People love to spend time in outdoor spaces, and some of the most popular home improvement projects tend to be additions like swimming pools, outdoors kitchens and patios. That’s the perfect combination whether you use the backyard for relaxing, entertaining, or quiet family barbecue dinners. Swimming pool builders offer a range of custom pool designs to match different architectural and landscaping styles. Safety is an important concern around swimming pools, especially if there are any children in the vicinity, and pools should be surrounded by a safety fence on all sides.
Just add water
Swimming pools bring it all together – the relaxing sight and sound of blue water lapping gently against the edges, a cool dip on a hot day, and one of the healthiest forms of exercise. In fact, swimming is great cardiovascular exercise, since the resistance of water is ten times that of air. A patch of water brightens up any landscape, and if you have a poolside patio to relax, read, sleep, work, or eat, that may just be the definition of a perfect summer’s day.
This is why swimming is the fourth most popular type of physical activity in the U.S. For children between the ages of seven and 17, it is the most popular recreational activity. But swimmers also need to relax and that’s why swimming pool builders also specialize in adding outdoor kitchens and patios.
Taking it outdoors
Summers are just made for entertaining outdoors. In fact, in climates like Florida, you can use the outdoors year-round, which is why people like to invest in backyard features like kitchens, patios, and seating areas. The 2014 Houzz Landscaping Survey found that 83% of all respondents think of their backyards as the ideal entertaining space. Swimming pool builders can help to make this ideal a reality with outdoor kitchens, prep areas, sinks, and grills.
Outdoor entertaining spaces are one of the most popular home improvement projects. They’re also a sound investment, and add to the value of a home. The ROI on adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard can be as high as 100% to 200%. That may not be the main reason why people add these features, but it certainly helps.
Anyone installing a new swimming pool should be aware of safety concerns, especially if there are children around. Even if there are no children in the house, there may be visitors’ or neighbors’ children who must be protected against accidents. Children under the age of five years are particularly vulnerable.
Safety fences with locking gates can go a long way in ensuring child safety around swimming pools. Safety fences should enclose a pool on all four sides and be at least five feet high. The gates should be self locking and self latching to prevent their being left open by mistake. It’s also a good idea to arrange for swimming lessons for any children who are likely to be in the vicinity of the pool, so that they can enjoy the water safely.
Backyards and patios are the perfect outdoor spaces to enjoy with family and friends. Swimming pool builders can also add features like outdoor kitchens and grills to make it easier to entertain outdoors. While swimming is both a heathy and fun form of exercise, safety fences should be installed around pools to prevent any accidents.