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, Construction, Buyer Tips

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, Construction, Buyer Tips

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

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 29, 2016 12:03:53 PM

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

Click here for part 1 of 2: Portable Hot Tubs

Part 2: Inground spas

A portable hot tub or an inground concrete spa—which one is right for you?

As discussed in part 1 of this article, both prefabricated hot tubs and their custom-built counterparts offer terrific benefits for your home and lifestyle.

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

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