If you spend summers in (or by) the pool...
1. Put safety first.
If you are putting in a new pool, or are looking to structurally renovate one, prioritize safety as you plan the details. If you have little ones, a tiered design for the surrounding deck or patio remodel can create spatial barriers from the water’s edge and help corral playing children in areas that are easier to supervise.
Go slip-free in the pool area by selecting pavers or blocks that have the right texture, opting for those recommended for skid-resistance and durability.
Another crucial safety point: the use of ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) is required by National Electric Code when it comes to including electrical outlets anywhere where water can come into play. Obviously, pool areas fit that bill. While it’s a great idea to equip your poolside with accessible power, be sure to do so while meeting code and securing your own safety and convenience. Installing reliable outdoor GFCI outlets means you can relax, knowing your family is GFCI protected. The receptacles will cut power should a ground fault occur, thus eliminating the risk of electrocution while allowing you to reset things with a simple button press on the outlet in question.
2. Add water, water everywhere.
When it comes to water in your outdoor living space, the pool is honestly just the beginning. Adding an overlapping or adjacent spa pool or hot tub can transform a place of fun into a full-blown sanctuary.
Similarly, fountains can add a relaxing element, whether they flow into the pool or are just a nearby visual enhancement.
Lastly, whether you have a chlorine or saltwater pool, it can be best for your hair, skin and swimwear to give it a quick rinse between dips, even if you are just taking a short snack break. Installing an outdoor shower is a convenient way to take great care of yourself, and your guests, all summer long.