Sure, on Long Island it’s January right now. We’re still in the thick of winter and the weather is bitterly cold. However, before you know it, summer will be here. So that means outdoor parties, barbecues and swimming! Flawless Masonry has helped Long Island homeowners create one backyard paradise after another for years.
What is the ultimate summer backyard fixture? You guessed it – a magnificent swimming pool. While there are plenty of others – outdoor fireplaces, backyard kitchens, etc., a pool can be the centerpiece of your backyard.
In this post, we’ll present a guide to choosing the ultimate backyard poolscape. Essentially, summer is right around the corner. It’s never too early to start planning your pool!
1. Begin With the Stone
Naturally, the pool selection process begins with the stone. In essence, this will be what “sets the tone” for your pool. You can choose from several options, all in different colors, textures and patterns. Much like concrete driveways, your pool can be designed to match your home perfectly.
Of course, it’s advisable to choose stone with a non-slip surface. Your pool’s deck is obviously going to get wet. Therefore, it’s best to go with a textured, porous stone that doesn’t get slippery.
Additionally, it’s best to select stone in a lighter shade. Darker stone absorbs heat. As a result, it can get extremely hot and damage sensitive skin. Natural stone is better at deflecting heat.
When planning the design of your pool, keep your accents in mind during the early phases. While it may seem trivial, accents have a dramatic effect on the general atmosphere of your backyard.
Essentially, remember to color block and establish a border. A pool’s border doesn’t just contribute to the design. In addition, a border will create a visual boundary that will increase safety around the pool.
By sticking to a pre-established color scheme, you can create a cohesive look that compliments your backyard.
3. Don’t Forget Plants!
Most completed pools only have a hardscape border. Naturally, with these there’s a conspicuous absence of greenery. Unfortunately, this absence can greatly deplete the effect of a well-crafted poolscape.
When you’re designing your pool, keep the plant life in mind. Well-chosen plants can utterly transform the masonry around your pool. Basically, you can turn your backyard into a lush, vibrant oasis.
Additionally, plants serve another purpose. Sure, they help to create colors and textures. But they also create privacy, add some shade and reinforce your general landscape.
4. Water Features
It’s no secret that backyard ponds and water features add tremendous value to your home. Obviously, a pool by itself is an incredible water feature. However, adding another water feature can have incredible benefits.
A fountain or water feature can make a striking focal point for your yard. As most homeowners know, circulation is key to keeping the pool clean. Recirculating pool fountains help to distribute cleansing chemicals through the pool and also to move water through the filtration system. So these fountains not only look amazing, they keep the pool clean.
Additionally, these fountains actually help to keep the pool temperature nice and cool. Why else dive into a pool on a hot summer day besides to cool yourself down? When the fountain sprays pool water into the air, it introduces oxygen into the water. Consequently, it helps to bring the water’s temperature down.
When planning the design of your pool, adding a water feature can only improve the finished product.
Conclusion – Summer is Coming!
Within a few short months, the days will be longer and the temperature warmer. Now is the best time to begin planning your future backyard oasis. As Long Island’s leading masonry contractor, we have years of experience bringing the dreams of homeowners to life.