Poolside attractions can help make a splash
By Shari Berg, Tribune Content Agency
While it’s nice to be able to cool off in a pool, that doesn’t have to be the only objective when installing one. A little creativity, coupled with some extraordinary landscaping, can turn any outdoor pool into a quiet retreat, a post-work destination or a cool hangout for family and friends.
Personality and personal preference are key factors in choosing a landscaping plan for an outdoor pool area. Should it be attractive for both children and adults? Should there be trees for privacy and shade, or would a retractable awning be a better fit? If poolside parties are an objective, adding a fire pit or an outside kitchen should be part of the plan.
Not sure where to start? Consulting a professional can help.
“Every case depends on each specific patio," says Audrey Tobman, owner of Patio Style of Longwood. "There are different things you can do with different patios.”
The majority of Tobman’s customers already have an existing patio or outdoor living space. They are simply looking for ways to accentuate or change up the look of the area. However, for the rare few who have not yet built an outdoor patio, Tobman says she is able to provide recommendations for reputable contractors.
One of the first things Tobman asks of her clients is their budget. If a client is on a tight budget, Tobman said there are things that can be done with limited funds. “There is always something for every budget and every space,” Tobman says.
Change is good
Even the smallest changes can add new life to an existing outdoor space.
“One of the things we always suggest to clients to change things up and spruce things up inexpensively is with some throw pillows,” she says. “We like to use area rugs. We’ve seen outdoor curtains, and of course, throw pillows are always my favorite thing and an inexpensive way to change up an area.”
Clients who do not already have furniture and want to outfit their entire outdoor area have a variety of styles and brands to choose from at Tobman’s store. Chaise lounges and deep-seated chairs and loungers are ideal for relaxing by the pool.
One of the most popular outdoor pieces in the Central Florida area is the Tropitone woven chair series, which is available at Patio Style. For people who enjoy traditional outdoor furniture – versus the kind one would expect to find on the beach – the Tropitone woven series is ideal.
“They call it a woven chair,” Tobman says. “They came out with this chair about eight years ago, and it’s a woven bucket on an aluminum frame, so it almost looks like strips of leather woven together on this frame and it’s absolutely beautiful.”
According to the manufacturer, the series includes frames that are solid cast aluminum or a combination of cast aluminum and extruded aluminum, which provides added strength and durability to the furniture.