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Winter in Florida

Geometric pool with Raised spa, outdoor fireplace, fire bowls

 

While most of the country is facing cooler temperatures and being threatened by frost and snow, Floridians experience what many of us refer to as “The Second Coming of Summer.” Yes, we miss out on watching the leaves turn and most of us would die of heat exhaustion if we pulled on a turtleneck sweater, but there are other things you can do to create a festive wintery poolside atmosphere.

It's All About the Decorations

Set the mood by purchasing red, green, and cream candles in scents like cinnamon, vanilla and evergreen, and hang a festive burlap or holiday-inspired wreath on the door. Evergreen trees, seasonal doormats, and snowmen will also help set the tone.

You can transform your poolscape into a fun fall escape by arranging different sized Christmas trees and poinsettias on your deck and throughout the backyard. Another favorite is to add strands of clear or soft white lights near and around the pool. If you have in-pool color changing lights, then you even have more options for creating a dazzling night time display when the sun sets.

Bake Seasonal Foods

Get in the mood by indulging in classic wintery dishes and snacks such as:

  • Rich soups
  • Filling stews
  • Hearty chilis
  • Apple cinnamon cake
  • Christmas cookies

If you have an outdoor kitchen, baking up these delicious foods outdoors will surely draw the envious attention of your friends and neighbors as the scents waft through the air.

Throw a Winter-Themed Bash

Let everyone enjoy the turn of the season by inviting them over for a winter-themed bash (it is also a good way to share some of those baked goods you have been whipping up in the kitchen). Sprinkle faux iridescent snowflakes around the outdoor dining table and lay down festive placemats and napkins.

You can also plan some fun outdoor activities, including:

  • A snowball toss with cotton balls
  • A penguin plunge
  • A snowman making station with different arts and crafts supplies
  • Roasting marshmallows by your outdoor fire pit

Enjoy the Cooler Moments

Grabbing a piping hot cup of hot chocolate when it is nearly 80 degrees outside may not be ideal. But waking up before the sun rises gives you the perfect opportunity to wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and to sip on a warm beverage while sitting and enjoying your beautifully decorated wintery poolscape.

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Pool Remodel Ideas for Fall

Geometric pool with deck jets and LED lights

 

Have you recently looked at your pool and dreamed of incorporating some new and exciting additions to it or noticed certain areas which could use some improvement? The fall is a great time to renovate the pool not only because you may be using your pool less, but because remodeling the pool now means that it will be all ready for when you reopen your pool in the spring.

LED Lighting

If you have basic pool lighting or the classic floodlight, consider upgrading to LED lighting.  There are two key benefits to this:

  1. LED pool lighting is more energy efficient than traditional lighting
  2. LED lighting offers a variety of color options, making it easy for you to add that personal touch to your poolscape

LED pool lighting can be changed to suit an occasion or a holiday, and some options even allow you to create exhilarating light shows.

Waterline Tiling

Want to update the look of your pool without breaking the bank?  Consider updating your waterline tiling.  This will improve the appearance of your pool and it may even be necessary if you have cracked or broken tiling.

Some of the leading choices for waterline tiling include:

  • Glass tiling (can be used to create a myriad of gorgeous designs)
  • Stone tiling (best for nature-inspired pools)
  • Ceramic tiling (an affordable option)
  • Porcelain tiling (great for adding striking accents to your poolscape)

Upgrade Your Pool Equipment

Fall is a great time to upgrade your pool's equipment to more energy efficient systems.  A variable speed pool pump is one of the most popular options as it uses less energy and it may even qualify for an energy rebate.  Solar powered features such as solar powered heaters and automation systems like robotic cleaners are also great options.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.