December 22, 2015

With the onset of warmer weather and the summer holidays drawing nearer, it’s natural to spend more time outdoors enjoying the extra daylight hours that this time of year brings.

What if you could extend this outdoor experience for longer than the summer months and enjoy spending more time at home? With a well-designed pool and landscape area, this is a definite possibility.

Life is busy these days – long work days, commuting, children, after school activities, the list goes on, and we are finding that many homeowners are looking to create a ‘holiday at home’ haven where, once they are home, they can stay there and relax.

This means creating a space that is functional but also provides all members of the family with elements for them to enjoy and help them feel that they are in fact ‘on holidays’.

How is this done?
Well, like most holidays, it is achieved mostly with thorough planning and design. There may also be a bit of saving up involved too…but if you’re saving for a holiday of a lifetime, you want to make sure you don’t skimp on the details!

Things like well-planned placement of your pool and landscape elements to take benefit of your aspect, solar pool heating, expertly positioned lighting and heat sources such as outdoor heaters and fire pits mean that you’ll be able to enjoy your pool area for longer into the cooler months.

Well-designed outdoor living spaces all contribute to create a coordinated and stylish space. Pool areas can include spaces to relax in, such as spas and beach areas, as well as areas to entertain and eat, like lounge areas, BBQ and outdoor kitchens, through to simple features such as shade/umbrellas fixed sneakily into the landscape, or even inclusion of play spaces for children that can be easily converted as your children grow.

So where does one start when it comes to creating a space like this?
The best place is to source an experienced landscape architect/designer and they will be able to consult with you, evaluate your site, and with your wish list in mind, prepare a pool and landscape design specific to your space and needs. From this, you will receive plans and details that will help you envision what your finished ‘haven’ will look like – and you can also request 3D drawings to help with picturing this space.

An expertly prepared pool design is important on many fronts, not only in helping you picture your finished product, but this is also what you will need to submit to your local council for approval of your pool.
This documentation is also very useful in obtaining quotations for the construction of your pool and landscape – it helps the pool builder/landscaper get a thorough understanding of what you want to create, as well as ensuring that you can be confident that you’re getting the works priced correctly.

So, if you’re thinking about a new pool, then it’s a great time to incorporate a revamp of your existing yard, transforming it into the inviting space you have always envisaged.

If you have a new property, then even better – you have a blank slate from which to create your ‘holiday at home’ haven.

– Matt O’Brien, Exterior Landscape and Pool Creator

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