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10 Things to know (really well) before you start your swimming pool project

Designing the swimming pool area is a significant endeavor. By considering every possible decision beforehand, you will ensure that your end result will maximize both the performance and appearance of your design. Here are 10 important considerations that, when checked off, will leave you with a swimming pool deck that will provide years of genuine enjoyment. Let’s dive in!

  1. Maintenance Requirements
  2. One of your first priorities will be to consider the maximum time and energy you’re willing to spend on maintenance demands. If spending your precious time off dealing with the maintenance of your pool rather than enjoying it doesn’t appeal to you, opt for materials with little to no maintenance demands. Unilock pavers feature superior manufacturing technologies designed to prevent fading, staining, and other damage typically caused by weather, time, and the demands of being poolside.

  3. How exactly will you use the space?
  4. Next, consider exactly who will be the primary users of the space. Do you have children? Do you do a lot of entertaining? The features, size, and materials used for your construction will depend on how you intend to use the space. Working with a Unilock Authorized Contractor to uncover this information during the design phase will ensure that function meets style when the project is complete.

  5. What’s your style?
  6. Obviously, your style preferences should play a major role in your pool patio project. Lovers of modern design will appreciate the lack of bevel in addition to the granite appearance of Umbriano pavers. The modern elegance of Richcliff pavers will be sure to please, as well. Those with a tendency to gravitate toward romantic and historical themes, might be drawn to the Old-World brick styles of either Copthorne or Townhall pavers. Unilock Courtstone provides a cobblestone-esque aesthetic that is striking and complementary to many types of architecture and tastes. Unilock products make it east to incorporate your personal style, the existing architectural tone of your property, and high functionality into your pool area.

  7. Proper installation is important
  8. The contractor that you select can determine whether your project is remarkably successful or a stressful disaster. As you select your professional landscape contractor, ensure that the person has the bonds, licenses, and insurances necessary to take on the project. Even further, make sure that the two of you have a complete meeting of the minds concerning expectations and that all of these details are preserved in writing for both of your protection. Learn more about the many advantages of working with a Unilock Authorized Contractor here.

  9. It’s often more than a patio
  10. A pool deck is often much more than just a patio. Incorporating an outdoor kitchen, overhead shade structures, and other extraneous features should be considered during the design process and be incorporated before construction begins. Remember that much of the time spent enjoying a swimming pool is spent outside of pool in the surrounding area.

  11. Location and size is key
  12. Your swimming pool deck’s size and location will obviously depend on the amount of space that you have to work with, as well as the best placement for your pool. Drainage and elevation are the critical factors to consider, and with the help of a Unilock Authorized Contractor, these decisions will be easier to make. Consider the number of family members and guests who’ll likely be enjoying the area, as well as the shading you’ll need during the heat of the afternoon sun. In addition, the view and availability for privacy from the surrounding spaces will substantially influence your decision.

  13. Lighting Basics
  14. Another area in which a professional contractor can assist is in determining the best outdoor lighting for your swimming pool area. Lighting plays a major role in poolscapes, as the right lighting can enhance the aesthetic, improve safety, and facilitate nighttime enjoyment. Be sure not to overlook this feature as it’s always more difficult and costly to add lighting after the patio’s installation is complete.

  15. Create Focal Points
  16. Deciding whether to incorporate waterfalls, fire tables, fire pits, or outdoor fireplaces into your pool area is yet another decision that should be made before beginning the project. These features add to the project visually and aurally, and the inclusion of these aesthetic contributions can transform an outdoor space.

  17. Provide Seating
  18. Once you determine how many guests and family members are likely to enjoy the area, consider the necessary amount of seating. Whether you incorporate built-in seating walls, seat benches, or traditional patio furniture will depend on your design intentions as well as the versatility of function that you desire. Built-in seating can add a lot of extra comfort while not taking up much useable patio space.

  19. Consider Future Plans
  20. Finally, don’t forget to consider the future. In years to come, plans, guests, and family members will change, so make sure that you love the design and will continue to do so for many years to come. If you have future projects in mind, consider the scope and requirements and leave room for these within the property as you bring your swimming pool area to life.