When the warm weather approaches, we all start to think of ways to have fun in the water. What better way to entertain friends and family than to install a slide that delivers them right into the drink in your backyard? From simple slides to elaborate installations, you have so many options for gliding into your pool. These fives ideas will give you the inspiration you need to create a custom slide of your own. Warning – you may never want to leave the backyard.
• Straight Shot
It doesn’t take much imagination to create a slide for a straight shot right into your pool – but, then again, they’re easy to install and still loads of fun. Although a straight model is one of the least expensive slides to purchase, you can still spend from $400 to $1,200 for a simple unit. Therefore, you might want to consider a budget-friendly DIY version.
Build the climb with a hefty makeshift ladder or stair case unit; then attach a strong plywood slide base covered with countertop laminate to keep it nice and slippery. Install side runners made from pieces of two-by-four lumber finished with multiple coats of polyurethane to avoid splinters and you can slide until your heart’s content.
• Curved Shoot
Curved slides bring you into more expensive territory – but, you can’t argue with the hours of fun they will bring to your backyard. Units are available with a ladder to climb to the top – or you can install a curved shoot to wriggle along the sloping terrain of a poolside terrace.
• Rock Feature
If you don’t have a terraced landscape and want to install a curved slide unit, a custom rock feature is one beautiful option. Although extremely costly, a poolside rock structure with built-in slides and waterfalls can be the focal point of a well-dressed landscape. The best part of this option is that you can custom color the feature to complement any exterior decor.
• From One Floor to the Other
Here’s a fun idea. If you’ve got a second-story deck that overlooks your pool, don’t neglect the opportunity to build a slide to deliver your from one floor to the other and right into the pool. No need for stairs with this installation.
• Tunnel Slide
If you’ve got the budget, a tunnel slide built into a rock feature or terraced landscape will make you the most popular house in the neighborhood. Just make sure you build it wide enough to accommodate the biggest kid in the house – even it that’s dad.
Check out the pictures and inspiration for this article in the Great Pool Slides ideabook on Houzz. Hours of fun in the water awaits you with any of these terrific options.
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