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The Elements of Great Pool Design

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Owning your very own backyard swimming pool is something that more and more people are deciding to turn into a reality. Not only is the swimming pool a great place to relax on a hot day, it also adds a sense of everyday fun and tranquility to your outdoor living space.

Even if you’re just thinking about a pool, coming up with the perfect design can be an exciting and challenging endeavor. There are so many options and decisions to make that it can start to make your head spin. From the basic shape to finishing touches, the almost unlimited possibilities mean your backyard swimming pool can be as unique as you are.

To help you get started with planning the perfect custom pool design, our design professionals at Tampa Bay Pools put together some of the most important design elements that go into creating a fun, functional, and beautiful swimming pool and outdoor living space.

 

Choosing the Right Tampa Bay Pool Builder

We look forward to discussing your backyard and what you might want out of your pool should you decide to build. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to anyone who just wants to test the water of pool ownership. This can even include a 3D rendering so you can what it would look like before construction begins.

 

The Basic Design Elements

The more educated and experienced your pool builder is in custom pool design, the better. Our award-winning designers at Tampa Bay Pools have a deep understanding of the many elements of basic design, including: lines, color, texture, rhythm, and balance.

A knowledgeable designer also understands the importance of having a poolscape that is as functional as it is beautiful. We’ll work closely with you to ensure that you understand how your outdoor living area is going to be used so we can design an entire backyard that matches the experience you want to create.

 

How Big Should My Pool Be?

The size of the pool will play an important role in its location, its features, and landscaping. How you intend to use your pool will typically be the primary factor when considering the size of your pool. A modest-sized swimming pool is ideal for homeowners who want a place to cool off on a hot day, while a large and extensive swimming pool is best for families who plan to dive, play, swim and entertain friends. There’s no set size for any pool and we can design a custom pool to fit in almost any size backyard.

 

Important Considerations When Planning a Pool

Any custom pool design has to also take into account the layout, slope, and other characteristics of your backyard that can have an impact on the actual construction of the pool. We will take careful measurements of where you would like to place the pool and take other issues into consideration such as:

  • Potential drainage issues
  • Sun exposure
  • Swales (low areas)
  • Underground utilities

From that point, your Clearwater pool builder will be able to suggest the best location for your swimming pool.

 

Choosing the Right Water Features

After the basic shape and design have been determined, then it’s time to think about what features you’d like with your pool. These can fall into one of two categories — functional or focal.

Functional features will be items like an automatic pool cover, lighting elements, in-ground cleaning systems, and smart controlled water systems. Focal features are those which allow your pool design to be transformed into your ultimate oasis such as deck jets, a water slide, a custom spa, sheer descents, and a customized rocky grotto waterfall.

 

Adding Outdoor Living Elements

Many homeowners not only want a swimming pool, but they also want to create a cohesive design that flows from the back door out to the pool area. This turns your entire backyard into a custom poolscape that transports you to your own private paradise. In addition to creating a tiled or stonework area that extends to the back deck or patio, we can also include:

  • Pergolas
  • Roof extensions
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Fire features and fire pits
  • Outdoor living rooms
  • Custom landscaping

 

Experience the Tampa Bay Pools Difference

At Tampa Bay Pools, we know the number one element of great pool design is the customer. Our team of experienced designers know that the best designs are in the details, and we work with our customers to make sure that your outdoor living area delivers everything you dreamed of and more.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, 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.

New Pool Design Trends for Spring 2018

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With swim season right around the corner, you may be finding yourself gazing out over your existing poolscape (or dreaming of a new one!) and wondering what tweaks and improvements can be made to enhance its beauty, design, and functionality. Tampa Bay Pools loves to inspire, which is why we have put together this quick list of five pool design trends for spring 2018.

 

Playing with Depth and Height

This year has seen a lot of different trends that involve playing with the depth and height of not only pools, but other poolscape features in and around your outdoor living space.

  • Elevated pools (pools built into a second or higher level of your home)
  • Elevated spas (this is a recurring trend that is continuing to grow this year)
  • Sunken outdoor kitchens and seating areas (these kitchens share a wall with your pool or spa, providing you with extra counter space for a swim-up bar)
  • Walls which incorporate fire and water features

 

Separated Concrete Pavers

Forget the classic “poured concrete” look. Separated concrete pavers placed upon grass, gravel or turf will keep your pool design fresh and visually engaging with a modern appeal.

 

Going Linear

Free-flowing pool shapes will always be a favorite, but expect to see a lot more straight lines and crisp corners in Clearwater pool designs this year. Aesthetically pleasing and offering loads of luxurious appeal, geometric pool designs can match the architecture of almost any home and outdoor living space.

 

Smart Pool Technologies

Pool and spa automation is continuing to dominate the industry. Unlike ever before you will be able to find a number of affordable smart pool technologies, all of which offer differing levels of remote control over different features of your pool and spa, like:

  • Running your in-pool cleaning system
  • Adjusting the temperature of your pool and spa
  • Controlling features in and around the pool (waterfalls, deck jets, fire pits, etc.)

 

Focus on Hydrotherapy

Research stating the importance of hydrotherapy continues to pile up, which has also led to a number of interesting developments in the pool and spa industry. Swim spas are a growing trend, but what is an even larger trend are the many jet and seating options available in both portable hot tubs and custom spas so that you can enjoy a tailored therapeutic massage in the comfort of your own backyard.

Are you looking for a Clearwater pool design and construction company to bring your poolscape to life? Try out My Staycation Builder from Tampa Bay Pools and call us today with any questions you may have about building or remodeling your pool and spa at (813) 684-3639.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, 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.

Start Spring Right with MyStaycation Builder

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Spring is here, and that means you’re probably thinking about getting a swimming pool. And, as with any big investment, you’re wise enough to do all your research and find out the important information before making the purchase. So why not have a little fun while you’re doing it? After all, that’s what pools are all about.

Whether your idea of a good time in the water is cannonballs and water fights or sitting quietly poolside with a book, our MyStaycation Builder tool lets design your swimming 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 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, so be sure to 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 the proper places of your choosing. It’s just that simple. Let your imagination and creativity run wild with this great technology tool.

 

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 you can already see it in your head, go bring it to life with the MyStaycation Builder tool. We look forward to seeing your unique designs and the opportunity to work with you. Make this a spring you’ll never forget by changing your life with a new swimming pool.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, 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.

Custom Pool Design: Focus on Water Features

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Are you unhappy with your current poolscape or planning on designing and building your own custom pool in the near future?  Rather than just focusing on the swimming pool’s length and shape, you should also be thinking about custom water features and how they can transform your backyard oasis.  

 

The Obvious: The Spa

Hands down one of the best custom pool remodeling projects is adding a spa to your poolscape.  There are many benefits for soaking in a spa or hot tub, including the fact that it relaxes the body both physically and mentally.  It has also been said that entering warm water and then submerging yourself in cool water is good for your health.  

 

For the Naturalist: The Waterfall

Nothing beats adding a waterfall to a backyard pool.  This beloved custom pool design water feature adds visual interest and breathtaking beauty to your poolscape, and it can complement almost any swimming pool shape and design.

Custom pool builders have come up with incredibly creative designs allowing you to build the waterfall of your dreams.  You can even create private rock caves and built-in underwater seating ledges so that the cascading water will deliver a nice, and much deserved, massage.

 

For the Showman: Deck Jets

Deck jets are exciting. These shooting streams of water add instant appeal to your custom pool design and they can be incredibly dramatic.  Opt for laminar jets, which produce a steady stream of bubble-free water, and consider adding fiber optic lighting to enhance their effect.  

 

For the Fitness Enthusiast: Resistance Jets

Want to step up your fitness routine?  Consider resistance jets.  This unique water feature provides a so-called “endless” current of water, which you can swim against to tone muscles and lose weight.  

 

For the Young At Heart: The Water Slide

Water slides offer endless fun for children and adults alike.  Modern swimming pool slides come in an array of colors, sizes and effects, so take your time looking into your options to find the one that you love. They can also be beautifully integrated into a custom pool design so that they blend right in with the overall poolscape.  

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, 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.

4 Ways to Create a Resort Style Pool in Your Backyard

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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.

What Swimming Pool Finish or Surface Should I Choose?

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There are a lot of things to take into consideration when building a pool – the size, where it will be located, and what features you want it to have. But one factor that can have a significant impact on the atmosphere and aesthetic appeal of your poolscape are the pool finishes you choose.

 

Pool Finishes and Surface Options

Today's pool owner has a number of options when it comes to pool finishes, and even more options when it comes to color and texture. Our design experts at Tampa Bay Pools will work closely with you to determine which one will best fit your needs.

 

Read on below to learn more about the options available and the pros and cons of each.

 

Paint

Paint is popular for two reasons: it's inexpensive and you have a variety of color options available to you. The primary drawback is that paint has a considerably shorter lifespan than the other pool finishes on this list, and it does not deliver that same level of modern sophistication other surfaces offer.

 

Plaster

Basic plaster is a budget-friendly pool finish that leaves pools feeling smooth to the touch. The downside to this type of finish is that it does need to be replaced every 8 to 12 years, and it can suffer from wear and tear resulting in cracks, chips or hollow spots. It also stains more easily than other pool finishes.

 

Tile

Basic tiling gives pool owners the opportunity to create unique color combinations and shapes throughout their entire poolscape. Tiling can be the most flexible in terms of design, though it is more costly in comparison to paint and plaster.

 

Glass Tile

Arguably the most sophisticated of the pool finishes, glass tiling transforms pools into a glimmering mosaic of brilliant colors. Incredibly durable and long lasting, glass tiling is also one of the more expensive pool finishes on our list.

 

Aggregate

Aggregate pool finishes come in an array of colors and they are more durable than standard plaster. While expensive, if the pool is well maintained these pool finishes will stand the test of time.

 

PebbleTec

Textured and delivering a one-of-a-kind sparkle, natural pebble pool finishes like PebbleTec are in high demand since they are as durable as they are beautiful. Pool owners beware, however, as applying pebble pool finishes can take over one week to complete (but the results are certainly worth the wait).

 

The Choice Is Yours with Tampa Bay Pools, Inc.

Located in beautiful Brandon, Florida, Tampa Bay Pools, Inc. is an award-winning pool builder offering top quality pool finishes to pool owners in Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and surrounding communities.

 

Start building your perfect backyard with My Staycation Builder, and call us today to chat about your pool dreams 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.

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.

Outdoor Living Ideas for Fall: Lighting, Decor

While jumping in the pool could be a little chilly in November, the cooler weather gives homeowners the opportunity to enjoy their outdoor living space from the patio. Fall is the perfect time to add on different features, lighting and decor that can help you create the perfect atmosphere for family and friends to gather and enjoy each others company this holiday season. Use the outdoor living ideas below when you are planning how to use your outdoor living space this fall.

Fire Features

With the dip in temperature this time of year it is always fun to add an element of fire to your backdoor living space. It adds warmth and creates a focal point to enjoy against the night sky. When we think of fire features we often think of the classic fire pit or fire place, but while these classic features are fun to enjoy there are many kinds of fire features you can enjoy in your back yard.

Fire and Water Features - Features like these incorporate both elements into your outdoor living space. Place fire bowls that also have water pouring from them around your pool. Not only are the aesthetically pleasing but incorporating the water pouring into your pool provides a relaxing sound.

Rectangular Fire Pits - Fire pits will always be a favorite for roasting marshmallows and gathering with friends, but sometimes circular and square pits limit who all has access to the fire. By using a fire insert with a rectangular design you can create a larger area with a sleek modern design.

Classic Chimney - Who said a fire place is only for the inside? Use a classic brick or stone chimney design for a fire place outside. You can recreate your living room but also enjoy the crisp fall air and beautiful night sky.

Outdoor Lighting

The long summer nights are over and if we want to enjoy our outdoor living areas even early in the evening we need a way to light them up and make them warm and inviting. Flood lights are great to provide us with the ability to see at night but there are so many fun ways to illuminate your outdoor living space.

Globe String Lights - We often think string lights are only for Christmas decorations but they don't have to be. By using globe string lights, it brings that patio restaurant feel to your own backyard. Not only is it enjoyable for the nice fall weather but you can keep them up all year long. String them over your pool to add a different look entirely.

Paper Lanterns - Paper lanterns are fun to have because they can be used all year round or you can add to the festive atmosphere by using different colors. This fall switch things up from the usual oranges and browns and use colors like forest green, olive, plum, and dark blues.

Re-purposed Chandeliers - Re-purposed chandeliers found at thrift stores are a fun way to make your outdoor living area feel fancy and festive. Paint them or just use their original colors. You can hang them from posts around your flower beds or on your patio for added light.

Decor

Decorating for fall and the holidays is one of the best times! Since we are more inclined to entertain during this time and the weather gives us a perfect excuse to cozy up by fire next to the pool, why not go all out in decorating?!

Metallic Colors - Spruce up your outdoor decorations with a touch of metallic paint. You can paint pumpkins or spray paint pine cones and string them as a garland. The possibilities are numerous. An added bonus is that metallic colors can easily take you into the winter months as well.

Flowers - Whether they're potted plants or in a vase flowers are the perfect addition to your outdoor living space decor. For planters think cabbage or kale for dark purples and greens and mums and sunflowers for planters.

Pumpkin Planters- Instead of putting those flowers in a regular pot use a pumpkin! Cut off the top and empty out the insides, then either place a container with the flowers in it inside, so that the flowers don't have to go when the pumpkins are done or fill it with dirt and put the flowers right in.