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How to design your pool with easy way

Swimming pools have been around for a long time and play an important part in actualizing the American dream. In fact, earliest reports of swimming pools go back more than 5,000 years, according to archaeological findings.

Design trends evolve constantly as new materials, technology and pool features arrive on the market. You now have more choices than ever to add interest and character to your pool. These eight trends are among the hottest for 2016.

1. Pool Structure

A traditional in-ground pool has distinct edges, typically with a deep end and a shallow end. The only way to get into the pool is by jumping in or taking the stairs. The pool typically has relatively consistent depths, a shallow end around 3′ to 4’ and a deep end about 8’ deep. The latest trends for 2016, however, turn this convention on its head.Vanishing edge pools create the illusion that the water just keeps on going, blending seamlessly with the sky above.

Beach entries create the same smooth walk into the water that you’d experience at the ocean. Tanning ledges allow for pool enthusiasts to enjoy a few cool, refreshing inches of water while still getting plenty of sun. Also known as a lounging ledge, this shallow waterbed, with 12″ or less of water, is perfect for keeping cool in the water while exposing your skin to a good amount of sun for tanning and relaxing. Tanning ledges are perfect for relaxing in chaise lounges, enjoy splash time with toddlers or cool off without the effort of treading water.

Perimeter overflow pools allow water to overflow the edges of the pool, where it’s captured and recycled back into the pool water. It’s similar to a fountain, but is over the entire pool. The constantly moving water has a wonderful and calming sound and relaxing nature. As a bonus, it also tends to be self-cleaning!

2. Tile

Concrete bottomed pools are on the way out. Glass and stone tiles are the material of the future. The reflective quality of glass tile against the water is picture perfect and can be used throughout the whole pool or as luxurious accent. The beautiful colors and patterns created by the tiles evoke a spa-like feel that will enhance your swimming experience. Although typically used as a waterline, glass tile can also be implemented on the ground of the pool to create a magnificently beautiful look. Stone tiles create a stunning and more traditional, Romanesque effect for your pool. Additionally, the smoother surface is also more soothing for bare feet.

3. Fire & Water

Many families are choosing to combine the elements of fire and water to create fascinating effects and enhance the appearance of the pool. Fire pits and fire bowls add light that sparkles on the surface of the water at night. Not only that, they add a sense of luxury and elegance to the pool area.

4. Water Features

Water features come in a myriad of options that can really enhance your outdoor living experience. The sound of falling water and the gorgeous visual effect of flowing water create a relaxed atmosphere. Hydrotherapy jets aren’t just for spas and physical therapy pools anymore. This latest feature is now available for in-home pools. These relaxing jets can transform your backyard space into an enchanted oasis and bring a sense of relaxation and peace to your home.

5. Pavers

Concrete and natural paver stones cover the ground around many pool areas. These stones and concrete can appear in a variety of colors and will blend beautifully with any style of pool décor. Because concrete is durable, it’s can hold up to plenty of traffic in the pool area.

6. Poolside Patio Décor

Standard white poolside chairs and a table with an umbrella aren’t cutting it anymore! If you want the ultimate pool experience in your backyard, you need poolside patio décor that’s designed to take your elegant style into consideration. Current trends includeexotic wood, travertine and marble that blend together to create stunning, relaxing effects that wouldn’t be out of place in a spa.

7. Going Green

Eco-friendly trends are one of the foremost considerations for many contemporary decorators and going green in the pool area is no exception. Geothermal and solar heating provide a comfortable water temperature even in the late spring and early fall, when the air can be a bit too crisp. Bio pools offer another eco-friendly option. These natural pools use plants and other biological filters, rather than harsh chemical substances, to clean and refresh the pool.

How to Maintaining A Swimming Pool

A bright swimming pool on a sunny summer afternoon is always filled with smiles, laughs and all around fun. Swimming pools are great for the family and increasing your home’s value, but they also come with many maintenance items that will lighten your pockets.

Before installing a new outdoor swimming pool, be sure to see the most common costs of buying and maintain a swimming pool.

Costs of Inground vs. Above Ground Pools

Off the bat, all homeowners should know that inground swimming pools are more expensive to install than above ground. You will have to dig a very large hole to place the pool and this can only be done by a swimming pool professional. On average, the cost of installing a new inground swimming pool runs between $14,961 and $21,649. Choosing a pool installed at the ground level won’t require excavation (save $$$). In fact, the cost of an above ground pool is typically a third of that price. They rarely cost more than $4,500 to purchase and professionally install. To see the price in your area, check out our swimming pool installation cost estimator.

Costs of Pool Materials

Like any other home remodeling project, the materials you put into it have a great effect on the durability and price. Swimming pools are no different. Solid concrete pools are at the highest end of the spectrum and are designed to last the longest. Vinyl and fiberglass pool shells, which can be simply installed rather than crafted on site, are slightly cheaper than concrete. Customized tiled pools are also expensive because of their higher labor costs.

Costs of Pool Accessories

Many families want more than your average circular swimming pool. We want action. We want more fun. We want jaw-dropping designs. We want extra pool accessories.

Swimming pool slides generally cost around $1,674 for purchase and professional installation. Diving boards, while still providing just as much fun for the kids, are far less at an average of $384.

Other common accessories like pool lighting and tile mosaics have a wide range in prices.A professional pool contractor can help you narrow it down and determine the best ones for your new pool.

Costs of Pool Maintenance

Below are the costs many homeowners don’t consider before buying a brand new swimming pool. Since the pool is exposed to the outdoors 24/7, it will require regular maintenance throughout the year. Understanding some of the most common maintenance items will help you determine the true cost of owning a swimming pool.

Maintenance Costs of Natural Pools

Natural pools are often chosen because they use fewer chemicals and create a peaceful look on your property. While they do require less maintenance overall, they are not cost-free additions to the home. Expect to pay a minimum of $78 monthly for the maintenance of any plants in the pool, keeping the filtration system operating efficiently and cleaning debris from the surface.

Maintenance Costs of Standard Pools

Most likely, you will be installing a standard swimming pool that will require you to maintain the water’s pH balance with chemicals. Sodium hypochlorite will raise the pool’s pH while granular acid will lower it. It’s important to test the water’s balance once a week. You should also provide additional treatment for your pool following a storm, intense heat or growing algae.

There are additional chemicals you must add to kill algae and bacteria. Chlorine is the most popular chemical. It comes in the form of liquid, tablets and a powdery substance. The tablets are often a better choice because they dissolve slowly over time and do not require much maintenance.

On average, expect maintenance to cost $178, but know that the costs will be heavily dependent on the size and quality of your pool.

Costs of Pool Covers

You will not be using the pool 24/7 and therefore, need to protect it from snow, leaves and other harmful items. Every pool owner needs to have a pool cover.

One of the most affordable types are mesh pool nets that cover the tops of both inground and above ground swimming pools. While these won’t necessarily warm the water or stop it from freezing, they do prevent leaves and debris from falling in and blocking the filtration system. Expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $200 for a mesh pool net cover.

Some pool covers are designed to heat the water of the pool, which makes it a viable swimming option for much of the year. These covers can be made for inground or above ground pools and they are often a thick blue insulated material. The low-end price for these covers is $139, but professional installation and high-quality solar warmth may cost as much as $1,305.

Finally, winter pool covers are designed to stay in place for several months at a time, and it secures the pool from leaves, debris or snow. Expect to pay upwards of $59 for a winter pool cover.

Cost of Resurfacing A Fiberglass Pool

Gouges, chips or cracked fiberglass pools are unsightly and not safe for children. Rather than replacing the pool entirely, bringing in professionals to resurface the material can give the pool a fresh new look. On average, resurfacing costs between $655 and $744.

Cost of Liner Replacement for Above Ground Pools

Despite its lower cost for installation, above ground pools may eventually need substantial repair. The biggest problem is a ripped liner, which will have to be replaced entirely. Expect to pay $700 for this replacement, with $500 going to the costs of labor and $200 going to the replacement liner itself.

Conclusion

You should be prepared to dedicate at least four hours a week to pool maintenance. On top of the maintenance costs, this can be a large time commitment. But remember, the hours spent in the pool will undoubtedly make it worth your while.

Pool Paradise Tips

Swimming pools play a major role in the American Dream. Whether it’s hosting a Fourth of July party or summer BBQ’s, bright swimming pools give your family and friends every possibility to enjoy one of our greatest pastimes.

On the other hand, there are certain swimming pools made for the best possible location. While it may be hard to visualize any of these seven astonishing swimming pools in your backyard, they certainly make you look forward to summer every year. It’s time to step into Paradise.

This vacation home is ideal for more than just getting away from work. This remodeled pool has it all with the canopy above the home, umbrellas all around, a grassy surrounding (easy on the feet) and stepping stones to get around this huge backyard. The sliding doors leading inside the home also allow for easy access, something anyone would need as they host pool parties with this terrific evening view.

Tropical backdrops make for the best pool parties in the world. You will certainly get that luxurious setting with this hillside pool, a separate deck for sunbathing, colorful flowers all around and of course, the gorgeous view of the ocean. You will also notice the covered patio above, great for getting a bite to eat or mixing your next cocktail.

Besides hosting parties, there are other benefits to swimming pools.

The traditional pool still has its place in America. These homeowners wanted to preserve that old-fashioned look with the Greek columns, Mediterranean design and a covered second-story overlooking the entire pool. When you host a pool party or family gathering, you need an area to oversee it all. That paved patio is the perfect spot.

Floor to ceiling windows make for a happy family and an even better home. Add in a large, oval pool with pebble concrete, a covered patio and you have yourself the perfect setting for a Paradise pool party. If you don’t have a cloud in the sky, it would be a crime to not invite your friends and family over.

Outdoor pools and settings do not get more beautiful than this. The cement tile walkway presents the perfect welcome into this gorgeous swimming pool. The tropical trees in the background, small stones around the pool and breathtaking view of the ocean complete this perfect renovation.

Waterfalls are not just for the kids anymore. We are starting to see homeowners add this element to their adult pools as well. It goes great with the eclectic art pieces, flower beds and red Spanish tile behind it. This inground pool also has pool seating right up against the poolside bar. If that doesn’t scream vacation or pool party, we don’t know what does.

It may be hard to tell just how gorgeous this remodeled pool is, but many pool parties and get-togethers go into the night. You should know what the view is like in the evening.

This renovated pool implemented a curved design, a grassy landscape with ivory tile beside it and tropical trees all around to give it an elegant flair many other pools can’t accomplish.

How To Stay Cool In Outdoors Of Your Home

When summer arrives, hot weather is everywhere. In some parts of the country, temperatures can reach a sweltering 100 degrees or more. Now, if you’re anything like me, the longer days days are great but the hot, outdoor temperatures present a challenge. If I’m outside in the hot weather, a beach is absolutely necessary for me to enjoy it.

For those instances when a beach is not convenient, solutions are needed to keep cool. From low-key picnics to large backyard BBQ parties, the summer is made for outdoor fun. See cool ideas you can incorporate into your summer plans to ensure everyone is comfortable and enjoying the best of what summer has to offer.

The No. 1 way to cool off in the summer is with a swimming pool. Contact a pro to begin your pool installation today.

1. Swimming Pool

A swimming pool can bring hours of fun with friends and family, with instant relief from the heat. Host a pool party with neighbors to bring together the community, or enjoy floating on a sunny afternoon. A swimming pool will prove its convenience on a hot summer day.

The keys to truly enjoy your pool this summer is with pool maintenance. The average cost to maintain a swimming pool is $254, but this can depend on the size of the pool. Maintenance is important for the overall health and the longevity of your pool. Here are some ways to regularly care for your pool this summer:

  • Skim Debris
  • Clean Out Baskets & Filters
  • Vacuum
  • Test pH Balance
  • Maintain Water Level

2. Backyard Water Slide

Swimming pools are a large investment that take extra time to care for properly. If you’re looking for a short-term option to keep the kids cool and entertained outdoors, look to the traditional backyard water slide. Many stores offer a wide variety of backyard water slides, with sprinklers attached to various areas and inflatable options for safety. These bring hours of fun to those of all ages and are a welcome activity on hot days. Always read safety instructions for each model so you can ensure a great time in the water.

Most homeowners are concerned about lawn damage when it comes to these water activities for children. To prevent harm to your grass, be sure to only have the water slide out when it’s in use, to prevent burning or damaging the grass. Put it away immediately after use. It’s likely the slide will flatten out your grass. If you’re able to plan for it, let your lawn grow longer than you normally would before using the waterslide. Cut the grass once you have removed the water slide. Damaged grass may take up to two weeks to return to its green hue again.

3. Seek Shade

If water activities aren’t for you, adding more shade can help to cool down. An arbor or pergola installation can help reduce the amount of sun you come into contact with. Not only will this help you keep cool, but it will also increase your home’s ROI.

Pergolas are a stylish way to add partial shade to your yard and can be placed almost anywhere. For extra coverage, try draping a large canvas or fabric between the slats. This beautiful, airy look will have you loving summer in no time.

Arbors typically are attached to the home and will provide you with complete shade, as it is a solid frame. They are a great way to add a permanent, shady retreat to your yard.

Whatever you choose, be sure to include comfortable lawn furniture or a hammock to rest and relax in the shade.

4. Deck Out Your Deck

As nicer weather begins to become the norm for a few months, more homeowners begin to utilize their decks. Enjoy a dinner outdoors or find a cozy place to read, there are plenty of things you can do to stay cool on your deck. An awning or umbrella can add shade where you need it, when you need it. While awnings tend to be semi-permanent features, umbrellas can be moved from one area to another typically without an issue.

If your deck has a roof, a ceiling fan might be just the touch you need to get a little breeze going outside and keep the bugs away. The average cost to install a ceiling fan is $229. Even though your deck may provide some shelter from the elements, it’s important to choose a fan that is weather-resistant.