A swimming pool can be a backyard oasis, the centerpiece of any landscape. They offer the promise of entertainment, fun and relaxation – and symbolize luxury for many people. Who wouldn’t want to spend the gorgeous days of summer poolside? Let’s imagine after much contemplation, you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and add a beautiful pool to your backyard. The only problem is you can’t decide if you should hire a landscape designer or a pool company to install the swimming pool you and your family have always dreamed of.
At Carolina Landscape, we understand your concerns. Installing a swimming pool is a big investment, and we want to make sure your vision becomes a reality. The first step to a pool installation is not necessarily finding a pool contractor; rather it is about discussing all the options and making the right choices during the preparation phases to ensure you will be pleased with the end results.
Here are four reasons you should consider a landscape designer to install your swimming pool:
Landscaping and swimming pool installation go hand in hand
When a pool company installs your pool, that’s honestly the extent of what you get. Pool companies generally don’t take into consideration the traffic flow, functionality and aesthetic appeal surrounding your proposed swimming pool. They simply want to get you a workable pool and then move onto the next job.
On the other hand, landscape designers combine nature and culture to build the bridge between the garden design and the elements within it. A landscape designer uses influences from natural, social and aesthetic processes. They will not just install a pool in your yard; rather create an aesthetically appealing landscape that is an extension of your home. This new outdoor space will become a place where guests and you will want to be.
In fact, many landscaping companies have an in-house pool designer or a set of stock pool designers to choose from. Choosing a landscape company to design and install your pool has its benefits because landscape designers consider and evaluate:
- The physical shape and positioning of the pool
- The safety precautions – will you need a fence surrounding your pool?
- Budget concerns – both overall costs and maintenance costs
- Pool deck – do you prefer stone, concrete, tile, wood?
- Long-term maintenance – how much work are you willing to put into your pool and landscape each year?
- Colors of flowers, shrubs, trees – what looks best in your yard?
- Seating/entertainment areas – should the space be open, enclosed, covered?
- Lighting – will you be swimming or entertaining at night?
- Planting trees – for shade, aesthetics, etc. Is there enough space?
In order to create the backyard environment you have always wanted, you are going to want to make sure all these elements have been considered. There is nothing worse than making a big investment and not receiving the outcome you were hoping for.
A landscape designer will consider the aesthetic appeal
A backyard pool without a coordinated landscape will seem out of place. A pool should not stand alone without commentary elements. Though it may be the largest feature in your backyard design, it is important to remember that it is not the only one. You will be spending just as much time relaxing around the pool as you will be swimming in it. That’s why you should be 100 percent satisfied with the landscape. If you are unhappy with your surrounding environment it can hinder the entire outdoor experience and hurt the overall atmosphere – leading you to question whether the investment was worth it in the first place.
When you hire a landscape designer to plan and install your pool, they will consider features that will make your landscape aesthetically appealing so that you and your family can enjoy the time spent in your yard to its fullest. These features include:
- Structures like a shed, pool house or a gazebo
- Entertainment areas such as a fire pit
- Color contrasts
A pool and landscape with aesthetic appeal will not only allow you to enjoy your outside space but can also add value to your property.
You will save money
When choosing a landscape designer to install your pool you may have to make a slightly larger investment up front. However, you will save money in the long run. Experienced professionals know how to avoid common mistakes, this will not only save money, but speed up the entire process.
At Carolina Landscape we will invest our time in answering all your questions and understanding what you truly want to achieve with your backyard pool and landscape. We will consider all the essential features of a beautiful landscape, as well as your best interests and your budget limits to make sure you get exactly what you paid for. We have no interest in selling you features you do not need.
What happens if you use a pool company to install your swimming pool?
Let’s say you do decide to go with a pool company to install a swimming pool for your family home. It is highly likely that they will encourage you to install the pool in a place that is easiest for them to build, and a design/shape that is cheapest to install. When you choose a pool contractor you get what you want: a pool. But, that landscape vision and backyard you have dreamed of will not come with it.
Have we convinced you to dive-in? Contact us today at Carolina Landscape and let us help you create a plan for your swimming pool that best suits your lifestyle.