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Swimming Pool Financing: 7 Sources for Your Pool Loan

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jun 27, 2016 4:44:06 PM

—Ways to borrow money for your backyard addition

Dreaming of a beautiful swimming pool, but the price of building one might overstretch your current home-improvement budget?

The good news is that a number of avenues for pool financing are available to help you fund that new addition!

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Buyer Tips, Financing

Lap Pools for Swimming at Home Deliver Benefits that Public Pools Can’t

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jun 13, 2016 2:56:02 PM

Enjoy functionality and style in a private pool designed for fitness

Form & Function: Unlike generic lap pools at public facilities, the design you have custom built for your backyard can have eye-catching features like this towering planter-cascade waterfall, as well as a private hydrotherapy spa.

Swimming laps is an excellent form of exercise that delivers a full-body workout. While you may currently make them part of your fitness routine at a community pool or public facility, you could be doing so more comfortably in your own residential lap pool!

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips, Fitness/Exercises, Health & Safety, Health & Lifestyle

What is a Gunite Swimming Pool?

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 16, 2016 4:34:36 PM

How concrete (gunite/shotcrete) pools are built to last

Gunite and shotcrete are forms of pneumatically applied concrete, meaning they are sprayed on with a high-pressure air hose. Crews shoot the material over a reinforcing network of steel bars.

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

Swimming Pool “Decks” Using Grass Lawns—in Photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 2, 2016 3:45:57 PM

Get style and functionality with natural or artificial grass vs. traditional hardscape

For a fresh take on designing your new swimming pool and patio area, consider a grass lawn for the deck instead of traditional material like stone or concrete. A swath of green extending around your pool can provide a distinct backyard setting along with practical benefits for your lifestyle.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Construction, Buyer Tips, Purification, Landscaping

Island Barbecue Grills: 5 Reasons to Install One at the SAME Time You Build a Pool

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Apr 18, 2016 4:06:19 PM

Updated July 17, 2020

Why waiting until after your pool is complete may be a mistake

Don’t delay that island barbecue! Once construction of a pool and deck is complete, it can be more difficult, stressful, and costly to add features like a built-in grill and achieve your ideal backyard style and function.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, outdoor kitchens, Design / Features, Equipment/Technology, Construction, Buyer Tips, Financing

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

5 Swimming Pool Design Trends for 2016—in photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 4, 2016 5:46:00 PM

Stylish, functional features for your pool & backyard

Swimming pool design trends are constantly evolving. As new materials and technology come on the market and as pool builders take creativity to new levels, you have more choices than ever for options to add interest and character to your pool & spa in fresh, exciting ways.

Looking to up your style game for your backyard resort? Stay ahead of the Joneses by getting up to speed on these five swimming pool design trends for 2016.

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


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