One of the most significant elements of a new garden that landscapers are asked to include in the design is a pool. Normally it is better to try and use a landscape designer experienced with pool design (obviously). Whether it be Olympic sized in a massive garden or a small paddling pool, a pool is a significant undertaking for any landscaper and one which both they and their clients must discuss at length. Bear in mind, that unlike some features in landscaped gardens, a pool cannot easily be moved or replaced.
It is for that reason that we mentioned the client and landscapers discussing the pool in detail. During these discussions, several factors concerning the pool will be decided. These decisions will normally fall under one of four major areas, which we have detailed for you below to hopefully give you a clearer understanding of what you and your landscaper must discuss.
For many, this is probably the most difficult to answer. They know they want a pool in their new landscaped garden, but are unsure as to why or how they believe it will enhance the overall design. Note there is nothing wrong with sticking to “I simply want a pool”, and not considering its concept any further.
However, the overall design and finished pool will be enhanced if you can conceptualise what you want your pool area to be. If it is going to be for more than simply swimming and paddling then consider whether you see it as an aid to fitness, relaxation, entertaining, or as a centrepiece to the entire landscape design.
Following on from considering the conception of your pool, you now start getting into some specifics and in particular how you wish your pool to function. This starts from choosing the location of the pool with considerations such as having it all in direct sunshine, or partly in shade.
Other decisions to be made are how to ensure that the design provides privacy for you, your family, and your guests when using the pool. It is also best practice that the pool can be viewed fully from the house. Next, consider extras such as a diving board, a nearby shower, or what some consider the ultimate extra, a whirlpool.
You have sorted the concept and how your pool will function, now it is time to decide on how your pool and the surrounding area are going to look. This will be heavily influenced by the size and shape of your garden, plus the other design elements you are including.
Some of the basic decisions include the size of the pool, its shape, the size, shape, and design of the pool tiles, and the area around the pool such as whether this will be stone, tiles, or decking. Also, think of other design elements that will influence the pool area’s aesthetics including seating, back panels, and plants.
Undoubtedly, the overriding thought that should be applied to everything relating to your new garden pool is safety. Bear in mind, unlike public pools and many beaches there will be no lifeguard on hand should someone get into difficulty. The minimum should be that there is at least one lifebuoy adjacent to the pool. Also, pool depths should be indicated.
We suggest that a means of covering the pool or locking the area to prevent access to it is included if possible. This will be particularly desirable if you have young children. Finally, ensure that the surfaces around the pool have texture to prevent them from becoming slippery when wet.