There’s no question – a backyard pool takes summer living to the next level of awesome. No matter how hot the summer gets, you’ll never be more than a few steps away from a cool refreshing plunge.

So, if you have been thinking about installing a backyard pool, we’ve put together a shortlist of considerations to help you prepare for the project.

Coping Strategies

Pool coping is the material that separates the shell of the pool from the surface that encloses it. It is intended to keep any rogue splashes of water from getting behind the pool shell, as this can cause structural damage. It’s effectively a protective stone lip that keeps moisture and backyard debris at bay.

As for coping options, custom-poured cement gives you the perfect fit every time. Brick and concrete pavers are durable, versatile, and tend to be more affordable. Plus, you can replace them as needed if you feel like changing up the look or if they become damaged.

Cut natural stones, like flagstone, limestone, or travertine, are excellent choices and beautiful to look at; however, they may be a little pricier than other options.

Your Own Private Paradise

You’ll also want to enclose your pool area, whether for safety, privacy, aesthetics, or any combination of the above.

If you have young children, you should definitely invest in a fence around your pool. Gated metal post fences are ideal for security, while wood slat fences combine safety and privacy while swimming.

Pool enclosures help to protect your investment in the cooler seasons, and some are retractable. For a lovely open-air pool with a bit of coverage, let your landscaping do the work. Add some foliage to lend visual appeal with the added benefit of privacy.

All Hands on Deck

Ensure that your pool deck is equipped with all the essentials, including lounge chairs, side tables, a seating area with a table for dining, umbrellas, and other types of sun coverage.

Lighting

Get creative with lighting! There’s nothing more stunning than a beautifully-lit pool at night. Good lighting is essential for safety, and it’s also crucial for cultivating the perfect mood and atmosphere in your backyard. Include lighting solutions that illuminate both the surface of your pool deck and the inside of your pool.

Outdoor Showers and Hot Tubs

For the best backyard around, dress your pool area up with an outside shower feature. This can be achieved simply enough with a shower stand and appropriate drainage.

When you’re ready to relax, a long soak in a hot tub may be just the thing. Hot tubs can be separate or incorporated into your pool design.

Special Features

For added visual appeal, try a water feature, a miniature backyard bridge, or add unique sculptures to your landscape. To round out your pool area, deck it out with towel racks, or even a bar-fridge to keep cool drinks handy.

Keep the kids entertained with pool accessories, toys, and games. Retailers carry pool floaties for loungers of all ages, from decked out floaty chairs with cup holders and awnings to fun novelty items like avocados and unicorns for the kids.

A backyard pool is an amazing lifestyle investment that you will enjoy for years to come. Let Touchstone help you bring your vision to life. We’ll do the work, so you can sit back and relax. Connect with us today, and discover how cool summer can be.