With a climate that seems to be getting warmer and warmer, a swimming pool in an English garden is no longer an uncommon feature. They can be sympathetically incorporated into the wider garden setting, sometimes as a focal point, other times as a hidden area to retreat to. In the recent years, natural swimming pools have also increased hugely in popularity.
Permeable paving solutions make a pool area far easier maintenance than before, and non-slip ceramic and porcelain slabs are chlorine resistant and are now available in a huge range of finishes and effects.
Similarly, tennis courts no longer need to be an ugly black tarmac rectangle plonked in the back garden. The surfacing choices, both of material and colour are now very varied, and correctly landscaped, the court can be an attractive addition to the garden space, not to mention somewhere to spend many happy and fun hours!