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

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

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 Shapes: Benefits of Certain Ones Vs. Others

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 2, 2016 8:13:42 AM

—Understanding which popular shape best suits your overall pool design goals

—Part 2 in a 2-part series

In Part 1, we listed key factors to consider before zeroing in on your preferred pool shapes, including how elements of some can factor into construction costs. 

Now, let’s take a look at some common pool shapes; one by one, we outline some of the advantages that certain ones have over others. 

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