Things to Consider in Your Pool Patio Design
So you have finally made that decision to put in a backyard swimming pool! Installing a swimming pool is a considerable investment, and it involves much more than just a pool contractor to install it. The landscape architects at Terrain Planning and Design can help create that perfect outdoor room that surrounds the glittering jewel of your backyard. Before you sign a contract with a pool company, here are some critical areas of pool construction that the pool installer may not cover in his proposal:
Positioning. Or, as they say in real estate: “location, location, location.” It goes without saying that an in-ground swimming pool is permanent. Whether your swimming pool is rectangle or rounded, you still have to consider where the best place in your yard is to locate that hole in the ground filled with 20,000 gallons of water should be. A pool contractor may recommend a spot that requires a retaining wall, but how close to the pool should it go? Solar orientation is a key factor in locating a swimming pool. Your pool will be used from July to September. Although rare, swimming pools have been mistakenly placed based on the sun’s location at the time of the estimate in early spring or late fall.
Circulation and flow. These are terms that architects use to describe the movement of people and the functionality of a given space. The landscape design around a pool considers many factors: proximity to food preparation; access to a utility shed where pool supplies and toys our stored; how guests will arrive; and sunbathing areas outside of the splash zone. When you know how your pool area will be used, a scaled drawing prevents awkward interruptions in circulation and flow.
Pool deck. More commonly known as the “pool patio,” this is the flat area around the pool. You don’t have to use the pool contractor to install your pool deck! There are many material options available that match your style and color preferences. Aside from aesthetics, the pool deck can be a problematic area of construction. Hasty backfilling without proper compaction can cause settling which will result in cracking of poured concrete or aggregate pool decks or sinking concrete pavers that become a tripping hazard. Terrain planning will draw construction specifications regarding the installation of whatever pool deck material you choose, so that your pool deck will last for many years to come.
Terrain Planning can be your advocate in getting exactly what you want in a backyard swimming pool design. From material selection and 3-D renderings that help you visualize the finished result, to scaled blueprints that allow you to get apples to apples quotes from contractors, the first step to a beautiful backyard pool is to call Terrain Planning and Design!