Backyard Additions: 5 High-End Options for Upscale Outdoor Living

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

—Five suggestions for upgrading your backyard retreat with cool amenities

Considering making over your backyard with an amenity or two to complement your swimming pool and elevate your outdoor-living experience?

Various high-end options can create an upscale outdoor environment retreat around your pool and boost opportunities for entertaining friends and family.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Remodeling, Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Lifestyle

Swimming Pool Diving Boards: Choosing the Best Kind for Your Needs – Part 2

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Understanding how diving boards, platforms, and flexible jump boards each provide unique benefits

Note: This is the second article in a two-part series on diving boards. For part 1, Swimming Pool Diving Boards: Consider Safety, Usage, and Backyard Size,” click here.

After considering the important issues of diving safety, board usage, backyard size, and maximizing your family’s recreation, you’ve decided to include a diving board with your new swimming pool.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Remodeling, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Construction, Buyer Tips, Fitness/Exercises, Games & Activities, Health & Safety, Health & Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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