The 5 Most Unique Pool Design Features

The 5 Most Unique Pool Design Features

The 5 Most Unique Pool Design Features

The warm weather in Texas is meant to be spent poolside. If you’re considering adding a pool to your backyard, you’ll want to consider size, shape and style. You don’t have to settle for a rectangle or kidney bean-shaped pool. With a little imagination, you can create a completely unique pool design unlike any other! Want a pool that's totally unique to you? Here are some amazing design features to set your pool apart. Click To Tweet

Pool Design Features To Impress

It seems that more and more residential pools are mimicking the high-end finishes and design features once reserved for fancy hotel pools.

  1. Tanning Ledge
  2. Beach Entry
  3. Swim-Up Bar
  4. Fire Features
  5. Lazy Rizer

1) Tanning Ledge

Tanning ledge is typically around 5 feet by 10 feet and only an average of 18 inches deep. Specialty tanning chairs can be placed semi-underwater to allow you to stay cool while you layout, but in addition to that, the shallow area on a tanning ledge is a safe place for your kids to enjoy the cool water on a hot day.

2) Beach Entry

A beach entry is reminiscent of the gradual slope down into the water that you would experience at the ocean. This requires something of a deeper pool, but many parents love it for small kids, and for its unique look.

3) Swim-Up Bar

Nothing says luxury quite like enjoying an adult beverage right in your own pool bar! Whether you create a grotto bra underneath a waterfall, or simply add stools and a ledge to your pool design there’s no limit to the creative ways you could design your bar.

4) Fire Features

There is something both luxurious and romantic about implementing fire features into your pool design. The flames reflecting off the water are soothing and tranquil at night, and provide light to those moving around the pool.

5) Lazy Rizer

The lazy river, once reserved for water parks only, has become residential. You can incorporate into the design of your pool, or do a giant lazy river that meanders around your entire property.

Pro Tip: The key to designing a one of a kind pool is working with a professional pool builder.

A Pool With Personality

Whether you’re building a new pool or renovating an existing pool, there’s no limit to what you can do. Working with a professional designer will get you the best results, and a pool to love for years to come.

Contact Us to learn more about building a beautiful, custom pool this year.

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.

Contact Us to get started with your own outdoor paradise, or browse our extensive swimming pool gallery for inspiration.

7 Questions to Ask Your Pool Contractor Before You Sign a Contract

7 Questions to Ask Your Pool Contractor Before You Sign a Contract

If you’ve decided it’s time to build a pool in your yard, chances are you’ve done a lot of research online. Maybe you already know the style and materials you’d like to use. Perhaps you’ve settled on a shape you love. However, now is the time to pick the company to make your dream a reality. A pool is a huge investment of time and money. Follow these steps to make sure you get your money's worth. Click To Tweet

7 Questions to Ask Your Pool Contractor

You want a beautiful pool, so you better make sure you hire the right pool contractor. When it comes to local contractors there are always cautionary tales and horror stories, which is why it’s so important to ask the right questions before you sign a contract.

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Can I see examples of your work?
  3. How long will construction take?
  4. Do you offer warranties?
  5. Are you insured?
  6. Can you recommend financing?
  7. What custom features are available?

1) How long have you been in business?

While there’s no set number of years that makes someone experienced, a very small number of years in business means only a small number of pools built. The more years of experience, the better. Also, clarify that they’ve built the same kind of pool during all those years.

2) Can I see examples of your work?

Your Spring pool contractor should be more than happy to show off his work and provide references. If not, there may be a problem with the quality of work, or he or she may be bending the truth when it comes to how long they’ve been building.

3) How long will construction take?

While this will just be an estimate, it’s a good baseline to go off of. There’s always a chance of unforeseen delays, but building in the off-seasons (fall or winter) will greatly help your project run according to schedule.

4) Do you offer service and warranties?

When choosing a pool builder in The Woodlands, select one that provides service and warranties. This provides both peace of mind and easy repairs and maintenance.

5) Are you insured?

You should never work with a pool builder that is not insured. Doing so could put you on the hook for any potential accidents that could occur on your property during the pool installation.

6) Do you offer financing?

While most pool contractors don’t offer financing themselves, many have a preferred list of lenders that they work with for finance plans or loans.

7) What custom features are available?

With custom sizes, shapes and features, your backyard can become your own piece of paradise. Add a waterfall, slide, scuppers to your pool, or add outdoor living features like a pergola or outdoor kitchen.

The Final Question

After all the other questions have been answered and you’re confident in your decision, it’s time to ask, “How much is this going to cost me?” This will include any custom features, outdoor living construction additions, landscaping and of course, your pool! Remember that when it comes to quality, you get what you pay for.

Contact Us to learn more about what you need to know before you pick a pool builder in Spring, TX.

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.

Contact Us to get started on your own backyard masterpiece!

Do You Need an Inground Swimming Pool Cover?

Do You Need an Inground Swimming Pool Cover?

Even as fall approaches, it remains hot in Houston. If you’re still using your backyard pool regularly, you may not be thinking about investing in a cover. You might look out at your freeform pool and wonder how you would even get a cover to fit! Pool covers are most often reserved for cold-weather climates to retain the heat of the water within it. However, the decision to invest in a cover or skip it depends entirely on your situation. 

Inground Swimming Pool Cover

The majority of homeowners do not need a pool cover, but there are instances when you may prefer to use one. Perhaps you have small children or animals that you want to prevent from falling into the pool (safety net or cover), or maybe you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time. Whatever the case, there’s often a moment when pool owners wonder if they need one. Most inground pools in Texas don’t require a cover, but if you're unsure, call a professional for advice. Click To Tweet

What It Does

  • Protects your pool from debris and leaves
  • Cuts down the needs for chemicals
  • Retains heat
  • Certain types can protect kids and pets from falling in
  • Conserves water

When You Need It

  • If you plan to travel extensively
  • You have small children or pets with access to the backyard

When to Skip It

  • In areas that don’t experience freeze or snow
  • You use your pool year-round

Talk to a Professional

If you’re still not sure if you need a pool cover, talk to a pool professional. They’ll be able to assess your situation and determine whether or not you need to bother with a cover. If safety is your concern, consider discussing other options, such as fencing or other hardscape elements separate the pool from the rest of your yard and protect your little ones.

Contact Us with any questions about pool building or maintenance. For pool inspiration, visit our pool gallery.

Pool Construction: What to Expect From Start to Finish

Pool Construction: What to Expect From Start to Finish

Building a pool in your backyard is an incredibly exciting endeavor, so it’s hard to be patient once you’ve signed a contract! However, like any big project, it does take time to plan, prepare and execute. Building a pool will pay off big in the end, so be patient with the process. Click To Tweet

The Highs and Lows of Pool Construction

Rain. Underground Wiring. Plumbing. These are just a few things that could delay your pool construction, no matter how good your builder is. Here are 6 considerations to keep in mind when you decide to add a pool to your backyard:

  1. Choose a Professional
  2. Pick Your Pool
  3. Utilities Check
  4. The Dig
  5. Framing
  6. Filling & Finishing

1) Choose a Professional

Choosing a reputable pool builder will save you stress and money. Going with the cheapest bid will often get you a lot of headaches and additional expenses trying to fix mistakes a less experienced builder might make.

2) Pick Your Pool

Consulting a professional pool builder is a good idea to help you determine which size and shape will be a good fit for your yard as well as determining possible maintenance costs. Make sure to have the most up to date zoning and building restrictions for swimming pools and spas.

3) Utilities Check

Before any excavation can begin, your proposed pool site will need to be checked for underground utilities. This may require several surveys from your electrical company, water company and more.

4) The Dig

The excavator will dig a big hole in your backyard, making a big mess of your previously nice looking lawn. Don’t worry! It’ll be worth it. The hole will be larger than the pool itself, to allow workers room to walk around it and run the wiring/plumbing.

5) Framing

The type of pool you pick will determine what kind of framing is used, but for most, it’ll be steel panels. This step is crucial for the stability of your pool. Steel panels are then reinforced with concrete.

6) Filling & Finishing

The last step in your pool construction is to fill it, usually with concrete. Custom water features like scuppers or slides are also added. From there the finish you chose is added and the final touches are put into place. When everything has cured, you just add water!

The Perfect Backyard Waterscape

There are many factors that go into building your perfect backyard waterscape. It may take as little as six weeks to build your custom pool, but if you’re waiting on permits and city approvals it could take up to 3 months. Be patient, and trust your pool builder!

Contact Us to get started on the pool of your dreams!