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

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

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

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 Diving Boards: Consider Safety, Usage, and Backyard Size

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 18, 2017 10:03:51 AM

—Make an educated decision about building a diving pool

Note: This is the first article in a two-part series on diving boards.

When buying or remodeling a swimming pool, one important consideration is whether or not to include a diving board. This decision should be a calculated choice based on your pool design, backyard space, and family lifestyle.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Buyer Tips, Fitness/Exercises, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Safety

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