Swimming Pool Design

How to Make the Ultimate Outdoor Pool Gathering Space for Family and Friends

Swimming Pool Design

Many people have fond memories of public pools, with one glaring exception—the public. A private home pool can be the perfect space for families to connect and make lasting memories without the limitations of adult swim hours, crowded swim spaces, and even health risks. Of course, it takes more than a home pool to provide the ultimate swimming experience for you and your loved ones.

The following are some suggestions to help you turn your home into the ultimate outdoor pool gathering space for your family, friends, and guests.


Creating the Perfect Pool Area for Entertaining Guests


Before you can provide your guests with an amazing outdoor pool experience, there are a few things that you will want to consider with your swimming pool design. If you are dreaming of a summer by the pool with family and friends, these strategies can bring your vision to life.




Make Your Space Easy to Navigate


Good circulation is essential when it comes to creating a comfortable and inviting outdoor space. Landscape architecture and swimming pool design can both play a role here, allowing you to make navigating your yard easy.

For effective circulation that looks and feels great, you will want to ensure that your pool has plenty of thoughtful space designed around it. This can be accomplished in the form of beautiful walkways and comfortable seating areas. Different features can work together in harmony to provide an elegant and efficient circulation system around your pool. You don’t need  hardscape areas completely surrounding your pool, in fact some of our favorite pools are bordered by lawn  on 1 or 2 sides, but where you do invite people to walk, we suggest a minimum of 40″ to reduce accidents.



Add Lights for Evening and Night Swimming


Lights in a pool can make all the difference in the experience it offers and the usability of your pool. When you add lights to your pool, it makes it much easier and safer for everyone to enjoy time out on the water, even when the sun starts to set.

Swimmers of all ages will enjoy the soft glow of the water’s surface as it reflects off the surrounding pool deck and landscape. Well-designed pool lighting will not only extend the amount of time your pool will be used, but it will also provide your pool with a unique personality once the sun goes down. As a bonus, lights also make your pool highly visible, which can save people and pets from accidentally falling into it.  Lighting pools from the inside provides a surprising amount of reflection above and around the pool.


Invest in Outdoor Kitchens and Dining Areas


A great way to bring more to your pool is the addition of outdoor kitchens and dining areas. With this approach, you can turn a couple of hours by the pool into an all-day pool party with food, drinks, and plenty of fun. Enhancing your home pool with these features is the perfect way to make lasting memories with the people you love most.  There are a countless number of appliances and  amenities that can be added to an outdoor kitchen, from pizza ovens to grills, ice makers to trash compactors, but most of the kitchens we design/install contain a grill, refrigerator and sink along with a few drawers and simple cabinet.