How to Achieve a Beachy Pool Deck in a Ferndale, MD, Landscape
The title image features Beacon Hill Flagstone pavers and Courtstone accents.
Few spots are as relaxing as the beach, and backyard pools offer an opportunity to re-create your favorite vacation spot. Here’s how to achieve a beachy pool deck in a Ferndale, MD, landscape so that you can unwind in your own private backyard retreat even if you can’t get away to an actual beach.
Focusing on the Poolscape
Start with the pavers you will use on the pool deck. For the most beachy look, choose larger-format pavers with a subtle texture that will give the impression of a lovely expanse of sand. Here are a few options.
Choose Umbriano pavers from Unilock in the XL 24” square size. Choose Summer Wheat (a light sand color) or Autumn Sunset (a more varied, earthy tone inspired by the warm glow of the setting sun). The Tan Sand jointing compound will help create the illusion of a smooth beach with minimal visual distraction. The unique variegated look of Umbriano pavers is due to real granite particles dispersed throughout the paver; as these particles catch the light, they add a wonderful depth to the paver—much like sand that is being gently washed by a receding tide.
Beacon Hill Flagstone from Unilock gives more texture to your backyard “beach.” This flagstone-textured paver is available in a 34”x20” size to keep your pool aesthetic clean and simple, and it has three blended colors reminiscent of sand: Tuscany, Coffee Creek, and Almond Grove. This paver creates an absolutely stunning early morning/late afternoon effect as the low sunlight enhances its barefoot-friendly texture. It is also available in a random bundle of two rectangular and one square size if you want even more texture.
Beacon Hill Smooth is a great option from Unilock if you love the look of flagstone but prefer a smoother paver. This paver is also offered in a 34”x20” size along with a random bundle of two rectangular and one square paver. The warm Tuscany color is beautifully blended to look just like natural flagstone—except that you’ll never have to deal with the flaking and staining that often occur with flagstone.
Adding the Finishing Touches
Once you have chosen your “beach” pavers, finish the look with coping. Brussels Fullnose Coping from Unilock features a swimsuit-friendly tumbled finish for a relaxed look. The Sandstone color will give you the effect of sand meeting water.
You may also want to focus your search for the right pavers on those with EnduraColor Technology, where the upper layer of the paver is made with fine, color-saturated aggregates that results in an incredibly tough paver that resists scratching and fading.
A beach-themed getaway needs shade. A pergola offers relief from the sun. Add surfboards, driftwood, and trellises hanging with bougainvillea to complete the beachy look. For the base of the pillars, choose wall units that complement the “sand” of the pool deck. Unilock Concord Wall in Sierra or Almond Grove gives the impression of weathered cliffs rising up from the beach. Unilock Rivercrest Wall in Buff gives the look of stacked flagstone, which perfectly complements the smooth textures of Umbriano pavers.
A gas-fueled fire pit warms swimmers after a chilly swim. Match the fire pit to the pergola for a cohesive look. The Sunset Fire Pit Kit from Unilock is a great option for a beach-themed pool area.