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

Swimming Pool Landscaping: 5 Plant Varieties to Consider

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

—Make the right choices for the microclimate around your pool and patio

Guest Author: Tony Steine

When homeowners build a swimming pool, they often add landscaping to complete the project with style and beauty. A common approach is to pick your favorite plant varieties. However, this could be a mistake.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Buyer Tips, Maintenance, Landscaping

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

Include a Spa with a Pool: 7 Healthy Benefits Spas Deliver

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

—From better sleep to safer exercise routines, how a spa promotes well-being

Ready to build a swimming pool and deciding which features to include with your new backyard oasis? If health and wellness are important to you and your family, making a hydrotherapy spa part of the plan for your new aquatic retreat is a smart move.

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Topics: Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Spas, Buyer Tips, Fitness/Exercises, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining, Heating

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 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

Lap Pool Designs: 10 Creative, Outside-the-Box Examples – Photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jun 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Inspiring style for your new inground pool beyond a standard rectangle

Think that a backyard lap pool comes in only one form—a traditional rectangle? Well, think again: As long as your pool’s overall shape includes a straight, clear swimming lane that avoids steps, spas, and other design features, you don’t have to build a long rectangular design for swimming laps.

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Topics: custom spas, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Construction, Buyer Tips, Fitness/Exercises