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10 Ways to Find the Right Tampa Bay Pool Builder

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With such a wide selection of individuals and companies to choose from, finding just the right Tampa Bay pool builder can be a difficult task. But, as long as homeowners follow this checklist of 10 things to look for in the right pool builder, this crucial task will become significantly easier.

 

  1. How Many Years Under Your Current Name?

Rather than ask a Tampa Bay pool builder how long they've been in business, ask them how long they have been operating under their current name. This will give you an idea of how long they have been in business and will help you determine how reliable they are.

 

  1. Has the Company Ever Closed or Opened with Another Name?

Much like the question before, this will help you determine the reliability of the company and could hint at bankruptcy or other past troubles that could still be affecting business operations today.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Pool Builder or Broker?

The term "pool builder" is self explanatory – it's an individual or company who builds pools. A pool broker, on the other hand, is in the business of selling swimming pool service routes to individuals or companies.

 

  1. Ever Declared Bankruptcy?

Though not unheard of in today's tougher economic climate, it's always best to go with a company that you know has the financial backing and management skills to complete your project.

 

  1. Licensed and Bonded?

Professional contractors must be licensed to install or repair your pool, and a bond will protect you if the terms of the contract aren't met by your Tampa Bay pool builder.

 

  1. How Many Pools Built Since Opening?

More than the years that the company has been in business (though that too is important) you want to also ask how many pools the company has built. Ask about the types of pools they have built as well (i.e. some companies may be more experienced in fiberglass pools whereas others work primarily with gunite).

 

  1. Is Labor Coverage Included in your Warranty?

Having labor covered under warranty can save you thousands of dollars in potential repairs over the next few years.

 

  1. Do You Belong to any Associations?

Pool and spa associations won't just accept any company into their fold. Being a member of groups such as the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and the Master Pools Guild (MPG) speak volumes about the level of commitment to quality work by the pool builder.

 

  1. Do you Hire Contractors/Sub Contractors?

While many companies do successfully hire contractors and subcontractors to build pools, it’s often the best route to select a company that uses in-house employees. However, if they have a strong record and long history, then they likely have a good network of reliable and trustworthy contractors.

 

  1. Do You Offer a Variety of Interior and Exterior Pool Finishes?

If what you seek is a custom pool builder, then this question is incredibly important. Ask to see the company's interior and exterior pool finish options to ensure that you'll be able to build your fantasy aquatic retreat.

Luckily, we make choosing a pool builder easy. At Tampa Bay Pools we’ve been building pools and outdoor living spaces in Tampa Bay for years. Click here to read testimonials from your friends and neighbors who have trusted us with their backyard getaway.

 

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.

Which Spa Design Is Right For Your Combined Pool & Spa?

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The benefits of having an inground spa are vast, from relaxing after a long stressful day to easing sore muscles after a swim and socializing with friends. There are quite a few design options to consider, however, starting with whether you want a spa alongside or in the pool, or one which is build in a different part of your backyard.

Detached Inground Spas

A detached inground spa is one which is located some distance away from the pool. A detached spa may be a good option for those who want to create a private place to relax away from the splishing and splashing of the pool, for those who want to build a larger spa, or those with an open garden backyard design.

Adjacent and Integrated Inground Spas

An inground spa can be added to your existing poolscape pool in a number of ways, and it can be built at the end, along the side or into the corner of your existing pool depending on the location of the utilities needed for the spa and the shape of your pool.

  • Integrated inground spa: Integrated spa designs place the spa inside of the swimming pool and the spa is part of the pool's overall shape. These are most easily incorporated during the initial pool building stages.
  • Attached inground spa: Adjacent spas appear as a separate entity from the pool and can be added to your poolscape at any time. These spas can be inground, or they can be elevated above the pool, adding a whole new dimension to your pool design.
  • Raised perimeter overflow spas: A popular raised inground spa option, the raised perimeter overflow spa features water spilling over the walls of the spa, creating a relaxing visual and audio effect.
  • Spillover inground spas: Having a spillway offers even greater audible appeal than the raised perimeter overflow spa. These spas are designed to have a thin veil of water flowing from the top of one side of the spa into a lower spillway (although the effect makes it appear as if the stream is funneling into the pool).

Why Fall Is a Great Time for a Spa

Fall is a great time to build an inground spa with Tampa Bay Pools! Our award-winning Tampa Bay pool builders and spa designers will have your custom inground spa all ready to go before those cooler Florida evenings arrive over the next few weeks.

Treat yourself to the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends and loved ones this season. Click on our “Pool and Spa Photo Galleries” to view a portfolio of our custom inground spas, and call us today to learn more about how we can bring your dream spa to life at (813) 684-3639.

Water Features That Perfectly Complement a Modern Geometric Pool

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Geometric pools have quickly climbed the ranks in pool popularity and are now among one of the most commonly found pool designs in Tampa Bay backyards today. Being nearly as flexible as a freeform pool but offering flattering and well defined lines and edges, some water features tend to complement geometric poolscapes more than others. Below are just a handful of the water features you may want to consider for your modern pool:

Feature #1: Scuppers

Scuppers are a staple water feature for almost every geometric pool design. The appearance of this water feature can vary from incredibly simplistic to ornate and complicated. Many pool owners will choose to incorporate scuppers:

  • Within planter boxes
  • Along a raised spa (the spa is usually attached)
  • Along walls which border the pool

This water feature is typically incorporated in pairs or sets of three, though pool owners can choose to have as many as necessary for the desired audible and visual effect.

Feature #2: In-Pool Fountains

This water feature may have taken a backseat in recent years to other new cutting edge options, but it is making strong comeback as geometric pools increase in desirability. The in-pool fountain brings an element of sophistication and opulence while still being an incredibly fun feature for kids and adults alike.

Feature #3: Sheer Descent Waterfalls

Arguably the most complimentary water feature to the geometric pool given its matching crisp lines is the sheer descent waterfall. Unlike the typical bubbling rock waterfall which often accompanies freeform pools, the sheer descent provides a smooth cascade of water that continuously pours into the pool. Not only is it a visual delight, but many include this waterfall in their pool designs because of its therapeutic qualities.

Looking for more ideas? Take a look at our photo gallery for more inspiration on you next pool design project!

 

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 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.

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.

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.

Pool Design Ideas for the Late Summer and Fall

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Pool owners often forgo renovating and remodeling their poolscape during summer for one simple reason - they want to be able to use their pool.  This is why many pool owners choose to redesign their pool in late summer and fall.

If you're hoping to change up your backyard oasis but aren't sure what to do, here are some ideas to get you started.

Add a Water Feature

The late summer and fall months is when you will be able to find pool equipment and accessories at near rock bottom pricing.  This makes it the perfect time to incorporate a water feature such as arching jets, bubblers, waterfalls and scuppers you have always dreamed of to your pool.

Another benefit to adding these at this time of year? Business will be slowing for many pool renovation and remodeling companies.  This means that they will be keeping their prices lower in order to remain competitive with other pool design companies.

Get the Spa You Always Wanted

It may be a bit too chilly to take a dip in the pool, but it is never too chilly to enjoy a relaxing soak in a spa.  If you have been dreaming of adding a spa to your poolscape, late summer and fall is the perfect time to do it. Spas are able to be enjoyed year round, and are especially enjoyable soaking in the warm water with the crisp air all around.

Create a Recessed Lounge

One of the hottest trends is having a recessed lounge area right in your pool.  This unique and ultra chic pool feature allows everyone to be in the pool together – even those who don't want to get wet.

For those who are looking for in-pool seating that does not take up nearly as much space, consider sunken loungers on a baja shelf or installing pool bar stools near the outdoor kitchen or barbeque area.

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.

3 Most Important Aspects In A Pool Design

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Having a gorgeous pool that you can't help but look out at is important, but it's not the only aspect that pool lovers need to take into consideration when designing their swimming pool.  The first item that you need to consider is:

Pool Usage

First, how will you and your family likely use your pool? If you envision lots of water volleyball, basketball and Marco Polo games, a "play pool" with depths less than five feet may be best for you. For lap swimmers, a rectangular shape with long, straight stretches could be most useful. Families with small children may benefit from incorporating a wide tanning ledge for shallow play that also does double duty as a lounge place for mom to catch some sun! Plan to do a lot of entertaining around the pool? Consider a raised spa or raised accent walls that offer convenient extra seating areas for guests.

Low Maintenance

Some pool owners may love spending countless hours every weekend cleaning and maintaining their pool, but most of us would like to keep the maintenance to a minimum and spend the rest of that time enjoying being in and relaxing around the pool.  You can save yourself time by:

  • Installing a sanitizing system (what each offers may vary, so make sure you choose the right system for your lifestyle and pool)
  • Using an automatic pool cleaner
  • Making use of automatic control systems that control the pool temperature, filtration, and more

Alternatively, you can always hire Texas Pools & Patios to stop by on a regular schedule to maintain your pool for you.

Cost

When we dream, we dream big – sometimes bigger than our budget allows.  But all because one finish may cost more than you're able to afford, a good pool designer may be able to offer you alternatives that will give you the look that you want at a price you're able to afford.

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.