Top 5 Pool Renovations to Upgrade Your Pool This Year

Top 5 Pool Renovations to Upgrade Your Pool This Year

Top 5 Pool Renovations to Upgrade Your Pool This Year

A pool will provide years of entertainment and value, but nothing truly lasts forever. At some point, you will notice that the lining is starting to crack, or the decking has faded. Perhaps you weren’t the owner that built the pool and you’re hoping to make it your own by updating the design. Whatever your reason, there’s never been a better time than now to update your pool!

Exciting Pool Renovations

Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of renovations for your pool. If you’ve noticed wear and tear, keep in mind that the longer you wait, the bigger the problem may get. Take the opportunity to create the pool you’ve always wanted. From fire features to decking, the following updates can transform the entire look and feel of your pool.

1) Fire

A pool is the best place to spend a summer day, but what happens when the sun goes down? A fire feature is the perfect way to create a night-time focal feature. Place comfortable seating around the fire, inviting guests to wind down and stay warm. Let the conversation and relaxation flow with this unique feature.

2) Coping

Coping provides a cap for the edge of the pool. Although it’s a structural necessity, the coping provides a decorative accent. Poured concrete allows the coping to flow directly from the patio surface. This creates a more cohesive look. It can also be stamped or stained to give it additional flare.

3) Tile

Tile can be used to add instant class to your pool renovation. Glass tile, in particular, lends an artisan feel to pool siding. Incorporate tile with vibrant sparkle and watch the sun cast rainbows on the surface of your pool. Add a splash of color with dramatic tile pairings and accents. Adding tile allows you to stay true to the style of your home while adding a subtle difference.

4) Decking

Decking comes in a variety of styles and material. The most common is cement, which is easily stained and painted to resemble wood, tile or stone. It’s durable, doesn’t get too hot and has traction to avoid slips. If your cement decking has seen better days, it might be time to restain it or opt for another material. Brick and wood are elegant options. Natural stone always makes a beautiful and cohesive flow from landscape to hardscape.

5) Water Features

A swimming pool waterfall adds a sense of luxury, but also provides relaxing sounds for you to enjoy. This is particularly helpful to mask or hide the noise from a busy road. Waterfall designs range from simple stacked stone to extravagant cave-like structures. Get even more creative with a pool fountain. Create a spa-like atmosphere with a sleek fountain feeding into your hot tub. Add a kid zone equipped with splash fountains to entertain all the kids.

Additional Features

The sky’s the limit when it comes to pool luxury. Add a custom stone slide for the kids or a swim-up bar for entertaining. Deck jets provide additional entertainment for swimmers, as well as visual interest. With today’s custom features, you can even have your own lazy river!

Give Your Pool a Facelift!

Renovate your pool today and save money and grief tomorrow. Pool renovation, modernization, and replacement deliver a big bang for your buck. Start the new year off swimming in style!

Don’t waste another day wishing for a better pool, view or outdoor space. Contact Us to upgrade your pool for 2018!

3 Winter Goals to Help Maximize Your Summer Space

3 Winter Goals to Help Maximize Your Summer Space

2018 has arrived and with it, the opportunity to set new goals for the New Year!  Although spring and summer seem a world away, they will arrive before you know it.   A little preparation now will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space in the coming months.

Your Winter Goals

Whether your backyard is the neighborhood entertainment destination or a tranquil oasis,  now is the time to create the space you’ve always dreamed of.   By working towards a few goals now, you’ll have your perfect space by the time summer rolls in!

1. Take Inventory.

While it may seem odd to buy pool supplies in the winter months, it’s often when you can find the best deals on equipment, games and accessories. Make an inventory of all the most frequently used items from last summer and think about stocking up on replacements over the next couple of months.  

2. Make Necessary Repairs & Improvements.

Late winter, when you aren’t using your pool anyway, is a great time to address repairs and improvements.   Whether your pool needs small repairs, such as cosmetic cracks, or large repairs like complete resurfacing, don’t wait until peak season to address these issues. It’s also a good time to think about adding the features you’ve been wanting, such as a waterfall, slide or updated deck.

3. Design Your Outdoor Living Space.

While a pool is a fantastic way to beat the heat and provide entertainment for friends and family, creating a cohesive design around it can elevate your outdoor space tremendously. From luxurious outdoor kitchens to beautiful and inviting landscaping, now is the time to implement the plans you’ve been making, or to talk to a professional about how to maximize your space!

Setting Goals Now for Future Enjoyment

Setting goals now will allow you to build your dream backyard without feeling rushed.  Whether you’re building a brand new outdoor space or improving on an existing  one, starting early and planning ahead will set you up for success in the future!

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5 Spectacular Pool Renovations to Make Your Pool Feel New

5 Spectacular Pool Renovations to Make Your Pool Feel New

You don’t have to completely replace your pool to breathe life back into an older pool. There are a few key swimming pool renovations you can complete to make your pool look and feel brand new again.

Bring Your Aging Pool Back to Life With These Swimming Pool Renovations

Custom features are a great way to add personality and style to your backyard pool. You can create ambiance, add functionality, or enhance your overall swimming experience. Get started with the following 5 pool renovations.

1) Tile

Tile not only looks amazing, but also comes with some other, more subtle benefits. It hides many of the issues inherent with gunite pools. It will effectively disguise the “bathtub ring” line of scum on the pool’s surface due to fluctuating water levels. New tile givers your entire backyard a new, fresh look.

2) Decking

Replace the decking around your pool for a dramatic effect not only around your pool, but for your entire backyard. Renovating your deck also makes way to replacing your pool coping, another renovation to consider. If you’re not wanting to completely replace your deck, consider adding a pool deck coating to your existing deck for a temporary, but beautiful finish.

3) Coping

Coping prevents water from getting behind the pool shell and covers the steel support beams. If you’re going to replace your tiling, it’s best to replace the coping at the same time since removal of existing coping can cause tiles to fall. Vinyl swimming pools can now use stone or brick coping. You can choose from a variety of materials such as precast concrete, natural stone, or tile. Fresh coping alongside new tile makes a huge transformative difference to the look and feel of your pool.

4) Waterfalls/Fountains

Moving water, whether fast or slow, always provides a calming effect. People love to look and listen to water features. The sound and sight of a waterfall or fountain adds uniqueness and ambiance to your backyard pool experience. Kids love to play in small pool fountains known as bubblers. Build these water features into many different areas in your design such as small retaining walls, a pile of boulders, or other places. These features can be customized to fit almost any style or preference.

5) Plaster

Your plaster will begin to show signs of wear such as mineral stains or patches of gunite showing through with time. This is a perfect time to replaster your pool. New plaster will make swimming more comfortable and free from abrasive surfaces that might scratch you or snag swimwear. Plaster is essential to your pool foundation and appearance. Don’t wait to replace, but take action as soon as you notice a problem.

Unleash Your Pool’s Full Potential

Your pool can truly be your own personal backyard oasis with a few renovations. Even if it’s older, you can breathe new life into it and transform the look and feel of your entire backyard. Use this guide to pool renovations to get started.

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3 Essential Swimming Pool Upgrades

3 Essential Swimming Pool Upgrades

A backyard pool provides endless hours of fun and relaxation for the entire family. It’s great for hosting parties, getting exercise, and simply relaxing after a long day at work. Why not make it easier and better for you in the process?

Swimming Pool Upgrades to Save You Time, Money, and Energy

There are countless upgrades you can choose from to improve functionality, aesthetics, and to make it easier. Consider these 3 essential custom pool upgrades to make your pool use more efficient and more convenient:

1) Automation System with Internet Connection

Install an automation system and eliminate frequent trips to your equipment pad. Program your water temperature, pool pump, lights, jet, etc with a remote attached to the pad itself. Add the benefit of internet connectivity to control your automation system from a computer or smartphone wherever you are. Imagine setting your water temperature and getting the spa jets going as you leave home from work and coming home to perfect relaxation in your backyard pool.

2) Energy Efficient Equipment

This particular upgrade is extremely valuable and environmentally responsible. Consider a multi-speed “smart” pump to cut your electrical costs by up to 90%. These pumps typically pay for themselves within the first year of usage. Install LED pool lights to cut your energy consumption by up to 86% while providing brighter lighting. You can also opt for eco-friendly cartridge filters to eliminate your need to backwash and discharge water and chemicals from the pool.

3) Automatic Pool Cover

This simple and convenient upgrade features one-button operation for ease of daily use. It’s safer to keep your pool covered when not in use because it prevents accidental drowning of pets and small children. It also keeps your pool cleaner and free of debris. It prevents evaporation and helps maintain your pool temperature. You are much more likely to keep your pool covered when not in use with an automatic cover than one that requires manual operation.

Swim With Ease, Swim in Style

There’s nothing like making a fun, relaxing activity more convenient and efficient. Your backyard pool is a source of endless entertainment and relaxation. Consider kicking it up a notch with these 3 essential swimming pool upgrades.

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7 Must-Have Pool Features that Your Kids Will Love

7 Must-Have Pool Features that Your Kids Will Love

Kids love swimming pools. This is one of the undisputed universal facts of life. A swimming pool provides countless hours of fun, imagination, and laughter. Enhancing your pool with exciting features will boost their enjoyment off the charts.

Whimsical Pool Features for Your Kids

Create a whimsical, exciting backyard pool experience for your kids, their friends, and other family members. With custom features, you can make it as unique and original as you can imagine, and your kids will love you all the more for it. Create your kids’ dream pool with these 7 must-have pool features.

1) Raised walls

One of the things kids love most about swimming is simply jumping in. Giving your pool raised walls makes the perfect place for jumping in and executing perfect cannonballs.

2) Waterfalls

Waterfalls add a natural look to your pool with an inherent “wow factor.” This relaxing touch to your backyard will double as a source of excitement and wonder for your kids. It doesn’t matter how big or small the waterfall is, kids love the falling water. Add a cave for privacy and your kids can use it as a clubhouse or base for water games.

3) Waterslides

What kid doesn’t love sliding down a waterslide? Adding this fun feature to the deep end of your pool unlocks countless hours of laughter and excitement for your kids. It can be any shape or design you like from spiral to straight and anything between. It’s important to make sure it meets all safety standards.

4) Fountain bubblers

Shoot streams of bubbling water up out of the surface to add a little life to your pool. You can put them over shallow surfaces such as your pool steps or even create a splash pad for endless hours of fun for small children.

5) Jet streams

Shoot clear streams of water into your pool from a wall or other high place. You can add illuminating fiber optics to increase the fun factor at night. Kids love playing in jet streams.

6) Diving board

Nothing can ever replace the classic diving board. Your kids can enjoy learning how to dive, jump, and turn flips. There’s always a line at the ol’ diving board in just about every pool.

7) Basketball hoop

Install a basketball hoop designed specifically for aquatic use and kids of all ages will enjoy shooting hoops in the water. Even grown-up kids otherwise known as men. Pair this with a diving board and the fun never ends. Your kids can invite family and friends over for a game of ball in the pool.  

A Place for the Whole Family to Enjoy

The backyard is a place to relax, unwind, and have fun. It’s a place to entertain guests and make family memories. Make your backyard pool the talk of the neighborhood with these 7 must-have pool features.

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Outdoor Fire Features: Fireplace, Fire Pit, or Fire Bowl?

Outdoor Fire Features: Fireplace, Fire Pit, or Fire Bowl?

When creating your own backyard oasis, the first thing you may think of is a pool or spa. Countless hours can be spent around a pool or spa with friends and family. Memories are made along with endless fun. Have you considered enhancing the time you spend around these popular places with fire features?

Lighting Up Your Backyard with Outdoor Fire Features

Fire features add warmth, light, and flare to your backyard activities. Whether you’re toasting marshmallows, warming yourself on cool nights, or simply gazing into the flames, there is an option best suited for your needs. Depending on space and budget, the following three options may be a good fit for your backyard.

Fireplace

Perfect for 1-4 people, this popular option creates a romantic, cozy ambiance for more intimate settings with friends, family and loved ones. These fireplaces are enclosed and easy to use even on windy occasions. You can choose from natural gas, propane, or wood burning fireplaces with a variety of styles and functionality. A beautiful outdoor fireplace will become a focal point in your backyard.

Fire Pit

This exciting option is ideal for entertaining large groups, similar to the feel of a campfire. It’s low to the ground and not necessarily a focal point of your space. However, it’s open and easily enjoyable. It can be made from a variety of finishing materials including brick, stone, and concrete. Many opt for a portable fire pit or to have a built-in fire pit installed. If you host a lot of big parties or are looking for a place to make many family memories, this may be a good option for you.

Fire Bowl

This is another great option for entertaining large groups, with a little stylistic flair. They can be made of copper, concrete, steel, cast iron, or bronze and usually come with legs and a mesh cover. They can be fueled by natural gas, propane, wood, or clean-burning gel. Some are designed to accommodate grilling while others are not. They come in a variety of sizes and designs and may be filled with colored fiberglass, lava rock, and other fire-retardant decorative fillers. This a great custom feature for a contemporary garden or to add an exotic flair to your pool.

Which Should I go With?

Outdoor fire features add warmth, light, and stylistic flair to your backyard experience. They come in different types and styles and can be tailored to your budget and tastes. Consider adding one or more custom fire features to your backyard this fall as the temperatures begin to dip.

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