Building a Swimming Pool in the Offseason: Get Value and Service Advantages

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 18, 2017 11:24:33 AM

—You may save time and negotiate a better deal by building your gunite pool in the fall or winter

Hands-down, spring is the busiest time for building inground swimming pools—but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best time to build your new backyard oasis.

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Topics: Remodeling, 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

Crypto Outbreaks in Swimming Pools: Prevent Attacks with Ozone/UV Sanitizers

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

—How to protect against cryptosporidium and other chlorine-resistant organisms in your pool 

Have you noticed more news reports chronicling outbreaks of dangerous microorganisms in public swimming pools? One pathogen, in particular, cryptosporidium, has been rearing its ugly head with greater frequency, passing along—yuck—gastrointestinal distress and other aggravating side effects.

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Topics: Remodeling, Equipment/Technology, Buyer Tips, Purification, Health & Safety, Maintenance

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

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

Will Your Home Improvement Contractor’s Insurance Protect You?

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 23, 2016 9:43:00 AM

5 Questions to ask before signing on the dotted line

If you’ve decided to upgrade your home with an improvement like a new roof, kitchen remodel, or swimming pool, the most crucial step in the process is picking a qualified contractor for the job. But before finalizing your choice, be sure to avoid the mistake that so many homeowners make: Overlooking the importance of a contractor’s insurance policies.

The significance of your contractor’s coverage—or the lack thereof—cannot be overstated. Nonexistent or inadequate insurance can result in serious legal and financial consequences.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Remodeling, Construction, Buyer Tips

Backyard Fire Pits to Keep You Warm by the Pool

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 30, 2015 4:10:00 PM

10 Hot Style Examples—in Photos—to Inspire your Design Plans

One or more fire pits near your swimming pool can be a great way to create both jaw-dropping aesthetics and practical, appealing comfort for you, your family, and guests.

Nothing creates a cozy atmosphere like gathering around a fire. An open flame encourages everyone to pull up a chair and enjoy the heat and images of the dancing orange plumes. If you are building a new pool or putting in an outdoor living space, that’s a great time to include a fire pit.

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