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It’s one thing to put a pool in, but quite another to make the area surrounding your pool a lifestyle-enhancing, crowd-pleasing lounging-about zone that draws you and your family and friends outside at every opportunity. These ideas will convince you to make the most of the pool you already have or, for those in the planning stages, get you thinking about how to maximise the potential of your poolside area. The secret is versatility – making the area usable not just on sun-drenched days, but into the night as well.
Stepping stones that lead across water to an under-cover poolside cabana create an inviting pathway that ensures you make the best use of your whole backyard. You’d want to make the exciting journey to this welcoming cabana, rather than just hang out close to the house.
You don’t need a giant pool to turn your backyard into a five-star oasis. The smart decking in this Melbourne yard creates two separate zones in which to hang out. The fire pit, lighting and lush gardens combine to make this poolside area heavenly day and night.
You’re far more likely to use your poolside surrounds if there is a zone to suit every mood and occasion. Choose an area that offers something for everyone, whether seeking some relaxing me-time or gathering with a crowd late into the night.
A raised Balinese-style platform will transport you far away from your daily worries the instant you throw on a sarong and settle in with a good book. By night, it’s just the place to gather with a few friends or family and listen to the waves rolling in. If you’re not close enough to the beach to hear the surf, some chill-out tunes will set the mood just as well.
A super-comfortable spot overlooking the pool (or, in this case, pool and amazing view beyond!) is all you need to create a welcoming poolside lounging area. Cocktail optional.
This glamorous nook looks as good by day as it does by candlelight. Choosing a type of shade that adds elegance when the sun goes down will mean you get far more bang for your buck. You’ll naturally gravitate outdoors and make the most of the space.
Moving the barbecue and dining area across to the other side of the pool gives the poolside area closest to the house some breathing space. And what better venue for parties? Loud music and conversation will float towards the main house in gentle waves rather than causing a disturbance to anyone preferring to have a quiet night in.
Thinking outside the square in terms of sun loungers can completely transform the look and vibe of your poolside area. This Leaf Lounge Chair has an organic designer feel to it that instantly gives this poolside paving a lift.
If you’d feel more at ease lazing by the pool without nosy neighbours being able to see you, a wall could be the answer. The windows in this one prevent it looking too severe, and when lit at night, create a dramatic poolside effect.