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.

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