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Cool Pool: How to Make Your Pool Area the Family Destination

Kenneth Wilson

One of the most appreciated additions to my new home here is our pool. My wife and I knew we had to have one upon moving here for the simple fact that life in Vermont never allowed for a pool. Both of us wanted to not only have one, but to create a pool area which would attract and be cause for our family to love when they visited. Throughout the few years I’ve lived in Florida I’ve cherished and come to appreciate my pool during the sweltering heat of the summer months. It’s lovely to have when the humidity and temperature are so high it’s unimaginable to get out and drive to the nearest beach. I love the fact that I can simply walk out my back door and take a cool dip in the pool without having to make any sort of drive. Who likes driving? I’m 65 years old and retired. The last thing I want to do is make any unnecessary trips I don’t have to. Not only do I love my pool, but my family back in Vermont love to come down during the summer and thoroughly appreciate it and its aspects. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you a few tips on how to make your pool area attractive and fun for the entire family.

florida pool cageIf you have a pool connecting with some sort of outdoor living space live a lanai or veranda, then it’s where you’re going to be hosting guests and entertaining them. In order to make your pool something pretty to look at you can consider planting flower beds around the pool area, but not too close as the chlorine will splash out and kill them otherwise. This is an especially likeable idea for those who are interested in gardening like my wife. Planting flowers or other plants around your pool and outdoor living area can make it more appealing to look at and therefore, your guests are going to want to spend more time by your pool. Hiring someone to cut your grass and maintain the flowerbeds is also a great idea for those not interested in doing it themselves. Another thing you can consider to addition to your pool area are reclining lawn chairs which are desirable for relaxation and catching those Florida sunrays. I’d recommend adding an umbrella over these though, as the sun can bake you in only a few minutes. Your adult guests can lounge in these chairs while still keeping an eye out for their children that may be swimming.

If you’re going to be hosting guests through evening and into the night, then adding some fun lights within the lining of your pool could be a great addition. They’ll serve as a source of light for those swimming and add the overall touch of style to your nighttime pool area. If you don’t want to add lights within the actual pool, you could consider adding them to the outline of the pool. There are quite a few different places to look at for specially made pool lights that are water resistant as well. There’s even a variety of colors to choose from if you want to get creative. The entire family can appreciate these and they’re very convenient to have if there’s been something lost near or inside of the pool at night. If you’d like to not add pool lights you could think about adding some decorative lighting around your outside living area where there may be grilling, eating, and other celebratory events which take place. They’re great to have year-round for any type of entertaining you may be doing.

My wife and I have added small speakers within our flowerbeds which are almost camouflaged and when we have family over it’s nice to have soft music playing in the background of conversation. This is another great addition to your pool area, but make sure to keep them far enough away from your pool so that they don’t get splashed. You could also invest in water-resistant speakers if that idea sparks your interest. With the decorative lighting and soft music, our nighttime pool area is greatly adored by our family and other guests.

For your pool to set the feeling of your outdoor living area, the key components that which make it up are going to be rather small yet very important. For example, there’s a small and quaint pathway leading from our lanai to our pool made of cobblestone and this gives an overall aesthetically pleasing look to the pool and at the same time it’s a fun addition to it. You can imagine that it’s also very convenient to have right after you step out of the pool instead of trekking through grass with wet feet. A pathway leading from your veranda to your pool is a great and stylish addition to any pool and is guaranteed to please your guests.

The last thing to consider while you’re deciding what to add to your pool area is not to go overboard with anything and to give it sort of a minimalistic feel to it. This means that you shouldn’t add too many decorative accessories, as your guests will feel crowded and it’ll be a bit of a hassle trying to entertain within the area. As I said previously, it’s the small things in which will set the mood of your pool area. In this case I do think that less is better and you should pay more attention to the details of the decorative items you’re planning to accompany the pool. As far as pool accessories go, like floaties and such, it’d be a great idea not to leave them out in the open to get in the way but also have them stored away somewhere it’d be conveniently accessible to.

There you have it! My tips and ideas for making your pool area the desired destination for your family and guests. I hope these benefitted and sparked some creative ideas within you to acquire your best pool area imaginable.

Kenneth Wilson
August 24, 2017
Yard & Garden

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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