Why settle for a run-of-the mill pool experience? There are so many options out there that can help set your backyard apart from the rest. If your budget allows, then consider adding a bit more flair to create the oasis of your dreams. (Note that not all of these features are available for all material types—consult your pool builder for more information.)
Every year, we like to start fresh and keep things new and exciting. Fashion and home décor reflect this desire for the latest trends and styles. Likewise for outdoor living. More than ever, there is a need for a peaceful oasis, a reprieve from a hectic pace of life and sense of urgency that leads to stress. Creating an outdoor resort at home makes easy living the goal—a place to relax, recover, rest, and renew. Backyards, patios, porches, and terraces are now the ideal locale for entertaining friends and family with kitchens, dining options, fire features, outdoor lighting, comfortable furniture, and beautiful water features. Here’s a look at current trends in Canada’s outdoor living marketplace.
Heidi Richter didn’t go to design school to learn her craft, and that’s just fine by her. A self-taught designer, the HGTV Canada stylist was her family’s go-to girl whenever something needed to be put together at home. It was Richter’s DIY philosophy that helped her get a volunteer gig on a home décor TV show in 2002. Soon enough, she landed a position as a design assistant and worked her way up to lead design stylist. Today, she is owner of HR Design Inc., a Toronto-based design/project management company. And when Richter’s not working with clients, she’s still getting her TV fix as the stylist on Disaster Decks, as well as stylist/project manager on Custom Built, both seen on HGTV Canada. It’s no wonder Pools, Spas & Patios checked in with this painter/carpenter/designer/project manager/stylist for her advice on making the most of your backyard space.
Installing a backyard pool gives you the freedom to vacation—every day—without the hassle of packing for a long commute. In fact, today’s backyards can be equipped with all the amenities you would find at any five-star resort, including pools, hot tubs, open-air dining areas, fire-pits, barbecues, fireplaces, entertainment centres (e.g. TVs and music), along with outdoor furnishings.
These days, it makes sense to invest in and make upgrades to existing properties, given the hot real estate market and the desire to seek relaxation and pleasure from your own backyard. A resort-like experience just steps from the back door can help ease the stresses of daily life without the two-hour drive to the cottage.
Whether by choice or circumstance, you have found yourself with a small garden space. The question is, how do you take advantage of the opportunity? Let’s look at ways we can make the most of a small space so that when it is finished, it is both beautiful and functional, and the last word people use to describe it is ‘small.’