Hot Tubs vs. In-Ground Spas: What’s the Difference? Part 1 of 2

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 21, 2016 10:18:14 AM

—Learn the benefits of portable manufactured models compared with custom concrete spas

Part 1: Portable Hot Tubs

Few activities are more relaxing than settling into a warm, bubbly spa at the end of a hard day. Along with the health benefits of unwinding mind and body in heated, swirling water, a spa can make an excellent spot for entertaining friends and family. Depending on the type you choose, a spa can boost the visual appeal of your backyard as well.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Equipment/Technology, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips, Maintenance

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

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

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