Homes with pools in their backyards are a trend that has been going on in Australia for years. In designing an inground pool to reflect your tastes and needs, selecting shape, materials and dimensions is not enough. In fact, we have already mentioned that the pool project must be in great harmony with the context: garden, flooring and furnishings are fundamental elements that should not be underestimated.
This is the topic that we will explore today.
One of the most important questions to ask before starting is this: how will the living area around the tub be used?
A reflection on what you intend to achieve in the space around the pool is essential to create a coherent and harmonious project. Therefore, not only the dimensions of the tank but also the elements that you want to place in the surrounding area will be considered.
We recommend that you do not neglect to consider in the project also the structures, buildings and natural elements around the pool: in addition to an aesthetic question, it must be borne in mind that they could cause shadows on the body of water which could also alter its temperature.
Unless they are already present in the area of interest, we suggest carefully evaluating the positioning of trees and shrubs near the pool. It is not just a problem of shadows, as already mentioned, but it is a question of avoiding as much water contamination as possible due to pollen and leaves, which would inevitably end up in the pool, and could obstruct ducts, filters and drains.
The best areas to place one or more large trees near the pool are those located in the east and / or north-east. Here are some tips to consider:
- Optimize space
Perhaps it may surprise you but placing the pool in the middle of the garden is not always the best solution. Especially in small spaces, in fact, there is a risk of cutting the area into portions that are too small and almost unusable. By opting for a decentralized position, you can get usable space on at least one side of the tub. By using one of the Aussie made fibreglass pools, you can better adapt your swimming pool to the surrounding area.
- Create a shadow area
Do not underestimate the need for a shaded area around the pool. Rather than making do with an umbrella, in the design phase you can think of inserting a small pergola, a gazebo or a canopy near the solarium. In this way you could get an elegant space, fresh, airy and welcoming, large enough to accommodate the whole family out of the sun.
- Watch out for sun exposure
One of the most pleasant things is being able to enjoy the summer sunset sun, stopping on the solarium or on submerged steps. In choosing the positioning of the pool, he therefore studies the sun exposure of the pool, taking into account that the pools located outside are used mainly between afternoon and evening. In general, it would be better to avoid exposing the parking space to the southwest of the water.
- Bridge the gaps with the poolhouse
If the swimming pool is located on the edge of the house or the garden is small, for the various services (fridge, shower, changing room, bathroom, etc.) you can use the house itself. If, on the other hand, the distance between the house and the pool is considerable, you could consider building a small wooden house that acts as a poolhouse, where to place the various services. It is also the ideal solution if you want to avoid leaving free access to the house for all guests.
Flooring and solarium: choosing the ideal solution
Edges, walkways and solariums are essential elements for the success of the setting of a swimming pool as they complete and personalize the project. It is usually not recommended to create walkways around the pool wider than 2 meters: they would be excessive and would not leave room for the solarium in which to comfortably arrange sunbeds and various furnishings.
We hope this short article was useful. Owning a house with a beautiful swimming pool in it is an Australian dream!