Whether you have a huge backyard or a modest townhouse patio, the purpose of planning a pool and the various outdoor areas as part of your landscaping plan is to create an intimate place, or series of spaces, that are separate yet cohesive.
After you’ve prioritized the functionality of those spaces and your particular wants and needs, it’s time to organize and create a plan that maps out and connects all of these quadrants as well the pool area. The size and appearance of those areas are determined by their placement, function, and the unique characteristics of your backyard.
Outdoor Living Design
Outdoor living design concepts are comparable to those of a room in your home. Consider where the door is, what you’re walking on, and what’s on the walls when it comes to spatial composition. And what do you intend to do there—socialize with friends and family, play with the dog, swim in a pool, or dig in the garden? Is the purpose just to create low-maintenance visual candy or a landscape that appears charming and inviting or, at the very least, does not detract from your house?
Your pool, deck, and patio are an extension of your home, and how you may make use of the allotted space you have is a question that really boils down to what your lifestyle is like. While we specialize in pool construction and pool installation, design plays a big role in creating outdoor living environments. We’d like to share with you some of the tips we give homeowners who are planning an outdoor living project.
Your imagination and a few pointers will assist you in creating an engaging environment where everyone wants to spend time. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you plan.
5 Outdoor Living Design Tips
#1 – Pool & Patio
Plan your pool & patio area as the focal point of your backyard. If you live on a smaller-sized lot, the size of your swimming pool will dictate the available room for additional outdoor amenities. Planning the quadrants of where you will entertain guests, serve food, and have access to the interior of the home are equally important.
When working with a pool design expert they will measure your backyard to help you plan those quadrants. Knowing exactly how much room you have for a pool will help you have a better understanding of how to use the additional space available. While a pool is one of the most valuable add-ons, adding amenities that provide value and comfort to your outdoor living environment is equally important.
#2 – Firepits & Conversation Areas
Outdoor living is enhanced by the blazing atmosphere of a fire. Incorporate a fire pit or outdoor fireplace into your outdoor living space design. You can enhance your outside environment with a choice of outdoor fireplaces and DIY fire pit elements.
#3 – Outdoor Lighting
Nothing beats the atmosphere that well-placed outdoor lighting creates on a warm evening. Lighting draws attention to the unique aspects of your home and garden settings.
- Install solar panel lights to save money on energy.
- Add lighting to the driveway and walkways, as well as a tree or water feature.
- Enhance the appearance of outdoor dining areas.
- String lights should be placed around the perimeter of the back porch or outdoor shade structures.
- Install motion-activated lights in high-traffic areas to improve security.
#4 – Landscaping
To promote relaxation, create an outdoor paradise filled with natural greenery. Container gardening is the way to go if you don’t have a lot of space. Container gardens are economical and simple to care for. Many trees, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants can be grown in containers, allowing you to add greenery and fresh produce to your outdoor living space.
#5 – Outdoor Kitchen
Bringing your kitchen outside is a terrific feature for outdoor living area. This is an excellent method to stay in touch while hosting family and friends.
- Purchase a propane or charcoal barbecue grill.
- Consider utilizing concrete as a low-cost counter. Add shelves and make sure to leave enough space for your grill.
- Create a bar-style seating area.
- Install a mini-fridge and wet bar with a running faucet.