Call Us Today: ( 813 ) 684-3639
View Our Design Ideas Galleries

Pool Design

now browsing by tag

 
 

4 Ways to Create a Resort Style Pool in Your Backyard

IMG_6541

 

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?

tampa-blog

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

geometric pool with deck jets and fire bowls

 

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.