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Small Backyard Swimming Pool Ideas: Specific Design Tips with Photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

—15 tips to overcome space limitations for building an inground pool

What are some ideas for building a concrete swimming pool in my small or narrow backyard? Is it even possible?

It’s a common question among homeowners with small property lots who want a private aquatic retreat. The good news is that in many cases, the answer is “yes,” and a variety of solutions are available.

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Topics: outdoor kitchens, custom spas, hardscape, pool layout, Design / Features, pool construction, gunite hot tub, aquatic fitness, swimming pools, pool plans, pool decking, Buyer Tips, hydrotherapy, swimming pool waterfalls, backyard design, tanning ledges, pool builder, Landscaping, swimming pool accessories

What is a rim flow spa on a custom swimming pool? (with design photos)

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Mar 14, 2020 11:46:57 PM

—Learn about and view examples of this exciting gunite pool feature

Rim flow spas—also called mirror spas, full-perimeter spas, and 360-degree overflow spas—represent a dramatic style of elevated custom spa with specially configured exposed tile- or stone-covered walls that allow the water inside to sleekly run over the spa’s entire perimeter into the swimming pool below.

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Topics: custom spas, Design / Features, Gunite pool construction, pool photos, pool decking, custom pool design, Buyer Tips, custom pool ideas, pool builder

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

Out-of-Ground Swimming Pools: Custom Concrete Construction

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jul 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM

—How raised gunite pools beautifully triumph over building challenges

One reason to build a raised, out-of-ground concrete swimming pool (gunite or shotcrete) is for style: The configuration achieves a distinctive, multidimensional aesthetic and delivers an original backyard design.

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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips

Free-Standing Swimming Pool Slides: 5 Key Options When Picking a Model

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jun 3, 2019 1:26:11 PM

—Understanding styles and features on deck-mounted units for inground pools

Free-standing swimming pool slides provide a terrific way to capture a little waterpark-style excitement at home in your backyard.

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Topics: Buyer Tips, pool deck, Fitness/Exercises, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Lifestyle, swimming pool accessories

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

Automatic Pool Cleaners: Picking the best type for your backyard conditions

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

—Will a pressure or suction cleaner work most effectively in your swimming pool?

Automatic swimming pool cleaners handle a daily cleaning chore that you would otherwise need to do by hand. So including one on your pool is a no-brainer. But what kind of pool cleaner will be right for your pool and backyard?

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Buyer Tips, Maintenance, Filtration