Decorative tile can be used in many ways to enhance specific items, like a swim up bar, bar stools in or out of the water, barbecue tops and water features. Tiles come in an array of designs and colors, including premade designs of sea critters, starfish, turtles, and geometric patterns.
Another application would be to use tile for the interior surface of the pool. The beauty of a tile pool is unmatched, and can include monograms, logos, decorative patterns, and sea creatures.
Tile murals can be created from treasured photographs, sentimental pictures, and original artwork to decorate decks, walls raised pool areas and interior surfaces.
Underwater tables and stools can be a relaxing feature to add to your pool. They provide a place to serve drinks and snacks without getting out of the pool. Unwinding in the water adds a cooling spot for socializing and conversation.
Like the tables and stools, a swim up bar gives your guests a chance to stay in the water while enjoying food and drinks at the bar. The bar itself can be tile, granite or stone. The dry area at pool level can include features to make entertaining a breeze. Serving areas with refrigeration for drinks, storage and complete outdoor kitchens can be installed in a swim up bar.
Outdoor kitchens and barbecues are the ultimate addition for outdoor living and entertainment. Dining under the stars, sharing grilled specialties with family and friends, hosting celebrations, and competing for the grill master title all make life more enjoyable. Features that make meal preparation convenient include sinks, refrigerators, wine coolers, grills, cooktops and even pizza ovens. Materials used can include stonework, tile, granite, and stainless steel to complement the look of the home and integrate it with the style of the backyard; every day can feel like a vacation when you step outside to your own backyard resort.
Fire and water can mix in a most elegant and exciting way. A fire feature in the backyard design will add ambiance and interest to every area. Fireplaces pull together outdoor seating areas for year round entertaining, and fire pits do the same. Star gazing or roasting marshmallows bring people together around a fire feature to make a space enjoyable day into night, all year long.
Fire pots added to water features around a pool or spa bring excitement and contrast with these opposing elements in nature, adding drama to the design.
Including a shady area for relaxing, dining and entertaining is a must in this sunny part of the country. Covered patios connect indoor areas to the outdoors while offering comfort and protection from the hot sun. Shade structures help define the outdoor living spaces as well, dividing the backyard into various lounge areas, giving the entire space a resort feel.
A Palapa is a specialty cover that is thatched over a log style frame, which gives a tropical feel to the overall design. Palapas offer an extremely cool, shady protection to the area underneath. They are a common sight on a tropical beach and resort areas, giving off a cool vacation vibe.
Basketball and sport courts are an enjoyable and useful addition to a backyards project. Sports and games encourage social activities combined with fitness and exercise that appeal to young people in particular. Encouraging physical activity with friends in your own backyard can help parents keep watch on what kids are doing, and with whom.