How Much Patio Do I Need Around My Swimming Pool?
Deciding on the amount of paving around you pool
You probably will have spent hours working out the design of your swimming pool, but have you thought about the patio which surrounds it?
It’s estimated that the average pool owner spends about 90% of their time on the pool patio rather than in the pool itself. There’s nothing worse than creating your dream pool and not having enough patio, so think carefully about your pool and the way it works with any hard landscaping.
Space Around Your Pool
You can choose from pavers, concrete or bricks, and timber is also a popular choice. You need a patio so you can comfortably walk around the pool, and even put out a table and chairs for al-fresco entertaining.
Don’t be one of those people who regret not creating enough space around your pool. When planning your hard landscaping, it’s best to have around 55 to 75 square metres to give you enough comfortable walking space and to accommodate a dining set.
It’s ideal to allow a minimum of 100cm for walkways and several metres between your outdoor furniture and the edge of the pool.
If you intend on having an external shower, you should accommodate space of at least one and a half square metres. The average size of a pool deck in Australia is usually between 180 and 280 square metres.
Designing Your Patio
This amount of space doesn’t necessarily have to be evenly distributed; it’s usual to have one or two areas larger than another. This hard landscaping area needs to complement the exterior of your home and blend in with the natural surrounds. Of course, take into consideration any existing patio or deck area close to the pool, as this may influence your patio design and layout.
When you’re thinking about these larger sections of patio area, remember that if you are going to sit out in the summer, you may want a shaded area as well as a spot which catches the sun’s rays. Plan your patio so it can take in any beautiful, scenic views.
Soft landscaping and a stone feature wall could also be added around your patio, to make the space more appealing, depending on the size of your yard.
Add To Your Patio Later
Installing and owning a swimming pool costs money. If you haven’t factored in enough cash for the pool patio, you can always lay a minimal amount down and add to it at a later date. During the winter months, it’s the optimum time to undertake any pool patio maintenance or extend it while your pool is getting less use.
At Factory Pools Perth, we can advise and assist you with all your landscaping requirements. Our fibreglass pools are made in Western Australia and come with a lengthy guarantee. We provide quality pools at affordable prices, so come and visit one of our showrooms around Perthtoday.