Outdoor Space Heaters to Warm Your Patio: Key Types & Features

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 14, 2016 10:26:35 AM

Buying tips for choosing the best unit for your backyard

Once found only in restaurants to make outdoor dining more pleasant for their patrons, patio space heaters have expanded to private backyards, helping warm homeowners across the country.

This trend has come about for a good reason: By extending the months possible to enjoy a pool and patio area, outdoor heaters maximize opportunities to take advantage of exterior living spaces.

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Topics: Backyard Entertaining, Health & Lifestyle, Heating

Buying a Home Without a Swimming Pool: Will One Fit?

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 7, 2016 10:14:49 AM

—5 key backyard factors to consider for future pool construction

Buying a home with an existing swimming pool may be just the type of real estate purchase you want for your lifestyle.

But here’s what sometimes happens in this kind of scenario: You and your family have your hearts set on a private aquatic retreat; you find the perfect house—the one with the big kitchen you want, a spot for your fantasy man cave, and the top-notch school district for your kids.

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

How to Clean Swimming Pool Cartridge Filters in Easy Steps

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 31, 2016 11:00:27 AM

—Tips and guidelines for smart filter “housekeeping” to help ensure efficient filtration

Keeping your swimming pool water looking and feeling good requires regular cleaning of your pool filter. Fortunately, for those with a cartridge-type filter system, maintaining the elements—the tubes of folded, accordion-like material that goes inside the filter tank—is easy to do.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Maintenance, Filtration

Concrete Pools Ensure Best Versatility for Size, Shape & Configuration

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 24, 2016 12:18:47 PM

—Get any design for any yard and style preference with a gunite/shotcrete pool

Choices, choices, choices! With concrete pools built using gunite or shotcrete material, options for your new pool’s design and overall configuration cross the full spectrum.

While you have two other options for a residential inground pool—fiberglass or vinyl liner—the concrete one rises above the pack. Whether composing a pool in a classic rectangle or Roman, an organic form with soft curves, or a modern silhouette with sharp angles—concrete delivers on all fronts.

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

Backyard Drainage and its Impact on Your Swimming Pool and Deck

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 17, 2016 12:55:47 PM
—The overlooked role that your roof and rain gutters play in maintaining your backyard

Fall and winter weather bring increased rainfall, and if that water collects and concentrates in your backyard, it can wreak havoc on your swimming pool and surrounding deck and patio. Avoid a backyard mess by having proper drainage strategies in place.

Toward this goal, one key tactic is a roof with functioning rain gutters that funnel run-off rainwater away from your pool, deck, and other vulnerable spots in your backyard.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Equipment/Technology, Maintenance

Pool & Patio Deck Design and Size: 5 Questions for Planning

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 11, 2016 12:31:25 PM

Evaluating factors that help determine the ideal amount of decking for your backyard


A new swimming pool and deck can serve as the foundation for a beautiful backyard resort where your family and friends come together for relaxing, dining, socializing, and overall healthy living.

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

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