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Think You Can’t Afford to Build a Pool? Think Again!

Your Dream Pool

With summer already upon us, you have no doubt already been spending more time outdoors enjoying our beautiful Florida spring. If you're like most people, you've been looking around your outdoor environment and daydreaming about the perfect backyard. Likely, your perfect backyard includes a beautiful new pool.

You can see it in your mind's eye: The crystal-clear water framed by graceful tile and natural stone coping. Generous decking with plenty of space for lounge chairs and outdoor dining. Elegant water features enhancing the view with the soothing sound of chuckling water. And for added drama, perhaps a couple of fire bowls or an outdoor fireplace. Maybe even a custom designed enclosure to keep it all private and protected from the elements.

But then you may be telling yourself, "But I can't afford to build a pool!"

You've Got Options!

Not so fast! Did you know that Tampa Bay Pools offers financing options for building your dream outdoor escape? We have partnered with Lyon Financial and Paramount to better serve your individual needs. While many pool builders are struggling to offer financing right now, Tampa Bay Pools has a team of lenders with money available now for your special project. Even with little or no equity, you could qualify for very competitive rates from our pool financing specialists.

If you think you can't afford a pool- even if you've been told "No" by other builders or lenders, give us a call or stop by Tampa Bay Pools today! After hours? You can even start the process through our simple Contact Us form. We have helped hundreds of families build the pool and spa of their dreams. Maybe it's your turn

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!

Should Your Tampa Bay Pool Include a Deep End? The Pros and Cons

You have many decisions to make when designing a new swimming pool in Tampa and the surrounding area. With all of the features, finishes, accessories and technology available today, it helps to have an experienced professional in your corner. At Tampa Bay Pools, our expert design team has made a name for itself navigating customers just like you through the ins and outs of the pool design process to the backyard destination of their dreams.

One of the issues clients frequently have questions about is whether or not to include a deep end in their pool design. Though offering several distinct advantages, there are both pros and cons to building a deep end that should be carefully weighed before your pool is designed. Let's examine some of the most important.


Typically five feet or more, deep areas are usually found at an end of the pool and are desired by customers for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, a family wishes to incorporate a diving board or other structure such as a jumping rock or wall or a water slide for recreation, and understands the importance of water deep enough to allow for safe usage.

Often, deep areas are requested by customers with taller family members. Adult men and those of above average height often find it difficult to enjoy themselves in water that only reaches their chest or stomach. Many are more comfortable in water deep enough to submerge most of their bodies, and fun activities such as water polo for example, require deeper water to enjoy.

Another advantage, though one less often thought of by most homeowners, is the tendency of deeper water to stay cooler throughout the Tampa Bay area's long, hot season. Who doesn't love a cool, refreshing dip on a hot summer day?!


With the pros in mind, let's take a look at a few cons. First, and most notable is the amount of pool real estate that a deep end consumes. Remember that a pool's floor doesn't suddenly drop to deep end depths, but gradually slopes. This prevents the unsafe condition of a harsh underwater corner that swimmers risk falling off of or swimming into, but the transition also eats up a lot of valuable space- area that may not be quite deep enough to accommodate diving, but is too deep for children or even shorter adults to stand in, and is therefore not very conducive to play.

The space hogging nature of a deep end also means that less area is available for typical play purposes. Most customers are limited in the size of pool they can build not only by the size of a conventional backyard but also by the fact that in pools, as in most construction, size is in direct proportion to expense. In other words, a bigger pool usually costs more money. The size of an average pool, if it has a deep end, will not also have enough space with shallow to moderate depths suitable for, say, a game of water volleyball!

Finally, the deeper a pool, the more it costs to build. Pools with a deep end require more excavation, and deeper depths mean more surface area which requires more materials such as steel, gunite and plaster to cover. This also equates to more water required to fill a deep pool, which then requires higher horsepower pumps and/or demands longer pump run-time to ensure proper water circulation and filtration. Not to mention that more water means more chemicals needed to maintain proper ph levels! All of these "mores" cost more money to build and maintain.

Whether you know exactly what you want in your backyard retreat, or are just getting started collecting ideas, you have come to the right place. Browse through our galleries of award-winning pools, spas, and outdoor living areas. Then, for further advice on all of your pool design considerations, call the experts at Tampa Bay Pools and schedule your free design consultation today!