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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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Tampa Bay, Brandon & Clearwater Pool Design Elements

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.