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How to Make Your Backyard Part of Thanksgiving

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There are many things to give thanks for, and one thing that we here in Tampa Bay should be thankful for is that we live in a gorgeous part of the country where we can often enjoy Thanksgiving in the backyard.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family out in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to make the holiday more memorable this year. Here are just a few ideas on how to create an unforgettable day for your loved ones while enjoying your holiday.

 

Decorate Your Outdoor Living Area

Spruce up your outdoor living space with festive fall-themed decorations. Hay bales, pumpkins, scarecrows and flowers in autumnal shades (think reds, oranges and yellows) are all great choices.

Because the sun is setting earlier these days, string some white or orange lights around trees and other outdoor living features. You can also change the color of the lights in your pool, or, depending on your in-pool lighting system, you can put together a dynamic light show to dazzle your guests!

 

Watch Football in your Outdoor Living Room

Watching football on Thanksgiving afternoon is holiday staple in many homes. If you already have a television outside, then this one's easy, otherwise you can set up a large screen (a weighted white shower curtain or sheet will work in a pinch) and a projector so your guests can watch the game on a big screen while out in the yard or enjoying the pool.

 

Add Cooking Surfaces to your Outdoor Kitchen

Be prepared for the many dishes you'll be cooking outside by building or bringing in extra cooking surfaces. This is especially true if you plan on smoking your delicious turkey on the grill since doing that will keep it occupied for the next several hours.

 

Enjoy an Al Fresco Thanksgiving

Nothing is more enjoyable than dining under our wide open Florida skies. Set up the Thanksgiving table outside beneath a pergola or another covered area. If you want to create a separate dining space for the kids and the adults, place the children's table out on the deck or patio. That way you can finally have some uninterrupted talk time.

 

Desserts by the Fire

The festivities may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean you have to hunker down indoors. Grab a few blankets and take your desserts, coffee, and hot chocolate out to your outdoor fireplace or fire pit so you can watch the stars twinkle in the night sky. Better yet, start a new tradition with fireside Thanksgiving s’mores. Add a little pumpkin pie filling or small slivers of pumpkin pie in between your graham cracker, chocolate squares and marshmallow for a little extra fun on this classic recipe.

 

Custom Pool Designs from Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a Tampa Bay pool building firm that specializes in designing and building custom poolscapes and outdoor living spaces in Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. Let us help with your backyard transformation! Contact us today or give us a call at (813) 684-3639.

 

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.

Tampa Bay Outdoor Living Trends for 2018

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With staycations on the rise, it's no surprise that an increasing number of us are choosing to explore the many resort-style outdoor living options the outdoor living design professionals can create right in the comfort of our own backyards. Depending on the architecture of your home and the ambiance you want to create, any one of these Tampa Bay outdoor living trends will be sure to help you create the outdoor space you have always dreamed.

 

Open Air Living Rooms

Requiring no walls and only as much shade as you like, your open air living room will provide you with a cozy front row view to mother nature. Your open air living room can incorporate any number of features you want, including:

  • Plush outdoor furniture: From woven wicker to sleek metal frames, choose furniture that is crafted from durable materials and that is comfortable
  • Lighting: Lighting is critical for keeping your open air living room safe, but don't forget to add some accent lighting to add excitement and to highlight key areas of your Tampa Bay outdoor living space
  • Decorative flooring: Consider incorporating stained, stamped or stenciled concrete decking and walkways in and around your living area. You can enhance the room's visual interest by placing down a weatherproof rug

 

Fire Features

Another great option to incorporate into your outdoor living space (or into your open air living room) is a fire feature. A hearth or fireplace is a classic choice, while fire tables, fire bowls and cauldrons will add flair and aesthetic excitement to your Brandon backyard once the sun goes down.

Meditation and Yoga Gardens

Design an outdoor living space that will evoke a sense of peace and tranquility by creating your very own meditation and yoga garden. Pick a spot that is quiet, that offers a view, and then start incorporating items like water features (the sound of running water is sure to soothe away any stress), air cleansing plants and shading.

 

Eco-Friendly Landscaping

Expect to also see an increase in water and energy saving outdoor living spaces. There will be a major upswing in eco-friendly landscaping ideas this year, too, where plants and flowers that are native to our local environment will be in greater demand than ever!

 

Synthetic Materials

Keeping plants lush and green during the hotter spring and summer months can be a challenge, which is why we expect to see an increase in synthetic backyard landscaping materials used this year. Artificial turf, stones, and plants can naturally add elegance and freshness to any Tampa Bay outdoor living space.

Tampa Bay Pools is your destination for the ultimate backyard. No matter your style, we can design and build the backyard of your dreams. From swimming pools to decks, patios, and outdoor kitchens, we can transform your backyard into your favorite living space, whether indoors or out.

Start building your idyllic Brandon outdoor living space today by giving us a call at (813) 684-3639.

 

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.

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.

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.

Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Area in the Fall

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Thinking of ways to get the most of your backyard this fall?  Whether you are considering revamping your existing outdoor living area or are planning to build it from scratch, these tips below will help you create the perfect fall-friendly outdoor living space.

Invest in your Furniture

Your outdoor furniture is going to take a beating.  Sun, snow, rain and wind can quickly make inferior quality outdoor furniture look weathered and worn.

When exploring your outdoor furniture options, look for basic sets which are made from heavy and durable materials.  You can dress up this furniture with less expensive elements to make it look more engaging, such cozy blankets and soft, supple pillows.

Create a Cover

Covering your outdoor seating area will not only provide you with much needed shade in the summer months; it will also help you keep in the heat when the temperatures start to drop.  A cover such as a pergola or a large and sturdy umbrella will go a long way in keeping you comfortable while outdoors this fall.

Heat Up the Night

Apart from having comfortable outdoor furniture, nothing will tempt you to embrace the cooler evenings and encourage you to venture outdoors than a fire feature.  Fire pits are one of the most popular fire features as they are versatile and can be custom built to suit the atmosphere of your outdoor living area.  Other popular fire features include:

  • Fireplaces
  • Fire bowls
  • Fire lanterns
  • Fire cauldrons

Consider a Kitchen

If you are planning on doing a lot of outdoor entertaining this fall, consider going beyond the barbeque and having an outdoor kitchen built.  This not only encourages guests to stay outside and enjoy your beautiful backyard, but it expands your living space.

 

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 Make Outdoor Entertaining a Breeze

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Father’s day is just around the corner and we all know how dad’s love to grill.  Why not consider an outdoor kitchen for the favorite dad in your life?

For every social and family gathering, your outdoor kitchen is likely to be the center of the activities. It is in fact considered an extension of your home. Gone are the days of limiting your outdoor cooking with just grilling hamburgers and steaks. With innovation and creativity, your outdoor kitchen can now be equipped with full-kitchen functionality and maximize your outdoor living experience.

With that said, here are a few things to consider when choosing to build an outdoor kitchen:

Built-in Grill

Your outdoor kitchen won't be complete without a built-in grill. In fact, for those who don't plan to have a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, it is still valuable to have a grill in the backyard.

There are many type of grills available in the market today. Your options range from the type of fuels to be used such as gas, charcoal and pellet or based on standard materials, such as stainless steel, ceramic and cast iron. Whatever your preferences are, there is something that will surely fit your budget.

Spacious Sink

If you want a fully functional outdoor kitchen, you must have a sink in your backyard to help you prepare meals easier. It's best to choose a spacious sink to give more room for movement. Ideally, you need to choose one that is deep and durable for longer use.

Quality Cooking Tools

Equip your outdoor kitchen with a tool kit that includes a grill brush, strong pair of tongs, a thermometer and, of course, a pair of gloves to keep your hands safe. Since you will be grilling most of the time, it is best to have a kitchen tool kit that will help you prepare outdoor meals.

Plenty of Counter Space

Preparing food before and after cooking requires a good amount of counter space. Choose a material that's durable and resistant to fading, such as granite, stainless steel, concrete or ceramic tile.

Built-in Refrigerator

Of course, you need storage for your beverages, meats and other food items. You don't have to buy a big one, a small fridge will do.

By having these features in your outdoor kitchen, you are sure to cook a fabulous meal, all while entertaining your family and friends outdoors.

Contact the outdoor kitchen experts at Tampa Bay Pools to get started on the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

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.

Kids’ Pool Safety Educational Resources

Tampa Bay Pools, Inc. offers a list of the best pool safety educational resources to teach your kids the pool rules before summer arrives.

As a Tampa Bay homeowner, your family is likely already enjoying the backyard pool on weekends and evenings. Your children may already be counting down the days to summer break, when getting out of the pool during the day will be even harder than getting them up for school in the morning! However, you need to ask yourself: are they using the pool as safely as possible?

 

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Simple Outdoor Exercises to Help You Burn Fat in Your Backyard

This list of simple outdoor exercises will help you build strength and burn fat without having to break the bank on a costly gym membership.

With summer right around the corner, it’s probably about that time to start getting your body out of hibernation mode and ready for the swimsuit season, though that doesn’t mean you have to fork over big bucks on a gym membership. The following list of outdoor exercises from Tampa Bay Pools is designed to kick-start your workout routine without ever having to leave your backyard. Anyone can do the following outdoor exercises, so don’t let fear and money get in the way of building a better you.

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Ways to Accessorize Your Backyard Oasis

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Now that the warm weather is here to stay, it is time to get ready for those fun summer days by the pool. Although your Florida pool is already dazzling on its own, you can enhance its beauty and create a serene and relaxing atmosphere with the perfect poolside décor. If you’re looking to kick the summer off the right way, here are some ways you can accessorize your pool and create the perfect backyard oasis.

 

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