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What Makes a Great Pool Design?

As a Burleson pool builder we are often asked what makes a great pool design? The better question is what makes a good custom pool builder. Here are 3 things to look for when choosing a pool builder to great a great pool design for your backyard.

Pool Design
Not all custom pool builders are created equal. Awards are an indication of past jobs well done, but the goal is not to win trophies. The mark of a truly talented professional is the ability to create a pool that perfectly compliments the unique taste of the client. The first step in the every personalized creation is collaboration. You want a pool builder that will create a custom pool with your vision in mind.

Attention to Detail
Conceptualizing a world-class design is only the beginning. Bringing these visions to life is all about execution and functionality. Design also extends beyond the pool itself to the landscaping, lighting, patio, and design of your home. You want a pool builder that takes all of these things in to consideration and has the expertise to unify them.

Pool Features
A good custom pool builder will give you only the features you want and that will benefit your lifestyle whether it’s an elegant water feature or a swim-up bar. If it’s energy efficiency and ease of use that’s your priority you need someone who will help you find the best option for you.

Providing the Ultimate Backdrop for Your Luxury Pool

As a Hurst pool builder we know the value a luxury pool can add. A pool adds character and dimension to your backyard. But a pool can not truly shine if it doesn’t have the proper backdrop. Here are some tips for providing the ultimate backdrop for your luxury pool.

Keep your backyard clear of debri
Fall is just around the corner and with it comes lots of falling leaves. Keeping your yard and pool free of debri not only makes your backyard look more luxurious it also prolongs the life of your pool. In addition pruning your flowerbeds and keeping grass short elevates your backyard and makes it look clean and inviting.

Mix fire and water
Contrasting elements adds interest to your poolscape. So what better feature to accompany your luxury pool than an equally luxurious fire pit?

Accent with plants
To create the ultimate luxury retreat you need to incorporate plants. By adding color and texture through plants it will give your pool the extra wow factor to impress your family and friends. Succulents are a popular choice as well as they are evergreen. Plants are not just visually appealing however, tall ornamental grasses and even vines add privacy to your backyard retreat.

Landscape Lighting Design Tips

As a Southlake pool builder we care just as much about the atmosphere of your poolscape after the sun sets as we do during the daylight hours. Creating a magical evening with landscape lighting design allows you to enjoy your pool longer. Here are some design tips for creating a romantic evening retreat in your own backyard.

Mark Parameters
One of the most important reasons for lighting your backyard is safety. Not only does a lit path look beautiful at night, it also allows you to navigate without fear of stumbling. There are a number of ways to mark your pathways including lanterns, string lights, and so on.

Eye-Catching Light
Using different colored lights across your backyard can create a visually interesting landscape. It can also create zones by lighting your pool a different color than you plants or your patio. You can also change the colors depending the mood you’re going for.

Uplighting & Moon Lighting
Uplighting of trees can make for a bolder, more dramatic effect. Lights are placed at the base of the tree and draws attention to the canopy.

If you’re looking for a softer light for a more romantic vibe try down lighting your trees, also known as moonlighting. This is typically done with a cooler light (or blue light) to give the illusion of moonlight streaming through the leaves.

Wall or Water Feature
If you have a feature wall or a low wall that may be hard to see at night lighting your walls can be a beautiful way to showcase your hardscape.

Water features lit from within for a calming effect or up-lit to add drama to your backyard.

6 Essentials for a Great Poolside Patio

As a Mansfield pool builder there’s one thing that is just as important as your pool and that’s your patio. Your patio is the perfect place for fresh air and socializing outdoors. But what are the essentials for a great poolside patio? Well we’re going to lay it out for your step by step.

Seating
Every patio needs to have seating suited for the space so consider how many people will typically use the space and what for. Whether it’s an outdoor sofa for a cozy family gathering or bar seating for all the drinks you’ll serve your friends on a hot summer day. Whatever you choose make sure it fits the space.

Table
If you don’t have the space for a full-on outdoor dining area you can easily bring in a coffee table or add a built-in bar height table in to the design.

Lighting
If you want to enjoy your patio throughout the evening you have to have proper lighting. Outdoor lightning can easily be installed as well as mood lighting like string lights and lanterns.

Rugs and Flooring
Use an outdoor rug to soften the space and bring the comfort of indoors to your backyard. You can also add different flooring for separation of spaces.

Greenery
Everyone needs a little greenery. Strategically place taller plants or trees for added shade during the day and some fun florals for added color.

An Element of Fire
Fire pits are perfect for all seasons whether it’s to get cozy by the fire during winter or to grill out during the summer months. Adding one of these to your patio space will make your patio useable all throughout the year.

Summer Pool Maintenance Tips to Start Off Your Summer

Summer is here and it’s Dallas pool season. But before you go for a dip this summer, start your summer off right with these pool maintenance tips.

Skimming and Scrubbing
To get your pool in pristine condition, it’s time to skim and scrub your pool, or hire a professional to do it for you. Skimming is particularly important if you don’t have a pool cover, this gets rid of debris that falls into your pool. Scrubbing the sides of your pool breaks up algae buildup as it can make the edge of your pool slippery.

Clean Your Pipes
As your pool drains, there will be leaves and other debris that build up in your pipes and filer. It’s recommended to clean your pipes at least once a month and your filter once a week. After clearing out your filter put on backwash, this will also help clear out your pipes. Just remember that turning your filter on and off can cause it to crack so put it on a timer so that it runs every six hours.

Chemicals
Pools can be a breeding ground for bacteria, that’s why you need to test the chemical levels in your pool once a week. Keeping your chemicals at the right level will make sure that you and your family have safe, clear water to enjoy all summer.

Common Pool Issues That Requires a Fast Fix From Pool Repair Experts

As pools age, some common issues can arise. However they can be a fast fix if you notice these small issues and call reliable and dependable pool repair experts before they become a bigger problem.

Blisters and Cracks
Plaster can blister and crack over time with exposure to the sun and elements and so can other areas of your pool. And due to the shifting earth in Texas cracks can cause flood damage or pool foundation failure if left unchecked. Look for these sorts of things early and get them repaired before they become a major problem.

Drain Cover Damage
Many pool drain covers are only given a lifespan of 5 to 7 years. Covers are stamped with an expiration date and must be changed out based on date of install. Check your drain cover for damage and expiration. An improperly working pool drain can be a safety hazard.

Ladder Problems
A loose or unstable ladder can pose a safety risk and can easily be fixed or replaced by a professional. Not only that, a damaged or rusting ladder can bring the whole look of you pool down.

Rust
Speaking of rust, besides being aesthetically unpleasing, rust can be a sign of a bigger issue such as the structure or rebar of the pool. Always try and find the source of the rust and call a professional for help.

3 Reasons You May Need to Remodel Your Pool

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As a Dallas pool remodeler, we come across these 3 common problems often. If you have any one of these 3 issues it may be time to remodel your pool.

When Safety Becomes an Issue
Cracked concrete, damaged fiberglass and chipped tile are all common wear and tear that can become safety issues if left alone. You want your pool to be a safe place for your family and guests to enjoy so don’t leave things like this unaddressed. You’ll also save a lot of money by dealing with these small safety issues before they become bigger, costly repairs.

When the Pool is Outdated
Your pool can be remodeled or renovated to reflect current trends while operating at a higher efficiency. There’s no reason for you to accept a mediocre pool when a reputable Dallas pool remodeler can turn your outdated pool into your dream backyard. As an added bonus if you decide to sell your home, a remodeled pool will raise the value of your home.

When Energy Efficiency is Poor
Older pools do not have the energy efficient automated pool systems of newer pools. These new systems keep your pool cleaner and use electricity more efficiently to lower your utility bills. Many pools can have these new systems retrofitted to existing pools if you’re not looking to change the aesthetic of your pool.

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.

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