Installing a backyard splash pad can transform your outdoor space into a fun and refreshing retreat. To help you in this endeavor, here are some tips that can help you make the right decisions.
Planning the Space
- Site Selection – Selecting the right spot is very important. Consider sun exposure, proximity to the house for supervision, and whether the area can be seen from inside the home. Think also about future landscaping changes that might affect or enhance the splash pad area.
- Size and Shape – Determine the size and shape based on your backyard’s dimensions. It should be large enough to accommodate multiple users but scaled to fit your yard harmoniously without overwhelming it.
- Consider Drainage – Efficient drainage is essential for a splash pad. The area should have a slight slope or be equipped with a drainage system to prevent water accumulation and ensure proper water flow.
Defining Your Budget
- Cost Breakdown – Break down your budget into categories to include installation, materials, features and ongoing maintenance. Getting detailed estimates for each category will help to avoid unexpected expenses.
- Long-Term Maintenance – Factor the costs of maintenance, such as water usage, cleaning, and repairs into your budget. Energy-efficient and low-maintenance options might have higher upfront costs but can save money in the long run.
- Future Upgrades – Plan for potential future upgrades. Setting aside a portion of your budget for later enhancements can keep the splash pad fun, exciting, and fresh.
Check Local Regulations
- Understanding Regulations – Before installation, check with your local municipality for any regulations or permits required for a backyard splash pool. This will include water usage policies, safety standards, and construction permits. If you have an HOA, you’ll need to check with them as well.
- Compliance with Safety Standards – Make sure that your splash pad design complies with safety standards. This includes non-slip surfaces, safe water flow, and materials that are durable and safe for all ages.
Choosing a Design
- Integrating with Landscape – Your splash pad should integrate with your existing landscape. Consider how it will look in relation to your garden, lawn, or any other outdoor features.
- Accessibility – Consider accessibility for all family members, including those with mobility challenges. Features like gradual slopes instead of steps can make the splash pad more inclusive.
- Custom vs. Prefabricated – Decide between a custom design or a prefabricated kit. Custom designs offer more flexibility, while prefabricated kits are often more budget friendly and easier to install.
- Aesthetics and Functionality – Select a design that complements your backyard’s aesthetics while being functional. Consider the ages and interests of the users to ensure it’s enjoyable and suitable for everyone.
Working Out the Water Flow
- Efficient Water Usage – Choose a system that recirculates water to conserve. Alternatively, consider systems that integrate with your home’s water system, but have efficient water usage.
- Water Pressure and Safety – Make sure the water pressure is safe and manageable, especially for smaller children. Adjustable water pressure systems can be a good choice to accommodate different ages of children using the splash pad.
- Filtration – Installing a water filtration system is important for hygiene. The system should be easy to maintain and effective in keeping the water clean.
Choosing the Right Materials
- Heat-Resistant Surfaces – In hot climates, materials should be heat-resistant to prevent burns on sunny days. Light colored materials can reflect sunlight and stay cooler.
- Durability and Safety – Opt for materials that are durable, slip-resistant, and can withstand constant water exposure and various weather conditions. Rubber or polyurethane are popular choices for splash pads.
- Eco-Friendly Options – Consider environmentally friendly materials that are recyclable and non-toxic, contributing to sustainability while ensuring safety.
Choosing Fun Features
- Interactive Elements – Add fun elements like water jets, sprinklers, and fountains. Interactive features not only enhance the fun but also encourage physical activity.
- Themed Designs – Consider themed designs like a pirate ship or a jungle to make the splash pad more engaging and visually appealing to children.
- Lighting Effects – Incorporating lighting can make the splash pad enjoyable in the evenings. LED lights with color-changing options can add a magical touch.
Hiring a Professional
When you’re ready to explore the idea of adding a backyard splash pad, look no further that our team at Outside Living Concepts. We can design and install a splash pad that will transform your outdoor space. We have many years of experience in the industry and are dedicated to providing our clients with quality products and exceptional customer service. Since 2004, we have served the Phoenix area with beautiful backyard transformations. So, whether you’re looking for a splash pad, a pool, a spa, an outdoor fireplace, or a stunning landscape design, we can turn your dream into a reality.