Planning Your Backyard: A Step-by-Step Guide
One of the most rewarding investments you can make in your home is to create a backyard getaway where you, your family and your friends can make memories that will last a lifetime. At the heart of every great backyard, you are sure to find a beautifully crafted swimming pool that can provide you and your family with years of enjoyment.
The ultimate backyard, however, requires careful planning and design—this will make all the difference in the end. Proper preparation will ensure every detail is precise, from the ideal size, shape and location of the pool, to other aspects of your outdoor space. The best way to ensure a smooth and thorough design process is to work with an experienced pool design/build professional who can offer you their expertise while balancing your wants and needs.
Unfortunately, most prospective pool owners know very little about the planning process and aren't sure what steps they need to take, beyond contacting an experienced pool builder for help. If you fall into this category, you may find yourself overwhelmed. With this planning guide at hand, you can better know what to expect.
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Turn your backyard into an everyday vacation spot
Family vacations rarely live up to expectations. From the cost of travel to other assorted hassles, the negatives usually outweigh the fun. Much of that frustration has seen a growing number of Americans rediscovering fun at home, and taking the necessary steps to make their backyards as exciting and luxurious as any vacation destination.
Travel for a summer vacation costs the average American family around $1,180 per person, according to an American Express survey. That's a lot of dough. Imagine if a family of four invested that money into upgrading their own home experience with the addition of a swimming pool or hot tub. They could create a backyard oasis they'll enjoy for years.
That enjoyment includes more than just saving money on a vacation and avoiding all the hiccups associated with travel, too. Spending more quality time at home, together, helps families bond and is proven to enhance physical and mental wellbeing. Adding a hot tub or pool to your backyard environment is the kind of investment that will provide enjoyment year-round.
Installing a swimming pool is one home improvement that pays for itself in multiple ways, from increasing your home value and reducing travel costs to improving relationships with loved ones. Seventy-five percent of pool owners say their swimming pool turns the backyard into an everyday vacation spot, according APSP research. Four out of five owners say it's a great way to entertain guests, and half say it's the ideal place to connect with family and guests.
Hot tub owners feel the same way. Among owners, 57 percent consider the backyard their sanctuary and believe their hot tub encourages entertaining and quality time with family and friends. Seventy-seven percent of owners see their hot tub as one of the few places where they are able de-stress.
While adding a pool or hot tub remains a serious investment, a family of four that would normally spend the average amount of $4,750 per year on summer travel could conceivably pay for an installation by skipping the vacation for a few years.
If you've been thinking about pursuing a pool or hot tub for your home, there's never been a better time than now to do so. The American Society of Landscape Architects listed both pools and hot tubs as hot trends for 2013, and that pricing and features have never been better.
Ready to take the plunge? Rely on APSP's online member locator to find an APSP Certified Professional in your area. Certified Professionals adhere to the highest standards of service, performance and ethical conduct, and will be with you every step of the way.
Each year brings new trends for home and garden design, including swimming pools and spas. In 2011, exciting design and technology options helped create beautiful pools that were integrated into lush landscapes for a more holistic experience.
Residential pools embraced amazing features that added beauty and intrigue, and in the past could only be found at resorts. In adding these features it made the backyard pool experience more like a vacation or spa – allowing pool owners to enjoy their pools new ways.
We see these trends extending into 2012. Of course, there will be some new developments along the way, and we can't wait to see them!
Pool Plans - 10 Tips
Like any new endeavor, planning and building a pool can be exciting—but for many, it is full of unknowns. If you are ready to build your backyard retreat and are wondering where to begin, start here. These 10 pool planning tips will help you put everything into perspective and give you the tools you need to guarantee years of enjoyment.
H2O My Goodness! Beautiful Designs for Outdoor Spaces
Oh how I love the work of H2O Designs–a Melbourne company that specializes in the custom design and production of dynamically designed water features, planter boxes, and outdoor seating for rooftop gardens, balconies, and courtyards.
Carve out a cozy outdoor space ideal for entertaining. We share inspirational deck and patio pictures, porch design ideas and step-by-step construction tips.
Your deck or patio can either be a peaceful place with tranquil scenery or a fun spot for entertaining. These 5 tips for creating dream decks and patios will hopefully inspire you to turn that boring outdoor space into something you can enjoy.
Homeowners Looking for Landscaping Ideas for Their Backyard Get Do-It-Yourself Options to Improve Their Home in Time through a New Online Landscape Design Service
PlanWorx℠, a new online landscape design service powered by national landscape architecture firm Knäak Design Group (KDG), offers homeowners a progressive do-it-yourself solution to improve their outdoor living space, allowing them to add beauty and value to their home at a fraction of the cost.
From Patio to Paradise
As we welcome spring and warmer weather, we all look forward to spending more time outdoors. But your patio may not be in outdoor living condition after a long winter. Don't worry; there are numerous ways you can quickly spruce up your patio. You'll go from patio to paradise in no time; just take a look at the following patio makeover tips:
Rules for Fences for Private Pools
With the joy of owning a swimming pool comes the responsibility of enclosing it to prevent children and pets from accidentally gaining access. There are no federal laws governing swimming pool fences, but many states and communities have building codes establish their own regulations. Many fencing requirements are common throughout American neighborhoods, but check your local building code to be sure your fence meets all the requirements for a safe and happy swimming season.