Depending on how far you want to take your project, plenty of the options we offer in today’s post are things you can do yourself. Others might require the help of a professional. Whichever direction your pool project takes, the effort you put into your new backyard environment will pay dividends in free entertainment for the whole family.
Perfect play areas
Creating a non-water-based play area adjacent to your pool is a great way to encourage kids to keep active even when the pool is winterized. Building a swish modern tree house, where your kids can keep watch over their backyard empire, is a great way to engage their imaginations. If you had your eye on a trampoline but have safety concerns, a sunken trampoline can be a solid DIY project – the whole family can help with the installation.
Superior splash zones
Your pool is the crown jewel of your outdoor entertainment center – so consider projects that help it shine. Upgrade the furniture to incorporate kid-friendly storage for new pool toys and outdoor games – after all, if the kids can entertain themselves, you can definitely linger on that tanning ledge for longer. If you really want to ratchet your backyard entertainment game up for the kids, build a splash pad. An excellent compliment to your pool, a backyard splash pad can provide years of entertainment – and with careful design, you can incorporate permanent water features for your garden or pool into the design.
Feed the fun
Incorporating a cooking and dining space within your poolside area is a great way to keep the fun rolling for kids of all ages. From simple picnic tables to ornate grills, cooking and dining outside can be deliciously rewarding. Install comfortable seating and ergonomic prep areas for meals people will want to linger over. Consider including coolers in multiple areas to cater to a crowd and compliment your décor – some of the better coolers on the market can double as storage in the offseason. When you’re designing your new dining area, also be sure to include discreet solutions for handling garbage so wrappers and food waste don’t accidentally end up in the water. Keeping your pool free from debris is a huge step toward better overall pool chemistry.
As you can see, the options for customizing your backyard with a pool renovation project are limited only by your imagination. Always follow basic pool safety rules when adding new play areas to your backyard – safety fencing and a good pool cover can make a tremendous difference when it comes to keeping your loved ones safe and entertained year after year.
Originally posted June 3, 2017