Outdoor pools are major investments, both to install and maintain, so it only makes sense to look for frugal or DIY pool alternatives to cool you down when the temperature rises. Here are a few ways you can elevate your summertime spaces to the next level.
An integrated misting system can seamlessly fit into a backyard design and provide a thin veil of reviving droplets whenever the temperature starts to climb, without the continuous maintenance that a pool demands. If you happen to be listing your property this summer these are the best outdoor investments.
Lap it Up
How’s this for a DIY pool? Self-contained swim spas, which run three to seven metres long, are able to squeeze into the smallest of outdoor spaces – or even be dropped into an existing deck. Creating a current-like flow of water, they let you do your laps as if you were in an Olympic sized pool, while really saving on water costs. Live vicariously through the rich and famous by peeking at these lavish celebrity swimming pools we want to dive into.
Fountain of Use
While you may not want to lower yourself into an artificial pond or fountain feature, just hearing the sound of trickling water might mentally help you handle the heat. Also, adding an attractive centrepiece to the yard improves visual (and financial) value. For more inspiration, check out these beautiful backyard ideas.
With the privacy sightlines sorted, setting up an outdoor shower is a refreshing alternative to a backyard pool. Flex your design muscle with tile and shower head selection, and take in the night sky while washing away the day. You can even take some inspiration from these swoon-worthy exposed shower pipes.
Hot Tub Time Machine
No, it won’t actually take you back in time, but the muscle-relaxing effects of a hot tub can help restore a youthful glow. You’ll still need to treat the water and keep up maintenance, but the smaller scale automatically makes it easier than a full-sized pool. Check out the low-cost ways to make your backyard feel like a permanent staycation.
Blowing Hot Air
Inflatable pools aren’t just for kids – upgrade to one of the family-sized versions that fit into even the tiniest urban yard or condo balcony. While you may feel a bit silly at first, once you dip your toes into that cool-cool hose water, the juvenile judgments will wash away. These stunning celebrity backyards will leave you inspired.
Spruce it Up
If a pool is beyond the budget but you still want to add value to your outdoor space, spend a fraction of the cash on making your backyard into a sought-after oasis – like this fishing-themed cottage backyard featured on Scott’s Vacation House Rules. Invest in a proper landscaping plan and turn it into a place people want spend all their time. There are plenty of ways to bring the feel of a poolside patio without having to hire a backhoe. Turn on the water and welcome the cool relief during those hot summer days.