FUNCTIONAL LANDSCAPING TIP #1 THE BACKYARD POOL
One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space
In today’s busy world, more and more homeowners are looking to get additional value out of their properties and there is no larger investment you can make than in your home. Lately, there has also been a conscious push by families to increase the amount of free time they have together, while also improving their quality of life beyond the reaches of the ubiquitous electronic devices that have become such a big part of our lives.
When it comes to landscaping, one of the most common questions from homeowners during a design consultation, beyond solving the logistical requirements of the site, is “I want some ideas of what I can do with my property to make it more functional for my family.” In response to this popular inquiry, keeping practicality in mind, here are 10 items to consider when planning your backyard landscape.
1. THE BACKYARD POOL
This may seem like the obvious choice, but there are few items you can add to your landscape that will rival a professionally designed and installed pool. Not only will a pool appeal to every member of your family—from swimming for exercise to free play and lounging by the water with a cool beverage—nothing can compare in terms of the ultimate focal point. There is just something about the way light reflects off the water that draws you in. Even though the pool lifestyle may not be the answer for every family, those that install one often say it becomes the hub of their outdoor space. In fact, if you install one, you will likely find yourself choosing to stay home and enjoy your backyard rather than travelling somewhere in search of the same experience.
Originally published in Pools, Spas & Patios - 2017 Annual Issue.
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