Landscaping Around a Pool - What Are the Factors to Consider?

by Pool Builders on 05-25-2011 in Articles

If you already have a swimming pool in your property, that's good for you. Not only you get to relax and chill out in the comfort of your own home, you also happen to have what many homeowners could only dream of. The next best thing for you to do to make your property even more enviable is to have excellent landscaping around the pool.

For this project, you might want to hire the service of a professional landscaper or you can draw up the design on your own. If you are going to hire a landscaper, make sure that you have a clear idea still of what you want your pool to look like. After all, this is your property and it has to reflect your sense of style and personality.

To guide you with this endeavor, here are some factors you need to consider in deciding the best landscape design for your pool:

Architecture and Size of Your Property

First off, you need to consider the general architecture of your main house as well as its surrounding structure. From this you will have an idea what theme would suit your landscape best. The landscape should do its best to enhance the overall beauty of your property and as such, it needs to be a good extension of your house's architecture.

Another thing, you also need to grab a copy of your property's parcel map. Plotting the design of your landscape would be so much easier if it is done with actual and accurate sizes in mind. If you don't have a copy of this, you can visit your local building department and they'd give you a copy that's free of charge usually.

Theme and Design

Once you've noted the above consideration, you can decide on the general theme and design of your pool landscape based on the architecture as well as the size of the space you have available. From this theme, you get to know what plants and fixtures would go well with the overall scenery.

For example, if the theme is tropical island paradise, then, automatically you would select plants and fixtures that is fitting for this landscape. You would choose tropical plants like palm trees or flowering plants like Hibiscus. And instead of benches, you'd probably choose to have hammocks or bamboo huts to complement with the general theme of the landscape.

Choice of Contractor

If you are going to hire a professional landscaper to do the job, it would be best if it is someone referred by a friend or someone you trust. At the very least, check on the background of the company to make sure that the company has a solid record of trustworthiness.

Have them draw up some plans based on your ideas and preferences and review it. If you're satisfied, you can negotiate on the price and have proper documentations when you've finally agreed on something. This is to ensure that both of your party's interest are well protected.

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