When you add a feature such as a pool to your yard, your design planning makes the difference. A pool needs to be more than a source for fun and exercise; it should enhance the look and feel of your entire backyard.
This pool provides a good example of an integrated effort. Starting with the size and shape of the available area, the choice of a narrow rectangle provided plenty of space for anyone stepping out to the patio area. Even without swimming, the simple clean design of this pool makes it as much a water feature as a play area.
Using one material – a rich varied stone – for the raised pool surround, the patio tile and the columns keeps everything appealingly integrated. The clean lines set a modern tone that works particularly well with the home, while the personality of the stone keeps the yard from feeling bland.
One daring design decision – using thatch as a patio cover – adds an adventurous touch to the scene. The lounge chairs in teak coordinate with the tropical mood while staying simple enough to maintain the modern feel.
There is quite a bit of hard surface to this yard, and the plants at the far side join the thatch in helping to soften the space. A few plants in pots would also add a softening influence.