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5 Ways a Gunite Pool Can Transform Your Property—and Your Life!

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Mar 13, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Imagine the benefits a custom inground design can bring

Many products claim to change your life, very few even come close. Swimming pools and spas are among those that actually often do.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, outdoor kitchens, swimming pool plans, healthy lifestyle, aquatic fitness, custom pool design, custom pool ideas, gunite spa, tanning ledges, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Lifestyle

Custom Poolside Kitchen Layouts: Planning Ideas

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 12, 2020 7:17:28 PM

—Marrying two backyard amenities for optimal fun and functionality

A custom outdoor kitchen—often built around an existing swimming pool or in conjunction with a new or remodeled one—provides a wonderful amenity to expand options for outdoor dining and entertaining.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, outdoor kitchens, pool construction, pool buyer tips, swimming pool plans, island grill, custom pool ideas

Building a Home and Swimming Pool: Save Money by Doing Both at Once

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

—Keep project costs down with simultaneous house-pool construction

Are you buying a home in a planned development or hiring a builder to construct a custom residence? Well, if you also plan a swimming pool in your new backyard, consider building the pool right along with your new home.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Construction, Buyer Tips

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

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

Backyard Additions: 5 High-End Options for Upscale Outdoor Living

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

—Five suggestions for upgrading your backyard retreat with cool amenities

Considering making over your backyard with an amenity or two to complement your swimming pool and elevate your outdoor-living experience?

Various high-end options can create an upscale outdoor environment retreat around your pool and boost opportunities for entertaining friends and family.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, outdoor kitchens, Remodeling, Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Lifestyle

   

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