2019 has zipped along to the end in the blink of an eye. This is the time of the year we pause and reflect, analyze the year behind us, and look ahead with great anticipation for the year to come. We consider what went well and look for opportunities for growth. With that in mind, here’s a look at 2019 with Aquascapes!
Bringing Our Clients’ Ideas to Life
If you’ve been following our Facebook page this year, you’ve seen our progress photos of work in different clients’ backyards. Each of these projects started with an idea that the homeowner brought to us in the hopes that we could make it a reality. We’re happy to say that we have an excellent track record of giving clients their dream backyards! From swimming pools to outdoor kitchens and much more, we love bringing our clients’ ideas to life.
Encouraging Better Outdoor Habits
In addition to building new swimming pools, we try to encourage good outdoor habits that make use of these new features. For instance, swimming or playing games in the pool are excellent ways to get in plenty of exercise in a safe, comfortable environment. We’re also happy to help our clients keep their pools clean and usable, or to suggest important safety features that are strongly recommended or even legally required. Your new pool or outdoor kitchen is a stepping stone to better outdoor habits, and we want to continue encouraging our clients to explore those new habits throughout the holiday season!
Keeping the Backyard Looking Great
We’re always ready to build clients a brand new swimming pool. However, some may just need a facelift or significant repairs on an older pool. We can handle that too! Going into 2020, we hope to conduct plenty of renovations for clients to keep your backyard looking great. Upgrade your features as much as you want or just get some repairs done to get an all-new look!
Pro Tip: Why not give yourself a new backyard for Christmas? Get in touch with us today to make your dream a reality!
The holiday season and the end of another year are always busy. However, it’s also a time for reflection on the recent past and planning for the future. Aquascapes is dedicated to improving ourselves in the new year, and we hope to pass that hope for improvement on to our clients!
What are your holiday plans? Let us know on Facebook and enjoy your time off!
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love to go swimming, and for good reason! Not only is swimming a fun way to spend time outside without overheating, but it’s also been shown to have multiple health benefits that contribute to improved mood and better health. What health benefits can swimming give you?
Swimming Health Benefits
Whether you’re looking for a new exercise method or just a way to have fun, you can’t go wrong with swimming. Ready to take charge of your own physical and mental health? Here’s what you can expect from regular swim training:
- Stress relief
- Pain relief
- Fun, vigorous workouts
- Improved mood
1) Stress Relief
Exercise prompts your body to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that boost your mood and help you feel alert and awake. Not only will you feel the effects of natural antidepressants as you work out, but aquatic exercise can also serve as a form of meditation. Focusing on your body’s movements and the feeling of the water around you will relax you and help you worry less about how your day went. The comfort of a pool workout gives you all the relaxation you need without the sweat and quick soreness associated with typical aerobic exercise.
2) Pain Relief
After a vigorous cardio workout, many people feel exhausted and sore. Anyone not used to exercise might notice significantly worse discomfort in their joints. Fortunately, pool exercises help reduce post-workout soreness. When your body is fully immersed in the pool, the water helps bear your weight and take some of the strain off your joints and feet. Not only will you feel better once your workout is over, but you’ll also be able to exercise longer since you won’t have to worry about pain!
Pro Tip: In addition to being a natural antidepressant, endorphins released during exercise also serve as painkillers to keep soreness under control! A workout is an excellent way to boost your physical and mental health.
3) Fun, Vigorous Workouts
Who doesn’t enjoy a good swim? Even if you don’t know how to perform fancy swimming moves, simply spending time splashing around in the water and playing with others is a genuinely enjoyable way to stay active. It’s also a great excuse to relive your childhood with some pool noodles or other swimming toys that can double as exercise equipment. Don’t make aquatic exercise into a chore–have fun with it!
4) Improved Mood
Finally, in addition to endorphins, your body produces hormones when you’re active and enjoying yourself. The most important of these hormones is serotonin, also known as the feel-good hormone for the role it plays in the body. This hormone contributes to a better mood and to increased health in multiple other behaviors, including:
- Sleep cycle
- Body temperature
Serotonin is an absolutely crucial chemical to have for a healthy lifestyle. With a little activity each week swimming laps or working out in your new swimming pool, you can increase your serotonin levels and improve your mental and physical health!
What’s better than working on your new swimming habit and improving your physical and mental health in the privacy of your own pool? Don’t settle for a public pool! Start enjoying the undeniable health benefits of swimming today with a pool of your own! Contact our builders to start designing your new space.
While you wait for your new pool, connect with us to learn more about working out in your swimming pool and what health benefits you can expect.
If you’re having your swimming pool built in the fall to reduce your wait time, you’re probably looking ahead to the near future for plans. You’ll be able to host pool parties in your own backyard once it’s done, after all! But what happens when the party ends and it’s time to clean up? Do you have a long-term plan to keep your pool clean?
Basic pool maintenance is rarely challenging on its own. The biggest problem you’ll have to deal with is simply finding the time to get all the tasks done. Unfortunately, if you’re an especially busy homeowner, you may struggle to dedicate enough time to do a good job cleaning your pool. When you find yourself in that situation, it’s time to ask: should you stick to DIY or hire a pro?
Time & Performance
How familiar are you with cleaning and caring for your swimming pool? You probably already know the importance of scooping out leaves and twigs periodically, but do you know the proper chemical balance to prevent algae from forming? What about how to repair or replace a faulty pool filter? If your knowledge is lacking, you may find yourself struggling to do a good job on your own.
On the other hand, even an expert knowledge of pool maintenance doesn’t do much good if you don’t have time to keep your pool clean. Maybe you travel frequently or work long hours and can’t afford the time to dedicate to keeping your pool clean. And unfortunately, a neglected swimming pool will gradually become more and more unpleasant to use.
How Professionals Can Help
When you hire a professional to take care of your pool, you can rest assured they know exactly what they’re doing. They’ve been thoroughly trained to keep your pool as clean as possible using only the best products. Additionally, you never have to worry about them running out of time to care for your pool. Their schedules are built to ensure they take care of every client on time. Your pool will always be sparkling clean!
Pro Tip: Professional pool cleaners may also give you tips on how to prevent your pool from becoming too dirty in between service visits. That way, you don’t have to wait for a visit to keep using your pool!
What Should You Never Do on Your Own?
Even if you opt to handle some or all of the pool maintenance work yourself, there are still several tasks you should always delegate to a professional. Some are simply too risky for you to attempt without expert knowledge. Call an expert to handle these significant issues:
- Cracks in the pool shell
- Burnt-out motor or pumps
- Leaky pipes or hardware
- Severe algae growth
Enjoy Your Clean Pool!
Whether you ultimately decide to stick with DIY or hire a pro, you and your guests will always appreciate a well-maintained swimming pool for parties and hangouts. If you’d rather save money and get a little exercise, make your monthly pool cleaning your personal DIY project! On the other hand, if you find the time commitment and work too much to handle, hire a professional to give your pool the best treatment possible.
Would you rather DIY or hire a pro for your pool cleaning work? Let us know and learn more about the advantages of either scenario.
Whether you’re new to the Aquascapes family or you’ve been with us for a while, we want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving! It’s time to take time off work, enjoy a great meal, and spend time with your family. What are you thankful for this year? Here’s what the team at Aquascapes is celebrating this Thanksgiving!
What Houstonian isn’t still celebrating the fact that the Astros made it to the World Series? You’d be hard-pressed to find a business, individual, or family who didn’t take great pride in living in Houston this October! The team worked very hard to get to this position and Houston is absolutely proud. Go Astros!
Autumn in Houston is somewhat unpredictable. We can never quite predict whether we’ll experience uncharacteristic cold, continued late summer heat, or balmy temperatures. In 2019, we’re blessed to have experienced some of the most beautiful temperatures and weather this year! This is finally the perfect weather to go swimming without getting a sunburn or a cold.
Without you, our clients, Aquascapes wouldn’t exist. We’re so grateful that people like you trust us to give you the best backyard possible. Our Facebook page showcases our newest clients and their completed or in-progress backyard makeovers for anyone who might be considering a similar project. We’re happy to make your dream come true!
Pro Tip: Show your loved ones you appreciate them this Thanksgiving! Before the holiday season gets too busy, spend time together and just have fun in your new pool.
As the holiday season begins, we hope you can take the time to be with your loved ones and enjoy Thanksgiving. Those of us at Aquascapes look forward to helping you make this busy season an enjoyable one!
What’s the best way to beat the Houston heat? Swimming, of course! And few things are more satisfying than enjoying your own swimming pool in the comfort and privacy of your own backyard.
Your backyard is your own space–why settle for a standard swimming pool? Customize your design for yourself, your family, and your friends to enjoy for years to come! See if any of these especially unique designs get your creativity flowing.
What better way to enjoy the outdoors than with a cold glass of wine or beer in your pool? Combine your favorite warm-weather drink with your favorite warm-weather activity with a swim-up bar! This is sure to impress your guests with a fun way to enjoy a drink.
Pro Tip: If you host a lot of guests on a regular basis, a swim-up bar could be just what you need to entertain everyone and keep the party going!
Shallow Water Features
Your pool doesn’t have to be deep in every spot. Experiment with adding shallow areas to create unique features for your custom pool. For instance, have you ever tried a beach entry? This gently sloping edge replaces stairs and conjures up thoughts of walking into the ocean as the land slowly dips lower. This gives your pool a more natural look and complements a nature-oriented backyard.
For an alternative, consider adding a tanning ledge. This portion of your pool averages about 18 inches deep and allows you to set up specialty tanning chairs to stay cool while you lay in the sun. Best of all, your kids can play safely in the shallow water. A tanning ledge is a perfect choice if you love the sun but hate the heat!
Flash & Fire
For an exotic backyard, why not add fire features? A fire pit, a bowl of fire, or similar decoration involving open flames gives an additional flavor to your backyard aesthetic that nothing else can quite match. Not only will these features keep your backyard lit at night and reflect on your rippling pool, but they also give you the chance to hold the occasional marshmallow roasting party. You can’t go wrong with fire accessories in your backyard!
Design Your Dream Pool!
Your custom-designed swimming pool should be as unique as you are. Find the features and style that best match your preferences and contribute to your overall backyard feel. With a little help from a professional pool contractor, you can make your dream pool a reality!
Connect with us to get started building your new swimming pool.