When designing your outdoor living space it’s important to have defined spaces. By defined spaces I mean that the space should have a function. For example a dinning or eating area, walkways taking foot traffic from one area to another, a sitting area for conversations by a fire feature or possibly a lounging area in a sunny spot next to the pool.
Here are just a few ideas of how to define a space when designing your backyard in-ground swimming pool project:
- Decide on what amenity areas suit your needs. For an in-ground pool project I start with my big three: A place to eat, cook and lounge in afternoon sun by the pool.
- The spaces need to be defined AND functional. Most homes have a grade change from the door to the ground level, when designing steps down from the door why not make one a large landing to accommodate the barbeque or even the dining area. Another step or two down to the less formal areas of the yard defines one space from another.
- For yards that have less grade fall try incorporating a pocket garden into the patio between the spaces. Not only does this define the space, but it also gives water, from a heavy rainfall somewhere to drain. Remember that water needs to go somewhere so you better plan for it.
- Use your structure – a storage structure is always useful. By extending the roof line you can create a sheltered area from either intense mid-day sun or unexpected rain shower. Look for some ideas in our outdoor living gallery.
- If you have a small yard, changing elevation can dictate furniture placement, furniture doesn’t work well with steps. Instead of changing elevation, consider a material change only. Incorporating a change in material defines the space yet allows you to re-arrange furniture for hosting larger events.
- Fire features – (a personal favorite of mine). Incorporate a fire feature between two spaces. This both defines the spaces and gives a unique focal point to a dining area while giving function to the sitting area on the opposite side.
I hope these ideas spark your imagination when designing your back yard swimming pool project. Remember to plan your yard ahead of time, get a professional designer to assist you and hire a quality pool contractor that can deliver.
Bryan Wing – Solda Pools Design Professional