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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.

Get the Heart Healthy Benefits of a Spa or Hot Tub This Valentine’s Day

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Owning a custom inground spa may seem like a luxury without any real benefit, but the majority of custom pool and spa owners will agree that having their own spa has provided numerous advantages. If you're on the fence about installing a custom pool and spa for you and your family, let us explain some of these health benefits and why so many people to turn to us at Tampa Bay Pools when they begin considering building a new pool & spa.

Advanced Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is nothing new. This practice have been enjoyed by many cultures throughout history. Traditionally, hydrotherapy was available through natural hot springs. But natural hot springs are not readily available to most, so travel to these locations was often required. But today an inground spa can provide these same benefits of hydrotherapy accessible within your own backyard! The warm water and jets make hydrotherapy even more effective for relaxation and treatment of wide range of ailments. So, what are the health benefits that you can get from an inground spa?

Stress Reliever

The relaxation provided by an inground spa is the most widely known benefit. Who doesn’t enjoy a warm soak to relieve the stress of modern living and escape the demands of day to day activities?  A quick dip in an inground spa can provide some much needed, therapeutic relaxation. Blood vessels dilate in response to the heat, which leads to the decrease of blood pressure. Tense and tight muscles relax, aiding muscle recovery after exercise or injury and relief from soreness, stiffness and swelling. Moreover, while your body focuses on the heat - the Central Nervous System's sensitivity is reduced and endorphins are released, causing temporary pain relief.

Medical Benefits

Heat, Buoyancy and Massage are the main elements in hydrotherapy. Each of these elements contributes to the relief and treatment of a range of health issues.

  • Arthritis

Based on the article, Arthritis - Spas & Warm Water Exercise published by the Arthritis Foundation, "People whose arthritis symptoms respond well to heat have discovered the many benefits of heat therapy." The article also explains why warm water is so great for relaxing and increasing movement. "Warm water stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints, making a warm tub or pool an ideal place to do some gentle stretching. To ease low back pain, trap a tennis ball between the small of your back and the bottom or back of the tub, then lean into it and roll it against knotted muscles."

  • Diabetes

In 1999, there was a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine (08-16-1999) which indicated a decrease in the blood sugar levels of patients who regularly soak themselves in a hot tub 30 minutes a day, 6 days per week.

  • Back Pain    

Participants in a 1994 study who utilized inground spas, experienced increased back flexibility, reduced pain duration, and lessened use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs than the study group that did not utilize the inground spas. According to the British Journal of Rheumatology, 1994 - "This controlled clinical trial shows a positive short term and a more moderate long-term overall effectiveness of spa therapy in chronic lower back pain." Of course, for anyone suffering from back pain that has used a hot tub, this doesn't come as a surprise. Hydrotherapy has been a well-established method for easing lower back pain naturally for many years.

Improved Sleep

In addition to all these physiological benefits of inground spa use, insomniacs can also expect relief. According to The National Sleep Foundation, if you spend some time in an inground spa just a few minutes before going to bed, this can lead to a more peaceful and deeper sleep. The drop in body temperature can help ease the body into a relaxing and sound sleep.

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.

Create a New Backyard in 2017 with Tampa Bay Pools

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It’s a brand new year, and it’s time for a brand new backyard. At Tampa Bay Pools, we’ve been been transforming backyards since 2001. If you need a pool, spa, outdoor patio, or outdoor fireplace… we have you covered. Create a new backyard in 2017 with Tampa Bay Pools and start sharing your new outdoor oasis with friends and family for years to come.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your physical and mental health, there’s nothing better than owning a pool. There are numerous benefits to owning a pool and none of them are more important than the other.

Some of the top benefits of pool ownership include:

  1. Swimming is a great cardio workout. You can improve your endurance and build your cardiovascular health.
  2. You’ll see increased time with your family. Instead of the kids sitting on the couch playing video games, they’ll be out in the pool with you creating memories.
  3. Stress relief. Swimming a few laps in the pool will help all the day’s problems melt away.

Award-Winning Builder

We understand that pool ownership is a big investment, and it can be scary to make that commitment. But fear not. With an award-winning pool builder like Tampa Bay Pools, you can be assured that we will work closely with you to meet your needs and stay within your budget throughout the entire design and build process.For the last nine years, we’ve been recognized as a “Top 50 Pool Builder” by Pool and Spa News Magazine, and the reason for this is simple -- our customers always leave feeling happy.

No matter what your reason for wanting a pool, we can help design and build the perfect one for your backyard. Contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our pool experts. Here’s to a new year full of memories!

 

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.

Going the Extra Mile in Pool Design

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Winter in Southwest Florida isn’t like most of the country.  We have our warm days and some chilly ones too.  You never know what to expect!  Since swimming isn’t the first thing on your agenda, this may be a great time to consider building your custom pool and incorporate all of the features you have been dreaming of.

Here are a few of our favorite custom features to add to any pool design.

Sunshelf or Tanning Ledge

A sunshelf or tanning ledge is a flat ledge typically located at the entrance of the pool. This is the perfect location for a lounge chair or the sun-worshipper who wants to avoid getting overheated from the sun or fully submerged while enjoying the pool.

Fire Water Bowls

Fire water bowls are water features with a split personality! During the day, they are unassuming, but are a great focal point of your swimming pool. At night, they come alive as their flames create a beautiful and dramatic ambiance.

Swim-Up Bars

Swim-up bars are a great way to bring the fun of having a cocktail or food served to you in the pool because if you don't have to get out why would you? These areas feature built-in bar stools made of stone, tile or precast finishes and a bar that can be adorned in glass tile or beads. The options are endless.

These places allow you to relax in the pool on something other than a float and give you an opportunity to enjoy your pool for more than just a vessel of water. It's a getaway, and you should be able to spend quality time in a place that exudes that luxurious feeling.

Contact Tampa Bay Pools, your Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater & St. Petersburg pool builder today to get started.   

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.

Irresistible Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

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Nothing says Christmas in a cup like a mug of gingerbread hot cocoa.  As Erika, the creator of this sumptuous beverage who runs the blog The Hopeless Housewife says, this drink is like “drinking a chocolate gingerbread cookie.”

Creamy, chocolatey, and absolutely decadent, this is the perfect drink to warm up with while curled up under a blanket by the fireplace on a cold wintry night.  Treat your friends and family to something new and delicious this holiday season, and give this recipe a try!

Servings:

4 servings

Preparation and Cook Time:

8 minutes

Ingredients:

  •         4 C milk (any kind)
  •         ½ C cocoa powder
  •         ¼ C brown sugar
  •         ¼ C white sugar
  •         ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  •         ½ tsp allspice
  •         ½ tsp ground ginger
  •         ½ tsp vanilla extract
  •         ¼ tsp sea salt
  •         Whipped cream

How to Make Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

  1.   Heat milk in a medium saucepan over low heat.
  2.   While the milk is being warmed, combine your favorite cocoa powder with the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger in a small bowl.
  3.   Whisk the milk until it is hot, taking care not to overheat or scald it.
  4.   Pour the cocoa into each mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Quick Notes

Serve this drink with miniature gingerbread men to make it even more fun and festive.

You can sprinkle nutmeg on top instead of cinnamon.

This beverage can be transformed into an “adult-friendly” drink with a shot of Bailey's or Kahlua.

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.

Winter in Florida

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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.