Incorporating hardscape design into your pool project

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In the swimming pool renovation industry and across the country, "hardscape" covers the landscaping design and structure that are built from non-organic materials that lends itself to the overall landscape design around your swimming pool. A hardscape structure could encompass everything from your swimming pool fence, patio to the driveway, pool walls and even the drainage. Hardscape is a precise art and needs to be part of your overall landscaping and swimming pool construction project.


Even landscape designs that appear to be randomly placed truly are not and the reason for this? The human mind gravitates toward a sense of order and any manmade structures you incorporate into the landscape need to compliment the architectural style of your home, backyard and the swimming pool itself. Your swimming pool contractor will develop a design plan that encompasses both your home and the existing terrain in such a way as to enhance what's already there.  You may need to take a step back from what you feel your "true" decorating style is and mesh your hardscape design into the natural surroundings in a way that will enhance aesthetics.


 What kind of "feel" are you aiming for with your hardscape design? Consider for a moment the look and feel of a brick walkway versus a wooden one versus a concrete poured walkway. The theme of your home, its architecture and the shape and design of your swimming pool, combined with your hardscape can unify the whole area.    


In addition to the aesthetics, drainage is a crucial aspect of your hardscape project. You don't want to have any of your designs or drainage cause a damn in your yard with every rainfall – that is why it's important to work with a swimming pool construction specialist for this project. Your swimming pool professional will hide drain inlets or incorporate custom designed drain grates as a way to conceal its true purpose in an aesthetically appealing manner.


 Remember too that your hardscape design can include curbing, decorative columns and even built in seating. An experience designer knows there must be a balance between functionality and harmony. 

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This article was published on 2011/09/25