Swimming Pool Design: 3 Features to Enhance Your Comfort & Convenience

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jul 17, 2017 9:52:51 AM

—Decorative and functional design elements to include in your backyard resort

Would you like to make the experience around your backyard pool the most enjoyable one possible for your family? When you’re ready to design a new concrete (gunite or shotcrete) swimming pool, don’t forget about great options that deliver added comfort and convenience.

Toward that end, here are three leisure-oriented pool features to consider: an umbrella-covered pool ledge for tanning and lounging, a built-in table and seating area inside your pool, and an activity-oriented, shallow-depth pool design.

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

Swimming Pool Toys & Games for Active, Sporty Lifestyles

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jul 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

—Affordable sports, floating board games, and other fun pool gear for healthy, high-energy fun

Your inground swimming pool offers numerous benefits. It beautifies your home, cools you off on a hot day, enhances family togetherness, and often boosts your property value.

Along with being a convenient setting for relaxation, your pool can also serve as an endless source of healthy outdoor recreation. Kids love to actively play in a pool with their pals, as do many adults.

Your pool is a fun-filled amenity on its own, but you may want to safely up its sun-splashed fun factor in a number of ways, especially by adding toys and games into the mix.

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Topics: Fitness/Exercises, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining

Swimming Pool Inspections: What to Check When Buying a Home with a Pool

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jun 19, 2017 11:16:29 AM

—Negotiate a better home purchase price with an in-depth pool inspection

Seeking a new home with outdoor space for keeping cool, entertaining, and exercising? Many people are, and for these reasons, some house hunters see the advantage of buying a home with an existing inground swimming pool. With a ready-made backyard resort, you can begin enjoying a private aquatic leisure center on move-in day.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Spas, Buyer Tips, Purification, Maintenance, Heating, Filtration

Patio & Poolside Dining: 5 Tips for Choosing Your Outdoor Furniture

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jun 5, 2017 9:59:54 AM

—Make the right picks to create a lasting, comfortable setting for backyard meals

For enjoying meals and conversation, what better place is there other than poolside in your own backyard?

Whether it’s a sit-down family barbeque, to a romantic moonlit meal for two, or outdoor bash with several dozen friends and a spread of fun finger foods, sunshine or a starlit sky make private alfresco dining a special experience for everyone. It’s even better with the right mix and type of outdoor tables and seating that accommodates your diners.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Backyard Entertaining

10 Features to Make Your Backyard Staycation-Worthy—In Photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 15, 2017 11:21:55 AM

—Create a backyard resort by adding shade, alfresco dining options, and other outdoor amenities

A swimming pool can serve as the foundation of a backyard resort and provide a great return-on-investment—especially if it becomes the setting for years of fuss-free staycations.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Remodeling, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Buyer Tips, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining

Swimming Pool Safety: Backyard First-Aid Kits and Rescue Equipment

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 1, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Get peace of mind by outfitting your outdoor space with emergency supplies and accessories

Note: May is National Water Safety Month

Backyard swimming pools are designed for fun, relaxation, and entertainment. Whether you prefer sunning on the deck, soaking in the spa, or splashing in the water, responsible pool owners understand that safety should always come first.

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Topics: Health & Safety, Pet Health & Safety

Financing a Swimming Pool: Loans Now More Readily Available

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Apr 17, 2017 11:22:18 AM

—Rates are lower, and in-house finance experts know where to find the money

Building a new swimming pool is one of several kinds of home-improvement projects that observers say will increase in 2017. A recent survey by LightStream, a division of SunTrust Banks Inc., indicates 59 percent of homeowners expect to spend money on home renovation projects this year.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Buyer Tips, Financing