Here’s how we created the Pickett’s pretty and practical porch and pool in a small backyard.
That’s a tongue twister!
The positives of our new home in Atlantic Beach, Florida were that it was well built, only ten years old, near the ocean, and had a nice layout with good space.
But it’s on an odd pie-shaped lot and had a dated hot tub in the back (sorry if you have a spa similar to my parents in the 80s). And it’s so hot here…we really wanted a small swimming pool.
We’ve lived twice before in Florida with unscreened pools and managed to deal with the leaves and mosquitos (which surprisingly haven’t been too bad). Although we love our screened balconies like the Ladies’ Loft and Office Porch.
Here’s what we did to create a porch and pool in a small yard with some future plans at the end.
Porch and Pool In A Small Backyard “Before”
When I saw the television out here, thought perfect “Howard’s new man/sports viewing cave.” But all the screens were making our downstairs even darker. You can see they had lights on during the day.
Back Porch After
We had the pool built to be level with the porch with the same coquina-type concrete pavers throughout the patio and pool deck.
The summer kitchen remained. The patio furniture creates a place for relaxation and for Howard to watch sports (keeping all the noise outside :).
I’m not wild about the colors in the granite but I love the durability so I don’t think we will be changing it anytime soon.
We wanted to keep a somewhat monochromatic color scheme (with some blue thrown in) everywhere else so that the small space doesn’t feel choppy.
Howard didn’t consult me on the fridge replacement (I was thinking stainless steel). Loving the new string party lights with remote control.
Plunge Pool After – A Cocktail Pool
It was a challenge with the property lines and minimum setbacks. And due to the slope, it is both an above-ground and in-ground cement pool. The deepest part is 5.5′
The water feature fountains make a pleasant splash that you can hear upstairs in the Ladies’ Loft. There are also lots of birds singing out here so it feels very tropical.
The round floats are from Business and Pleasure. We had our first dip in the pool last weekend. Even Chief took a lap.
If we do have a mosquito problem, has anyone tried the timed organic misters?
It will be fun to start entertaining here. The flickering candles are battery-operated and on-timers.
There is creeping fig ivy planted at the base of the white fence to eventually cover it in greenery. We’d like to have a fire pit with chairs near the back fence and two chaises off to the side. And possibly a corn hole game!
We are really happy that the pool company pulled off this challenging small backyard pool and porch!