Poolside pergola

If you’ve been thinking about ‘taking the plunge’, now is the time to get busy planning how you can maximise the potential of your poolside area when summertime hits its peak.

It is one thing to put a pool in, but quite another to make the area surrounding your pool a lifestyle-enriching destination that draws you and your family and friends outside at every opportunity. The secret is versatility – making the area usable not just on sun-drenched days, but during the cooler months and into the evenings.

Pavilions that are fully equipped with an outdoor kitchen (BBQ, bar fridge, benches), a dining area and a space to lounge about with your own fire pit or gas log fire strip, day bed, bench seating, ceiling fan and a wall-mounted TV provide a resort style haven that is sheltered year-round.

Of course, your needs may not desire everything a resort-style pavilion offers… It might be a selection of the above mentioned elements to create an idyllic retreat-style poolside garden.  A place to escape, ponder, relax, admire, reflect.

Make a list and prioritize it!  Really consider how you want to utilise the space surrounding your new pool, who will be using it and when (now and in year’s to come), be mindful of your home’s architecture and your environment and consider the vast amount of different materials on offer (decking versus paving, timber versus brick, concrete, etc).

A pool is a lifestyle-enriching investment, so long as it’s surrounds are functional and responsive to your and your family’s needs.  Get planning now, so that you are ready to ‘dive in the deep end’ next summer and change how you use your outdoor space.

*For more poolside landscaping inspiration, visit our Pinterest profile. Images sourced via Pinterest.

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We completed the construction of this gorgeous Mornington landscape in December 2014. The selection of elements in this garden make it an outdoor area that can be used year-round. Designed by Natural Design…


  • Polito Wood Fire Pizza Oven
  • Polished Concrete Waterfall Benchtops (BBQ & Pizza)
  • Outdoor Kitchen/BBQ area
  • Timber bench seating
  • Timber Pergola
  • Bluestone & Crazy paving
  • Lump Corten Sculpture
  • Garden Lighting
  • Lawn & Planting
  • Retainer Walls
  • Irrigation & Drainage

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Get it wrong and it’s disaster…Get it right and you will have an outdoor destination that enriches your lifestyle.

When you think about it, your backyard is likely to be the biggest room on your property to ‘furnish’, but probably the least considered when it comes to design. A garden that connects you with the outdoors, encourages exploration, provides enjoyment and a place to relax, while enhancing your home comes from a well-considered design.

Developing an understanding of how you want to use your garden, who will be using it, when will it be used and why, is fundamental when it comes to planning your landscape. When compiling your garden ‘wish list’, be mindful of view-lines, existing features, local council regulations, climatic conditions (wind, sun, water). Then, prioritize your preferences such as alfresco dining, outdoor bathing, pergolas/pavilions, right down to plant types, colour schemes, materials.  Be considerate of your architecture and environment, choosing elements that will complement your home’s architecture and the area that you live.

Creating a visually stimulating and meaningful landscape that strikes the perfect balance between function and form can be challenging.  Making the decision to invest in your design often saves you in the end.  A good designer understands all the elements required to create a successful landscape, as well as the value that an engaging outdoor area adds to your lifestyle.

A great design does not simply maximise your useable space, but enriches your lifestyle.