5 Outdoor Living Goals to Set for 2019

5 Outdoor Living Goals to Set for 2019

5 Outdoor Living Goals to Set for 2019

2019 has arrived and with it, the opportunity to set new goals for the New Year! A little preparation now will allow you to transform your outdoor living space in the coming months. It’s easy to create the outdoor oasis of your dreams when you set these 5 outdoor living goals for the new year. Click To Tweet

Your Outdoor Living Goals

Your backyard is an extension of your home and functional outdoor living spaces are top on the list of what people are looking for in new homes. This new year is the perfect time to make upgrades and transform your backyard into your dream oasis. Here are five easy ways to achieve your outdoor living goals in the new year.

Deck Renovation

An old and outdated deck or patio can make your outdoor space look like an eyesore. Create a fresh new look by renovating your deck or by extending it to make it a perfect place for family and friends to spend time.

Fresh Landscaping

The addition of landscaping can take your backyard from boring to breathtaking! Not only will fresh landscaping make a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal, but it also creates a space for personal enjoyment. You can never go wrong adding landscaping to any outdoor living space!

Custom Pool

What better way to create the yard of your dreams than by adding a custom pool! A pool not only adds fun and function to your backyard but also creates a stunning waterscape to enjoy year round. With water feature options like waterfalls, slides, fountains, your pool can make your backyard feel like a whole new living space.

Outdoor Kitchen Addition

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your outdoor living space is to add an outdoor kitchen your yard– especially if you love to cook and entertain.

ProTip: An outdoor kitchen (and dining area) can be the perfect new focal point of your yard and offers even more ways to spend time outside.

Add a Spark

To create an instant outdoor oasis in your backyard is to add an outside fireplace or fire pit! Choose from a custom built fireplace or enjoy a fire pit, which comes in every shape and style you can imagine. In addition to providing heat and a comforting place to sit and relax, your new fire feature can also be another option to cooking up some tasty food, too.

Set Your Outdoor Living Goals for 2019

Setting your outdoor living goals now will allow you to upgrade your backyard without feeling rushed. Whether you’re building a brand new outdoor space or improving on an existing one, start early and plan ahead to set you up for success!

Contact us to learn more ways to achieve your outdoor living goals in 2019.

Happy New Year from Aquascapes!

Happy New Year from Aquascapes!

2018 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. Now that 2018 has come to an end, here is our year in review at Aquascapes. Click To Tweet

Creating Your Ideal Oasis

When you come home, you’re tired and ready to relax. Why not enhance your backyard with your own personal oasis experience? No matter what kind of home you live in, having access to outdoor space is a luxury. A beautiful outdoor living space makes a perfect destination for entertaining friends and family, and also provides a private oasis for you to relax after a long day at the office.

A Designer’s Guide to Creating Your Dream Outdoor Space

Boots for Troops Concert

Aquascapes is proud to have been a sponsor of the 2018 Boots for Troops Concert, benefiting the nonprofit Boots for Troops organization, which provides care packages and travel assistance to service members.

Boots for Troops Concert

Helping You Stay Healthy

Swimming is shown to improve overall health and can be practiced over a lifetime. Swimming is an amazing low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. Just being near water can produce a calming effect similar to meditation–giving your brain a break from the constant overstimulation of modern life.

Amazing Health Benefits of Swimming

Looking Forward to Serving You in the New Year

Aquascapes is family owned and operated since 2004. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality service and work for all of your backyard design needs. From swimming pools and spas to custom water features and outdoor living spaces, we can bring your vision to life! We are excited for all 2019 will bring! From all of us at Aquascapes, we hope you have a safe and happy New Year!

Why Winter is the Best Time of Year to Build a Pool

Why Winter is the Best Time of Year to Build a Pool

Many people don’t think about swimming pools during the winter time, but it’s actually the best time to buy and have a pool installed! And, if you are stumped about what to get your family for Christmas, there is no better present! Getting a swimming pool for your family will be the best gift they ever received! This Christmas, place the swimming pool contract under the tree for a big surprise!

Surprise your family with the best gift your family could hope for this Christmas--a swimming pool, and learn why winter is the best time of year to build a pool. Click To Tweet

Now is the Best Time of Year to Build a Pool

You might be wondering why get a pool in winter? There are so many benefits to buying a pool in the winter, rather than the summer or spring. Here are five top reasons why winter is the best time of year to build a pool.

  1. Lower Pool Prices
  2. Cooler Weather
  3. Landscaping Can Take Root
  4. No Rushing
  5. Perfect Timing

1) Lower Pool Prices

Since winter is generally a little slower for pool businesses, there’s a better chance of getting a great deal on your pool construction, materials, and labor. Make sure to ask if there are any specials going on this winter.

2) Cooler Weather

In Texas, we experience humidity and high-heat temperatures much of the year. This can make installers miserable, needing to take lots of breaks to prevent heat-related illness. Wintertime in Texas proves to be ideal for having a pool built in your yard.

3) Landscaping Can Take Root

Having a pool built can take a toll on your yard and landscaping. By having your pool installed during the winter give your landscaping time to come back and be beautiful in time for swimming once the weather heats back up!

4) No Rushing

Another reason winter is the best time of year to build a pool is that you won’t have to rush! You won’t have kids screaming “When will the pool be done? I want to swim!” You can carefully plan out your outdoor space and pool area and not feel the stress of rushing to get it complete.

ProTip: When you buy a pool during the winter, there is no rush. You can take your time choosing the colors, size, and design of the swimming pool.

5) Perfect Timing

When you purchase a pool in the winter time, you have plenty of time to get it installed and ready just in time for the hot Texas temps. A winter installation lets you not miss any swim time during the prime season.

Winter is a Great Time to Buy a Swimming Pool

It’s always fun to look forward to summer, but your family will especially look forward to the warmer months when they know their brand new pool will be ready in time!

Contact us to learn more reasons why winter is the best time to build a pool.

Outdoor Living Spaces: Creative Ideas for Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Living Spaces: Creative Ideas for Outdoor Rooms

As you explore deck and patio design ideas, keep in mind that creating a relaxing, stylish outdoor living space or outdoor room can greatly increase the appeal and value of your home and provide an oasis for friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors in supreme comfort. Considering adding an outdoor room but not sure where to start? The only limit is your imagination. Click To Tweet

Ideas for Outdoor Rooms

It doesn’t really matter how large or small your backyard is. A well designed and decorated outdoor space will be the ideal spot to hang out and enjoy the beautiful weather here in Texas.

Gazebo or Pergola

Building a large outdoor structure in your backyard is a big decision to make. You have to factor in location, size, material, and budget. But building a pergola or gazebo has many benefits. You can also use your pergola or gazebo to give climbing plants a structure on which to grow!, and provides a shady seating area for guests.

High-End Finishes

Your outdoor space doesn’t have to be rustic if that’s not the aesthetic you’re going for. The materials you use can be as high end and luxurious as you’d like. Mix materials like wood and stone for a Tuscan theme, adding touches of marble or quartz to amp up the wow factor. Add custom water features to your backyard pool for tranquil sights and sounds.

Think Outside the Box

Freeform pools have become industry standard for most people, but when it comes to your backyard, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. If you spend a lot of time outside, your outdoor space should reflect your unique personality. Consider an unconventional pool shape with unique hardscape elements and outdoor rooms.

Bring the Inside Out

When you imagine your ideal backyard, try to incorporate elements from the inside of your home. For example, if your friends and family love watching football on a big screen, consider installing one under a covered patio, with a large outdoor sofa to lounge on. Love cooking? An outdoor kitchen might be the answer.

Pro Tip: An outdoor kitchen can give you a place to get creative without worrying about making a mess or lingering smells.

An Outdoor Destination

As you explore outdoor design ideas, keep in mind that creating a relaxing, stylish outdoor room can greatly increase the appeal and value of your home and provide a destination for friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort. Not sure where to start? Magazines, books, and design websites are excellent sources of inspiration but don’t hesitate to write down a short description of your dream outdoor space. This will help your landscaping designer or contractor understand what you want.

Contact Us to learn more about designing a stunning backyard oasis.

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Owning a Pool

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Owning a Pool

What’s the one thing that makes a backyard feel like a tropical oasis? For most people, it’s a pool. The relaxation, beauty and summer fun is the appeal. Swimming pools are viewed as a luxury for some, and a necessity for others. Thinking about adding a pool to your backyard? Here are 5 things to keep in mind about pool ownership. Click To Tweet

Owning a Pool

Thinking about getting a pool? You should know that it’s not all fun and games. Here’s a list of 5 things you should know about pool ownership so you don’t just dive in without knowing what you’re getting into!

  1. Be Ready for Guests
  2. Increase Supervision
  3. Plan For Water
  4. A Neglected Pool is a Green Pool
  5. Features Are Fun

1) Be Ready for Guests

If you have teenagers, installing a pool in your backyard will make yours the cool house on the block. This means your house will likely become a popular destination for your children and their friends.

2) Increase Supervision

All those guests mean that you’ll have to beef up supervision of little ones. In a fenced in yard without a pool, you might have let your kids and their friends roam while you watched TV or made dinner. A pool requires an additional level of supervision, either consisting of an older sibling, parent or babysitter.

3) Plan For Water

Obviously, your pool will use a lot of water, but one thing people fail to think about until after construction is complete is how much water gets tracked into your house. Plan ahead and install a covered patio, pool house or outdoor lounge area to encourage swimmers to dry off outside, instead of making puddles inside!

4) A Neglected Pool is a Green Pool

With the rain and humidity in North Houston, your pool will need weekly maintenance. Without it, you’ll notice it take on an unhealthy greenish hue.

Pro Tip: A pool requires weekly testing and maintenance to keep your water sparkling and clear. Neglect this and you’ll end up with green water!

5) Features Are Fun

When you’re building a pool, take some time to explore the custom features available to you. It’s not impossible to add these later, but generally speaking, it’s easier to incorporate them into the original design and construction. There are so many options, from waterfalls and scuppers to bridges and fire pits.

Years of Outdoor Enjoyment

Everybody wants to have a swimming pool in their own backyard, and many have reached a point in life where this dream can become a reality. It’s important to remember that this expensive investment is a big responsibility. It will provide years of fun, entertainment, and beauty, but it takes a little work and care.

Contact Us to learn more about building a pool in the North Houston area.

A Designer’s Guide to Creating Your Dream Outdoor Space

A Designer’s Guide to Creating Your Dream Outdoor Space

No matter what kind of home you live in, having access to outdoor space is a luxury. As an extension of your home, a beautiful outdoor living space makes for a warm-weather destination for entertaining friends and family. It also provides a private oasis for you to relax after a long day at the office. Have you been dreaming of a backyard fit for relaxation and entertaining? Here's a guide to make that dream a reality! Click To Tweet

Creating Your Dream Outdoor Space

Ask yourself some basic questions before you seek out pool and landscape designers. What do you want out of the yard? A pool for the kids, a cozy retreat for mom and dad, or maybe an entertaining patio? What materials do you like? Once you have a rough idea of what you want, it’s time to move forward with a professional.

The Plan

A comprehensive plan provides a birds-eye view of your overall project, which can be implemented in logical steps. Your steps will eliminate the need to do it all at once. You’ll be able to work on one area at a time, but always thinking ahead. For example, if you’re redoing your patio and think you may eventually want to add an outdoor kitchen, don’t wait to install the gas hookup. It’s more cost-effective to do ti when the ground is already dug up.

Pro Tip: Consider future additions when designing a pool or patio, so that your designer can install hookups for an outdoor kitchen, or space for a pergola.

The Patio

The right patio design can provide a lot of room for living and dining areas. The trick is creating a flexible layout with places to eat and relax that’s also an extension of the yard. Try to maintain an open area in the center of the patio to encourage safe traffic flow. Avoid heavy furniture that can’t be easily moved around to accommodate different sized crowds. If you spend a lot of time entertaining outdoors, you may want to consider a covered patio extension or an outdoor kitchen, to maximize the time you can spend outdoors.

The Pool

Your swimming pool area should marry fun and function, so make it a welcoming and whimsical space that remains highly functional for outdoor entertaining. Custom pool features like slides, waterfalls and fire pits can be added to your pool for an extra dose of drama. Go big with accessories, with substantial chaises for poolside lounging and a hefty table for alfresco dining. Remember that your poolside and patio furnishings should express the same style as the rest of your home.

Look at the Big Picture

Could your backyard use a facelift? Don’t make the mistake of slapping a cement patio down as time and adding to it slowly. Instead, consider the space from a big picture stance, from how you want to use the yard to how much time you spend there. Often you’ll find that a short-term investment can pay off in long-term enjoyment, use and improved home value.

Contact Us to learn more about designing the backyard of your dreams before next summer. Browse our gallery of outdoor designs in Houston and the surrounding areas to inspire you!