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Bring the magic to your poolside cabana

Providing the perfect space to relax before or after a dip in the pool, there are some design aspects to consider to make sure your cabana functions well for you and your family.

Oswald Homes Senior Designer Michal Kurtis said cabanas were usually separated from the home and sometimes included features such as a wet bar, barbecue and a powder room.

“It should nestle into the garden landscape and ideally complement the aesthetic of the house, adding value to the landscaping,” he said.

“It need not be attached to the house, in fact more often than not this is an extra outdoor room separate from the house and in addition to the alfresco, which usually is attached to the home.”

Mr Kurtis said following a cohesive aesthetic style, however, meant a poolside cabana could look as though it was always there.

“This gives you a sense of flow and cohesion and makes the structure look purposeful rather than just an afterthought,” he said.

Add A Splash Pools Director Tania Spencer said the key to a functional cabana was placing it as close to the pool as possible, ideally within the bounds of the pool fence if regulations and space permitted.

“The necessities of a cabana include ample shade and enough space for a comfortable seating area,” she said.

“Depending on your budget, the next top picks would be an outdoor bar/servery with sink and storage for pool-related items like toys and towels.”

If you are not entirely sure if a cabana would be a good idea, Ms Spencer said to consider the lifestyle of you and your family.

“If you love lounging by the pool or relaxing outside, it could be well worthwhile,” she said. “Families with young children would get a lot of use from a cabana, as it would provide a great spot to sit and watch young children playing in the pool. Similarly, families with older teenagers would find a cabana a terrific addition – think pool parties.”

Ms Spencer said to seek professional advice from a landscaper or builder to make sure you ended up with a design that would be right for you.

CONTACT Add A Splash Pools, 9452 2422, www.addasplashpools.com.au

Oswald Homes, 1300 217 663, www.oswaldhomes.com.au

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