Increase the Value of Your Home by Coupling Pool and Landscape Design
As spring approaches, many homeowners consider building a pool. Those who’ve had a pool for a while may want ways to make the pool and the space surrounding it more creative and vibrant. Whether you’re building a pool for the first time or want to update your old one, integrating a pool design with your existing landscape will add value to your home. Today we’re going to offer some ways you can integrate the two and enjoy the outdoors more this swimming season.
Consider Guests’ Traffic Patterns
One main reason homeowners want their pools and landscapes to be attractive is because they host many pool and garden parties. Keep these tips in mind when considering a design:
- Make sure your guests can see something pleasing from the water. If your pool isn’t near your garden, place flowers and other potted plants strategically around the deck area.
- Make pool gates and steps as attractive and accessible as possible. Double-check all latches and railings for sturdiness. Use unique materials such as brick or stone.
- Don’t overload your guests with too many stairs, gazebos, or other destinations. Getting to the pool should not be a workout.
Part of a pool’s allure is its outdoor location, so allow your guests to enjoy nature as much as possible. Plant water-friendly flowers such as:
- Queen palm trees
- Birds of paradise
- Day and fortnight lilies (note that all parts of the day lily are poisonous)
If you have the space, add a fountain or waterfall inside your pool. This can be either a plain fountain or an LED-connected one that shoots colored water into the air when activated. Instead of a diving board, consider using a flat diving rock (supervise children during diving).
Use Shapes and Lighting to Your Advantage
The type of landscaping you can integrate depends on the shape and size of your pool. For example, round pools will give you more space for plant life, chairs, and accoutrements on and around the deck area. Kidney-shaped or square pools may not be the best for potted plants, but they lend themselves well to waterfalls, fountains, and tunnels. If you’re using a waterfall or fountain, add pool-friendly LED lighting for an artistic and romantic touch. If you have children, consider adding grottos and tunnels to the pool. These can become fun places for them to play games like hide and seek.
For more ideas on your dream pool coupled with landscape design, contact us at Pools of Fun.