Swimming Pool Interior Finishes: Comparing Marcite, Quartz, and Pebble

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

—The benefits of quartz and pebble pool finishes over marcite

The interior finish of your inground swimming pool is comparable to the icing on a cake: Both serve as the finishing touch that covers the entire structure and helps define its overall aesthetic.

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Topics: Maintenance, Design / Features, Buyer Tips, Construction, Remodeling

Custom Inground Spas: Stand-alone designs deliver style and enjoyment

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

—No room for a pool? A spa can serve as the centerpiece of your backyard retreat

A soak in warm, bubbly spa water can be a delight to both mind and body. That’s the goal of thousands of homeowners across the country who build a swimming pool-spa combination to enjoy.

But while you, too, may crave the relaxation and hydrotherapy benefits that a spa brings—what if your home lacks the outdoor room for a full swimming pool?

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

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, Buyer Tips, Construction

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: Buyer Tips, Construction, Remodeling

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

Swimming Pool Prices: Backyard Conditions That Impact Building Costs

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 20, 2017 12:00:15 PM

—How your home’s property and location may factor into the construction budget

Like any key home improvement, a new inground swimming pool can bring years of enjoyment and boost your property’s value and beauty. And like most major home improvements, the construction of a new pool also represents a major financial investment.

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Topics: Design / Features, Buyer Tips, Construction

Inground Swimming Pools: 5 Key Construction Terms for Concrete Designs

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 16, 2017 1:13:01 PM

—Get a leg up on gunite/shotcrete lingo for planning your new backyard resort

Like any worthwhile endeavor, the design and construction of an inground concrete swimming pool come with its own set of vocabulary words. That’s why it’s helpful to bone up on some of the lingo before your first appointment with a contractor.

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Topics: Design / Features, Buyer Tips, Construction