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Creative Custom Backyard Oasis Ideas

Have you ever gone on vacation only to come home wishing you could live in that paradise dream world forever? You can actually make that wish come true and you don't even need a genie to make it happen.

Bring the vacation home with you and create your own patch of paradise with these creative custom backyard oasis ideas from Sunset Pools & Spas - one of the top custom pool builders in the United States.

Create a Cozy Common Area

The place where everyone comes together in the backyard is the most important. The seating area is where you will most likely spend most of your time, so make it cozy and comfortable with full views of your inground pool.

Test out any furniture you buy to make sure you can get comfortable sitting on it and make sure there are a few different types of seating, including a comfortable couch, a ‘couples’ chairs, and a lounger or chaise.

To really up the comfort level add a custom fireplace or fire pit for warming up on cold nights, or roasting marshmallows during the long nights of summer when you want to be outside and enjoying your custom pool.

Add Relaxing Water Features

There’s nothing more relaxing than lounging in the backyard with soothing tones of trickling or bubbling water around you. Water features make the entire experience and can be incorporated in many different ways.

Adding a hot tub is a most common feature to incorporate into your backyard pool design, but if you don’t have the room for something of that size consider a small garden pond, fountain, or birdbath to elevate the backyard experience and bring a sense of the spa to your own home.

Protect Yourself From The Elements

If you’re going to spend the time and money on a backyard oasis, you’ll want to enjoy it more than those few days of perfect weather each season. Give some thought to the type of protection you want, based on your space, and the type of weather you’re most concerned about. 

With summer sunshine comes the potential for sunburns so consider adding some architectural elements for protection. Adding a covered structure such as a gazebo, awning, pergola or screened-in porch protects those enjoying your backyard oasis and will provide shade when it’s needed most.

Decorate for Style and Functionality

There are endless choices when it comes to backyard furniture and decor. While you always want to keep things stylish and in line with the ambiance you want to convey, be sure to keep functionality top of mind as well.

Before you grab for that rug or set of pillows on sale for a steal, take a minute to make sure everything is waterproof and can withstand the outdoor elements for years to come.

Discover the Perfect Layout

Designing the perfect backyard oasis can be an overwhelming task. With so much to consider and take into account, it’s certainly not a one-person job. That’s why Sunset Pools & Spas is here to help make every decision a breeze. Our full-service backyard design services are guaranteed to leave you with the perfect custom backyard design you’ll love.

Learn more about our backyard design services and contact us today to get started on the custom backyard of your dreams.

Top 3 Reasons to Start your Pool Planning Now


Winter might not seem like the right time for swimming, but it may very well be the best time to plan your pool. If nothing else, the cold winter months should provide the kind of inspiration you need to begin planning your pool so when the warm weather months arrive, you’ll be prepared and ready to jump right in.

So why now? While we’re just at the onset of winter, taking a dive into a pool might seem like the furthest thing from your mind. However, there’s no better time than right now to begin planning your pool, and here are 3 great reasons why:

Pool Installation is More Affordable - Most pool installations happen in spring or early summer, so naturally, as demand increases, costs increase. A more cost-effective approach to planning a new pool in time for summer is to begin design and installation during the months leading up to the season. By giving yourself ample time to plan a pool during the colder seasons, you’re also more likely to end up with the kind of results you’re hoping for.

Pool Installation is More Accessible - Since pool installations are in lower demand during the colder months but those who are responsible for doing the work are also more available. Builders, landscapers, and designers will be more willing to take on work at a fair cost. In addition, getting ahold of a permit might be an easier endeavor, as permit offices aren’t as inundated with permit applications and therefore might be able to process them with more efficiency.

Your Environment is Prime for Pool Planning - The other advantage of planning a pool in fall or winter is that you’ve got essentially a blank slate for planning the design and surrounding environment of your pool. With little to no vegetation to get in the way, you can more easily see the bigger picture of how your pool can be the perfect complement to your backyard. You can easily incorporate great design ideas in your landscaping for the area surrounding your new pool, you can plant shrubs, trees, flowers, and hedges at the appropriate times so that when it’s time to swim in summer, you have the natural beauty of your environment to complete your surroundings.

If nothing else, planning your pool during the winter can be a great way to distract you from the chilly weather. If you want to get started planning your pool now, Sunset Pools & Spas is here to help you develop your ideas and give you a fair estimate of what you can expect to spend.

If you’re interested in financing your pool installation, we’re here to simplify that process as well. Sunset Pools & Spas partners with Lifestream, an online lending division of SunTrust Bank, for low-fixed interests rates and no fees to make affording a pool a breeze. Just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help you build the pool of your dreams.


Year-Round Benefits with a Backyard Fire Pit

As a chill in the winter air pushes everyone inside, your family is bound to eventually suffer from increased screen time and stuffy air circulation. This lack of outdoor activity keeps you from reaping fresh air perks to your health, community, and family. Backyard fireplace owners have the opportunity to spend more time outside throughout the seasons, enabling these three year-round benefits.

  1. Research shows that fresh air has a positive impact on your lungs, digestion, blood pressure, energy and immune system. An outdoor fireplace increases your exposure to these fresh air advantages. Instead of watching television or sitting on the couch, gather around the warmth of a backyard fire pit for improved quality of health.
  2. Friends and neighbors love coming together around an outdoor fire pit, which can foster an increased sense of community and connection. You don’t have to clean the entire house to invite a group over for backyard coffee, drinks, tapas and catching up. Be that “one” with the magnetic backyard for gathering at any time of day or year with a welcoming outdoor fireplace.
  3. We all know quality family time is important, but in the colder months it can be difficult to find a captivating attraction for all ages to disconnect from their screens and connect with each other. A backyard fire pit is a family evening of s’mores, stars and face-to-face stories. Cherished memories and family interaction make this outdoor activity an easy decision for family gatherings of all ages, sizes and times of year.

Don’t let the colder months push you inside and keep you from these invaluable benefits to your health, community and family.

Right now is the perfect time to start building your outdoor fire pit or fireplace. Sunset Pools and Spas offer custom designs from top backyard specialists with over a decade of experience. Interested in year-round outdoor accessibility that matches your vision and style? Contact us to request a quote and start building your backyard fire pit today.