2. Consider your Personal Style
Do you love the look and feel of Asian-inspired landscaping and décor? If you like the clean lines and relaxing understatement of this design style, you could go with a zen pool design. Perhaps your personality is more in tune with a southwestern desert or ranch style. In this case, surround your pool area with natural stones, rocks, and desert plants. If you enjoy a coastal, beach-vacation feel, include plenty of nautical elements in your décor, such as seashells, chaise lounges, and tropical plants. Some other popular themes include Mediterranean and Contemporary.
When deciding between themes, take a good look at some different examples and ask yourself, “Can I picture myself being happy and relaxed in this type of setting?” Sometimes thinking practically about which plants will grow well in your area of the country can also help you to narrow down your theme choices.
Whatever pool design and landscaping theme you choose, do your best to try to find furniture, plants, and a pool design that all reflect that particular theme. Use your imagination and look online for inspiration in incorporating different elements into your selected theme.
3. Consider Your Budget
No matter how elaborate of a design plan you want, don’t forget about staying within your budget. It’s okay to dream big, but you don’t have to add all of the finishing touches to your pool and landscaping during the first season. When you’re deciding on the size of your pool, keep in mind that the larger your pool, the more water and chemicals it will require, and the more effort it will take to maintain. Leave a little extra in your budget for unexpected expenses that may arise during or after installation.
Your pool area can serve multiple purposes. It can be a great place for enjoying exercise, recreation, and fun with family and friends. It can also be a place for unleashing your personal sense of style and creativity.
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