Concrete Pool Decks: Popular Decorative Finishes

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Customize your patio with stylish techniques for color and texture

High durability and versatility for customizing color, pattern, and style make decorative concrete decking one of the most popular choices for the patio material around swimming pools.

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Topics: pool buyer tips, Construction, decking

Out-of-Ground Swimming Pools: Custom Concrete Construction

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

—How raised gunite pools beautifully triumph over building challenges

One reason to build a raised, out-of-ground concrete swimming pool (gunite or shotcrete) is for style: The configuration achieves a distinctive, multidimensional aesthetic and delivers an original backyard design.

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Topics: Design / Features, 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

Add a Baja Shelf to an Existing Swimming Pool During a Remodel

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

—Yes, you can include this relaxing, functional feature during a major renovation

A Baja shelf on a swimming pool delivers a big win for both relaxation and convenience. And for existing pool owners, the good news is that you can add this handy, attractive feature during a major pool renovation.

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Topics: Remodeling, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Construction, Buyer Tips

Beach Entry Swimming Pool Designs: In-Depth Guide to Benefits, Costs, Photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 17, 2018 2:07:15 PM
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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips, Health & Safety

Swimming Pool Construction Delays in Hot Weather and Humidity

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

—How high temperatures, dry conditions, and moist air can disrupt building progress

When the weather outside is unbearably hot—and in some regions, made worse by high humidity—it’s the perfect time to cool off in a new swimming pool. But in some cases, scorching conditions pose a seriously bad time for pool builders working to finish certain construction phases for your new pool.

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Topics: Construction, Buyer Tips, Health & Safety

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