Once the summer heat and humidity finally show up, many homeowners find themselves practically living in their pools or on the poolside. A pool can offer hours of entertainment on its own, but it never hurts to add some cool, new features to your investment. Whether you already have an in-ground pool or are planning to add one to your landscape, there are many ways to add value and introduce new activities to your pool time.

Splash Pad

While splash pads can be fun for the whole family, they’re especially entertaining for young children who might still be nervous about the pool. A water playground will be the perfect spot for them to keep cool and get some exercise during the summer heat.


Adding a retaining wall and waterfall combo are a great way to add some more privacy to your pool area while giving it an aesthetic upgrade. Additionally, running water has been used a calming background noise, so you could turn the area into a spa area when you want to relax.

Basketball Hoop or Volleyball Net

An easy installation into the pool deck will inspire hours of fun for the family. Whether you prefer to play basketball, volleyball, or both, installing them into the landscape will make sure they are secured for your family’s safety.


While pools are fun on their own, turning it into an at-home waterpark takes the fun up a notch. Pools slides come in many different shapes, sizes, and designs, so you can choose what’s best for your landscape and needs.

Pool House

A more practical addition, a pool house will help you store all of your cleaning supplies/pool toys and also open up a place for others to hang out depending on if you furnish the space.

Pools add value to your home and a cool way to exercise for your family, which is why they have become such a popular landscape addition. If you’re thinking about adding one to your backyard, give us a call to start discussing design and budget. Outdoor Innovations have served the Twin Cities since 2007 and built countless luxury landscapes for our customers.