FUNCTIONAL LANDSCAPING TIP #2 WHO DOES NOT LOVE THE BEACH?
One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space
Although this landscaping feature is more commonly incorporated into a waterfront property, there is no reason to be restricted if you are landlocked. Sand beach areas can be created adjacent to patios or other hardscape areas and can increase the play appeal of these spaces. Your kids will love the fact they can create sandcastles, while other family members may enjoy using the sand as an area to sunbathe. Visually, a beach setting can also serve to remind you of your favourite vacation spot.
One consideration with a beach area is to try to provide enough buffer between it and your pool or hot tub to control the amount of sand that may be tracked into these wet areas. One way to achieve this is by taking advantage of topography, whereby including a low retaining wall as a barrier between the beach and the rest of your property.
Good quality sand should also be a priority. Before committing to the whole project, test some sand samples to make sure you find the qualities you are looking for. Keep in mind, the more uniform in size the sand particles are the more likely it will remain loose and not pack hard, or become soupy and unpleasant feeling when wet.
Originally published in Pools, Spas & Patios - 2017 Annual Issue.
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