Having a pool is an awesome enough home addition to many homeowners, but some feel their pool is too small. If you want to start hosting more outdoor parties, but are worried your pool looks too small and bare, there are ways to fix that. Here are a few of the ways you can make small pools look larger, more inviting, and more relaxing for your guests.
Add a Grilling Area
An easy DIY project is to build a small outdoor grill with bricks and a few necessary grill pieces. If you can lay bricks evenly, then you can likely do this project. By building a grilling area off to the side of the pool, you make the are look bigger and more inviting. You give the appearance there is enough room for you to cook-out, enjoy the water, and lounge around a bit. You can step up the brick grilling area by adding a few cobblestones as a path from the pool the grill or by adding a tile design in front of the grill. This steps things up and gives a more finished look.
Outdoor Bar Area
If grilling isn't your thing, you can take the same concept as the grilling area and create a bar area. This open bar area can be made of stone as well or of a wood that handles outdoor elements well. If you want to step it up a bit, consider adding a covered area so if it starts to rain, or if the sun gets bad, you can step under the covered area and still enjoy your drinks. This also gives your guests a way to enjoy drinking, the pool, and lounging while giving the impression that the outdoor area and pool are larger than they first appear.
If you live in an area where you can use infinity pool walls, then this can increase the apperance of the size of the pool. Infinity walls make the pool look as if it just drops off the sides with no end. This is ideal if you live on a hillside or have a drop off area of land where the land drops down. This option can be stepped up with underwater lighting to give a beautiful drop off night lighting as well.
The key to these three options is remembering scale. For example, your pool may look smaller if it is the only thing in the viewer's line of sight. Adding a scaled down bar area or grill area gives another focal point to make the pool look like part of the landscape instead of the entire landscape. If you want to add one of these ideas or re-build your pool to incorporate one of these ideas, contact your pool contractor for estimates.
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