What’s the one thing that makes a backyard feel like a tropical oasis? For most people, it’s a pool. The relaxation, beauty and summer fun is the appeal. Swimming pools are viewed as a luxury for some, and a necessity for others.
Owning a Pool
Thinking about getting a pool? You should know that it’s not all fun and games. Here’s a list of 5 things you should know about pool ownership so you don’t just dive in without knowing what you’re getting into!
- Be Ready for Guests
- Increase Supervision
- Plan For Water
- A Neglected Pool is a Green Pool
- Features Are Fun
1) Be Ready for Guests
If you have teenagers, installing a pool in your backyard will make yours the cool house on the block. This means your house will likely become a popular destination for your children and their friends.
2) Increase Supervision
All those guests mean that you’ll have to beef up supervision of little ones. In a fenced in yard without a pool, you might have let your kids and their friends roam while you watched TV or made dinner. A pool requires an additional level of supervision, either consisting of an older sibling, parent or babysitter.
3) Plan For Water
Obviously, your pool will use a lot of water, but one thing people fail to think about until after construction is complete is how much water gets tracked into your house. Plan ahead and install a covered patio, pool house or outdoor lounge area to encourage swimmers to dry off outside, instead of making puddles inside!
4) A Neglected Pool is a Green Pool
With the rain and humidity in North Houston, your pool will need weekly maintenance. Without it, you’ll notice it take on an unhealthy greenish hue.
Pro Tip: A pool requires weekly testing and maintenance to keep your water sparkling and clear. Neglect this and you’ll end up with green water!
5) Features Are Fun
When you’re building a pool, take some time to explore the custom features available to you. It’s not impossible to add these later, but generally speaking, it’s easier to incorporate them into the original design and construction. There are so many options, from waterfalls and scuppers to bridges and fire pits.
Years of Outdoor Enjoyment
Everybody wants to have a swimming pool in their own backyard, and many have reached a point in life where this dream can become a reality. It’s important to remember that this expensive investment is a big responsibility. It will provide years of fun, entertainment, and beauty, but it takes a little work and care.
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So you’ve finally decided to give your backyard the attention it deserves. Congrats! Outdoor living spaces are more popular (and practical) than ever. While some elements are no-brainers (pool, patio) some take a bit more thought. How will you tie your pool and patio together? Will there be any secondary lounging or conversation locations around the yard?
The grounds around your home make the first impression on guests and passersby. Updating a drab or outdated backyard is a great investment and can make your home a destination for friends and family. Hardscape design refers to the elements in your outdoor design that are not living (stone, pavers, patio, walkways, retaining walls, etc.). Your backyard needs a combination of hardscape and landscaping to achieve a good visual balance.
Communicates a Theme
Hardscapes can be relaxed or formal, but the best ones convey a well-defined style and theme. Think of a phrase that describes your vision and stick with it. After selecting your style, choose materials that complement your home’s interior and exterior. You don’t want to have to look at a hardscape with all one color or material, just as you don’t want anything dramatically different than the rest of your home. Here are some ideas for a theme:
- Grecian garden
- Tuscan vineyard
- Modern minimalism
- Beachside bungalow
Incorporates Your Pool
A backyard with a pool is good, but a backyard with a pool and beautifully executed landscape and hardscape design is great. If you install a pool without thought to the rest of the space, the result could lack cohesion. A thoughtfully designed patio, outdoor living area, pool and landscape with hardscape will give you the most bang for your buck
Pro Tip: Use hardscape and landscape to tie together the various zones of your backyard, making a cohesive design.
Go With a Professional
Successful hardscape design and installation depend on having a landscape designer who knows your style. If you’re embarking on a project that involves a structural wall or a hill with stability issue, you’ll want a team of professional handling it. They’ll be able to prevent serious damage.
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No matter what kind of home you live in, having access to outdoor space is a luxury. As an extension of your home, a beautiful outdoor living space makes for a warm-weather destination for entertaining friends and family. It also provides a private oasis for you to relax after a long day at the office.
Creating Your Dream Outdoor Space
Ask yourself some basic questions before you seek out pool and landscape designers. What do you want out of the yard? A pool for the kids, a cozy retreat for mom and dad, or maybe an entertaining patio? What materials do you like? Once you have a rough idea of what you want, it’s time to move forward with a professional.
A comprehensive plan provides a birds-eye view of your overall project, which can be implemented in logical steps. Your steps will eliminate the need to do it all at once. You’ll be able to work on one area at a time, but always thinking ahead. For example, if you’re redoing your patio and think you may eventually want to add an outdoor kitchen, don’t wait to install the gas hookup. It’s more cost-effective to do ti when the ground is already dug up.
Pro Tip: Consider future additions when designing a pool or patio, so that your designer can install hookups for an outdoor kitchen, or space for a pergola.
The right patio design can provide a lot of room for living and dining areas. The trick is creating a flexible layout with places to eat and relax that’s also an extension of the yard. Try to maintain an open area in the center of the patio to encourage safe traffic flow. Avoid heavy furniture that can’t be easily moved around to accommodate different sized crowds. If you spend a lot of time entertaining outdoors, you may want to consider a covered patio extension or an outdoor kitchen, to maximize the time you can spend outdoors.
Your swimming pool area should marry fun and function, so make it a welcoming and whimsical space that remains highly functional for outdoor entertaining. Custom pool features like slides, waterfalls and fire pits can be added to your pool for an extra dose of drama. Go big with accessories, with substantial chaises for poolside lounging and a hefty table for alfresco dining. Remember that your poolside and patio furnishings should express the same style as the rest of your home.
Look at the Big Picture
Could your backyard use a facelift? Don’t make the mistake of slapping a cement patio down as time and adding to it slowly. Instead, consider the space from a big picture stance, from how you want to use the yard to how much time you spend there. Often you’ll find that a short-term investment can pay off in long-term enjoyment, use and improved home value.
Contact Us to learn more about designing the backyard of your dreams before next summer. Browse our gallery of outdoor designs in Houston and the surrounding areas to inspire you!
The warm weather in Texas is meant to be spent poolside. If you’re considering adding a pool to your backyard, you’ll want to consider size, shape and style. You don’t have to settle for a rectangle or kidney bean-shaped pool. With a little imagination, you can create a completely unique pool design unlike any other!
Pool Design Features To Impress
It seems that more and more residential pools are mimicking the high-end finishes and design features once reserved for fancy hotel pools.
- Tanning Ledge
- Beach Entry
- Swim-Up Bar
- Fire Features
- Lazy Rizer
1) Tanning Ledge
Tanning ledge is typically around 5 feet by 10 feet and only an average of 18 inches deep. Specialty tanning chairs can be placed semi-underwater to allow you to stay cool while you layout, but in addition to that, the shallow area on a tanning ledge is a safe place for your kids to enjoy the cool water on a hot day.
2) Beach Entry
A beach entry is reminiscent of the gradual slope down into the water that you would experience at the ocean. This requires something of a deeper pool, but many parents love it for small kids, and for its unique look.
3) Swim-Up Bar
Nothing says luxury quite like enjoying an adult beverage right in your own pool bar! Whether you create a grotto bra underneath a waterfall, or simply add stools and a ledge to your pool design there’s no limit to the creative ways you could design your bar.
4) Fire Features
There is something both luxurious and romantic about implementing fire features into your pool design. The flames reflecting off the water are soothing and tranquil at night, and provide light to those moving around the pool.
5) Lazy Rizer
The lazy river, once reserved for water parks only, has become residential. You can incorporate into the design of your pool, or do a giant lazy river that meanders around your entire property.
Pro Tip: The key to designing a one of a kind pool is working with a professional pool builder.
A Pool With Personality
Whether you’re building a new pool or renovating an existing pool, there’s no limit to what you can do. Working with a professional designer will get you the best results, and a pool to love for years to come.
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Wouldn’t you love to come home to a calming, peaceful outdoor oasis? A custom pool is a great place to start, but don’t stop there. Enhance your backyard with a custom outdoor fire feature. Imagine sitting around the pool watching the flames reflect off the water. Magic!
Choosing the Right Outdoor Fire Features
Fire features add ambiance, warmth, and light to your backyard activities. Whether you’re gathered with friends and family, warming yourself on cool nights, or stargazing, modern fire elements are safe, beautiful and easy to operate. Depending on space and budget, here are 3 good options:
Typical inside many homes, the fireplace is a classic choice. Perfect for multiple people, this popular option creates a romantic, cozy setting for intimate gatherings with friends and family. These fireplaces are enclosed and easy to use even on windy nights. You can choose between natural gas, propane, or wood burning fireplaces with a variety of styles and functions. An outdoor fireplace is sure to become a rustic focal point in your backyard.
This option is ideal for entertaining large groups and evokes the feeling of sitting around a campfire. It can be low to the ground or set into a foundation to provide elevation. It can be made from a variety of materials including brick, stone, or concrete. A built-in firepit provides a more upscale appearance than a portable one. If you host a lot of parties or are looking for a place to gather, this may be a good option for you.
Another great option for entertaining, a fire bowl adds a dash of modern flair. They’re usually made of copper, concrete, steel, cast iron, or bronze and often come with legs and a mesh cover. Fueled by natural gas, propane, wood, or clean-burning gel, you can choose based on the type of flame and smell you’d prefer. Some are even designed to accommodate grilling. They come in a variety of sizes and designs, from very basic to downright opulent. Opt for one that’s filled with colored fiberglass, lava rock, and other fire-retardant decorative fillers, or go for a rustic design with a copper bowl and iron details.
The Perfect Detail
Outdoor fire features are the perfect element to bring warmth, luxury, and light to your backyard. Whether you want a rustic fireplace or modern glass fire bowl, Aquascapes has something for every taste.
Contact Us to learn more about our custom fire features and other outdoor living options. To get inspired, visit our custom features gallery.
Sometimes, despite your best intentions, you find that your backyard has become a bit drab or boring. Sure, you’d love to entertain and spend time outdoors, but gazing out at a blank canvas, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Add Drama to Your Outdoor Space
If you’re looking for a way to make your yard stand out, the answer might be simpler than you’d expect. While most people focus on landscaping, adding an unexpected natural element can spice things up faster than any tree.
A custom pool is the ultimate way to add drama to your backyard. With the right lights, your one of a kind waterscape can cast glittering prisms of light even on the darkest nights. These features are beautiful to look at, both in the daytime and evening hours. With landscaping surrounding it, you’ve got your own private oasis.
Whether you use your fire feature for making smores in colder months or you just want to create some ambiance, the type of fire feature you choose should reflect your lifestyle. Recessed fire pits are great for modern patios while stacked stone fireplaces add rustic charm. Consider a poolside fire feature lighting one or more corners of your pool for gorgeous evening drama.
Building an outdoor living room, kitchen or lounging area is the perfect way to add form and function to your yard. With endless options, from the basic to the luxurious, a stone or hybrid patio can extend your living space and improve the overall look of your home.
Make a Statement
Any of these customized outdoor elements will add a touch of class, making a statement to everyone who visits your home. “Drama” is just another word for interest, and there will be no shortage of that with an outdoor space sure to make the neighbor’s take notice!
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