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3 Reasons to Build a Custom Pool in Tampa Bay

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Life is about moments and creating memories. One of the main reasons people come to us is to  create an outdoor space they can enjoy for many years to come.

When you make the choice to add a custom swimming pool in Tampa Bay, you are not simply creating a fun way to escape the Tampa Bay heat. Some of your favorite memories will be of times spent together enjoying this investment. Here are 3 reasons a swimming pool is the best gift you can give your family.

1. Develop Skills & a Passion for Swimming

Many children first learn to swim in their family pool. This early learning provides many great benefits, such as confidence in the water. Knowing how to swim as soon as possible is an important water safety factor, especially when a child has a pool available to use often. In turn, this will  pave the way to a love for swimming and might open doors that you never imagined. Think of all the top Olympic swimmers—each had a starting point to their journey. For many, that point was the family pool.

2. Make Lasting Memories

When your children or grandchildren look back on their childhood, they will never forget the fun times that they had in the family pool. They might learn to swim, or spend time with family at holiday events or weekend get-togethers, all while sharing laughs in and around the custom pool that was designed for your home. Celebrate in style with innovative design that brings a smile to everyone’s face. Each day spent with your loved ones around the pool is a good day.

3. Create a Retreat

Swimming pools are a lot of fun. In fact, once you have yours installed, you might never want to book a vacation away from your home again. Create the perfect backyard retreat, whether that is a lagoon style pool with waterfalls or a sleek contemporary pool with a raised spa. Visually pleasing effects, such as waterfalls or fire bowls will add to the excitement and make your family feel as if they are in their own luxury resort.  This is your family's retreat away from the world.

4. Build A Custom Pool

A swimming pool is a great investment for you and your family. From learning to swim to creating your own oasis, you simply cannot go wrong when you decide to install a pool. You can jump start your journey to joyful experiences with the ones you love most by contacting Tampa Bay Pools today.

 

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.

Last-Minute Fourth of July Party Planning

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So it’s just a few days until the Fourth of July and everyone is coming to your house to enjoy your awesome backyard and beautiful Tampa Bay pool. There’s only one problem. The summer has flown by and what was June is quickly turning into July and you haven’t planned anything yet. Well, have no fear because we have some great last-minute Fourth of July party planning ideas.

Food and Drink

Make it easy by sticking to the staples. Grab some hot dogs and burgers (don’t forget the buns) and get a variety of condiments to give guests a choice. It’d also be a good idea to get some cheap containers to keep food in and keep the bugs away. Remember to get plenty of plates, silverware, cups, napkins, and buy them in red, white, and blue if possible for some easy decorating. Load up on drinks and chips, buy some cookies and sweets, and you’ll be set.

Pro-tip: Ask guests to bring a side dish or dessert of their choice.

Decorations

Flags are what you need for a Fourth of July party. Most stores will have a wide selection of miniature flags that you can stock up on and place strategically around the backyard. There will also be big selections of pretty much everything you need in red, white, and blue. A place like Party City will have more decorations and supplies than you could ever need. Head there and get your decorations done in no time.

Pro-tip: Buy plain white cups and provide red and blue markers to create their own party cup.

Fun and Games

Besides the pool, provide guests with other ways to have fun while at the party. Depending on your local laws, fire crackers are always a good idea. Of course, sparklers and snappers (those little paper things that pop when you throw them) should be ok everywhere. Black cats and really loud fireworks will depend on your guests. Small kids probably won’t like them and if the pets will be attending it’s probably a good idea to skip them. If nothing else, get some bubbles for the kids to blow and chase around.

If it’s a more adult party, the drinks will probably be a large part of the fun at any Fourth of July party. However, good music will always help and larger fireworks might be in order. Just stay safe and follow local laws. Adults will, of course, also appreciate the pool and getting a big Fourth of July themed pool float will be fun and be another easy decoration. Water guns are fun for all ages.

The Perfect Party Setting

With a Tampa Bay pool, backyard entertaining is easy. We’ve been designing and building perfect party settings for over 15 years. We’ve gotten quite a few awards along the way and offer hundreds of design choices that let you make it yours.

Talk to a Tampa Bay customer and they’ll tell you about our family values and customer service too. So if you have a Tampa Bay pool, enjoy your easy Fourth of July backyard party. If you don’t have one yet, get in touch with us and start enjoying parties year-round.  

 

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.

Outdoor Kitchens – Keeping the Critters Away

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Since the Fourth of July is just a few days away, there’s probably a good chance you’re getting ready to host a backyard cookout. You love having people over and showing off your Tampa Bay outdoor kitchen, but you’re not a fan of uninvited guests. Even the cleanest outdoor dining areas can have a bug or two show up. Here are some tips to keep the critters away while you serve up some delicious grub.  

Bug Lanterns

Bug lanterns can be a discrete and healthy way to keep pests like wasps, bees, and mosquitoes far away from your food and friends.  You'll need to place them strategically in your garden so that they aren't within the dining and main gathering areas, yet close enough to attract and dispose of the bugs so they don't harass your visitors.

Tiki Torches and Candles

Alternatively, you can choose more attractive critter-condemning devices like tiki torches and candles. These can be placed throughout the entire backyard, on table tops and countertops, and other places bugs might be drawn to. Combine these with bug lanterns, and you're well on your way to a pest-free meal.

Foggers/Chemicals

This type of treatment will need to be done before guests arrive, as the chemicals are poisonous and hazardous if inhaled. Make sure that you cover up your countertops, tabletops, and appliances before fogging your outdoor kitchen.

Covers and Colanders

If you plan on leaving food out on the table for guests to pick and choose from (i.e. buffet style), then you'll want to have covers and colanders on top of the food. These ensures your appetizers and entrees aren’t easily accessible to bugs, but easily accessible to your guests.

Deck Covers and Nets

Some areas are far more mosquito prone than others, so it may be a wise decision to cover the patio area with a patio net or deck cover.  This way, your guests can enjoy themselves comfortably without constantly being on the lookout for flying bugs

Clean Up and Mow

The best tip is always to practice prevention. This means mowing your lawn and trimming any long grasses to keep bugs at bay.  Also be sure to dump out or drain any standing water in planters or anywhere else it can collect.

While entertaining, provide a number of easily accessible trash receptacles so that guests can clean up after themselves, and so that you have an easy time cleaning up after any event. Seal everything up and stow bags in containers that pests cannot get into.

With these simple tips, your outdoor kitchen and dining area will be pleasant and pest-free for the party.

 

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.

Discover Your Dream Pool with MyStaycation Builder

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Are you ready to build a pool, but don’t know where to start when it comes to the design? If your answer is yes, then the Tampa Bay Pools MyStaycation Builder tool is perfect for you. This online tool allows you come to our showroom fully prepared to discuss the next steps of your pool project.

Powerful Pool-Designing Features

Start with a blank slate for your backyard and add features to make your dream pool a reality. You can drag and drop various features including decking, water features, and different types of swimming pools. Make a mistake? No worries, you can delete individual elements without affecting the overall design of your backyard. Think that Azalea tree would look better on the other side of the pool? Go ahead and move it over to see which location would suit your needs best.

Discover Your Backyard Needs

Create multiple designs to compare your backyard needs. With MyStaycation Builder, you can save your designs and create new ones with only a few clicks! Discover what kind of pools and water features work best with the landscaping that is currently in your backyard or which kinds of landscaping you’d like to add in the future. Use this visual representation to show your Tampa Bay Pools custom pool designer what you need in a clear and easy to understand manner.

Feel Prepared and Empowered

With the MyStacation Builder, you can walk into your design consultation meeting with us and feel confident that you’re getting exactly what you want. No longer will you have to listen to pool design ideas that would never work for you or your backyard. You can even save your design and send it to your Tampa Bay Pools designer to help us expedite the design and construction process.

Preview our MyStaycation Builder [LINK] and start creating the backyard of your dreams. When you’re ready to begin your project, be sure to visit a trusted pool builder like Tampa Bay Pools. We’d love to make your dream a reality and help you along the way in every step of the pool designing and building process!

 

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.

The Benefits of Owning a Pool in Tampa Bay

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When you reflect on the summers of your childhood,  some of your fondest memories were probably spent in the water. Maybe your family owned their own custom swimming pool and this led you to develop a passion for swimming and a thirst for the fun that only a pool can provide. Regardless of where these desires were sparked, you are now considering building your own custom pool at your Tampa Bay home.

If you are still undecided whether to invest in a swimming pool in Tampa Bay, there’s good news - building a swimming pool is a wise investment and increases your property value. If that isn’t reason enough, here are the many benefits of pool ownership.

Beneficial to Your Health

Health is not normally one of the first thoughts that people have when deciding to build a custom swimming pool, but it is a major benefit. Having a swimming pool gives you a great excuse to get out of the house and engage in some outdoor physical activity. This is also great for those who have families, as nobody loves taking a swim on a hot summer day more than children. If you are looking for a low impact way to get a full body workout, swimming is the perfect exercise. You will find that swimming regularly increases your mobility, improves your cardio and can even help you to lose weight. Psychologically, swimming is an excellent way to relieve stress. Owning a swimming pool can have a positive influence on your health.

Fun for the Friends and Family

One of the main reasons why people get swimming pools is to have a unique place to entertain their friends and family. The occasional pool party is always a great way to bring friends and families together.  Speaking of your outdoor space, have you considered building an outdoor kitchen or adding additional features to your pool area, such as a fire pit? These are the perfect features for those who enjoy entertaining regularly.

Increase Property Value

Did you know that adding a beautiful custom swimming pool to your property will increase the value of your home. If you ever do decide to sell, buyers appreciate the option of having a swimming pool already on the lot. Many potential buyers are in search of homes that have pools, specifically due to the climate of the area. If you would like a way to increase your property value as well as the amount of joy that your home brings to your family, invest in a swimming pool and reap the benefits.

Enjoy Quality Time Outdoors

Perhaps the biggest advantage to being a pool owner is that it will allow you to build on those childhood memories of summers that were spent in the water. You can also help your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to create their own memories and in turn spark their own passions; a swimming pool is an investment that will give for generations.

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.

Grown-Up Pool Toys that will Help You Beat the Heat

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It’s almost that time of year again…splashing in the pool while cooling down and creating memories with friends and family. As you start prepping your pool, make sure you consider the games and fun your guests will have in your pool. Learn about these grown-up pool toys that are fun for everyone!

The first type of pool toys that are always a big hit are floats

One of the most relaxing things you can do on a hot day is to lounge on a floating raft and soak up the sun. Well, did you know that there are many other great kinds of floats for adults to enjoy? For example, you can purchase a floating golf green that will help you perfect the chip shot! You can also get a floating iceberg that will challenge your guests to a climbing adventure in your pool! No matter which one you choose, floats are a great grown-up pool toy!

There are also great pool toys that do not float at all.

If you want to propel through the water like a graceful dolphin, you can purchase a propulsion vehicle. Take your game of Marco Polo to the next level by scooting yourself through the water in a blink of an eye!

Upgrade your pool area with a rock wall that attaches to the side of your pool. This device can help you and your guests become better climbers while having fun at the same time. If you fall off the rock wall, you land right in the pool.  

If you like to jam out to some tunes while swimming, be sure to pick up a waterproof portable speaker for you to use. Play your favorite songs without worrying about water damage to the speaker.

No matter which one of the grown-up pool toys you choose, you can’t go wrong. Don’t have a pool? Well, at Tampa Bay Pools, we’ve been building custom pools for nearly 20 years. Contact us today to get started on designing your perfect pool for your backyard fun!

 

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.

5 Pool Water Conservation Tips for Tampa & Brandon Pools

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Having a swimming pool in the Tampa or Brandon area does mean needing to use more water than the average non pool owner. But pool owners can be smart about how they preserve their water and significantly decrease their pool water loss by practicing these 5 pool water conservation tips:

  1. Cover Your Pool

You will lose a lot of water during the hot summer months due to water evaporation. By covering your pool whenever it is not in use, you can reduce this evaporation by as much as 97%. This means less pool refills, as well as better pool water heat retention and less debris in your water.

  1. Routinely Check for Leaks

When performing your regular maintenance rounds, see if there is any pool water in places it shouldn't be. A soggy lawn or inexplicable changes in water levels may indicate a pool leak. Check the pool and its components, and strongly consider calling a professional to investigate and repair your pool.

  1. Refill Your Pool in Spring and Fall

Choosing to refill your pool in early spring and November rather than during the summer time will result in less water wasted due to evaporation. Another benefit is that since water isn't in such high demand during these seasons, most can fill their pool in the spring or fall more inexpensively than if they do so during the summer.

  1. Don't Overfill

While on the topic of refilling the pool, make sure that you do not unnecessarily overfill your pool. Grab your hose and add only whatever inches are necessary on the day you are scheduled to water your lawn. Some may choose to use an auto-fill device, though a hose timer is usually more accurate.

  1. Add Splash Troughs

Splashing during the summer months is usually the primary cause of losing significant amounts of pool water in a week. Pool owners can minimize their water loss by having splash troughs installed around the pool. These very shallow lanes are able to capture most water that has splashed or spilled out of the pool and then channel the water directly into your pool.

 

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.

Have You Tried the MyStaycation Builder Tool from Tampa Bay Pools?

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Before making any big investment, you’re sure to do all your research and find out the important information. Why would that be any different when purchasing a pool or spa? With our MyStaycation Builder tool, you’ll be able to design your pool and have a clear picture about what you want before you walk through the doors of our showroom.

What is MyStaycation Builder?

We’re glad you asked! MyStaycation Builder is an online tool where the control is at your fingertips. With a few clicks of the mouse, you can add different types of decking and cool water features. You can choose from a variety of pool shapes to include or even throw in a corner spa if you’d like! The options are endless; have fun with it!

But… Is It Easy to Use?

Absolutely! All you have to do is visit the site to get started. You’ll have a blank slate of a backyard and then you just click and drag the different features to their proper places. It’s just that simple! Let your imagination and creativity run wild with this great technology!

Also, you’ll be able to save your progress to show your friends on social media. If you’re ready to rock and roll, you can also forward your design to the Tampa Bay Pools team. Then, when you walk through the door, we’ll be ready to help you achieve your dream. Save time by avoiding the long list of design futures by already having them in mind!

If this sounds like something you’d like to get started on, don’t delay! Visit the MyStaycation Builder tool to get started today! We look forward to your unique designs and the opportunity to work with you! Our dedicated team is ready to get to work on designing your dream backyard!

 

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.

Saltwater Pool vs. Chlorine Pool: Which is Best for You?

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If you're on the market for a new swimming pool, then you've likely at least considered a chlorinated pool over a saltwater pool, or vice versa.  Both come with their own set of advantages that make them more suitable to a household's lifestyle, so let's dig right in and look at what features may make one better for your family over the other:

The Advantages of a Saltwater Pool

Rather than use chlorine tablets, dissolved salt is used to both clean and sanitize your pool.  Not only is this way of cleaning the pool more budget-friendly, but saltwater pools also often require less maintenance than a chlorinated pool.

What many people don't understand, however, is that saltwater pools don't leave you with the “feel” of just emerging from the ocean.  In fact, saltwater pools still have chlorine in it since chlorine is a byproduct of salt!  But the major benefit of saltwater is that you're able to reap the benefits of a chlorinated pool without using as many chemicals.  Because of this, these pools are thought to be safer for the skin, hair, and less damaging to our bathing suits than chlorine.

The Advantages of a Chlorinated Pool

Many will attest to the fact that chlorine is better at cleaning up any bacteria in the water than a saltwater-based pool.  It's also faster to act if there are bacteria present, or if the pH levels happen to be off. Clearing up the water is also significantly faster, taking only a day or two versus 3 to 5 days.

Here's another advantage that makes chlorinated pools a winner in many households: they're easier to operate.  All you need to do is add some tablets to your pool system and your pump or a floating disbursement device will spread it through the water for you – it doesn't get easier than that!

 

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.

How to Plan the Perfect Backyard with Tampa Bay Pools

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Is having the perfect backyard with a pool and spa a dream you would like to turn into a reality but you just don't know where to start? You are not alone. Since Tampa Bay Pools entered this industry we have met with several clients who have felt completely overwhelmed by the process.

We want to simplify the backyard planning process for you, which is why we have put everything you need to know in one comprehensive and easy to read eBook.

Discover How to Create the Perfect Backyard for Free

Save yourself time and stress. Find out everything you need to know about how to plan the outdoor living area you have always wanted in our free eBook, “How to Plan the Perfect Backyard with Tampa Bay Pools”. Inside you will find in-depth information about what you need to consider before you speak to an outdoor living specialist, such as:

  • How you want to use your pool and backyard (and how that will impact the design)
  • Choosing the right exterior design
  • Options available to save you time and money when maintaining your pool

Your Free eBook Is Waiting for You

Planning your outdoor living area should be fun and exciting, and at Tampa Bay Pools we want to make sure it stays that way. We want you to know everything about designing and building your perfect backyard oasis before you make an investment.

Designing and building your beautiful backyard doesn't have to be complicated. Download your free copy of “How to Plan the Perfect Backyard with Tampa Bay Pools” today when you visit www.tampabaypools.com.

 

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.