Planning & Building Your Pool Patio

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Landscaping and hardscaping your outdoor space is a wonderful way to add value to your home while creating a relaxing, private area for your entire family to enjoy! For instance; adding a backyard swimming pool will get everyone excited, but before you start digging, don’t forget to plan ahead for the pool patio.

Building a pool patio isn’t a very difficult project. The key is taking the time to properly plan the project and prepare your site. The best time to install your swimming pool is in the fall or right before the winter so you can allow for the backfill to settle for at least 3 months before you install your swimming pool patio. Follow this timeline and your pool and patio will be ready to use in late spring or early summer.

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Your new pool patio can be the centerpiece of a backyard transformation that will create a resort-like environment where your friends and family can come together to relax, dine, socialize, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle!

Here are some helpful tips for planning and building your pool patio:

Planning Your Pool Patio

Properly planning your backyard transformation can save you time and money. A common mistake many homeowners make when planning a pool patio is shorting themselves on the size of their patio area to save money. Not building a big enough patio can affect the visual appeal of your entire pool area.

Ask and answer these questions when planning your project:

How do I determine the minimum size of my pool deck?

Like indoor carpeting or flooring, outdoor patio space is designed and installed in terms of square footage. A general rule for your patio’s square footage is that it should be at least the same as your pool’s square footage. For example, if your pool is a 15 x 30 feet rectangle, the minimum size of your pool patio should be 450 square feet.

Which backyard areas receive regular foot traffic?

Place your patio on the route that most people will travel. For example, if your pool is near a back door that is used to get from the house to the pool area, build your patio so it has plenty of area on the “house side” of the pool to ensure that it serves the space where people will gather most.

How many people will use the space and what furniture will be on the patio?

If you have a large family, you’ll need enough space to accommodate everyone. In addition, if you are planning on adding seating, or a fire pit where people will gather, make sure you plan for the space required and the amenities you want to add. Visualize exactly how you will use the space.

Building Your Pool Patio

You’ve got a plan, you installed the pool, and now it’s time to build your patio. Here in New England, when you build is important. The best time to build your patio is after the danger of frost has passed, which means late spring to early fall. The freeze/thaw cycle can cause pavers to shift. Starting your build when the possibility of frost has passed will allow your patio to acclimate over time to seasonal changes.

Make sure you properly prepare the underlayment of your patio. Dig down about 8 to 10 inches and use a quality barrier to prevent shifting of sand and gravel. Make sure you use the proper gravel for your base layer and compact it well. Cover the gravel with a 3- or 4-inch layer of concrete sand, level, and compact it again before laying your pavers.

If you’re ready to begin your backyard transformation, give us a call! At Old Station Outdoor and Landscape Supply we carry all the materials you’ll need to complete the job. From construction aggregates to the latest paver technology from Unilock, Techo-Bloc, Belgard, and Ideal, we can deliver all the materials for your project. Stop by or give us a call. We’re always happy to help you with your backyard makeover!

2017-05-18T12:46:32+00:00 May 18th, 2017|What's New|

About the Author:

Emerson Martins is the owner of Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply and has over 15 years of experience in the hardscape business. After owning his own hardscape company, he opened Old Station in October 2013. Emerson envisioned a place where both homeowners and contractors could shop, receive supreme customer service, and see their home or business projects come to life. Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply is that destination. Emerson treats all his customers with the same high quality level of service he likes to receive. Many landscape supply yards treat the homeowner like an outsider, but at Old Station everyone is welcome. Emerson takes the time sit down with the homeowner and go over step-by-step how to complete their specific project. He will advise on topics large and small such as how far they should dig down in the ground and what kind of base they need, or the best kind of polymeric sand to use and how to use it. Or if a homeowner is having trouble picking out a paver for a project, Emerson will be there to listen and recommend which product will best suit their needs—no project is too small for his consultation. At Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply, we pride ourselves on our referrals. Rest assured, we will recommend the best, qualified contractor for your job through our Contractor Referral Program. Better prices, more options, and superior service. The knowledgeable staff at Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply will provide you the finest service and assist you in achieving your outdoor home or business goals. We look forward to serving your hardscape and landscape needs.