4 Ways to Create an Outdoor Retreat Around Your Kelowna Pool

Lush landscaping is just one of the features you can add to your Kelowna pool to create an outdoor retreat.

Lush landscaping is just one of the features you can add to your Kelowna pool to create an outdoor retreat.

It’s time to bid adieu to what has been a very hot, dry, and smoky summer here in the Okanagan. Now that summer is at its end, it’s never too late to start planning for next year. Instead of contending with the crowds at the beach, why not add some features to your Kelowna pool to make your own outdoor retreat? This can be a big or small landscaping project or can involve hiring Kelowna contractors to help you build your dream project.


1.    Start planning now

If you’ve ever wanted your own outdoor spa or a fantastic play area for the kids, then now is the time to start planning. Before installation, it’s important to first figure out what the primary use of your pool area is. Do you like to:

  • Swim laps?
  • Relax?
  • Sunbathe?
  • Play with the kids or grandkids?
  • All of the above?

Once you’ve figured out what your needs are, then you can start calling the pool companies Kelowna recommends to help you sort out the design, shape, size, and make of what you want with your pool. Do you want to add an above ground or in-ground hot tub? Would the kids love a diving board or slide? Maybe you’d prefer a swim-up bar and some custom lighting? These add-ons should not only fit your outdoor environment but your budget. With all the pre-planning and design work done, your contractor can then start building once the ground thaws.


2.    Place all hands on deck

If you’re ready to start showing off your barbecue skills to all your friends and neighbours, or maybe you just want to work on your tan, then a sun deck might be just what you need for your outdoor retreat. An extension of your home, or pool, a deck emphasizes enjoyment of the outdoors. Decks in Kelowna need to be designed and built to resist weather damage during the winter and spring months, so that they remain intact and safe all year long. You also have to consider how much sun exposure you want during the hot, hazy months of summer. You may want to consider installing a completely enclosed deck or one with a partial shade, such as an awning, to provide extra protection from the elements.


3.    Seek shelter and still see the sky

There is another way to enjoy the sun without the burn and that is to seek shade under a gazebo or pergola. These outdoor structures not only serve as protection from the elements, they also provide privacy and a sound barrier, especially when you’re living in a busier urban environment. Available in a number of styles and natural materials, pergolas and gazebos are also aesthetically pleasing when added to your pool deck, patio or garden.


4.    Think inside and outside the box

Landscaping is essential when it comes to creating an outdoor retreat as it can be incorporated into many different areas. A rock garden, potted plants, and flowerbeds can be used to enhance your pool’s natural setting. You can create an even more serene environment by adding sound-scaping with a water feature such as a waterfall, pond or fountain.


Need more inspiration? Read our blog on how to Make Your Outdoor Space Stand Up with an Outdoor Deck.


One of the only Kelowna construction companies that specializes in pools, Rafter 4K Contracting can help you design and build your ideal outdoor retreat. We have extensive knowledge in building decks, patios, gondolas and pergolas, with additional touches such as water features and/or landscaping that can enhance your garden and pool area. Let us help you now with your planning. 


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