Working with an experienced landscape designer can transform your backyard pool landscaping into a vacation paradise. Your dream pool landscape may include a pool but it is how you embellish the area around it that will make all the difference. The key to pool landscaping is achieving the perfect balance of all the elements around it—easy? Think again.
The swimming pool is the ultimate backyard feature.
It becomes the core of family life with children spending much of their summers in the water and adults enjoying a backyard retreat right in their very own backyard. Homeowners should see a pool as a strong aesthetic element, a focus of their landscape, and as an asset that will increase the value of their home. When pools include water features, unique lighting, specialty materials and design features, they have powerful influence on adjacent outdoor living spaces.
It’s important to remember that a pool is just one part of a larger landscape — Your entire backyard.
It’s best to use a landscape architect/designer to design the pool as well as the rest of the site at the same time. Often a pool contractor is hired first to design the pool without an overall site plan. The result is that your pool and landscape do not complement one another, and you lose the opportunity to integrate options that provide more value for the same price. Why do things twice when you can create the layout of your pool and landscape with one contact—a Landscape Designer.
A well designed pool landscape doesn’t eliminate plants — they are key to solving problems.
Plants will screen off unattractive views or create privacy. Plants can ground a naturalistic pool to soften the rock work and make it appear more realistic. The integration of greenery of any kind is what turns a pool yard into a gorgeous landscape, particularly when foliage and flower colors are coordinated with the overall site palette. Planting is essential to the fantasy backyard. A landscape designer will have the knowledge to determine what plant material is suitable to thrive in your layout. Home owners probably do not know this but installing a swimming pool will affect the climate in your yard – the expanse of water, especially if the swimming pool is heated, produces high humidity. Plants that are susceptible to mildew are likely to be affected. In making new selections, choose plants that will withstand moisture. Designers and architects will also have the knowledge and experience to not only choose plants that will live and grow due to the soil and climate conditions but also what plants will complement the textures of your pool, helping create calm and effect ambiances to help set a relaxing mood. For instance, in modern landscapes, plants are used in a completely different way where their forms and textures are an artistic statement in high contrast against industrial materials choices.
Because pools are such a costly project, it’s important to give a lot of time to design. You’ll only build it once, and therefore your choices of materials and detailing should be high quality and timeless so your pool design won’t go out of style in the near future. A designer will help you through that process every step of the way, taking no shortcuts and being decisive on each material and surface chosen so that your landscape will stay timeless and provide durability through harsh weather and environmental conditions.
Remodeling can cost almost as much as building a whole new pool.
Many homes with older pools are being upgraded, and that means the pool itself must be remodeled. Do not misjudge the cost and difficulty of such a project. Remodeling can cost almost as much as building a whole new pool. Costly problems with old pools such as corroded rebar, leaking shell, or aged electrical and piping can be an expensive repair because there is so much demolition involved.
Whether you are looking for way to remodel an existing pool and landscape or to start from scratch Realty Landscaping can help. Our team of experienced designers at Realty are ready to meet the challenge in helping our clients make decisions not only from a design aspect of a project but also for its function within the landscape. Along the way we can help you narrow down all the major/minor details that will help you create the backyard paradise of your dreams.