Archives for May 2018

Create Your Own Backyard Oasis

Who doesn’t love backyard oasis inspiration? We all want a beautiful, welcoming backyard that is a simple extension of the house. Today, we want to give you some tips and tricks for creating your own backyard oasis by considering these 5 things when when you’re designing your retreat.

1. Know your yard.
This is especially important for planning where landscaping will go and if you need to build structures for shade in certain areas. Usually it’s broken into one of four categories: full sun, partial shade, shade, or deep shade. Knowing what areas get what will help you plan where things will go so that you’re plants stay healthy and you can have warm and cool areas.

2. Who will be using it?
Who and what will also affect the pool’s size and shape. If it’s mainly for kids, adults only, or both. What activities will be done are important as well. If the pool is used lounging and hanging out it can be more shallow and have a more organic shape. If it’s used more for exercise, therapeutics, casual diving and lap swimming the pool should be deeper and longer and have a more structured form.

3. How often will your space be used?
How often you use the space is important to when planning your backyard retreat. If it’s summer only, it will be geared more towards summer activities. If it’s year round then your backyard will need to be more versatile.

4. What other backyard amenities do I want?
Think about what you might want to add in the future. If you’d like to have a firepit or outdoor kitchen at a later date, it’s best to run the gas lines to those areas of the poolscape in the beginning in order to eliminate the need to tear up the deck and surrounding landscape at a later date.

5. Think about the future
More specifically, take into account how the passage of time will affect your yard and lifestyle. Don’t create a backyard that will only work for only one season of your life. Your kids will not always be little or your might have as much time to maintain a plant heavy landscape. Make it easy to change your backyard as your needs change.

Landscaping Inspiration Around Your Pool

Looking for landscaping inspiration around pool because you want to revitalize your backyard? Well-planned pool landscaping can elevate your pool experience. A pool that’s surrounded by the perfect balance of hard and soft scape that suits your personality can make your backyard feel more welcoming, relaxing and fun to be in. Here are 4 ways you can customize your pool landscape and make it a retreat.

Tropical Paradise
If you want a tropical oasis opt for Banana trees, Elephant’s Ear, and Chinese Windmill Palm. For a pop of color add different color Hibiscus plants and have a couple of palm trees to frame the corners of the pool.

Desert Oasis
For a striking minimalist backyard use succulents which are sculptural in form, and hardy. Plants like agave, yucca, and prickly pears are great options. Gravel conveys a softer mood than most other types of paving.Mix gravel with larger rocks to add interest in large area and frame walkways.

Relaxing Nature Perserve
A rocky landscape with aquatic vegetation, flowering plants and the great outdoors generate a welcome weekend retreat right in your own backyard. A waterfall feature mixed with various sizes of river rock will drown out road noise and typical water plants such as cattails, bulrushes, sedges, duckweed and water lilies will filter the pool naturally.

Modern Luxury
For a modern private oasis have tall skinny evergreens like the Skyrocket Juniper line the fence to give you more privacy and have blocks of astroturf between large square flat tiles for a modern and luxurious backyard retreat that’s low maintenance.

The Ideal Temperature to Keep Your Pool and Why

Pool owners here in Dallas are ramping up pool maintenance to get ready for summer. But there’s one thing that is hotly debated when it comes to pool maintenance and that is water temperature. So what is the ideal temperature to keep your pool? The short answer is 85 degrees. The long answer is it depends on your activities.

Higher temperatures are therapeutic
The United States Water Fitness Association suggests water temperatures based on the swimmer. While pools should never be above 95 degrees, anywhere in the 90-92 degree range creates a comfortable, yet therapeutically warm environment for older swimmers or infants and toddlers learning how to swim.

Keep it cool for competitions
Athletes require different conditions. If you are swimming for fitness, cooler temperatures of 82 degrees or under is recommended otherwise you’ll overheat and performance will suffer.

Find the sweet spot
Remember earlier when we said 85 degrees was the ideal temperature? This is the sweet spot for most swimmers who are simply swimming or floating around the pool for leisure and fun.

Ultimately you want your pool to be comfortable and safe for the people who use it. Whatever temperature you set your pool at, make sure it fits the activities your swimmers have planned.

Best First ‘Pool’ Weekend in Texas

During this time of year, many pool owners debate about when they should open their pools. When is to early? When is to late? Our expert Dallas pool builders dive deeper in to those questions below.

When is the best time to bust out the beach towels?
Considering this is Dallas, swimming season officially kicks off much earlier than in other cities outside of Texas. Typically we start to see temperatures consistently above 90 come May. That’s the definitely the case right now. If you cover your pool and you wait too long into the spring though you may uncover a green swimming pool full of algae which will be a pain to clean. So start early on cleaning your pool sometimes in April-early May before you’re ready to get out those beach towels.

What if I’m late?
Late July, early August is about the time when people have their end of summer parties. If you haven’t gotten your pool ready to take a dip yet, better late than never to clean the pool and enjoy the last bit of the warm weather and get it ready for closing up over the cooler months. The sooner you clean it the less it will cost you in time and money in the long run. If you let the algae sit all winter you could be in for a nasty surprise next summer or even having to resurfacing your pool prematurely.

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