Are You Ready to Be a Pool Owner? Here's What You Should Consider.

AIf there was a single, most important question everyone should ask themselves before starting to build a swimming pool it is “Am I ready to be a pool owner?” In case your initial answer to this question is “I don’t know. What will it require of me?” then let us help by breaking this responsibility down into five key questions that will help you consider some important things.

How will you prepare non-swimmers to swim safely?

Pool safety is our top priority, as we’re sure it is yours. If you have young swimmers, or even adults who are not strong swimmers, it’s important to think about what steps you will take to prepare everyone who will be around your pool frequently to swim independently and safely. You may wish to sign children up for professional swim lessons early. Additionally, you should invest in life vests and life saving devices to have near the pool. Finally you should consider the many ways you can incorporate safety features and alarms around your home and pool to make sure children only have access to the pool when supervised.

Who will be responsible for pool maintenance?

The next big question is who will be responsible for pool maintenance. This includes everything from skimming out debris from the pool, emptying filters, keeping the pool area free of dirt and grass, and watching for any signs of wear and tear that may need to be addressed. Consistent maintenance, especially from the beginning, is essential for keeping your pool running at its optimal performance. This is also a great way to assign out some of these chores to family members to get everyone involved and feeling responsible for the pool!

Will you be diligent about monitoring and testing the water? 

This question is an important one. Being diligent about monitoring and testing your pool water will prevent large problems from arising down the road. Not only will you enjoy clearer, better looking water when your water chemistry is correct, your pool’s finishes and filtration system will also last longer. It’s possible to do this on your own, with the right training from a professional pool company. Or you can hire a professional pool company to monitor, test and adjust your water chemistry for you for a reasonable monthly fee.

How will you establish “pool rules” for family and friends?

Next you should think through your family’s pool rules and how you will manage guests wanting to use your space. Rules are important, not only to maintain control over who visits and when, but also for ensuring safety. Will you allow guests to stop by and use the pool when you’re not home? What do they need to know about using your pool and pool equipment? Are neighborhood kids allowed to swim without a parent or guardian accompanying them? These may seem like minor details, but the earlier you can think through your pool policies, the better prepared you will be to handle these scenarios and help guests understand your preferences and expectations.

Who will close and open your pool each season?

A final and very important consideration is who will be responsible for closing and opening your pool each season. The reason it’s important to consider this is because it’s not typically an easy DIY project. In many cases, you are better off working with a professional pool company, like Blue Diamond Pool Service, who is experienced doing this and who can ensure it’s done properly each and every time. Additionally, depending upon the style and shape of your pool, a custom cover or closing/opening process may be needed. For these reasons, it’s important to get input from a professional pool company, and to also budget for whatever costs may be associated with opening and closing your pool each season.

Depending upon your answers to these questions, do you feel you’re ready to be a pool owner? Or do you have another question you’d like to ask a pool professional? Contact us today so we can begin to walk you through our process for building custom gunite swimming pools.


5 Unexpected Benefits of Having Your Own Swimming Pool

5When thinking about the many reasons for wanting to build your own swimming pool, a few easily rise to the top. You want an easy way to keep cool in the summer, it is great entertainment for kids (of all ages!), you enjoy being outside, you want to feel like you’re on vacation all season long – and the list goes on. 

But have you considered some of the less obvious, maybe even unexpected benefits of owning a pool? Like how your whole family is more likely to stay active throughout the summer, or how your children will have the opportunity to become strong and safe swimmers? Once you add these following benefits to your full list of “pros,” you just might be ready to pull the trigger on building your custom gunite swimming pool sooner than later! 

1. Convenience and Comfort

Many people underestimate just how convenient and comfortable it is to have your own swimming pool right in your backyard. Gone will be the days of packing up all the swim gear, snacks, drinks, your own lawn chairs and towels and trekking the whole family out to a crowded public pool or lake. You control the water temperature, style of lawn chairs, types of towels, and much more. And you can actually float on a raft in peace!

2. You’ll Entertain More

Having a pool, especially during those dog days of summer, will instantly make you the friend everyone wants to know. This will give you a reason to reach out to friends and family and invite them over, when maybe you might not have otherwise. A pool is also an easy form of entertainment for guests of all ages. Put out some snacks and you’re ready to go!

3. Opportunity to Develop Strong Swimming Skills

No matter your age, having strong swimming skills is extremely important. Children (and adults) who grow up with frequent access to swimming will develop these skills much sooner, and can continue to refine them. With your own swimming pool, your children will get to practice almost daily under safe supervision. You could even have a swim instructor come to your home to provide formal lessons. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!

4. Easy Option for Exercise and Activity

When you have a pool right outside your door, glistening in the summer sun, it becomes a lot harder to find an excuse to stay inside. When you spend the majority of your free time in or near your pool, you’re going to get a lot more exercise and activity than watching TV, playing video games, or surfing through YouTube clips on the computer. This is particularly important for children who are home during the summer. Additionally, swimming is great exercise than you enjoy at any age or skill level. Just remember to always keep pool safety a top priority and monitor or assist those who are not strong swimmers.  

5. Avoid the Hassle and Cost of Pool Memberships

Finally, you will be able to say goodbye to the hassle and cost of pool memberships. If you’ve ever had a country club membership to have access to their pool, you know just how quickly this adds up with initiation fees, membership dues, plus minimum monthly spends. Even public pool memberships can add up over time and be a hassle with the lines and fighting for a spot to put down a chair or towel. By eliminating this expense (and hassle), and investing it toward your own pool, it can help you make some wiggle room in your budget to further justify why building your own swimming pool is a smart, long-term investment.

Which one of these benefits would be enough reason for you to build a swimming pool? Or is there another benefit you’ve been considering that would make a pool project an easy “Yes!” for you? We encourage you to list these reasons out and really think about everything you could gain from investing in your own pool. Most pool owners’ only regret is not getting started sooner!

Ready to learn more? Let’s talk!


How to Pick the Right Finishes for Your Custom Gunite Swimming Pool

When
building a custom gunite swimming pool, you have so many options available to
you to truly make it a pool customized to your exact wants. Size and shape are
just the beginning! You will get to choose what features you want to include,
like built in seating, ledges, steps, fire features, infinity edges, and more.
Regardless of the combination of features you choose, there is one thing every
pool owner will need to decide upon when building their swimming pool – and
that’s its finishes!

Throughout
the process of designing and building your swimming pool, selecting the
finishes is one of the biggest decisions you will need to make. But don’t let
this stress you out! The good news is that with the guidance of your
professional pool company and the following tips, you’ll be well equipped to
make smart and stylish choices. Here’s a look at a few considerations you’ll
want to keep in mind when selecting your pool’s finishes.

Look at the big picture.

When
choosing the decorative tile border that will accent your pool, and the Pebble-Tec
finish for the pool’s interior, you’ll want to see how these elements
complement one another. Additionally, you want to keep in mind the color and
style of your hardscaping that will also play into the big picture of your
backyard space. While any one of these elements may look great alone, keep in
mind that they will impact one another when they all come together in your pool
area. Place samples of each piece side by side to visualize how they look
together.

Take lighting into consideration.

When
selecting your pool’s band of tile and interior finish, keep in mind that the
colors will appear different in various degrees of lighting. Your pool will
appear darker when it’s cloudy outside or when the sun is not directly
overhead. Alternately, colors will appear brighter and lighter on sunny days.
Consider the pattern of the sun in your backyard and also the look you want to
achieve most of the time. While there will always be variation in lighting, you
want to select the colors of finishes that work with the way the natural
lighting is in your backyard the majority of the time.

Test out both the look and the feel.

The Pebble-Tec interior finish of your pool comes in 48 different colors, but also keep in mind that it has 3 different textures as well. You can drastically impact the feel of your pool, literally, by the type of texture you select. Some pool owners prefer a very smooth, glass-like finish, while others like extreme texture. Still others like something a little more in the middle. It’s great that Pebble-Tec offers a selection for this very reason! When looking at samples, you will likely be feeling the dry texture with your fingers. Remember that this will feel different when it’s wet and felt by your feet. If at all possible, try to find a pool with that finish so you can see it in water and feel it under foot. Another reason why you'll want to see the finish when it is wet is because the color will darken up significantly, which is how it will look when the pool is filled with water.

Choose timeless over trendy.

Our
final, and quite possibly most important tip is when selecting the finishes of
your pool try to choose timeless over trendy. While there will certainly be
ways to incorporate new trends and technology into other elements of your
swimming pool, for the pool’s finishes, you want to aim for timeless. Why?
Because you want to be as happy with the colors and textures of your finishes
today as you will be 20+ years from now. If you go with a bold color now, it’s
likely you’ll grow tired of it overtime. A more subtle or natural color will
age well. You can always add pops of color in your pool’s accessories like
umbrellas, patio furniture, pillows and towels. These are far easier and less
expensive to change out over time. When it comes to your pool’s finishes, think
long-term!

Do you have another question related to picking
the right finishes for your pool? If you’re ready to begin design your dream
backyard, give us a call today!


Opening Day: Tips to Prepare Your Pool for the Swim Season

OWe can finally say with certainty – warmer days are ahead of us! This means that pool owners will soon be enjoying fun and sun in the water for many months to come. But to get to that moment, you must first accomplish the very important step of properly preparing your pool for the swim season.  

For pool owners who want a smooth and seamless pool opening – and we imagine that’s everyone – take a look at 5 things you can do to help your pool company provide you with top quality service and a well prepared pool.

1. Be proactive when scheduling your pool’s opening.

Keep in
mind that pool companies start booking their pool services well in advance,
especially for pool openings. When you’re ready to have your pool open, it’s
likely most other people who own a pool in your area have the same idea. It’s
smart to be proactive when setting the date for your service. Additionally, if
you have a special event or occasion for which you want your pool to be open
and looking its best, we recommend opening your pool at least two weeks prior
to that date. This way any unforeseen issues can be corrected in time and the
pool will impress your guests.

2. Make sure the pool is topped off with water before your pool service company arrives to open the pool.

When the
pool is winterized and closed for the season, the water level is lowered and
lines are blown out to prevent freeze damage. In the spring opening season, your
pool company needs to have enough water back in the pool to be able to start up
the pumps and filtration systems. Consult your service company to find out what
the proper water level should be for your pool before they arrive to open the
pool. If this step gets missed, it could result in the service company needing
to schedule a 2nd trip to your pool to start the system up, which will bring an
extra bill with it!

3. Have any necessary pool equipment and components available for the service company before they show up.

Typically,
your pool service company will leave some items for you to store for the winter
when they are done closing your pool for the season. These items might include
skimmer strainer baskets, plumbing fittings and plugs, ladders and railings,
and various other small items. An easy way to keep everything together is to
place them all in a plastic tub or bin for storage. When you schedule your spring
opening, make sure that your bin full of “pool stuff” is out by the pool or
somewhere that is accessible to your pool technician. If it is locked in a shed
and we don’t have access to it, we will have to reschedule and you may get hit
with a “trip charge” for our lost time.

4. Do a general clean up around the pool area.

Take a
broom or leaf blower and eliminate as much debris from around the pool as
possible. Also, clean up after any pets that may have been walking around the
pool area. Dodging doggy doo all day doesn’t make for a happy service tech! We
want to open your pool and have it as clean and inviting (although maybe a
little chilly to swim in yet) as possible. The more debris we have to clean up
around the pool, the less time we are spending on the actual pool, and the
higher your invoice will be!

5. Have reasonable expectations.

We pride
ourselves on going “above and beyond” the call of duty at pool openings so that
when we leave, the pool is sparkling and ready for the season. That being said,
just because we leave an immaculate pool behind as we pull out of the driveway
doesn’t mean a storm can’t roll through and blow a bunch of leaves into the
pool. There are always a few circumstances beyond our control that can affect
the status of a pool opening. We provide a full service opening for our
customers which means we vacuum all debris out of the pool, adjust the water
chemistry and start up all pool mechanicals to ensure everything is in proper
working order. Other pools service companies may just pull the cover off and
turn on the pumps…the rest is up to you! Different levels of services come with
different costs. So if you are shopping around for quotes to open your pool,
make sure you know what is included in the estimate for the service. Don’t make
the mistake of comparing apples to oranges.

Are you preparing to open a
swimming pool this season? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or
for some expert advice. Contract us today!


4 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your Swimming Pool

It’s hard to imagine that there are truly “bad” swimming pool trends or designs that could offset the luxury and convenience (not to mention fun!) of owning your own swimming pool. And in our experience, there are not that many at all! We live by the philosophy of “to each their own.” That’s the beauty of being a custom pool design company. Every client and every pool is unique – as it should be. What one person may love in a pool, may not be the other person’s cup of tea, and that’s quite alright.

Instead, we wanted to take a humorous approach as to how you essentially can’t go wrong with your pool design, so long as you are using quality materials and working with an experienced and professional pool company. So what are the four swimming pool mistakes you should avoid at all costs? Take a look!

  1. Copying someone else’s pool – exactly.

Foremost, where’s the fun in this? The whole concept of choosing a custom pool company is the ability to custom design your very own swimming pool, one that is unlike anything anyone else has! While it’s perfectly fine, and often helpful to show your pool company pictures of other pools you admire and may want to pull design elements from, you should want to have a truly custom design. Second, every backyard is unique in its size, shape, slope and view. How someone else’s pool fits on their property will not be how your pool fits on yours. All the more reason to embrace the flexibility and creativity of a custom pool design!

  1. Choosing short-term solutions.

The next mistake is choosing short-term solutions in an effort to save on cost or time, and as a result you set yourself up for higher maintenance or increased costs down the road. Sure, you can technically skimp on some technical aspects of your swimming pool, but you will only be shooting yourself in the foot. If you don’t install an adequate filtration system, guess who will have to make up for the slack? You will through more manual labor! It’s so important to properly budget for long-term, common sense solutions and technologies for your pool, to make pool ownership a joy and convenience long-term.

  1. Favoring glitz over function.

It’s so tempting to want to spend a large portion of your pool budget on features and finishes that provide that “wow” factor. And there’s no problem with doing so unless you then have to sacrifice function. Whenever you are making a design decision on your pool, whether it be its shape, size, depth, finish, and the list goes on, make sure you are also asking yourself (and your pool company), could this negatively impact the functionality of the pool. For example, if you’re not prepared for your electric bill to double due to the cost of maintaining and heating your pool and adjoining hot tub all summer (and possibly spring and fall), then you may wish to scale back on the depth or square footage to create a smaller pool.

  1. Not going with your gut instinct.

No matter how you slice it, building a residential swimming pool is a large project. There are many decisions you’ll need to make starting with what pool company you choose to bring your vision to life. The biggest mistake a potential pool owner can make is not listening to their gut instinct when it tells you what pool company will be the best fit, what budget is most reasonable for you right now, what design and finishes you should select, and countless other examples. Every step of the way you should be listening to these instincts and communicating them with your spouse or anyone else involved in your pool building project. To ensure you are fully happy with the finished project, your gut will almost always lead you in the right direction.

Is there another mistake you’ve seen made when people design their swimming pool? Share your experiences by leaving a comment below!


What’s the Right Swimming Pool Design for My Backyard?

When designing a custom gunite swimming pool, there are few limitations to what you can create. Everything can truly be customized to what you want. However, there are several factors that will impact what design will work best for your space.

Foremost the size and shape of your pool will depend upon your backyard and where your property lines are located. Additionally, the layout of your pool, including features such as fire elements or an infinity edge, will also be impacted by the size and sloping of your backyard. Finally, you don’t want to overlook how the design of your pool will also determine your hardscaping.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these factors individually to better understand how they can and will impact the design of your custom gunite swimming pool.

Size

One major benefit of a gunite swimming pool is that you are not limited by size. So long as you have the space, your pool can truly be whatever size you desire. Most often it’s your property that will determine the size of your swimming pool. What size of pool will best fit your space? How much of your property do you want to reserve for other uses? These are just a few questions to consider. You will also want to take into account your township’s rules and regulations for swimming pool setbacks and size, as this can have an impact on your pool’s design.

Shape

The next consideration of your pool design is shape. Again, building with gunite allows you infinite possibilities for your pool’s shape. For some property layouts, a geometric design is the perfect fit. For other types of properties, a free form design might better allow you to maximize your space. You may also have a personal preference as to the shape of your pool.

One of the most important things you should consider when choosing the shape of your pool is how you plan to use it. For example, if you want to be able to swim long, straight laps, you might be better suited with a rectangular pool. Or if you want your pool to provide various “nooks” where people can spread out to relax and socialize, a free form design can best accomplish this.

Location

As for the physical location and layout of your pool, this goes beyond simply “fitting” your pool on your property. You’ll want to consider how close you want your pool to your home. Some clients prefer a pool set further away from their home with an adjacent pool house for convenience. Others want to be able to step out their back door and be just feet away from water. Think of what will best fit your lifestyle and how you plan to use your pool, as well as the rest of your backyard area.

Features

Another important aspect of pool design is the addition of features such as a sun deck, fire elements or an infinity edge. With a gunite swimming pool you can incorporate all of these elements to truly customize your pool to be exactly what you want. Should you want built-in bar stools and a swim-up bar – we can do it! It’s important to consider all the features that are available to you and narrow this list down to just the ones that are going to accentuate your pool design without distracting from it. Then you can incorporate these elements into your design from the start.

Hardscaping

Finally you’ll want to consider your hardscaping while designing your pool. While a final hardscaping design doesn’t have to be ironed out exactly as you determine your pool design, it is helpful to have an idea of what you might envision. For example, should you wish to have a large patio with various levels and spaces, this type of hardscaping design will require more space, and a larger budget, all of which can impact your pool design. Your hardscaping will also have to adhere to your township’s rules and regulations for size and property setbacks, so this should be considered as well. All the elements of your backyard design should work together and complement one another, which is why it’s best to begin with a clear idea of what you want for hardscaping as you design your pool.

Are you dreaming of building a custom gunite swimming pool? It’s never too early to begin exploring the design process to get a better feel for what will make the best use of your space while incorporating the elements that are most important to you.

Contact us today so we can help you navigate the next steps!


Ready to Get Serious About Building a Swimming Pool? Here’s Where to Begin.

The start of a new year may have you thinking about setting new goals, or possibly picking up a few that have fallen off over the last few months or years. For some, this might include the goal to finally build your dream swimming pool that you have been longing for year after year. And right now is a great time to set that goal and make a commitment to achieving it this year!

However, if you find that you’re not quite sure where to begin, don’t worry. Getting started is fairly straightforward and does not have to be an intimidating process. Like any other project you’ve tackled, there are small steps you take along the way that lead you to the end result. Take a look at our advice for getting serious about building a swimming pool – and taking the right steps to launch your project this year.

Get Inspired

First and foremost, you want to start with inspiration. Especially for a project such as creating your dream outdoor living space, it’s important to develop a clear vision for your wants and needs. Everyone has a different lifestyle! How do you want your backyard and pool to reflect yours? For some, this may be a tranquil and serene space to relax and lounge. For other, this may be an energizing and exciting space filled with lots of options for activity like slides, games and sports. Or maybe it’s a combination of both. No matter where you land on the spectrum, it’s important to identify this point before moving on to the next step.

Understand the Building and Zoning Permit Process

Inspiration is one important component of building your dream pool, but it has to be met with a balance of reality. This is why it's so important to investigate the building and zoning permit process for your particular local municipality. Rules and regulations can vary significantly from township to township and county to county, so you want to make sure that any obstacles or restrictions are known before you get too far along in the design process. Keep in mind that this is something your pool company can and should assist you with. It can be a daunting task to navigate along, but with the right pool company to guide you through the process, and share their expertise, this can made a manageable task. When brings us to the next point.

Find the Right Pool Company

Now with a clear vision for the space you wish to create, you must find the right pool company that matches your vision and has the necessary experience and resources to bring your vision to life. Each pool company is unique – as is every customer. This means you need to research and interview enough pool companies until you find the one that sparks a connection. There are several factors you’ll want to consider such as a company’s pool specialty, reputation, style, quality, customer service and pricing. When you feel aligned in all these areas, you know you have found the right pool company to take on your job.

Know Your “All-In” Budget

Next, you need to spend some time fine-tuning your budget. Many people begin with a rough budget and that’s a great place to start. But now that you know the scope of your project and have a wish-list for all that you want to be included, you need to know how much you can really spend to bring it to life. Most importantly, you’ll want to account for things like tax, the cost to open, maintain and close your pool each year, excavation, hardscaping around the pool and fencing. There are many outside costs, beyond the pool alone, that need to be included in your “all-in” budget.

Work Backwards from Your Desired Completion Date

With all of these other items in place, you might be wondering “When can I expect my project to be complete?” Many clients focus on the end project and how soon they can be enjoying the luxury of their own swimming pool. Start with your desired completion date, then work backwards. Be upfront with your pool company about when you hope to be finished, and they will be honest with you about the timeline for completion. These two dates may align, or may need to be adjusted to meet in the middle somewhere. Most importantly, be flexible with your completion date and your pool company. Your pool company surely wants to see your pool complete as much as you do, but keep in mind that having a well thought out design and quality product is always worth the time it takes to complete it.

Are you ready to get serious about building your swimming pool? If you need help deciding how to start the process, reach out to us today. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide insight!


What's the Right Budget for My Swimming Pool?

When it comes to building a swimming pool one of the biggest and most important questions is, “What’s my budget for this project?” The answer to this question will frame much of the discussion that follows, and will also guide decisions regarding your swimming pool design, and the timing of your project.

The easy answer is “It depends.” Each person’s swimming pool budget is as unique as their property and their project wish list. But we want to give you some more information to help you fully answer this question for yourself. Based on our experience, and having worked with many, many clients, this is how we advise every prospective pool owner to begin the process of determining their budget.

Give Your Finances a Fresh Look

First and foremost, you need to begin budgeting for your pool with a current look at your family’s financials. If it’s been a few years, or even a few months, since you’ve updated your spreadsheet, you might be surprised by how much has changed. Only with an accurate snapshot of your finances will you be able to make a sound decision for your pool budget.

Next, you want to be sure you’re accounting for all of the costs associated not only with building a pool, but with maintaining it. Additionally, you’ll want to include any costs for hardscaping, landscaping, fencing and patio furniture. To fully finish your backyard space, you’ll want these items and their combined cost included into your overall project price.

Prioritize Your Wish List

Now that you have a handle on the upper limit for your pool budget based upon your finances, you’ll next want to develop a wish list for the key details you want in your pool. You might learn that your expectations for your pool don’t jive with your budget. For example, you might desire a large pool with a lot of features such as a rock waterfall, infinity edge and sun deck, but all of these may not be possible given your budget.

The best thing to do is to agree upon the “must have” items and place these at the top of your list. You can still add your other desired features, but place these in the “nice to have” column. Your pool company will work with you to include as much as possible, but it’s helpful to have realistic expectations and to prioritize your wants.

Understand How It Will Impact the Value of Your Home

One very common question is how a pool will impact the value of a home. This is particularly important if you think you will ever want to sell your home. Most real estate professionals will advise that you should not build a pool for the sole purpose of increasing your home’s value. Generally speaking, a pool does not substantially increase the value of a home. However, there are exceptions to every rule. For a prospective homeowner who values a swimming pool, this could be the reason they choose your house over another option.

The bottom line to keep in mind is that you should build a pool because it’s something you value and will enjoy. Regardless of whether or not this impacts the value of your home, you should make this decision based upon your own wants and desires.

Talk to a Professional

Finally and most importantly, you want to seek advice from professionals. Start by talking to your financial advisor to ensure your plan for a pool, and your proposed budget, is in line with the rest of your financial goals. Next, you’ll want to talk with your bank to discuss your options for financing your pool. This alone will have a large impact on your budget. If you want more information on how a pool will impact the value of your home, you can seek advice from a real estate professional. And when it comes to getting a clear idea of how much your particular pool design will cost, you want to speak to a professional pool company who can give you an accurate quote and also provide you with some options for alternate styles and materials that will help you achieve your desired results while staying on budget.

Would you like to further discuss your pool project? We are always happy to answer questions and provide advice. Please reach out to us today!


The Best Time to Design Your Custom Pool is Now: Here's Why

A common question people ask is when is the best time to begin the design process for their custom swimming pool. The answer is most always “right now.” It’s not a sales line, it’s the truth. The design process can take longer than most people anticipate, mostly because you don’t know exactly what you want until you start to see it come to life on paper.

Let’s take a look at the various reasons why starting the design process for your custom swimming pool is a smart thing to do early, even if you’re still exploring ideas and options.

It takes time to figure out what you really want.

When you’re embarking on a project as big and permanent as a swimming pool, you absolutely want to get things right the first time. You don’t want to have any regrets or wishes that you did something differently. For this reason, you want to get started designing your pool early so that you have ample time to think through your options and preferences.

Additionally, you might not even know what your options are or what is the right budget for your project until you talk with a pool professional who can help answer your questions. This offers a whole new perspective, and expertise.

You shouldn’t rush the process.

It’s important to not rush a project of this scale. Sure, it’s easy to get excited about swimming laps in your new pool, but it will be worth the (small) wait to ensure you get things right. By starting your design process as soon as you know you’re interested in building a pool, you avoid the pressure to rush the project. If you wait until you wanted your pool finished yesterday, this is more likely to be a stressful experience for you, when it certainly doesn’t have to be.

This gives you time to plan and save.

Another benefit of getting a head start on designing your custom pool is that you can stretch the process out as long as you need to in order to plan and save money. Pools are a significant investment and many people need to save for quite a while to build one. Once you have a design in the works, and know the range of budget for the project, you can plan and save accordingly.

You won’t regret starting too soon!

I don’t think you will talk to many people who will tell you that they wished they would have waited longer before building their pool. In fact, you’re most likely to hear the opposite. For all the fun and joy people get out of owning a swimming pool, you won’t ever feel like to started the design process too soon.

If you’re even curious about exploring your options for a custom swimming pool, take the “plunge” today and schedule your first meeting. There is nothing to be lost by gathering more information and seeing what designs might fit your space, preferences and budget. When you’re finally relaxing in your custom gunite swimming pool, you’ll have wished you started your planning process sooner!


Tips to Keeping Your Pool Looking Nicer Longer

For pool owners, you might feel like designing and building your pool was the biggest part of the process. However, the ongoing maintenance for your pool must be a consideration, if you wish to get the most life out of your investment.

Pool maintenance doesn’t have to consume your schedule. Rather, putting in place some simple habits will ensure your pool is getting the attention it needs to function properly and give swimmers the best experience. Here are our top five tops for keeping your pool looking nicer longer.

Ask and learn.

Be sure to utilize your pool company as a resource for knowledge. Before they hand over the “keys” to your new pool, you should feel well equipped to be able to take care of its basic maintenance. Do you know what you need to be monitoring and at what times? Various apps and new technology can help make monitoring your water levels and the pH of your pool easy, however you still need to know how to use them and understand what they’re telling you. Look to your pool professionals to ask and learn what you need to know.

Develop good habits from the start.

Next, you want to form good habits early. From your very first week of pool ownership, it’s important to get on a routine of what you’ll be doing. To start, put reminders on your calendar so you don’t forget to clean and monitor your pool. If you make the effort to turn these tasks into habits, soon it will become second nature and require just a small part of your time. It’s well worth doing this so that you can spend more time enjoying your pool.

No pool maintains itself.

Simply put, there is no such thing as a no-maintenance pool. Even salt water pools require maintenance and monitoring to keep them functioning as they should. If you want to keep your pool looking nicer longer, you have to adopt the mindset that there will be some work involved. If you simply can’t keep up even with the most basic pool maintenance, you might consider hiring a company who can clean and monitor your pool on a regular basis. This is especially helpful if you travel frequently and are not always home to do it yourself.

Keep your deck clean.

When people think about pool maintenance, they often forget that this includes the area around your pool as well. By keeping your deck clear of dirt and debris, you will prevent this dirt and debris from entering your pool. Be diligent about sweeping off your deck to ensure unwanted leaves, grass and mud aren’t brought into the pool on swimmers’ feet or blown in by the wind. You might also consider removing trees or shrubs surrounding your pool that drop a great deal of debris. Preventing this stuff from ever entering your pool in the first place will reduce your cleaning and keep your pool looking nicer longer.

Properly winterize your pool.

Finally and most importantly, you need to invest in the proper winterization of your pool. The winter months can wreak havoc on a pool if it has not been properly winterized. You can damage essential parts of your pool like its pipes and filtration system. You can also damage the gunite, fiberglass or liner of your pool (depending upon what type of pool you own), if this material is left open to harsh winter conditions. It requires an investment to purchase a properly fitted pool cover and to winterize your pool, but it’s only a fraction of what it would cost you if your pool was damaged and needed repair before it could be opened again in the summer.

Whether you are a current pool owner or someone who hopes you own a pool someday, education is key. Be sure to ask and learn from your trusted pool professionals so that you understand everything that’s involved when it comes to owning and maintaining a pool. By developing good maintenance habits early, you can add significant life to your pool and save yourself from costly repairs down the road.

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