Creating an attractive pool area

2016-03-23 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  Placing furniture around the pool gives you the opportunity to enjoy it without actually getting into it.

PHOTO: supplied Placing furniture around the pool gives you the opportunity to enjoy it without actually getting into it.

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ADDING a swimming pool in your garden could not only benefit your family, but also increase your home’s value.

Take full advantage of the outdoors by creating an attractive and inviting pool area you can enjoy all summer long.

Distinctive Designs Group shares some tips …

Look for decking alternatives

Adding a deck near a swimming pool is not advisable as the natural wood comes with high maintenance requirements. Homeowners, however, can get composite decking or tiles that look like wood as an alternative.

The natural browns and greys of the decking will contrast with the pool water, creating a beautiful attraction. If you choose the tile option, make sure you pick an unglazed tile for safety reasons.

Add colour

Add colour to your outdoors by placing pot plants like palm trees around the pool. Pot plants are not permanent fixtures, so you can move them around as you see fit. You could also bring in some mosaic accessories which have become popular recently. Mosaicing combines a number of colours but nowadays, homeowners have the option of using a solid colour around the pool.

Install a water feature

Mounting a new water feature in your garden will create peace and tranquillity. Placing a water feature near your swimming pool is a fantastic way of creating visual interest. Moving water creates movement not only for the eyes but for the ears as well.

Get a fake lawn

In the last two years, synthetic lawn has become conventional. Artificial grass comes in a variety of colours and its realistic appearance allows you to add it around your swimming pool, without worry about the hassles that come with natural grass.

Furnish the space

Placing furniture around the pool gives you the opportunity to enjoy it without actually getting into it. Being able to sit at the pool and read a book can be calming. Outdoor furniture comes in a wide range of options, which you can customise to your liking.

Get a braai

Braai areas are not only practical, but also entertaining. Having a built-in braai near the swimming pool is the peak of luxury in garden entertainment.

Build a lapa

A thatch roof lapa will make any swimming pool area appealing. The more modern swimming pools, however, are going for wood cladding which is also an attractive option.

Maintain the swimming pool

Whatever you choose to add to your swimming pool area, remember that a pool is only as good as it is blue. Maintain your pool and keep up the pH. balance as no amount of pot plants and garden furniture can make a green pool look attractive.

— Property24.

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