Dramatic Backyard Makeover Ideas

Dramatic Backyard Makeover Ideas

Dramatic Backyard Makeover Ideas

Your backyard is an extension of your home, but too often it sits neglected. Perhaps you thought you could reverse the disrepair, but ran out of time or energy.  Maybe it’s a blank canvas that you’re just not sure how to fill.  No matter the challenge, an experienced professional can take your yard from bland to beautiful.

The Difference Between Wow and Wow

There are 2 different ways to say, “wow.”  The first is positive, usually in response to something impressive or beautiful.  The second is decidedly negative, often uttered in response to an overgrown patio or pool in disrepair. If you’re tired of hearing the bad kind of “wow”, it may be time to give your backyard a makeover!

A Stunning Custom Pool

A custom pool is designed with your current home in mind, ensuring a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look. Custom pools are limited only by your imagination, both in size, shape and architectural detail. Integrate custom features, such as waterfalls, lighting and specialty finishes to maximize the impact.  Working with a professional pool builder allows you to get exactly what you want.  Is there anything better on a hot summer day than a cool dip in a crystal clear pool?

Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living elements have surged in popularity in recent years. A proper outdoor living area increases the value of your home and gives you additional living space. In essence, it extends your home. Outdoor living spaces can be as minimal or luxurious as you’d like.  From a simple pergola and lounge chairs to a complete outdoor kitchen and dining area, the sky’s the limit.

Lush Landscaping

If your pool is the picture, your landscaping is the frame.

Choose plants that will complement your pool, patio, and home.  Opt for trees that won’t drop leaves, needles or seeds into your pool, but will provide areas of shade. Hide pool equipment and other less than beautiful elements with lush plant life. 

Beautiful Finishes

Your pool and patio offer opportunities to increase aesthetic value with beautiful finishes. While the classics can always be dressed up or down (concrete, stained concrete, etc.), there are new finishes that can really ramp up your wow factor. Glass tile and crushed quartz materials reflect light, which natural stone and wood finishes blend hardscape and landscaping elements seamlessly.     

Unique Features

The details in your backyard makeover are where you can really get creative. There is more variety than ever, from fire pits and fountains to arbors and pergolas.  This is where form and function meet, giving you the freedom to choose items both for their beauty and their usefulness. The right features can truly set your home apart from the rest.

Bringing Your Backyard Makeover Ideas to Life

Don’t be intimidated by what you perceive to be challenging. With a professional on your side, those mountains are transformed into molehills. Clearly convey your vision for the space and let your outdoor specialist take it from there.

To transform your backyard and start hearing the good kind of “wow”, Contact Us today.

7 Reasons to Consult a Pool Expert Before You Buy

7 Reasons to Consult a Pool Expert Before You Buy

Though it may not seem like it yet, temperatures will start rising soon. This is still southeast Texas, after all! With that, you may find yourself thinking about those summer months and the prospect of having your own family swimming pool. Now is a great time to get started to ensure it’s ready for those first days of summer heat. And the perfect place to start is consulting with a pool expert.

The Incredible Value of Talking to a Pool Expert

Building a pool is a big decision and a considerable undertaking. There are many factors to consider, options to choose from, and details to take into account. You may be unsure where to even start. Consider consulting with a pool expert before you buy and gain the following benefits:

1) Benefit from their experience

Choose a well-seasoned pool builder with an excellent reputation and you’ll have a wealth of experience and good information to draw from. They will have seen just about any and every scenario, challenge, and solution. Ask a lot of questions! Their experience and insight will be invaluable as you make your decision.

2) Explore options

There are countless options to consider when building a pool. You have a number of pool styles, custom features, and accessories to choose from. And a great pool builder will also be able to accommodate custom requests as well. For example, you may want a pool your dog can swim in as well. A pool expert could include a set of tiny steps, custom fit to the size of your favorite furry friend. On your own, you may not have any idea all the options available to you.

3) Understand maintenance requirements

Before making a sizable purchase like a pool, it’s good to get an idea of what the ongoing maintenance will look like. Is it something you could feasibly take care of yourself or would you most likely need professional maintenance? Learn the ins and outs of owning a pool before you buy.

4) Insight into budgeting

Speaking with a pool expert will give you a good idea of what kind of pool and features will fit your budget. You’ll know if the pool of your dreams is immediately doable or if you’ll need to save a little more money.

5) Best fit for your purpose

A knowledgeable pool builder will also be able to help you define your purpose for the pool and make sure the final product will meet your needs. Whether a simple place to relax, a fun and exciting place for your kids to play, or a place to host parties and entertain guests, the perfect pool is attainable.

An expert pool builder will have a wealth of stories, ideas, and knowledge to inspire you.

6) Understand construction process

It’s a good idea before construction begins to have a basic understanding of the construction process and what to expect. Your backyard will undergo a dramatic change during construction. It could shock you if you weren’t expecting it. A pool expert will give you a good idea what to expect from beginning to end.

7) Be inspired

An expert pool builder will have a wealth of stories, ideas, and knowledge to inspire you. Many have a display center where you can see examples and get ideas. You can also get an idea of the quality of their work and range of capabilities. Use this time to inspire you as you envision your dream pool.

Time to Jump In!

Summer is just around the corner and with it, the summer heat. Right now is an ideal time to begin the pool building process. Get a good idea of what your dream pool will look like. Talk to a pool expert today!

To get started with a free consultation or to learn more about building a pool, Contact Us.

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Pool Shape

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Pool Shape

A swimming pool is a wonderful investment, but choosing the right design can be a challenge. There are so many ways your pool can be shaped, and so many styles to choose from.  Add unique custom features to further customize your pool, and create your own backyard paradise.

The Best Pool Shape For Your Home

The shape of your pool should complement your home and surrounding landscape. When a pool is placed close to the home, it should mirror the home’s architecture. If your home is modern and sleek, a rectangular shape would probably fit with the home’s aesthetic better than a Grecian shape. Always consider your home before settling on a pool shape.

1) Rectangle & Oval

Geometrically shaped pools are typically more modern and formal in nature. The rectangle was one of the most common shapes in early pool design, which is why so many older homes have them. Although rectangular pools fell out of favor when freeform gained popularity, they’re making a big comeback. For a slightly less-formal look, an oval shaped pool is a viable option.

2) Freeform

A freeform pool doesn’t adhere to any specific pattern.  It’s usually designed around natural elements, and incorporates landscaping elements in the design. These pools often have a similar look to a lagoon, with lush greenery surrounding it.

3) Grecian & Roman

Grecian and Roman shaped pools are the gold standard for luxury.  These pools mirror the formal elements found in ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture. The Grecian pool features cut corners that form an octagon, while the Roman pool rounded edges and stylized angles.

4) L-Shaped

The L-shaped pool is similar to a rectangular pool, but provides an extended shallow area. This is great for those who like to swim laps, but still want a smaller shallow end for young swimmers.

5) Kidney

A kidney shaped pool is a long oval with an indentation on one side. Shaped exactly as it sounds, like a kidney bean! It’s a popular choice because it works in nearly any size backyard. The indentation is usually the separation between the shallow and deep end.  It’s also often where homeowners place a spa or hot tub.

Backyard Oasis

Building a custom pool is the perfect way to have your own backyard oasis. It’s important to consult with an experienced pool builder, to ensure that the shape you want makes sense in your space. No matter what shape you choose, it’s a sound investment for your home and your family!

Contact Us to find out what pool shape would work best in your backyard.

Choosing Between a Salt Water Pool vs. Chlorine

Choosing Between a Salt Water Pool vs. Chlorine

A pool is a great investment, and with such an array of designs, you have more options than ever. At some point in your quest to find the perfect pool and spa, there’s a good chance you’ll come across the salt water vs. chlorinated pool debate. Although they sound completely different from one another, the line between the two is thin.

Salt Water Pool vs. Chlorine: Which is Better?

It’s important to remember that salt water pools still contain chlorine. The chlorine level is typically lower in a salt water pool but is present in both. When weighing the pros and cons of each pool, it’s important to think about the long-term benefits and cost associated with each. 

Costs: Up-front and Long Term

The initial cost of a chlorinated pool is much less than salt water. This is due in part to the cost of the salt water generator. The chlorine found in a salt water pool isn’t added externally but is created from chemical electrolysis that occurs within the salt water chlorinator. This chlorinator is powered by a generator that must run for an average of 8 hours per day. This means that your electric bill is likely to go up too. 

Maintenance Matters

Both pools require vigilance in testing the pH levels of the water. In a chlorinated pool, you may need to add chemicals to restore balance, whereas a salt water pool might require muriatic acid to clean the salt cells. Those cells will also need to be replaced every couple of years, and average around $500. In addition to regular maintenance, salt water pools require annual draining, which is a big undertaking.

Damage Risks

If you’ve ever lived near the ocean, then you know how corrosive salt water can be. Metals rust quickly and with just a little exposure. Surfaces around the pool will likely develop salt ring stains. Natural stone erodes, and nearby plants and grass often die. If you have sensitive skin, salt water can cause irritation and itchiness. Salt is naturally abrasive, which is something to consider when thinking about long-term maintenance.

Lowering the Chlorine Requirements in a Chlorinated Pool

A combination of zodiac fusion and adding ozone to a chlorinated pool can significantly lower the necessary chlorine levels. Zodiac fusion introduces copper and silver ions to the water. Adding ozone serves as a super shock and kills harmful bugs and pathogens in the pool. Together, they effectively lower the amount of chlorine needed to keep a chlorinated pool clean. Aquascapes utilizes both of these techniques in all our chlorinated pools

Find What Suits You Best

Chlorinated pools have been around for more than 70 years, while salt water pools are a more recent invention. The reliability and cost of a chlorinated pool have made it the gold standard. The salt water pool vs. chlorine debate has valid pros and cons on each side.  It comes down to what will give you the most value with the least damage to surrounding features.

Contact Us to learn more about zodiac fusion and how it can work in your pool!

The Incredible Advantages of a Gunite Pool

The Incredible Advantages of a Gunite Pool

Known for its dependability, gunite is a concrete blend of sand, cement, and water applied through a high-pressure hose. Once it cures, gunite becomes rock hard and very thick. Fiberglass and vinyl liner pools have quick installation and lower initial cost. But when it comes to the finished product, many prefer the durability of gunite.

A Firm Foundation

A gunite pool is ideal due to its incredible design versatility. Gunite lasts the longest of all in-ground pools and usually has the best warranties.  They don’t require wooden frameworks to hold the shape, so construction is easier than standard concrete. They can withstand a lot of stress and pressure, ensuring your pool and property are protected from damage.

Resists Settling

Never entirely stable, soil under and around your pool will contract and expand over time. This means that your pool must be able to settle slightly without cracking. Gunite pools have the advantage of being both durable and flexible.   

Endless Versatility

Gunite pools come in any shape or size.  This reduces the impact on landscape by allowing you to create a shape that fits within your existing space. With the popularity of free-form pools, gunite is a natural favorite. Gunite pools are designed and built on site, so the design possibilities are endless.

Easily Customizable

The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing a Gunite pool. You can get creative with custom features. Underwater bar stools, tanning ledges, or waterfalls are easy to add. There are many options to customize your gunite plaster finish. You can choose material created from pebbles or glass for a high-end look, or opt for something more unique.

Perks of a Gunite Pool

With resilience and flexibility, gunite pools provide unbeatable value.  Every type of pool has pros and cons, so it’s important to weigh your options. If durability is your main concern, gunite might be the best option.  Don’t wait for warm weather to think about creating your own backyard oasis, get started now.  

Contact Us to find out why a gunite pool is right for you!