Tips & Ideas

A Few Suggestions for Making the Ultimate Outdoor Pool Gathering Space for Family and Friends

Tips & Ideas


Many people have fond memories of public pools, with one glaring exception—the public. A private home pool can be the perfect space for families to connect and make lasting memories without the limitations of adult swim hours, crowded swim spaces, and even health risks. Of course, it takes more than just a pool alone. Here are a few suggestions to help turn your home into the ultimate outdoor pool gathering space for your family, friends, and guests.

Make Your Space Easy to Navigate

Good circulation is essential when it comes to creating a comfortable and inviting outdoor space. For effective circulation that looks and feels great, you will want to ensure that your pool has plenty of thoughtful space around it. This can be accomplished in the form of beautiful walkways and comfortable seating areas. Different features can work together in harmony to provide an elegant and efficient circulation system around your pool or patio and throughout your yard.  We find in the beginning of the design process, many people feel the best approach to circulation is more hardscape but that necessarily isn’t always the best option.

We suggest separating the areas  in your yard and around your  pool into active and passive areas, and removing hardscape in places s where it might not be used at all.  This make for a better design by simplifying things in general and ultimately makes the spaces more interesting by prioritizing some areas or others. Also, removing unneeded hardscape will undoubtably save money which is always on top of everyone’s priority list.

Halsey FarmChoose Outdoor Décor That Blends Comfort with Design

Spending time outside entertaining or going for a dip in the pool is great, but chances are that your friends and family will also want a comfortable place to lounge.

To create a comfortable space that looks great, choose quality décor and accessories.  Choose furniture and fabrics that repeat those used elsewhere at the house or nearby if possible, and work with colors that compliment the surroundings.  Try to imagine your patio area as another room in the house. You will want a nice balance of places to sit, spots to lounge, and a special consideration for spaces to eat.  Adding a fire pit or fireplace in your yard or near your pool creates a cozy atmosphere and can also extend the outdoor entertaining season by providing warmth and ambiance during the cooler months.


Add Lights for Evening and Night Swimming

Lights in a pool can make all the difference in the experience it offers and the usability of your pool. When you add lights to your pool, it makes it much easier and safer for everyone to enjoy time out on the water, even when the sun starts to set.

Swimmers of all ages will enjoy the soft glow of the water’s surface as it reflects off the surrounding pool deck and landscape. Well-designed pool lighting will not only extend the amount of time your pool will be used, but it will also provide your pool with a unique personality once the sun goes down. As a bonus, lights also make your pool highly visible, which can save people and pets from accidentally falling into it.

Invest in Outdoor Kitchens and Dining Areas

A great way to bring more to your outdoor entertaining areas is with the addition of outdoor kitchens and dining areas. With this approach, you can turn a couple of hours by the pool into an all-day pool party with food, drinks, and plenty of fun. Enhancing your back yard with these features is the perfect way to make lasting memories with the people you love most. When designing your outdoor kitchen try to use only those appliances and products that you actually use.   Maybe you just need a grill a sink and extra counterspace. An outdoor trash compactor or pizza oven… not so much.  Take special consideration of where the kitchen should be located and the importance of adequate seating.

Dress Up Your Pool’s Design

Swimming pool design can create a captivating aesthetic that will impress your guests and provide the perfect backdrop for photos. You can elevate the appearance of your pool by choosing quality materials like real stone and custom plaster finishes.  To bring it all together, consider adding custom water features like beach entries and sun shelves. Consider adding well-placed containers with annual plantings to highlight areas of your outdoor living spaces. Thoughtful plant massing and clever lighting can turn your pool into a resort-style attraction if that’s the goal.

With water features, custom designs, and the right decor, you can create the ultimate place for everyone you love to gather when it is warm outside. It is an investment today for years of happy memories.To learn more about how Cirrus Pools can help you to create the pool of your dreams, explore our services today!