Building a Home and Swimming Pool: Save Money by Doing Both at Once

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

—Keep project costs down with simultaneous house-pool construction

Are you buying a home in a planned development or hiring a builder to construct a custom residence? Well, if you also plan a swimming pool in your new backyard, consider building the pool right along with your new home.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Construction, Buyer Tips

What is a Swim-Up Pool Bar?—and How to Add One to Your Backyard

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Apr 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM

—Raise the “bar” on outdoor entertaining by bringing the resort experience home

The first time people discover the upscale delight of enjoying a cool beverage in a swimming pool swim-up bar is often when they’re vacationing at an exotic hotel. Relaxing on a barstool built under the water with a handy countertop to place your drink or a snack is the ultimate resort experience—and it’s a feature that more homeowners are now including in their own backyard retreats.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, outdoor kitchens, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips, Backyard Entertaining

Swimming Pool Landscaping: 5 Plant Varieties to Consider

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

—Make the right choices for the microclimate around your pool and patio

Guest Author: Tony Steine

When homeowners build a swimming pool, they often add landscaping to complete the project with style and beauty. A common approach is to pick your favorite plant varieties. However, this could be a mistake.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Buyer Tips, Maintenance, Landscaping

Swimming Pool Design & Dimensions: 3 Key Initial Questions to Ask

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jul 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

How big, how deep, what shape?—Fundamental design factors for concrete pools

You’ve decided to build a backyard swimming pool, but don’t know exactly how to begin. Particularly with a concrete (gunite/shotcrete) pool, the process is rather detailed, with a wide range of design and construction elements to discuss with your pool builder.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips, Fitness/Exercises, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Lifestyle

Backyard Additions: 5 High-End Options for Upscale Outdoor Living

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

—Five suggestions for upgrading your backyard retreat with cool amenities

Considering making over your backyard with an amenity or two to complement your swimming pool and elevate your outdoor-living experience?

Various high-end options can create an upscale outdoor environment retreat around your pool and boost opportunities for entertaining friends and family.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, outdoor kitchens, Remodeling, Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Lifestyle

Swimming Pool Diving Boards: Choosing the Best Kind for Your Needs – Part 2

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Understanding how diving boards, platforms, and flexible jump boards each provide unique benefits

Note: This is the second article in a two-part series on diving boards. For part 1, Swimming Pool Diving Boards: Consider Safety, Usage, and Backyard Size,” click here.

After considering the important issues of diving safety, board usage, backyard size, and maximizing your family’s recreation, you’ve decided to include a diving board with your new swimming pool.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Remodeling, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Construction, Buyer Tips, Fitness/Exercises, Games & Activities, Health & Safety, Health & Lifestyle

Swimming Pool Diving Boards: Consider Safety, Usage, and Backyard Size

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 18, 2017 10:03:51 AM

—Make an educated decision about building a diving pool

Note: This is the first article in a two-part series on diving boards.

When buying or remodeling a swimming pool, one important consideration is whether or not to include a diving board. This decision should be a calculated choice based on your pool design, backyard space, and family lifestyle.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Buyer Tips, Fitness/Exercises, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Safety