A backyard pool is part of the Great Australian Dream. It serves as the entertainment hub for the warmer months and is the aesthetic focal point of any backyard. But the other elements of your landscaping should complement your pool and adding a decorative concrete deck adjacent to your pool can make your entertainment space really pop!
Here’s 5 ideas for your surrounding concrete if you’re renovating or building a pool or entertainment space this year:
Opt for a Sand Finish
Get that beach vibe in your very own backyard with a sand replica finish. Add texture and colour to create a natural feel poolside. Plus, it’s a great option for anywhere you’ll be walking with bare feet, since it’s smooth enough to walk on comfortably without being slippery, adding to pool safety for the kids.
Incorporate Other Dedicated Spaces
Although your pool is likely to be the focal point of your backyard and deck area, additional concrete elements (like a fire pit or benches covered with cushions) can give the space a designer feel. These extra areas add dimension and variety to your concrete design whilst giving you further spaces to relax.
Add LED Lighting for Design & Safety
Safety is one of the most important considerations when you’re designing your concrete pool deck, especially if you have children running around. Whatever layout and design you choose, you’ll want to make sure you have sufficient lighting to ensure the safety of you and your family during those evenings spent by the pool. One of the best ways to do this is with LED lighting. Small LED lights can be embedded in your concrete deck, not only right near the edge of your pool, but also under concrete stairs or benches to illuminate your entire outdoor space and make it usable for more hours of the day.
Choose a Unique Border
An accent border around your swimming pool comes with both functional and design benefits. Not only does it help visually break up large slabs of plain concrete, but it also clearly defines the edges of your pool, making them easier to see for safety. This also gives you the opportunity to play with colour combinations, textures and shapes. For example, if you like the look of stone or brick, but you don’t want to cover your entire deck with that much texture, incorporating it into your design with a decorative concrete border may just strike the perfect balance.
Replicate Natural Materials Without The Price Tag
Concrete can be way more than a smooth, grey slab! Using stamped concrete products, your design choices are nearly limitless. Stamped concrete surfaces are crafted by pressing a design into freshly poured concrete. You get the durability and strength of traditional concrete with the aesthetic of just about any material you can think of, including stone, brick, tile, slate and even timber planks. This type of concrete truly allows your creativity to shine.