Pool Design: 3 Key Choices Buyers Often Rethink

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 26, 2016 9:37:21 AM

—Before building begins, carefully evaluate these fundamental choices

When embarking on any big home improvement project, you face a number of design decisions over factors that bear greatly on the final result.

Particularly for complex additions—like a new backyard pool—it’s common for homeowners to change their mind over plan details. Worse, some realize too late that their design fails on some fronts to meet their family’s needs and preferences.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips

Concrete Paver Stones: Benefits for Your Pool Deck

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 19, 2016 8:47:10 AM

—Enjoy superb beauty, performance, and durability

Used in a variety of residential and commercial applications, concrete pavers are a great material to add beauty and durability to your backyard deck and pool area. 

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips

How to Teach Your Dog to Swim: Advance Preparation

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 12, 2016 10:46:46 AM

—Smart planning tips BEFORE you try getting your pet into the pool

Note: National Dog Week is coming up: September 18-24.

If you own a backyard pool and a dog, one of the most important things you can do for your pet’s safety is teaching him how to swim. Helping your dog learn this skill and to exit the water will help protect him. 

Toward that goal, make the instruction process as fun and gentle as possible for your four-legged friend. What dog owners sometimes overlook is some planning steps before actually attempting to lead a pet into the pool.

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Topics: Pet Health & Safety

Pool Chlorine: Why and How It Harms Skin—and What You Can Do About It

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 6, 2016 9:49:39 AM

Ways to minimize chlorine’s impact on your body and other smart solutions

Although chlorine is highly effective for disinfecting swimming pool water, it comes with a price: This chemical can be harsh on your eyes, hair, skin, nails, and even your lungs.

Depending on your age, certain skin conditions, the amount of time you spend in the water, and how well the pool chemicals are balanced, chlorine’s effects can be particularly irritating or downright harmful to your skin.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Purification, Health & Safety, Maintenance

3-D Pool Design: Why Pool Builders Use Virtual Software

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 29, 2016 10:59:34 AM

Visualize your entire new backyard resort—before it’s built

Imagine seeing your fully completed swimming pool, deck, and landscaping in your backyard—without turning over a single shovel of dirt.

You can. Powerful 3-D technology makes it easier than ever to envision your new outdoor space and to more effectively plan out this rewarding, but complex home improvement project.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips

Swimming Pool Pumps: Ditching Single-Speed Models for Variable-Speed Ones

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 22, 2016 11:24:14 AM

Understanding the benefits of two-speed and variable-speed models


If the pump on your swimming pool is due for a replacement, making the move to a two-speed or variable-speed model will cut energy costs and may provide other benefits as well.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Maintenance

Pool & Spa Design Trends: 10 Dam Wall/Spillway Styles—in photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 15, 2016 12:40:11 PM

—Check out great options for your spa façade and water overflow into your pool

With its rather unappealing name and highly utilitarian purpose, you might be surprised that the dam wall on a spa can serve as a beautiful focal point of your new inground swimming pool.

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Topics: Design / Features, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips