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

Patio & Poolside Dining: 5 Tips for Choosing Your Outdoor Furniture

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jun 5, 2017 9:59:54 AM

—Make the right picks to create a lasting, comfortable setting for backyard meals

For enjoying meals and conversation, what better place is there other than poolside in your own backyard?

Whether it’s a sit-down family barbeque, to a romantic moonlit meal for two, or outdoor bash with several dozen friends and a spread of fun finger foods, sunshine or a starlit sky make private alfresco dining a special experience for everyone. It’s even better with the right mix and type of outdoor tables and seating that accommodates your diners.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Backyard Entertaining

10 Features to Make Your Backyard Staycation-Worthy—In Photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 15, 2017 11:21:55 AM

—Create a backyard resort by adding shade, alfresco dining options, and other outdoor amenities

A swimming pool can serve as the foundation of a backyard resort and provide a great return-on-investment—especially if it becomes the setting for years of fuss-free staycations.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Remodeling, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Buyer Tips, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining

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