Sunset Pools and Spas

Fourth of July (Poolside) Fun

What are your plans for this Fourth of July weekend?

Hopefully, you are planning to sit poolside with a good book or a refreshing beverage in hand, and if not, you are looking for an excuse to jump in the water.

For homeowners who have a pool—or even those who have a simple backyard for lounging—the Fourth of July is the perfect time to take advantage of it. Here are several ways that you can make the most of your inground pool or backyard space this holiday weekend:

Suggestion No. 1: Host a Pool Party

Hosting a summer pool party is a tradition in my family. It’s a great way to bring family and friends together for some mindless fun and bonding.

Instead of trying to figure out where to go this holiday weekend, why not host the party yourself and bring the fun to you? For tips on how to plan the perfect pool party for your backyard, check out our previous post on creating a party worthy pool.

Suggestion No. 2: Cook Up a Storm

Food is another way to bring people together, especially during a holiday weekend. You don’t need a fancy outdoor kitchen setup—a simple grill and some burgers will do. Remember: At the end of the day, it’s the people who share them with you who will help to make the most of your summer cookout.

Suggestion No. 3: Sit Back and Relax

Throwing a party or cooking for a large group may not always sound so great. Let’s be honest—it can add up to a lot of work. Maybe for you, relaxing under a pergola or napping in a lounge chair on the back porch is a more valuable use of your vacation time and a better way to spend a day off work.

Suggestion No. 4: Enjoy!

No matter your preference, here’s to a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.


Imagine that it’s summer. It’s hot outside. The kids are antsy. They want to go swimming.

Especially in the unbearable heat, the idea of driving to the public pool, dealing with the massive crowds, and keeping track of your kids is not appealing. This is the moment when you wish you had your own private pool in your own backyard.

Having a private pool can be a true luxury, especially when you have kids that are always on the move and looking for something to do. However, having a private pool also comes with a lot of responsibility, which is why designing a pool that is safe for your kids is also important.

Consider a pool like the one pictured here. It provides a good example of a pool that was built with young children in mind. It was built with an automatic pool cover that homeowners can close when the pool is not in use. Additionally, a gate encloses the entire poolscape, providing an additional barrier between the water and the kids (or other guests who may not know how to swim).

Childproofing your pool is probably the most important step you can take when installing a pool in your yard. While there are several ways to go about this including teaching your child how to swim and installing an alarm system in the pool building the pool with child safety mechanisms already in place will help to provide an additional element of comfort and security during those times when the pool is not in use.

It finally happened. The temperature in Chicago and the surrounding areas dropped to single digits this week.

Given the frigid air we experienced, I doubt you’re thinking about the next time you have to mow your lawn or trim the bushes in your yard. But it can’t hurt to close your eyes, think ahead and imagine a warmer, greener time of year—right?

Look no further for daydream inspiration than to one of our recent client projects, pictured here.

This backyard is more than just a beautiful picture that can temporarily make us forget the frosty temps; it also demonstrates how tiny hints of nature can enhance an entire poolscape.

Natural Rock

The natural bluestone squares surrounding this pool are a symmetrical and elegant addition to the yard. However, these steps have a practical use as well, as they are slip resistant. This type of enhancement is not only visually appealing, but it adds an extra element of safety around the outside of the pool where kids are prone to running and where it tends to get slick from splashing water.

Grass and Greenery

The neighborhood where this home rests is full of greenery. The grass surrounding the pool helps to bring out the other trees, bushes and grass in the area, and makes the entire picture look like one cohesive landscape.

Hints of Natural Water

And of course, we can’t forget about the pool. The inside of this particularly grand pool—which is 50 feet long and 20 feet wide—was designed with a black interior so the water would match the color of the housing development’s lake. This detail invites more of the natural beauty from the surrounding area into the backyard.

Overall, this poolscape is a beautiful reflection of the nature surrounding it, and hopefully provides some inspiration as we daydream about the warmer and greener months ahead.