5 Ideas for Creating a Relaxing Backyard Oasis

Backyard Oasis

Embrace another Arizona summer with a relaxing backyard oasis. Consider dark colored finishes, sun shelves, complete automation, grotto waterfalls, and comfortable outdoor furniture when transforming your backyard into a warm and inviting space.

Dark Colors

Choosing to finish your pool interior with dark colored plaster, pebble tec, or tile can give the appearance of a natural lake or pond. Colors such as onyx, midnight blue, and dark gray are all popular options. These colors will add depth to the pool and enhance the water’s reflective quality.

Sun Shelves

A sun shelf, also known as a tanning bed or Baja shelf, is a popular pool feature – especially in Arizona. These wide, swallow spaces allow you to relax in cool water, without venturing all the way into the water. They also provide ample room for in-pool chaise lounges. Sun shelves can be custom built with or without an umbrella holder.

Pool Automation

Adding automation takes the work out of pool maintenance. Using just your smartphone or tablet, you can monitor and control the pool’s temperature, chemical levels, and pool cleaning equipment. With pool automation, you don’t even need to be home; you can operate your entire system from virtually anywhere in the world.

Grotto Waterfalls

No backyard oasis would be complete without a grotto. Constructed using rockwork and LED lights, a grotto is a rock waterfall with a secluded, covered area beneath it that may include a bench where you can sit and enjoy the water falling in front of you. Grottos can be built in a variety of sizes. Rock slides can also be built into them.

Outdoor Furniture

You’ve designed your swimming pool and set-up pool automation. Now, it’s time to consider patio furniture, so you can comfortably kick back this summer with a good read and glass of ice cold lemonade. For a relaxing backyard oasis, consider chaise lounges, hammocks, and Adirondack chairs. Sofas and sectionals are also warm and inviting.

Other features to consider include outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and salt water filtration systems. Contact Platinum Pools & Spas at (480) 888-9200 or (623) 847-9200 for help creating your backyard oasis.

Take Indoor Living Outdoors

As the weather is starting to cool down in Phoenix, it becomes more of an ideal time to remodel your pool. The cooler months in Arizona are the best time to throw outdoor gatherings and parties. So we want to discuss how you can bring the comfort of your indoor living, outdoors! A crystal clear pool, when designed well, brings life and vibrancy to any backyard space.

How can you give your pool a face-lift?
pool design There are a few ways to spice up the ol’ pool design! Adding steps to two different side of the pool can increase the overall look and functionality. Completely redesigning the shape of your pool, with more curves or angles, can make a strong statement. When we spend time getting to know you and learning about your reasoning for a pool remodel, we can point you in the right design direction.

Another way to bring the comfort of the indoors, outside, is by updating your seating and lounging furniture. A nice chair or bench outside can give you an excuse to sneak away to your outdoor oasis! Adding patio furniture to your poolside is a small way of developing a

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relaxing outdoor environment. Don’t upgrade everything about your outdoor living space, without first making your pool the priority. You can add all the bells and whistles to your outdoor kitchen or patio furniture, but if you neglect the largest part of your backyard, your pool, you won’t be able to achieve the well-rounded outdoor living space you desire.

If you are interested in remodeling your pool, or installing a new pool. Now, is the perfect time! Call your pool professionals at Platinum Pools AZ, and we will walk you through the process of creating a beautiful outdoor space for your family and friends to enjoy.

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Protect Outdoor Furniture from the Sun

In Arizona, there is no escaping the sun. It bears down us relentlessly during summer months causing us to retreat indoors or into our swimming pools for relief. But the sun also can take a toll in other ways around the pool area. Patio furniture often takes the brunt of the sun all day and the effects soon become obvious with color fading, dried out cushions that tear easily, or faded finishes on wood furniture. Here are some suggestions for protecting your outdoor furniture.

If you are going to use fabric covered cushions on your outdoor patio furniture, there are few things you can do to help protect them. Perhaps the most obvious is to purchase covers for your furniture or store you cushions away when they are not in use. The type of fabric makes a difference as well. For natural blends try to get cushions covered with cotton or wool blends. Fabric blends with nylon and polyester are usually less likely to fade. There are fabrics that are specifically designed to withstand the sun such as SunBrella and SolarWeave.

Sun can cause outdoor wood furniture to dry out, crack, and splinter after prolonged exposure. Therefore, wood needs some sort of coating whether it is stain, varnish, or paint to help resist the effects of the sun. If paint is an option, try to use outdoor or latex paint as that will give you maximum protection against the sun. To keep that natural wood look, use an outdoor varnish that is UV light resistant as well as a water repellent, especially if the furniture is place near the pool and prone to being splashed.

Metal and Plastic
For metal and plastic furniture you will want to purchase a UV furniture protector spray. Much like sun block protects your skin, UV furniture plastic keeps harmful UV rays out that cause slow color fading. Keep in mind you will need to apply the product regularly to maximize it’s effect.

Outdoor and Patio furniture can be expensive so it’s important to protect it from the sun to keep it looking great. At the end of the day, keeping your outdoor furniture out of the sun or covered will be the best way to protect it from the damaging effects of the sun but following the tips above will help as well.