Putting Your Ideas to Work
Creating the Perfect Landscape
Another important consideration in planning for your backyard decor involves plants and landscaping. Your plant and landscaping selections are limited only by your imagination and budget; but remember even if you're on a limited budget, the right selection of plant life can truly enhance your backyard decor.
Because of the vast array of plants, hedges, trees, shrubs, and vines available, the proper selection for your poolside environment may seem a little overwhelming at first, but don't get discouraged. Before making your selection, take a drive around the neighborhood and spot plants that appeal to you. Then visit the local nursery to find out if these plants are being sold in your area.
Keep in mind that its important to plan when landscaping your backyard. Take trees for example, you should plan the location of shade trees to cool the house and compliment outdoor eating areas--but avoid overhanging branches, especially over your pool, that could drop debris into your pool water. Remember that trees grow, so plan locations on the basis of matured height and spread of the trees.
In addition to learning the growth habits of potential landscaping selections ( quick-spreading, climbing, etc) determine the hardiness and suitability of your landscaping ideas for your climate and pick varieties that are compatible with your geographic location. Also, consider plant and landscaping selections based on coloration and fragrances. One idea is to select pleasant smelling flowers in such a way that at least something is in bloom all year around. This way the color and design of the garden changes with the seasons.
There are some special rules when planning around a pool area, mostly things to avoid:
Unique Poolside Enhancements
As we said earlier, a little imagination can go a long way; try considering out of the ordinary items for your backyard decor. For example large stones or boulders can make interesting enhancements to your Doughboy poolside environment. Hollowed logs can make eye catching planters, ever think of an old tractor or wagon wheel? If you file off the sharp points, weld moving parts, and paint with no-lead coating, you'll have attractive, unique points of interest.
Ideas for Fencing
Fencing a pool area should not be an after thought. Though most communities require that a pool area be fenced in for your safety, this need not mean an eyesore for either you or your neighbors. The fence should be a primary part of your Doughboy poolside environment.
A major consideration when fencing a pool is privacy. There's nothing like a solid wooden fence to add warmth and texture as well as protection from wind and prying eyes. If privacy is not a main concern, you may prefer a more open type of fence such as lattice-style, or chain-link fencing.
If you have a deck and small children are a concern, you might want to consider a second 3 1/2 foot or 4 foot fence located on the deck itself, with a couple of gates installed at strategic points. You may also want to consider Doughboy Optional Above-ground Pool Fencing. This attractive pool fencing, designed for most Doughboy pools, utilizes soft colors and classic lines to blend well with pool colors and classic lines to blend well with pool colors an home styles. Doughboy pool fencing enhances pool security by providing an additional 3 1/2 foot barrier on the top of most Doughboy pool walls. At the same time, this vertical picket fencing provides maximum safety as a barrier against unathorized poolentry. Doughboy Pool Fencing conforms to National Spa & Pool Institute standards.
Deck Out Your Pool In Style
pool addition doesn't have to be expensive. An above-ground pool, with a properly designed
deck to augment it, can look like a million dollars and provide the perfect place for your
friends and family to lounge between swims.
Whatever type of deck you build, you should think of it as a long-term investment, and therefore one for which the selection of wood is very important. Redwood or the newer pressure-treated woods offer the best value for your money. Both varieties weather well and require very little maintenance in order to look attractive. Be sure to discuss your plans with your local lumber supplier and solicit their advice.
When planning your deck, its helpful to make sure the edge of the deck is built to, but not over the, the pools top connector system. this clearance will allow for easy removal of the top rails and connections, making routine liner maintenance easier. In addition, be sure to provide access for your pool's pump, filter, and skimmer.
Once the primary deck surface has been completed, you can begin to add other structures that will give it a custom look and make it uniquely yours. Most people enjoy lounging beside the water almost as much as swimming. For the sun-shy, a gazebo or sun screen of some kind might be a worthwhile addition. A good swim can make you mighty hungry, too, so a portable barbecue and an outdoor dining area, sheltered under an arbor type structure, would be perfect companion pieces.
A changing-room or cabanna can also be constructed relatively cheaply, providing a pleasant convenience that will not only save wear and tear on the inside of your house, but will also make drying off and changing quick and easy, for visitors as well as family members.
Storage benches for pool and swimming equipment can be an inexpensive solution to the problem of extra seating, as well as to storage needs. Finally, raised planting beds or containers can be constructed from left-over material to provide colorful accents all over the deck. More Deck Pictures