When is the Best Time of Year to Build a Pool?

When is the Best Time of Year to Build a Pool?

When is the Best Time of Year to Build a Pool?

Have you dreamed of having your own backyard pool? In North Houston the weather is made for swimming, nearly year-round. The relaxation and fun activities a pool provides make it a necessity for many families in the area. If you want to enjoy your new pool next summer, the best time to start construction is now! When is the best time of year to build a pool in Texas? If you want to enjoy your pool next summer, schedule construction now! Click To Tweet

Build a Pool Now to Enjoy It Next Summer

Recent studies have shown that owning a pool increases the value of your Texas home by as much as 10%. Your property becomes more attractive to prospective buyers if you have a pool. Not selling anytime soon? Even better. You’ll get years of enjoyment out of your stunning backyard pool. Here are the top 3 reasons to build in the fall:

Get More Attention

Most pool contractors consider fall the off-season, so they have more time to focus on your pool and all the details. Summer is the height of pool season, and many builders are booked months in advance with multiple projects at one time. The slower season allows more attention to your pool specifically, rather than a multitude of projects at once.

Be Done Faster

Even if your builder encounters unforeseen delays this fall, you’re almost guaranteed to have a completed pool by summer. It is extremely rare for pool construction to take longer than that. 

Pro Tip: With few people thinking about next summer, now is the least busy and therefore best time to build a pool.

Plan For Other Additions

Maybe you finish your pool design and decide to add a custom covered patio to relax under. Most people opt to do their backyard projects all at once, rather than piece it together over time. This provides a more uniform, even look and allows you to enjoy the features that you want, from that outdoor kitchen to a new deck.

Experiences and Aesthetic

When you build a pool, you’re creating a fun and relaxing space for your family to spend time together without ever leaving home! You’ll make lasting memories as you teach your kids to swim, play with them in the pool, and barbecue by the water. In addition to the fun experiences, imagine looking outside from your back windows to see a sparkling blue oasis. The visual impact a pool provides cannot be overstated.

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10 Steps to the Perfect Pool

10 Steps to the Perfect Pool

Why do you want a pool? The answer to this question should be your guiding force as you decide on the overall look of your swimming pool and hire a pool contractor. A landscape architect or pool builder can walk you through the design process, but it helps to have a general idea of what you want and how you’ll use it.

Preparing For Your Dream Backyard

If you’ve done a lot of research before deciding to build a pool, then you know that it’s a big commitment. The best thing you can do now is find a pool contractor with the expertise to handle the logistics of construction so you don’t have to! Here are 10 steps to the perfect backyard pool:

  1. Secure Financing
  2. Consider Timing
  3. Choose a Builder
  4. Settle on a  Location
  5. Pick a Shape
  6. Determine Type of Pool
  7. Select Custom Features
  8. Choose Design Elements
  9. The Build
  10. Landscaping

1) Choose a Builder

The best way to locate a pool builder who is committed to quality construction and design is to ask for referrals from friends and colleagues who own pools, or to look for reviews online. It’s important to get a quote after they’ve visited your home to view the space where the pool will sit.

2) Secure Financing

Once you’ve chosen the right builder and received a quote, you may need to secure financing. This can be through your bank, but many pool builders partner with financial institutions to offer financing as well.

2) Consider Timing

The best time of year to build a pool is generally in the fall. Summer is the peak pool building season, and contractors will likely have several projects going on at the same time. Fall is typically a slower season, so your project is more likely to be finished faster.

4) Settle on a  Location

Depending on the size of your property, you’ll need to decide on a location for your pool. On a smaller lot it may be just steps outside your back door, but larger acreage allows for a bit more creativity in placement.

5) Pick a Shape

When choosing a pool shape, opt for a style that complements the architecture of your home and existing (or planned) landscape design. This is also when you should decide whether or not to incorporate a hot tub into your pool design.

6) Determine Type of Pool

Your pool builder will have the best recommendation for you, but generally speaking,  most will advise you to go with a gunite chlorine pool. Known for its dependability, gunite is a concrete blend of sand, cement, and water applied through a high-pressure hose. It’s much more durable than vinyl or fiberglass.

7) Select Custom Features

To maximize enjoyment and enhance the appearance of your pool, you can incorporate custom water features such as waterfalls, slides, scuppers or bubblers. Based on how you plan to use your pool, you may also want to consider underwater benches, fire features, or a swim-up bar.

8) Choose Design Elements

Perhaps you want bright turquoise lining to mimic the waters of The Bahamas, but perhaps you’d rather have a deep blue color with pops of shimmering tiles on the coping. Whatever look you’re going for will be reflected in the colors, textures and materials you use.

9) The Build

There are many factors that go into building your perfect backyard pool. It may take as little as six weeks during the off season (fall or winter), but if you’re waiting on permits and city approvals it could take up to 4 months.

10) Landscaping

If your new pool is a work of art, then the landscaping around it is the frame. Your pool builder can work directly with the landscape designer to come up with the ideal combination of waterscape and landscape for your home. By designing it all at once, we can plan and build special places for unique plants and other landscape features. It also streamlines the construction process so we can deliver a finished product in a timely manner.

 

Take The Plunge

A pool doesn’t just alter the landscape of your outdoor living space, it changes your entire lifestyle. More entertaining, more fun with your family, more exercise, and a more beautiful view from your back patio.

Aquascapes pool designs have been featured in The Houston Chronicle, ABC13 and Hill Country Magazine. They’ve won several awards for their pool designs and service.

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How to Host an Epic Pool Party

How to Host an Epic Pool Party

With summer coming to a close, there’s no better time to host a backyard pool party. Pools provide endless hours of memories and enjoyment. Hosting a memorable pool party is just one way to maximize pool ownership. Click To Tweet

Hosting a Pool Party

A beautiful pool seems like the natural destination for a party, but hosting a successful pool party requires a bit of planning. Landscaping should be spruced up, the pool and patio should be clean, and any outdoor updates you’ve been putting off should be done.

Pick a Theme

Pricking a theme will help you decide on colors, decor, food, and drinks. For example, a Mardi Gras party would feature bright purple, gold and green decorations, feathers and beads. Serve shrimp cocktail, jambalaya, andouille and Cajun-inspired cocktails.

Provide Plenty of Food

If you want guests to stay the day, it’s essential to provide food, even just a table of appetizers. If you’re hosting a high-end soiree, you may choose to have the food catered, but if it’s a laid-back party, then a cookout or potluck will work.

Don’t Forget Drinks

Whether you choose to have cocktails or refreshing nonalcoholic beverages, drinks should be in line with your theme. You can come up with creative names for each drink to fit your theme. Be sure to have ice on hand and cute cups to serve them in. If it’s a kid-friendly party, opt for paper cups.

Entertainment

A pool is pretty much entertainment central during a pool party, but be sure to provide alternative entertainment. A lounge area with a television under a covered patio can provide shade and relaxation, while yard games like corn hole and darts can give people something else to do.

BYOT

Unless you want to wash a million towels, include in your invitation a BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel) reminder. Keep a few towels on hand for guests that forget, but this will save you a lot of time and energy!

A Day to Remember

Good food, good friends, music and refreshing drinks make for a wonderful day around the pool. Now that you’ve put in the work, it’s time to sit back and enjoy!

Contact Us to learn more about creating a backyard you’ll want to share with friends and family.

The Best Ways to Add Drama to Your Outdoor Space

The Best Ways to Add Drama to Your Outdoor Space

Sometimes, despite your best intentions, you find that your backyard has become a bit drab or boring. Sure, you’d love to entertain and spend time outdoors, but gazing out at a blank canvas, it’s hard to know where to begin. Adding drama to your outdoor space transforms it from a neglected yard into a destination. Click To Tweet

Add Drama to Your Outdoor Space

If you’re looking for a way to make your yard stand out, the answer might be simpler than you’d expect. While most people focus on landscaping, adding an unexpected natural element can spice things up faster than any tree.

Water

A custom pool is the ultimate way to add drama to your backyard. With the right lights, your one of a kind waterscape can cast glittering prisms of light even on the darkest nights. These features are beautiful to look at, both in the daytime and evening hours. With landscaping surrounding it, you’ve got your own private oasis.

Fire

Whether you use your fire feature for making smores in colder months or you just want to create some ambiance, the type of fire feature you choose should reflect your lifestyle. Recessed fire pits are great for modern patios while stacked stone fireplaces add rustic charm.  Consider a poolside fire feature lighting one or more corners of your pool for gorgeous evening drama.

Stone

Building an outdoor living room, kitchen or lounging area is the perfect way to add form and function to your yard. With endless options, from the basic to the luxurious, a stone or hybrid patio can extend your living space and improve the overall look of your home.

Make a Statement

Any of these customized outdoor elements will add a touch of class, making a statement to everyone who visits your home. “Drama” is just another word for interest, and there will be no shortage of that with an outdoor space sure to make the neighbor’s take notice!

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Top 5 Outdoor Updates to Completely Transform the Look of Your Home

Top 5 Outdoor Updates to Completely Transform the Look of Your Home

If you could update or add 1 thing to your outdoor space, what would it be? Too often people treat their front and backyards as the frame around their home, wasting space that could be used to the home’s benefit. Your outdoor space can be functional and beautiful with the right updates. Click To Tweet

Why Bother With Outdoor Updates?

Whether you’ve had the same home for years or recently moved in, there are bound to be things you don’t love about it. Maybe you purchased a new construction and don’t like how barren the yard is, or perhaps your backyard just isn’t being utilized. Whatever your concern, updating your outdoor space can transform the entire look of your home.  

1) Custom Pool

A pool not only adds fun and function to your backyard but creates a stunning waterscape to enjoy year round. With options like waterfalls, slides, fountains and even fire, your pool can make you feel like you’re in a new house!

2) Patio or Deck Renovation

A patio or deck in disrepair can make your whole home seem like an eyesore. Similarly, a small slab of concrete can make a beautiful new home seem unfinished. Fix this issue by renovating your deck and patio, adding to a small patio or extending your deck to make it more practical for your family.

3) Outdoor Living Spaces

One of the biggest outdoor trends in this decade has been the popularity of outdoor living spaces. From an outdoor kitchen to a covered patio dining area, these additions can transform your backyard from drab to fabulous.

4) Landscaping Overhaul

Improving your home’s curb appeal with landscaping has a nearly 100% return on investment and makes a huge impact. It’s a very wise investment to make both for your personal enjoyment, and for the dramatic difference it can make in the appearance of your home.

5) Add Privacy

Most homeowners prefer a home with a fence. The most popular fences are wood or iron, and the addition of a privacy fence can greatly improve the look of your home. No more prying eyes while you soak in your spa!

Form and Function

It’s never smart to neglect the outdoor space around your home. This property is another opportunity to expand your home’s living space.

Contact Us to learn more about smart outdoor updates to improve the look (and value) of your home!

Creative Backyard Privacy Options For Your Home

Creative Backyard Privacy Options For Your Home

Sunshine and warm temperatures are now beckoning you and your family outside, so it’s important that you’re able to enjoy your backyard without worrying about curious neighbors. There are many ways to create privacy in your backyard, from perimeter plantings to fences, stone walls, or garden structures. Click To Tweet

Backyard Privacy Options

Finding a privacy solution isn’t a one size fits all endeavor. Perhaps you need full yard coverage, or simply need to block one side of your yard.  Whatever your needs, you’re going to need to create privacy in one form or another. Here are some helpful tips:

Natural Privacy

Property-line plantings can provide year-round screening and shade. Where space is limited, opt for fast-growing evergreens like Italian cypress and arborvitae can provide a simple solution for separating property lines. Planting a mix of deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs, and perennials create a natural look, particularly if you layer them.

Fence or Wall

A traditional wood fence comes in various styles to complement the architecture of your home. A fence might solve the privacy problem, but it’s not always the most beautiful solution. To break up the plain appearance, add an open lattice top, and planting flowering or climbing plants in front to soften the stark wood. Iron or brick fencing and border walls are also elegant alternatives to wood.

Pergola

Adding a beautiful custom pergola created dimension and privacy in your backyard. It can turn a hot tub into a private soaking area, or a dining set into an al fresco outdoor dining room. Add climbing vines to create a natural Tuscan feel to your outdoor living area.

Maintain Audio Privacy

Even if you can’t actually see the neighbors, you may still be close enough to hear their conversations or backyard ruckus. Maybe you’re tired of the constant traffic noise coming from nearby. Adding an outdoor fountain to your yard or poolscape can mask unwanted sounds with pleasant white noise. Fountains not only create ambiance and tranquility but are beautiful to boot!

A Space of Your Own

Even if you love your neighbors, it’s nice to occasionally step outside without having to strike up a conversation. The whole point of a backyard is to create a safe outdoor living space for you to relax and entertain in. Whether you’re daydreaming of evening swims or private lounging by the pool, you should be able to enjoy your backyard in peace and privacy!

Contact Us to learn more about creating a private, tranquil outdoor space.