Once you’ve made the decision to invest in an inground pool, you may get the itch to further develop your outdoor living space into the perfect at-home oasis. With some imagination, creativity and the right pool builder, you can turn your backyard into the perfect getaway steps from your back door. Creating a space that complements your poolscape while also serving as a functional place for you to relax, make memories and just have fun is what it’s all about. Read on for a few ideas to further enhance your gorgeous poolscape this spring.  

1. Outdoor Kitchen
Being able to cook and dine al fresco is one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. Whether you’re looking to incorporate a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen or one that features an industrial grill and even a pizza oven, there are so many options available to customize an outdoor kitchen to meet your needs. Family fun oftentimes revolves around food, and having a functional, not to mention beautiful, outdoor kitchen where you can just stay outside, prep your food and just enjoy it, makes your outdoor oasis all the more exciting.  

2. Fire Pit or Fireplace
For those chillier summer nights or cooler winter months, adding a fire pit or fireplace is a great addition to your outdoor living space. This will serve as a place where you can get the family together and go old school by roasting marshmallows, or you can host a party and move everyone outside to enjoy hanging out together under the stars. Fire Pits and fireplaces are great congregating spots for family, friends and amazing conversation. 

3. Outdoor Seating
Outdoor seating is a must. Adding a few comfortable chairs or maybe a couch to complete the setting will create a space that’s perfect for entertaining or hanging out. You can plan to be around your fire pit or create a separate covered area to the side. Imagine getting to laze in, lounging on a soft sofa on a rainy day, and just enjoying a book. When was the last time you got to do that? Investing in quality outdoor furniture is a sure way to amp up your outdoor living space’s appeal and give your poolscape a little more luxurious feel. 

4. Covered Areas
Pergolas, arbors or gazebos are great ways to add depth to your outdoor living space and pool area. Not only do they provide sun or weather protection for yourself and your guests, but they also offset a seating area or an outdoor kitchen area and add some aesthetic appeal. Add some string lights or an outdoor chandelier and you have yourself a beautiful place to enjoy in the evening. 

5. Landscaping & Lighting
Bring together all aspects of your backyard decision with the right landscaping and accent lighting. By choosing greenery that complements your pool’s aesthetic and uplighting that showcases certain features of your outdoor living space, you’ll highlight interesting details about your backyard design, as well as create a warming atmosphere that adds a bit of luxury to your home. 

Your McAllen Outdoor Living Experts
Creating an outdoor living space you’re excited to spend time is most important when considering what additional features you’d like to add. Now is the perfect time to invest in your home and design your dream backyard. Give the outdoor living experts at Hamlin Pools & Spas a call to schedule a design consultation today.


Since 1952, Hamlin Pools has been a family-owned and operated pool company serving the Rio Grande Valley, including McAllen, Mission, Brownsville, Harlingen, South Padre Island, and Corpus Christi. Hamlin Pools is the largest pool builder south of San Antonio and is proud to have built nearly 4,000 swimming pools for its customers. 

Hamlin Pools is an industry leader in combining innovative designs with construction know-how. Through an extensive network built over the past 5 decades of building swimming pools in the Rio Grande Valley, Hamlin Pools has the ability to deliver a better pool at a better price. Hamlin Pools also does pool renovations, pool remodels, outdoor living, custom outdoor kitchens, weekly pool maintenance, pool equipment repair, pool chemical retail sales, and commercial pool construction. 

Hamlin Pools, with its main office Pharr, has received numerous awards for pool design and construction and are members of every major industry group dedicated to upholding high pool construction and service standards. Contact them today about building the backyard of your dreams.