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To help you visualize how your backyard pool will look, you should consider the following features: the landscaping, lighting and water features.

Below is our ultimate guideline for designing your ultimate pool design that will be considered timeless.

Defining Your Purpose

Your first step will be to define how your pool will be used. Will you use it for exercise, sit by the pool and relax or will you use it to hold large pool parties?

Considering these questions will determine the shape your pool will be angular, rectilinear, free form, or curvilinear.

Your pools exterior and interior should blend naturally with your house when looking at it from afar

Future Features

Knowing how you intend to use your pool will help pick the right features to incorporate further down the track. Although you may not be incorporating these features straight away, it’s practical to leave room for them. Some features that you might want to consider incorporating in due time are outdoor kitchens, tanning decks, gardens, and fences. Landscape features should not be forgotten either.

You can extend your pool usage area through the cold winter months by adding heat sources like a patio flame, fireplace, fire pit, or a heater. Pergolas, Cabanas, and trellises can also be nice add-ons to your pool area. Implementing these options will improve the appeal and look of your pool area.

The Law and Property Restrictions

After you’ve thought about how your ideal backyard will look, you may now want to think about factors can prevent your vision from occurring.

Become aware of the water drainage pattern and sun exposure in the yard. Your drainage system should keep a positive flow along the property lines, thus avoiding flooding and overflow into catchment areas

Each construction site has its unique pros and cons. For instance, you might not want to get rid of gardens, existing trees, or hedges, or it might be impossible to keep walls due to a sloping yard. Your construction site may border conservation areas, green spaces or flood zones that require proper planning.

Having a professional designer in these circumstances can help immensely. They can turn a potential hazard or work with existing features and turn them into features that can work for you and your space e.g., turning an existing lamp or pole into a shade.


Taking into account practical matters to make the best pool design will prevent further issues from arising down the track. Consider things like how easy will it be to get to your pool from your house? Will there be a changing area? Will there be a suitable area for drinks? Will you have a storage area for chemicals and equipment?

Coming Up with a Budget

A budget helps you familiarize yourself with the project scope and what materials to use.

Setting a budget at the initial planning stages is a great way to start. Consider a pool contractor to help you with the budget.

Sketching It Out

Sketching a workable outline of the yard helps in translating your ideas into something tangible. It can let you know of the changes you need to consider and allows you to sketch out your features you might want to consider installing.

After sketching up your design, you will now be in a great situation to work with your desirable pool designer. This ensures your final design corresponds with what your budget and your vision.

Materials Used

You may use materials that match or at least balance the style of your house. There is an array of materials for walkways, decking, and other adjacent exteriors. These include; paving stone, stamped concrete, flagstone, ledge rock, ceramic tile, brick, mosaic tile, tempered glass, Ipe hardwood, and cedar.

Whatever design you consider varies with the ambiance you want whether it be a countryside cottage retreat, a plush resort, a Mediterranean styled villa or Japanese Zen garden.

Your Privacy

Privacy is a significant factor when working on a pool design. You should be in control of what other people can hear or see. Locating the pool, garden, artistic landscaping, beautiful walls, trellises, and fences offers excellent privacy.


Inventive landscaping is one of the best visual tools you can use to complement your pool’s design.

Existing features can affect your pool’s size, shape and location.
Landscaping is a great tool in achieving privacy. It can soften the hardscape, add luxuriance, and generate a certain ambiance. Integrating current landscape features where possible can be a deal-breaker.

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