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The Elements of Great Pool Design

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Owning your very own backyard swimming pool is something that more and more people are deciding to turn into a reality. Not only is the swimming pool a great place to relax on a hot day, it also adds a sense of everyday fun and tranquility to your outdoor living space.

Even if you’re just thinking about a pool, coming up with the perfect design can be an exciting and challenging endeavor. There are so many options and decisions to make that it can start to make your head spin. From the basic shape to finishing touches, the almost unlimited possibilities mean your backyard swimming pool can be as unique as you are.

To help you get started with planning the perfect custom pool design, our design professionals at Tampa Bay Pools put together some of the most important design elements that go into creating a fun, functional, and beautiful swimming pool and outdoor living space.

 

Choosing the Right Tampa Bay Pool Builder

We look forward to discussing your backyard and what you might want out of your pool should you decide to build. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to anyone who just wants to test the water of pool ownership. This can even include a 3D rendering so you can what it would look like before construction begins.

 

The Basic Design Elements

The more educated and experienced your pool builder is in custom pool design, the better. Our award-winning designers at Tampa Bay Pools have a deep understanding of the many elements of basic design, including: lines, color, texture, rhythm, and balance.

A knowledgeable designer also understands the importance of having a poolscape that is as functional as it is beautiful. We’ll work closely with you to ensure that you understand how your outdoor living area is going to be used so we can design an entire backyard that matches the experience you want to create.

 

How Big Should My Pool Be?

The size of the pool will play an important role in its location, its features, and landscaping. How you intend to use your pool will typically be the primary factor when considering the size of your pool. A modest-sized swimming pool is ideal for homeowners who want a place to cool off on a hot day, while a large and extensive swimming pool is best for families who plan to dive, play, swim and entertain friends. There’s no set size for any pool and we can design a custom pool to fit in almost any size backyard.

 

Important Considerations When Planning a Pool

Any custom pool design has to also take into account the layout, slope, and other characteristics of your backyard that can have an impact on the actual construction of the pool. We will take careful measurements of where you would like to place the pool and take other issues into consideration such as:

  • Potential drainage issues
  • Sun exposure
  • Swales (low areas)
  • Underground utilities

From that point, your Clearwater pool builder will be able to suggest the best location for your swimming pool.

 

Choosing the Right Water Features

After the basic shape and design have been determined, then it’s time to think about what features you’d like with your pool. These can fall into one of two categories — functional or focal.

Functional features will be items like an automatic pool cover, lighting elements, in-ground cleaning systems, and smart controlled water systems. Focal features are those which allow your pool design to be transformed into your ultimate oasis such as deck jets, a water slide, a custom spa, sheer descents, and a customized rocky grotto waterfall.

 

Adding Outdoor Living Elements

Many homeowners not only want a swimming pool, but they also want to create a cohesive design that flows from the back door out to the pool area. This turns your entire backyard into a custom poolscape that transports you to your own private paradise. In addition to creating a tiled or stonework area that extends to the back deck or patio, we can also include:

  • Pergolas
  • Roof extensions
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Fire features and fire pits
  • Outdoor living rooms
  • Custom landscaping

 

Experience the Tampa Bay Pools Difference

At Tampa Bay Pools, we know the number one element of great pool design is the customer. Our team of experienced designers know that the best designs are in the details, and we work with our customers to make sure that your outdoor living area delivers everything you dreamed of and more.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, 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.

10 Summertime Water Safety Tips

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The pool can be one of your family’s favorite places and the perfect summertime spot for fun and bonding. While they are a fantastic way to escape the Florida heat and enjoy sunny days together, it’s always important to keep safety in mind.

At Tampa Bay Pools, we love the water and encourage everyone to spend as much time as possible in it, but we also want to make sure people follow smart water safety tips. Here are some of the most important ones to keep in mind:

  • While children are in the pool they need your undivided attention. Never, ever leave children alone in the pool at any age.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that an adult who knows how to administer CPR should actively supervise children at all times. 
  • Children under the age of five should never be more than an arm’s length away from the supervising adult at all times.
  • Keep rescue equipment accessible at all times.
  • Especially when younger children are present, put up a fence creating a barrier between your home and your pool so children can’t get into the pool area without your knowledge.
  • After using the pool, remove any and all pool toys from in and around the pool to avoid the temptation to get in the water.
  • Always designate one adult to be the “Water Watcher.” That way there’s no confusion about who’s watching the children. Switch the designated adult as necessary.
  • When children are getting too rowdy, calmly remove them from the pool and explain the dangers to them. Don’t let them return to the pool until they have calmed down.
  • Don’t confuse air filled swimming aids with life jackets. They are not the same thing.
  • Finally, never make assumptions. Just because your child knows how to swim does not mean that he or she is always safe in the water and no longer needs supervision.

Following these water safety tips will help ensure that you have a fun and safe summer in and around the pool. There are also great resources on the PoolSafely.gov website. There’s even the Pool Safely Pledge that your whole family can take to make sure everyone is committed to pool and water safety. We hope you have an awesome summer. Have fun and stay safe!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, 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.