Spend on more permanent aspects of outdoor space
It’s always best to aim for a “do it once, do it right” outcome when it comes to creating an outdoor space, but with so many choices, this can be a tricky feat.
Outdoor entertaining is an important part of WA’s culture, which has a lot to do with our glorious weather.
Creating an entertainment space that is visually appealing as much as it is functional requires some thought.
Landscaping proprietor Tim Davies said it was important to be realistic about budget and to work within your constraints.
“Spend the money on the more permanent aspects, for example, design, pool, soil preparation and levels,” he said.
“If you can master-plan the pool and garden to achieve the best design outcome, then you can draw back on plant size and materials.”
A well-positioned pool can add another month of swimming time to either side of summer thanks to passive solar heating.
Factoring in living space and landscaping around your pool is essential for both functionality and design.
It provides space to relax and complements the area nicely.
“Have some usable space within the pool area,” Mr Davies said.
“Think about pool fencing location so you don’t restrict the flow of movement.”
Mr Davies said the landscaping you choose should be an extension of the home’s styling to make the areas flow and combine.
“The outdoors truly is an extension of liveable space,” he said.
“The finishes, colours, textures and materials chosen have to work with the home styling and design, as well as being functional.”
Lighting helps bring your outdoor area and pool to life by adding ambience and atmosphere, while also lighting the area up at night for a tranquil vista.
LED lights are energy-efficient, easy to maintain and cost-effective to leave on for long periods of time.
Forward planning is also important in the design process.
“A client with young children planning to stay in their current home may not need a pool now, but the design can make provision for one in the future,” Mr Davies said.
With the summer heat, shade is an important feature to consider and, in particular, the placement of it. Too much and your pool will be cold, and too little means the space will be limited for use during the hottest months.
Outdoor entertaining is an important part of Australian culture.