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4 Ways to Create a Resort Style Pool in Your Backyard



Think you need to give your backyard a huge overhaul to replicate the beautiful pools in some of the world's finest resorts?  Think again. We can help you create a resort style pool in your own backyard with just a bit of creativity, design skill, and these 4 custom pool design features:


Water Features

Waterfalls and fountains are the easiest way to instantly create a resort style pool. The sight and sound of falling water are synonymous with fancy hotel pools. Fountains can easily be added around the pool or patio area, and if you want even more luxury, adding a waterfall will add natural beauty to your pool area.


Fire Features

Can you go wrong with the combination of fire and water? Adding fire features to your pool creates a beautiful and dramatic ambiance. Watch the dancing flames come alive at night, making for an attractive focal point in your backyard space. Your senses will delight as fire turns your backyard into all-night party space.


Rock Features

Most resort style pools are quite naturalistic and feature a number of “natural” pieces, such as large rocks, grottos, and natural stone decks and patio surfaces.  Many of these features can be incorporated along with the waterfalls and fountains you choose to add to your space. We’ve designed and built hundreds of rock features and know how to make your backyard remind you of your favorite vacation.


Pool Features

One of the most highly sought after design features in pools today is a wading area. Far shallower than the standard 3 to 4 feet, these areas are incredibly versatile. They can be used as a tanning ledge, as a play area for young children, or as a splash pad for your pets. The varying depths of your pool can create several different areas for you to enjoy your pool in different ways.

Whether you have a big backyard or a small space to work with, we can bring resort living to your everyday life. You’ll be able to escape to your private retreat year-round without even having to get in the water. Dynamic sights and sounds will create an atmosphere that carries you away to another place without ever leaving your property. Your new favorite vacation will be right outside your backdoor.  


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.

Awesome Options for Poolside Dining


Here in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, we are fortunate to be able to make the most of the outdoors year-round. What better way to enjoy time spent outside on an everyday basis than by taking a meal beside the pool? At Tampa Bay Pools, our experienced design team can suggest the perfect outdoor living set-up to suit your style aesthetic and your lifestyle. Following are several great options.

Traditional Dining

Perhaps the most comfortable and familiar method of outdoor dining is the traditional patio table and chairs. In a wide range of shapes, sizes, and styles, there is a set to suit every taste and every space. And with the availability of super-plush cushions in the new breed of weather-resistant outdoor fabrics, you can dine in perfect, luxurious comfort!

Take that luxury to the next level by having us install a custom, fully-roofed patio cover. Either attached to your home or free-standing, a patio cover gives your family and friends a place of shelter from the sun's rays, as well as a haven from rain showers. We can also easily add such amenities as lighting and ceiling fans for extra comfort day or night.

For those who prefer to let a little sunshine in, an open-air pergola may be the way to go. Often seen trailing flowering vines, this is a great way to tie your outdoor dining area seamlessly into the natural surroundings.


Bar Seating

Another popular choice is bar seating. Usually built into the back side of an outdoor kitchen counter, bar seating is a more casual, come-and-go style of outdoor dining. This may be perfect for the family that enjoys grilling or smoking, and provides a perfect environment for friends and family to interact with the chef or help with preparations.

An outdoor kitchen can be built in just about any setting. From a simple built-in grill with a bit of countertop space beside to a full-service kitchen complete with sink, refrigerator, kegerator, and pizza oven, the possibilities are limited only by your space and preference.


Swim-Up Seating

For those who simply can't bear to be pulled away from the water, swim-up dining is the way to go! The best of both worlds, this allows diners to be served in the casual comfort of cool water. Nothing says "lounging in luxury" like sipping your favorite beverage from a table built right into the pool. The Tampa Bay pool above even has an umbrella sleeve installed in the center of the table so swimmers can sip in the shade!

Whichever style of outdoor dining represents your idea of perfection, the professionals at Tampa Bay Pools have the knowledge and experience to tailor a design specifically to your liking. Give us a call today for your free design consultation, and find yourself dining in style outside in no time! 

Five Favorite Homemade Planters to Accent Your Tampa Bay Pool Area

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Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! As you spend more of your time outdoors, you may find yourself thinking of ways to add a little more life and color to your Tampa Bay pool area. Here we have compiled a few of our favorite ideas for homemade planter options from around the web. Often inspired by objects they already had on hand, these imaginative folks turned trash into treasure to show us that there is no limit to what can be turned into eye-catching plant homes!

Turn Trash Into Treasure!

Take our first example above. A rusty old wheelbarrow with a flat tire and an improvised replacement handle was destined for the junk yard before a few drilled holes and a cute, stenciled monogram transformed it into an interesting and colorful focal point for the garden!

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While recycling is great, repurposing is just as awesome. Check out what this crafter did with #10 cans and some craft paint! We love how the bright colors accented by metallic gold really made a simple seating area pop! (Just remember to punch a few holes in the bottom for drainage.)

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You will never guess what this next homemade planter is made of. It's nothing more than some cheap burlap, a length of rope and... a broken plastic laundry basket! Yes, you read that right! With the help of a little duct tape and hot glue, a piece of junk set out on the curb was turned into a chic and simple outdoor accent, proving once again that you don't have to spend a lot to get a lot. All that is required is a little creativity!

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Think Outside the Box

With a little practice, anyone can start to see the possibilities in unconventional materials. For instance, who knew that seashells, long appreciated for their complex and beautiful natural structures, could also make such excellent planters for succulents? Succulents are fascinating, hardy plants that require little water and can root in just about anything. Bring a laidback, beachy element to your Florida pool with this easy idea.

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Got any cinder blocks lying around? Then you've got the makings of an intriguing and infinitely configurable backyard planter! From just a few, to several dozen, cinder blocks can be used in a variety of ways to create clean, geometric designs that perfectly compliment a contemporary pool or outdoor living space. What is more, their open interiors seem made to order for tucking in plants! Mix in some cedar or teak wood elements for an ultra-sophisticated Zen garden look.

Browse through our Galleries to help identify your personal style. For more great ideas and food for thought while designing your outdoor spaces, download Tampa Bay Pools' free ebook How to Plan the Perfect Backyard!