Turn your pool into a resort or play area by adding all those extras you see on vacation. There’s no reason why you can’t have the pool of your dreams this summer, making it more fun and exciting. Get the most from your pool with some of these plus-up ideas!
Turn the pool into a mini-Olympics by setting up a volleyball net, basketball hoop or floating cornhole. Race RC boats or RC sea creatures. Have squirt toys on hand for water battles. Hang a simple chalkboard leader board nearby and keep track of each family member’s wins in whatever sport they’re playing.
Turn part of your decking into a swim-up dining space, where guests could eat your grilling masterpieces fresh from the grill. Really going all-in on the outdoor dining room can make a statement and give you another living area. Make sure to build in plenty of comfy seating and ready table tops so you can dine al fresco any way you choose. Add string lights or lanterns, outdoor speakers and water features to create resort ambience and class.
Big, tropical-looking potted plants near your pool area will set the stage and keep the decking cooler with natural shade. Choose various textures and leaf sizes for a tropical look. Compliment your foliage with colorful patio umbrellas, stone statuary, a couple of chaise lounge chairs and some tiki torches or solar-powered garden lights to create your personal paradise.