Design your pool and poolscape to coordinate with your home's
architecture and the geographical area you live in. Use the overall
shape, surface material, and style of your house as a guide for selecting
your pool's details and shape. For example, a rustic home calls for
an organic pool shape and loose plantings with a natural stone
surround. Linear pool lines, paver or concrete decking, and clipped
hedges may suit a formal architecture style better. Choose a
landscaping style that is compatible with your region. It will
blend better with the homes and landscapes in the surrounding area.
Pools can be designed with vanishing edges or surrounded by rocks, patios,
and waterfalls, but the use of trees and shrubs, along with walls and
arbors, can provide privacy and will shelter you from the sun in a hot,
sunny climate. Use of vegetation native to your region will help to
cut down on maintenance. Palm trees and tropical plants are perfect
for humid, southern areas, while cacti, rockscaping and adobe walls suit
desert areas. Avoid plants or trees that drop fruit, flowers,
leaves, or sap. Gravel may work better as ground cover than mulch,
which washes out more easily. If the pool surround area is small,
simply use pots of bright colored flowers.
Provide areas surrounding your pool for entertaining, dining, or
play. These areas might include a pool or guest house, a
pergola-covered patio, a grilling area, or even an outdoor kitchen.
For safety, a children's play area might be kept outside, but within sight
of the fenced pool area. Outdoor furniture that coordinates with
your overall style provides a place to enjoy a relaxing setting.
Sway in a hammock on a lazy summer afternoon surrounded by tropical
vegetation or put up an umbrella to shelter a luncheon or afternoon tea
table. Strategically place a table and cushioned chairs for a
romantic, candlelit, poolside dinner after dark. Just make sure all
paths are lit well enough at night to navigate the area. And don't
forget to lower the height of your vegetation if you have the luxury of an
ocean, lake, or mountain view.
Inground Pool Equipment and Accessories
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