On-ground / Semi On-ground Gunite Pools: 7 Project Examples in Photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 16, 2017 9:23:43 AM

—See beautiful concrete pools that “rise above” construction challenges with added style and function

While most concrete (gunite or shotcrete) pools are constructed beneath the ground, did you know that some are built partially—or even entirely—above it?

On-ground and semi on-ground pool designs achieve an inventive, multi-level aesthetic that’s popular with homeowners striving for an inspired outdoor addition. The out-of-ground pool concept also provides a solution for backyards with certain construction challenges.

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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips

Building a Swimming Pool in the Offseason: Get Value and Service Advantages

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 18, 2017 11:24:33 AM

—You may save time and negotiate a better deal by building your gunite pool in the fall or winter

Hands-down, spring is the busiest time for building inground swimming pools—but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best time to build your new backyard oasis.

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Topics: Remodeling, Construction, Buyer Tips

Natural Rock Waterfalls in Swimming Pools: 12 Inspiring Examples in Pictures

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 21, 2017 10:36:42 AM

—Chasing waterfalls? Natural rock can dramatically enhance your backyard oasis

A natural rock waterfall delivers unique sights, pleasant sounds, and a greater sense of serenity around your backyard swimming pool. These delightful custom features fit a range of swimming pool budgets, and they’re worth considering as part of your design plans for a new pool or remodel.

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

Crypto Outbreaks in Swimming Pools: Prevent Attacks with Ozone/UV Sanitizers

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

—How to protect against cryptosporidium and other chlorine-resistant organisms in your pool 

Have you noticed more news reports chronicling outbreaks of dangerous microorganisms in public swimming pools? One pathogen, in particular, cryptosporidium, has been rearing its ugly head with greater frequency, passing along—yuck—gastrointestinal distress and other aggravating side effects.

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Topics: Remodeling, Equipment/Technology, Buyer Tips, Purification, Health & Safety, Maintenance

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 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

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