Summer has arrived, and with it comes the season of outdoor landscaping and hardscaping! If you already have a pool installed on your property, you might consider adding a patio near or around the pool to really get the most enjoyment out of your outdoor setup. The patio can be a great place to relax throughout the season, and also gives you an area to lounge and dry off when you don’t want to be in the pool itself.
Here are some quick tips for planning pool patios in Kansas City.
Get the most out of your patio
In many cases, patios are built adjacent to in-ground pools, rather than above-ground pools, which are more likely to have decks built next to them.
Most pool patios will be constructed with poured concrete, natural stone or precast concrete pavers. Any materials you decide to use for a pool patio should complement the other hardscaping used around your house, as well as the design of the pool itself. The goal is to create a cohesive appearance in your property design.
You should have enough space on your patio to place your furniture, but shouldn’t go so large with the patio that it will start to take away from the rest of your exterior design. Try putting a patio just on one side of the pool, and use your other landscaping elements as inspiration. The patio might even go right up next to some of your favorite landscaping features on your property.
Speaking of landscaping
Finding a way to incorporate your pool and the patio into your landscaping will make for an even more attractive space, and give you a patio experience you can truly enjoy when sitting outside by the pool. This is why it’s a good idea to bring in a professional to handle your pool and hardscape design in Kansas City.
If you only have a seasonal pool, then make sure you go all out with your seasonal plantings as well. Provide summer color with flowering plants that really stick out from June through August or September. Make sure you know exactly how big those plants are going to get when they’re fully grown, how much sun and shade they require and any other needs they have to ensure they will be both healthy and attractive.
It’s also a good idea to avoid planting shade trees close to pools, because this could result in you having a lot of leaves falling into the water. The last thing you want to do is give yourself more work than necessary with regard to cleaning your pool. Instead, opt for container plantings that can easily be used for annuals and taken away at the end of the season when it’s time to winterize.
Want some more tips for how you can give yourself an outstanding pool patio in Kansas City this summer? We encourage you to contact MSE Hardscape Design and Installation today, and we will be happy to talk through your ideas and help you come up with your dream patio design.