Landscape designs for pools can be costly but there are different types that make a difference. The two main types of swimming pools are either a vinyl liner pool or concrete swimming pools.
Vinyl liner pools are less expensive. Only specific shapes are
offered, but there is a wide selection. In addition, some companies,
will customize their existing shapes.
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Here are some design considerations.
When thinking about landscape designs for pools, an important
decision to make is what type of pool paving material to use.
Paving around pools is a little different than other areas.
You don't want to select swimming pool decking that will be hot on the feet.
Bluestone, which I love, is known for this, so I rarely recommend it to be used.
Some materials to consider that work well around pools are other natural stones, such as Idaho Quartz or Tennessee Crab Orchard, travertine pavers, concrete pavers, stamped concrete, and concrete pool decking.
Also see natural stone patio choices.
One of my favorite pool paving materials is travertine pavers. Pricing is similar to bluestone, considering both are dry laid. Here is a pool project I designed where travertine was used and it turned out amazing!
Note: When excavating for the pool and/or changing the grade of the land, be careful of any large trees on the property. Raising or lowering the grade outside the drip line (diameter of branching) of the tree will cause the decline of the tree.
Landscape designs for pools often incorporate a waterfall. People love the look and sound of moving water! To get the most natural look, it is important that the waterfall is located at an existing higher elevation than your pool.
Here are some interesting design tips for pool waterfalls
Spas can be designed as part of the pool itself, or set apart in the pool paving.
For spas (hot tubs) integrated with the swimming pool, a variety of different designs can be used.
Spas can be designed either with or without a waterfall into the pool. They can be set at an elevation close to the pool paving height.
The spa can be elevated to create a more dramatic waterfall.
Spas may have steps leading up to it, so that the spa becomes part of a raised platform.
If you have the space, you might want to use this space as a sitting area!
Spas can also be a free standing unit purchased from a spa company. All the mechanisms are in the unit itself.
This part of landscape designs for pools and your project should be thought about at the very beginning. Fencing should be incorporated in the design, not be an after thought!
Considerations are fencing just around the pool or around your property in some way.
Landscape designs for pools should incorporate some shade at the pool area. There are ways to do this which add to the beauty of the landscape. Here are some ways to create that shade.
I often provide shade trees in an area of the property where shade from the tree will be cast on the pool paving area. Some of the trees I love to use are 'October Glory' Red Maple and Japanese Zelkova.
An outdoor pergola is a nice architectural element to have in a design and particularly as part of landscape designs for pools. It is classic and elegant. It can be sized to accommodate dining furniture and lounges. If placed in the design artistically, it can become a dramatic focal point.
You can also purchase a wonderful tent!
Path lights around the pool will create lighting for night use.
Up lights in nearby trees will add some lighting also.
Torch lights are a
great way to create lighting for areas where typical lighting does not
seem to work. And torch lights create a wonderful ambiance! You want
your swimming pool lighting to be functional, but also subtle.
When creating landscape designs for pools and the pool paving, I always make sure the spaces will be large enough for the desired seating. I usually allow a minimum of 15' for a table and chairs and 10' for lounges. I try to make the area used for dining easily accessible to the kitchen.
When designing and selecting places for lounges, I make sure to face them so that the best view is taken advantage of. For example, if there is a nice mountain view on the property, I would position the lounges for that viewing. Landscape designs for pools can make lounging and dining at this outdoor area all the more enjoyable by considering what people will be looking at.
There are many different styles of outdoor dining furniture and lounges that can be used in the pool area. Some of my favorites are mosaic table and chairs, aluminum and teak.
If you are looking for an extremely natural looking swimming pool, here is a very special company Natural Design. Their phrase "swimming holes" fits perfectly. When building natural swimming pools, they use concrete which is then artistically sculpted to form rock formations. In addition, sandy bottoms can be incorporated. Some of their waterfall designs can be cliffs, bubbles, or even resemble canyons.
Natural swimming pools and gardens go well together too. Their sculptures can also be used in other parts of the landscape as part of design elements which are green, good for the environment, and quite economical. For example, large sculpted boulders can be set in either lawn areas or pebbled patios for both effect and as places to sit. This concept can take the place of a more structured seat wall.
Pool designs require thought to make the area special. I hope I have provided you with some things to consider when undertaking a swimming pool project.
Do you have a question about swimming pools and/or pool paving that you need some help with? Here is the place to ask! The more information you can give, the better I can answer. And photos are a great help too!
I decided to create this section due to the many questions people have regarding grading and drainage issues.
You may ask a question yourself, comment on or answer questions of others. All helpful comments will be greatly appreciated! Also take a look at the other Q&A on this topic (below).
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