As temperatures rise progressively higher in the coming months, there's a distinct possibility homeowners will be getting their properties prepared for an exciting spring and summer season. Amongst many spring cleaning and landscaping projects, one might choose to take into consideration taking a second look at backyard pools and patio areas.
Not only are swimming pools incredible locations to take a refreshing dip on a hot day, they are also a space where family and close friends take pleasure in the gorgeous seasonal climate. As a social hangout, one may wish to invest in many pool and/or patio upgrades, which can bring added warmth, value and coziness to the design and style of your outdoor recreation and living area.
Travertine pavers and travertine pool decking are fantastic for enhancing the aesthetic and functional appeal of pool areas. Here are 5 strategies to consider for successfully upgrading swimming pool /outdoor living areas with premium grade travertine or other natural stone pavers and pool coping.
Pool Decking/Outdoor Patio
The definitive approach to creating the ultimate outdoor entertainment area, be it via pool or other outdoor renovation project, is to do so together with the patio itself. This can provide a great opportunity to expand or mold an outdoor living and entertaining space, create continuity or contrast as desired, and incorporate overarching design aspects that can tie the whole area together.
Also, travertine is a powerful and durable material that can resist heat from the sun, water damage from the pool, and remain intact despite years of weathering from Mother Nature. The well-ventilated nature of travertine keeps it cool to the touch even in hot weather, which contributes to its popularity for this application. Travertine pool decking can lend natural stone hues such as light brown, beige, cream and tan to the location, bringing prestige and sophistication to your backyard in the process.
An engaging approach to unify the exterior style elements within backyards are by means of installing paved walkways. Travertine, marble, slate, quartzite, or limestone installation in these stone paths can both physically and decoratively connect areas like back porches, pool patios, driveways and garages into seamless recreational areas.
Travertine is commonly used as a natural stone pool coping around the edge of a pool to achieve a handsome and friendly-to-the-touch border. This can also offer excellent continuity or complementation with a natural stone patio and walkways. The most popular sizes for natural stone pool coping are 12x24 and 16x24, with the 24” edge being bullnosed, although other sizes are sometimes available. Natural stone pool coping, and travertine in particular, also offer two thickness options - 3 cm (1 1/4”) and 5 cm (2”) - which allow one to select the best fit for the project based on how one wants the coping to sit. It is sometimes preferable to have the 5 cm thickness to better anchor an automatic pool cover, while other times having the 3 cm variety, which matches the thickness of the pavers exactly, is the way to go, especially if you are doing both the patio/pool decking area as well as the pool coping in tandem.
Natural stone pool coping is also available in a honed or tumbled finish. Most projects tend to lean towards the tumbled as it is more likely to match the finish of the pavers and it tends to provide a bit more texture/traction than the honed. The honed is a slightly smoother, less natural finish but does tend to result in brighter colors than the tumbled finish and can be an excellent way to provide just enough contrast with the surrounding area to really highlight, feature, and emphasize the pool itself. This is a decision that comes down to whether one wants a pool to blend seamlessly with outdoor areas or to stand out and be a more highlighted aspect of the space.
If in-ground swimming pools are situated on a slight hill or incline within a yard, or if outdoor areas feature slopes through yards or gardens, using travertine pavers or pool coping as stair treads can offer a gorgeous focal point that also serves as functional entrances/exits to patios. This can be accomplished by using 3 cm pavers in a size such as 12x24, or by using bullnosed pool coping in a 12x24 or 16x24 size as well.
There are endless possibilities when using natural stone pavers and pool coping. Guests will be truly impressed by this stairway all on its own, and supplementary design options such as adding wrought-iron railings, ground-level pathway lighting and/or a decorative metal gate along with travertine stairs are available to really maximize the impact. This design feature also goes hand-in-hand with the natural stone walkways previously mentioned.
When the sun is shining and the pool water is at the perfect temperature, offering refreshing beverages at a swim-up bar for guests can be a wonderful design technique to employ. One is able to do this in high style by designing a poolside bar region around the patio with travertine and other natural stone products. This open air bar is usually covered with an awning or wooden roof to supply shade for guests, and can be a truly awesome and unique feature in an outdoor living/recreational area!
With the best natural stone in the world at one’s disposal there are no limits on what can be accomplished with outdoor pools, living, or recreation areas. Rock Bottom Tile and Stone is America’s Natural Stone Source and we are here to help our customers achieve the indoor or outdoor spaces of their dreams!