Swimming Pools: The Ultimate Summer Fun Zone

As temperatures start to increase and become unbearable during the summer, the same thought crosses our mind. How can I cool off? Swimming pools are one of the best ways to cool off, as well as have fun and relax. We get several requests a year to design and install projects that involve swimming pools. While they are a great addition to any back yard, there are considerations to keep in mind while you are planning out that project.

Start the Planning Process Early

Over the last few years, swimming pools have become a popular request to a point that most quality contractors are booked several months out before they can start installation. It is important to start the process early and get on the list as soon as you can. Being placed on a list for pool installation is important. However, just as important is planning the space around the pool.

The best backyard oasis is more than just the pool. An overall design and concept is key to creating a space that you, your friends and family can enjoy all summer long. Keep in mind that it takes a lot of design time and planning to make a great pool space come together. Having a designer / project manager help coordinate the process, from design to installation, is one of the easiest ways to help your project go smoothly. In the end, it will pay off to have all your subcontractors working together and communicating with one person that is keeping your project on track. 

Considerations to the Outdoor Space Design:

As you go through the design process, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. Below are a few of those considerations:

Sun Exposure of Swimming Pools

The ideal pool space needs sun exposure for soaking up rays. At the same time, don’t overlook areas that will offer some relief from the sun!


The Pool: There are 3 types of pools –liner, shotcrete/gunite, and fiberglass. There are pros and cons to each, which I won’t go into now, but be sure to choose the option that works best for your needs.

The Pool Deck: One of the most important aspects of this is the material selection. Pavers, stone, treated concrete, wooden decking, etc. are all options. Talk to your designer for their advice based on your space, needs, and preferences. For both functional and aesthetic purposes, we normally use a mixture of materials in our designs.

The Surrounding Hardscapes: Consider walls, fountains, steps, water or fire features, and shade structures. Properly incorporating these features around your pool make a huge impact and add value to the outdoor space.

Amenities/Spaces Arounds Swimming Pools

As you create the space around the pool, keep in consideration areas that can be enjoyed even when the pool is shut down such as fire features, outdoor kitchens, lighting, etc. These areas can be as important as the pool when it comes to planning and utilizing your outdoor space year-round.


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Our Roots

Rost, Inc. began in 1985 with a vision of creating stunning and unique landscapes for central Missouri. Founders Tim and Toby Rost began landscaping while attending the University of Missouri.