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3 Ways to Combine Your Pool and Your Hardscaping

February 19, 2024
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You’ve decided to install a new pool in your backyard, but you don’t want it to seem out of place or disconnected from the rest of your landscaping. By combining your pool design with hardscaping elements like patios, retaining walls, and outdoor kitchens, you can create a cohesive backyard oasis. Here are three ways to combine your pool and your hardscaping.

1. Consider How People Will Navigate Your Yard

Think about how people will move around your yard when planning pool placement. Will there be a patio space right next to the pool for tables and chairs or sunbathing? Make sure there is enough room to comfortably accommodate chaises or dining sets. Direct access from the house and functional pathways around the pool should also be top of mind when working with your pool contractor. You may also want to use hardscaping to create walkways from your home to your pool.

2. Use Hardscaping to Create Separate Areas

According to Pool Research, inground pools account for approximately 51% to 60% of all pools in the United States. Above-ground ones account for 40% to 49% of pools. If you have an inground pool, a large portion of your yard is taken up by the surrounding area. However, hardscaping is great for defining different functional zones in your backyard while still having everything flow together aesthetically around the pool area. For example, you could use a retaining wall on one side of the pool to create a raised patio for lounging and built-in seating. On the other side, incorporate a built-in outdoor kitchen and dining space anchored by a hardscape bar countertop.

3. Match Materials and Finishes

Using the same materials or complementary finishes is key to tying all the elements together. If your pool contractor uses a concrete coping, have concrete patios poured that use similar aggregate and color tones so everything blends seamlessly. Or go for a patterned tile trim that can also be used to face a bar front or retaining wall. Consistent materials like stone, tile, or pavers can make spaces feel harmonious.

By keeping these three tips in mind and collaborating closely with your pool contractor, you’re sure to end up with a cohesive, flowing backyard environment perfect for relaxation and entertainment. Hardscape elements tailored to your pool design can take your whole landscape to the next level. Reach out to us today at Extreme Pools Renovations to learn more about designing the perfect pool and hardscape design.