Exterior Remodeling Projects to Complement a Pool
Every home deserves a fantastic area outside for entertainment and relaxation. Although it can take some time to find the perfect combination of things that excite you, it’s okay to have fun with it. Pools are becoming increasingly popular, so this spring, why not invest in making your water feature really shine?
Whether your yard goes on for acres or you’re working on a smaller lot, these are some of the best updates and remodeling projects that can ensure your property and pool really shine.
Great Windows to Last Any Weather
When you install a pool, you’re going to want to look at it all the time. Water is incredibly visually interesting because it’s always changing and looks vividly different based on anything from light to wind and weather. Because of this, it’s a good idea to update your windows along with your pool.
Hurricane-resistant windows are the best ones any homeowner can get since they’re capable of handling any weather pattern and will protect your home against any potential damage that could happen. This is especially great if you have a pool since stormy weather with high winds can pick up water and cause trouble.
Fencing Matching Throughout Your Property
Many states have laws regarding fences surrounding pools to keep kids and pets as safe as possible. If you’re in a state that has a fence requirement, now is an awesome time to update the fencing on your entire property. Not only will this add a nice safety feature, but it also will create a far more visually appealing yard when all of your fencing matches and looks like it was properly planned out.
Fantastic Pavers to and From the Pool
Ashlar pattern pavers have been incredibly popular in recent years and are a great item to use as a pathway leading to and from your pool. This pattern is visually pleasing and is incredibly forgiving if you have to replace a portion due to roots growing or damage from something cracking it. On top of this, they’re better able to wick away any moisture from walking to and from the pool and offer a clear path, so you don’t have to walk in the grass with wet feet.
A Shady Spot to Get Out of the Sun
Summers only seem to get hotter each year, so it’s important that in the spring while things are still comfortable, you take the time to create shady and cozy spaces that are out of the sun. Doing this will make your yard more comfortable and give people a natural gathering space to get out of the sun but still enjoy the outdoors.
Items like a pagoda or an overhanging space are a great idea, but you can also simply install large outdoor umbrellas that can be removed and put back up at a moment’s notice.
A Pool Shed or Small Hut with a Bar
Adding a small building to go with your pool will offer a chance for storage of everything from fun pool items to supplies needed to maintain the pool without taking up what storage you already need in your home.
Consider building a bar on the outside of the structure with an overhanging portion of the roof to keep the sun away, so that you can get a little more out of the building. This will turn your backyard into a fun entertainment space without much work!
Updated Furniture Surrounding the Area
Outdoor furniture is wonderful because it gives you a surface to lounge and relax on, but it can quickly become worn or out of date. Look into wood furniture stain colors, and pick a color and style that will go beautifully with your home. Not only will this update the look of your yard, but it’s also cheaper than buying new furniture.
Consider a stain that matches the tone of your home, going for a warm tone if your home is a warm brown or tan color, or a cooler tone if your home is blue or cool green. You can still make variances in the shade so that they stand out and are darker or brighter than your home, but letting the tone match will ensure that it’s enjoyable to look at.
A Garden and Flower Bed to Welcome Spring
With spring in full swing, many people are excited about the idea of putting in gorgeous plants and flower beds, so it’s a good idea to carefully consider the layout of your yard. Don’t plant a flower bed within twenty feet of your pool to avoid chlorine or salt-related damage to the plants, and pick colors that will go with the rest of your home.
Don’t Be Afraid to Build Because of Your Pool
Many get nervous when they install their pool because they don’t want to add another huge project to their yard, or they’re scared of making the property smaller, but don’t let this stop you. Your yard should be a usable and fun space, so don’t fear adding fun details!
Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the real estate industry. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.