Transform Your Backyard Into a Relaxing Escape

Whether it’s above-ground or in-ground, a swimming pool can transform your backyard into a relaxing escape and offer a wonderful space for your whole family to kick back and relax. But if you want to take it up a notch and truly make your backyard feel like a personal paradise, here are some ideas to help you achieve that once your pool is installed:


Surround your pool with lush landscaping to create a tropical or resort-like atmosphere. Use a combination of flowering plants, shrubs, and trees to provide both aesthetics and privacy.

Decking and Patio

Install a deck or patio around the pool area and choose comfortable outdoor furniture like lounge chairs, umbrellas, and perhaps a dining set. This creates a space for relaxation, sunbathing, and family meals.


Incorporate outdoor lighting to create a magical ambiance in the evenings. Consider string lights, lanterns, or even underwater LED lights in the pool. Lighting can extend your pool enjoyment into the night, which is great if you’re having a pool party in the summertime.

Shade Structures

Install a pergola, gazebo, or other shade structures to provide relief from the sun. This can be a great spot for a comfortable outdoor living area or a bar with seating.

Poolside Bar and Grill

Create a poolside bar or grill area for easy access to refreshments and meals. A built-in barbecue or an outdoor kitchen can make your backyard feel like a vacation destination.

Water Features

Enhance your pool area with additional water features like a waterfall, fountain, or bubblers. The sound of running water can add a soothing element to your pool area.

Kid-Friendly Features

If you have children, consider adding kid-friendly features such as a water slide, splash pad, or even a separate shallow area for them to play safely. And don’t forget the toys!

Entertainment Zone

Set up an outdoor entertainment zone with a sound system, outdoor TV, or a projector for movie nights. This can make your backyard a versatile space for both relaxation and entertainment.

Fire Pit

Install a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace for cozy evenings by the pool. This feature adds warmth and ambiance, making your backyard a year-round retreat.

Outdoor Shower

Consider adding an outdoor shower near the pool area. It’s both practical and adds a touch of luxury to the space.

Poolside Hammock or Swing

Hang a hammock or a swing near the pool for a comfortable and relaxing spot to unwind at any time of the day.

Themed Decor

Choose a theme for your backyard oasis, whether it’s a tropical paradise, Mediterranean retreat, or a beachy vibe. Use themed decor, cushions, and accessories to tie everything together. Want to make it a family affair? Have everyone take a vote and see which theme wins! Then, bring everyone together to decorate.

Above-Ground Pools & In-Ground Pools

When you’re deciding on a pool for your home, it can be hard to choose between an above-ground pool and an in-ground pool. Both can provide a great source of recreation, relaxation, and family fun. Before making a decision, consider factors such as maintenance, installation, and long-term plans for your backyard. If you’re not sure which would be best for your backyard and family, just ask your local pool installer!

Your Backyard Paradise Is Waiting for You

When deciding on how you want your backyard to look and feel, the goal should be to create a personalized and comfortable space where your family can relax, have fun, and make lasting memories. By following some (or all!) of these ideas once you have a pool installed, your backyard can easily become your personal paradise—a place where you can joyfully escape from the everyday stresses of life.

Need to start with a pool or hot tub installation? Contact us today or visit our showroom to dream up the perfect poolside retreat for your home.