You might think a beach-themed backyard is impossible because you don’t live near the water. If so, we have good news! The coastal oasis of your dreams is within reach, even if your home is miles inland. With a little bit of planning, the right swimming pool and decor can transform your yard into a stunning, vacation-like getaway.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about recreating your favorite beach — right in your own backyard! We’ll share some of our favorite backyard beach ideas, talk about how to plan your budget, and go over some considerations like landscaping and sand. If you’ve been wondering, “How do I make my backyard look like a beach?” then keep reading for expert tips.
What to Consider When Building a Beach-Themed Backyard
As with any landscaping or design project, there are a few factors you should take into consideration when thinking about designing a beach-themed backyard. A little bit of advance planning will help ensure that your backyard beach ideas can be carried out just the way you imagined. From planning your budget to choosing a theme style, we’ll walk you through everything you need to consider.
How Much Does a Beach Style Pool Cost?
Before you begin redesigning your yard, it’s important to have a clear idea of how much you’d like to spend on your project. With a budget in your mind, it will be easier to make decisions about your “must-haves” versus your “maybes” and bring your vision to life successfully.
Planning your budget will be easier if you understand some of the factors that will impact the overall cost of your project. Examples of these factors include your geographical location, the quality of the materials used, and, of course, the size and scope of your redesign project. For instance, bringing in sand or adding a swimming pool to your yard will increase the total cost.
Worried it’s out of your price range? You might be pleasantly surprised! Our expert team can work within your budget to make your backyard beach dreams reality. With thoughtful planning and a little creativity, even a modest budget can radically transform your yard!
Type of Beach Theme
The “perfect beach getaway” means different things to different people. Maybe your vision of the ideal beach is a classical villa overlooking azure Mediterranean waters. Or maybe you imagine the tropical, sun-drenched shores of the Bahamas. Or, maybe you picture a cozy cottage tucked along the rocky shores of Maine.
No matter what “a day at the beach” means for you, our skilled builders can work with you to make your fantasy yard a reality. For example, if you’re looking to recapture fond memories of seaside vacations with your family, we can help to construct a stylish wood deck reminiscent of your favorite boardwalk pier.
The climate you live in may make certain themes easier to create than others, such as a tropical beach-themed backyard in a humid climate. Our team will work closely with you to bring your ideal vision to life.
Can I Add Sand to My Backyard?
“Is sand good for a backyard? And if so, what can I do with sand in my backyard?”
These are common questions we hear from homeowners all the time, especially in coastal regions. The answer is that, just like putting in grass, sand can look and feel great in your yard — but only with proper care and maintenance. For example, you’ll need to ensure that the sand is kept out of and away from your pool, where it can damage equipment, be uncomfortable to walk on, and make the water look cloudy and unappealing. To avoid these issues, you may need to construct borders or create sectioned-off areas that will keep the sand safely out of the water.
You’ll also need to be mindful about which type of sand you choose and the way in which it gets added to your yard, since these factors can have a major impact on your soil quality. For instance, horticultural sand is easier for plants to grow in than other types of sand, as the name suggests. You may also want to be on the lookout for uninvited animal guests, since certain species like snakes may be attracted to the sand as a habitat. As long as you’re mindful of these factors, sand can provide a distinctively beachy flair that helps bring your vision to life.
Beach-Themed Pool Area: Layout & Landscaping
It’s essential to plan your yard’s new layout before construction gets underway, which will help to ensure that there are no last-minute snags or surprises. Here are three factors to consider when installing or landscaping a beach-themed pool area:
- Whether your yard is flat or on an incline. Hilly yard? No problem! Read more about installing a pool on a steep slope, which is usually achievable with a little bit of extra planning.
- Whether there are any fixed or immovable objects in your yard. For example, will you need to work around air conditioning units, an existing pool or gazebo, or any trees you’re unwilling or unable to remove?
- Which types of plants or other features you’d like to add. Scroll to the end of this article for more than half a dozen ideas and examples! For even more inspiration, check out these four creative backyard pool landscaping ideas.
Backyard Beach Ideas & Inspiration
Looking for some style inspiration to help you envision the perfect design? We have you covered. In this section, we’ll share some of our favorite ideas for creating a beautiful beach-themed backyard that the entire family can enjoy. From furniture and fire pits to tanning ledges and outdoor showers, there are countless opportunities to customize the pool and lawn of your dreams. Read on to learn about 10 of them!
Patio Areas and Furniture
Have you been looking at your backyard and wondering, “How do I make my patio look tropical?” Here are three beach-themed patio ideas to get the ball rolling:
- White or brightly colored Adirondack chairs are a classic sight at the beach — and look great on a lawn or porch!
- Swinging benches, rocking chairs, and hammocks are perfect for relaxing with a book or taking a nap in the shade.
- Consider bold, tropical prints and hues when choosing furniture or cushions. Wicker is also a classic look, but may not be practical in certain climates.
Love to work on your tan at the beach? With a tanning ledge installed in your pool, you can recreate the same experience at home! Not only do tanning ledges add distinction, value, and utility — they also double as attractive decor, enhancing the overall look of your pool.
Nothing epitomizes the feeling of summer like nights gathered around beach bonfires, laughing and sharing the company of your loved ones. Bring that same sense of adventure and community into your yard with an elegant, functional fire pit! From entertaining and grilling to just relaxing and gazing into the flames, fire pits add a cozy, outdoorsy dimension to any backyard.
Fencing provides privacy and helps to prevent pool accidents. With thoughtful design choices, fencing can also be used to make your backyard feel more like the beach! Consider idyllic picket fencing, fencing with a rustic driftwood look, or fencing that incorporates flowers, buoys, or nautical netting.
Plants, cacti, ferns, and flowers can all help enhance that beachy feel. Depending on factors like the climate where you live and the amount of sun or shade you receive, why not use Hibiscus to add Hawaiian flair, or plant patches of beach grass for a classic look reminiscent of dunes? Other possibilities might include palm trees, Bird of Paradise flowers, or coastal shrubs like Ballerina Hawthorn. If you have a family pet, make sure to choose plants that are non-toxic for cats and/or dogs.
Not only are outdoor showers reminiscent of the beach — they’re also a luxurious yet practical way to keep sand and dirt out of your pool (and your house). Plus, they can also provide a convenient spot to hang up towels and swimsuits for a clutter-free deck. Work with an experienced builder to make sure you have the necessary plumbing features.
Walkways around your pool add sophistication while serving a useful function. Consider different materials like wood, stone, composite, or a combination.
When it comes to beach-themed outdoor decor, the possibilities are endless! Some classic motifs include seashells, starfish, buoys and netting, dolphins, palm trees, lobsters and crabs, driftwood, anchors and sailboats, tropical plants, or combinations of white and navy blue. Create a look that’s subtle and understated, or make it bold and whimsical!
Do your little ones love to play in the shallows when your family visits the beach? Give them the same experience at home with a shallow wading area! With easy entry and low water levels, wading areas create a great opportunity for children to splash and enjoy the sun. (They’re great for adults to relax in, too!)
A swimming pool’s interior lining can totally change its look and feel. Why not choose a liner style that captures the aura of an ocean resort? Our popular Coastal Crystal Bronze shimmers like sand and recreates the turquoise hue of the Caribbean — right in your own backyard. Or, take a trip to the shores of New England with our elegant blue seastone pattern. With so many options to choose from, you can forge your own seaside adventure — from quaint coastal cottage to tiki island paradise.
Looking To Build Your Dream Pool for Your Beach-Themed Backyard?
You don’t have to live in a shorefront community to enjoy your own private oasis. No matter how far you might be from the ocean, Latham can help bring the beach to you. Contact us online to learn more, or check out our style book and pool planning apps!