Another significant consideration when planning an inground swimming pool is landscaping. The landscaping is an expensive part of the project and also something that requires plenty of pre-planning in order for the finished project to look great. The number of landscaping decisions/choices far surpasses the choices on the pool so be prepared! Several big items to consider early in the project include:
- Deck – The pool deck around an inground pool is a huge design consideration. It’s a major focal point aesthetically and it’s also a very functional part of the pool. There are two basic options when it comes to the deck around an inground swimming pool and then include a concrete deck and a paver deck. Both systems offer endless design options for color, texture, and comfort. We chose a stamped concrete that uses a stone texture in large part due to the free form shape of our pool. Using pavers would have resulted in quite a bit of wasted material. The stamped concrete deck has a base color (colored concrete) along with an accent color (applied on top of concrete), then sealed with the addition of a skid resistant material. Your pool company will have suggestions on different deck options depending on budget and the look you’re interested in. Be prepared for a hefty price tag on the deck as it can cost nearly as much as the pool itself!
- Fencing – Nearly all inground pools must be protected with a fence due to local and State laws as well as insurance requirements. Fence options are also endless but be sure to consider gates that meet special pool requirements as well as long term maintenance. We chose a powder coated aluminum fence that looks great and won’t need much maintenance.
- Plantings – Don’t forget to consider plantings along the pool. Plants, mulching materials, and features like rocks can add a dramatic affect to the finished pool and also help cut down on maintenance. We used a combination of grass, stone “mulch”, flowers, ornamental grasses, and trees to help screen our pool and create a very beautiful setting.
- Complimentary Structures – Another thing to consider during the planning process are other structures that might compliment the new pool. Structures that you might consider include: changing shed, equipment shed, pavilions, fire pits, and even an outdoor shower. Also don’t forget the patio furniture as it has an effect on how you lay out the deck.