Serving Central Texas
12 Jul 2018

Entertain Family and Friends By Investing in a Custom Pool

Anyone who is interested in having a pool will likely take this into consideration when they go house hunting. A home buyer may end up with a pool in their backyard, but it may not have much additional functionality. This can lead to a decline in interest for the pool after a while. If you own a home and want to add a pool that is great for entertaining your family, you need a custom pool.

Entertain Family and Friends By Investing in a Custom PoolAppearance

An important detail to consider with a pool’s design is the appearance. Although you could go for something basic, you will make a greater impression on everyone with an intricate design. If you want to enjoy a balance of beauty and affordability, you should go with decorative concrete.

This feature will allow you to customize the pool deck and the surrounding area. For instance, if you know that you will incorporate an outdoor kitchen, you can expand the concrete to this area.

Relaxation

A standard pool may have ladders to help you get in and out, but you may want extra features to promote relaxation for your family and friends. For instance, you can have a nice balance of shallow water to relax in and deep water for activities such as swimming and diving. The shallow water is also helpful because it allows your kids to go into the water without taking a major risk.

Also, when you do not feel like treading water while you are in the pool, you can just go to the shallow end and sit down in the lounge area that you add with a custom design.

Kitchen

If you are willing to get extra creative with the custom pool’s design, you should consider adding a pool bar. This way, you can serve drinks and enjoy drinking while you are in the pool.

Contact us if you have any questions about custom pools.

26 Jun 2018

Design a Pool for Your Private Resort

Concrete or Gunite in ground swimming pools can be configured in any style or shape to fit the space available in your yard and add to the value of your home. Large and small free-form pools with attached spa tubs are popular throughout Texas and the Southwest. The possibilities are unlimited with the custom design service from Varsity Pools and Patios and can bring your dream private resort into a reality.

Design a Pool for Your Private Resort

Modern trends 

The edgeless infinity pool continues to be popular. Ledges that allow for lounging in the water and even swim up bars are also part of residential pools. This concept that began at hotel resorts will turn your yard into a private retreat.

Waterfalls that circulate the pool water are also popular cascading from rocks or from an elevated hot tub. Many people prefer a pool that is only one depth and designed for lap swimming.

New pools often have colorful mosaic tilework. This can include a special design or emblem on the bottom of the pool or a complete mosaic mural on the sides. New glass and porcelain tiles are available in different sizes to create unique designs. This is more than just the ring of square tiles at the waterline.

Landscape designs complete the pool with rock and stone borders and deck. The pool area may also include a patio with a fireplace or outdoor kitchen.

The design process

Landscape and pool designers will work with you to create a beautiful pool area that includes the deck and other features. This includes special lighting to highlight the yard and pool. The initial design is created in two dimensions using our software program to give you an idea of the finished product.

The final step is a 3D animated program that gives you a 360-degree view of your pool and yard after final installation and landscaping. This includes any hardscape such as fences, patios, lights, and planter box borders.

Contact Varsity Pools and Patios to learn more about installing a swimming pool that will provide your family with years of fun.

08 Jun 2018

Four Clever Tips To Coping With Pool Construction

Dealing with pool construction can sometimes be a bit of stressful. There are numerous decisions to be made and a myriad of choices for each decision. Below are four clever tips we have come up with to help you not only cope with pool construction, but also enjoy it.

Four Clever Tips To Coping With Pool Construction

  • Hire A Licensed Contractor: Let’s face it, mistakes can happen during construction. Hiring a licensed prime contractor will ensure that you will get quality, not only from your prime contractor but also any sub-contractors that are hired to work on your pool construction. Make sure this contractor also has a good reputation. Talk to customers that have used the prime contractor you are considering. You can also talk to your friends and family members that have pools. They may be able to refer you to a great prime contractor that they used in their pool construction. This will save you the headache of dealing with mistakes that you can’t afford.
  • Do Your Own Research: It is more than likely that you will not know some of the terms, materials or even processes that come with constructing a pool. It is a good idea for you to do your own research and get acquainted with different options before you have pool construction started. The more you know, the easier it will be for you to understand what is going on during construction.
  • Look Closely At Your Bids: Although starting construction on your dream pool is exciting, you need to take time to look closely and thoroughly at the bids from all contractors. Go the extra steps to make sure you understand what is being quoted so there will be no surprises. Do not rush this step!
  • Do Not Shop For A Pool Over The Phone: The best way to shop for a pool is to have the contractor come to your home for the estimate. Seeing the space you want your pool located in and getting a clear picture of the design you desire, will help the contractor with the bidding process.

Having a pool of your own to use anytime you like is wonderful. Having your own dream pool constructed exactly the way you want is amazing! To talk more about your custom pool, or anything else we can help you with, please Contact Us.

25 May 2018

5 Reasons to Add an Outdoor Kitchen to Your Backyard

Do you want to spruce up your backyard? If you enjoy entertaining, or just spending time outside, an outdoor kitchen is a great investment. Here are some of the reasons you should consider an outdoor kitchen for your home.

5 Reasons to Add an Outdoor Kitchen to Your Backyard

An outdoor kitchen makes entertaining a breeze. It’s frustrating to host a backyard party, only to constantly run back and forth to the kitchen. With an outdoor kitchen, you can socialize with your guests and enjoy the outdoors while you cook. Your guests might even pitch in with the preparations.

Expand your home’s living space. If you enjoy entertaining, but don’t have a lot of room, an outdoor kitchen gives your guests a perfect place to relax. Create a backyard oasis that the whole family will enjoy.

An outdoor kitchen can increase the value of your home. An outdoor kitchen is an attractive feature to many homebuyers. Adding an outdoor kitchen will make your home stand out to potential buyers. Outdoor kitchens have a higher rate of return on investment than other outdoor improvements. A well-made outdoor kitchen is an investment you will enjoy for years to come.

An outdoor kitchen provides a convenient way to enjoy healthy meals. Grilling is one of the most healthy methods of cooking. Unwanted fat drips off of meat as it’s grilled. Grilled food tastes delicious and is lower in calories from fat. Cooking outside also prevents cooking odors from lingering inside your house.

Save money on utility bills. When you prepare meals in your kitchen, the indoor temperature increases several degrees, especially if you are using your oven. This causes your air conditioner to work overtime to cool your home. Using your outdoor kitchen will save energy, lowering your utility costs.

Are you ready to invest in an outdoor kitchen for your home? Contact us at Varsity Pools today.

11 May 2018

Top 3 Things to Consider As You Plan A Custom Pool

Do you have a property that is a blank canvas? Create your dream staycation by adding a custom pool into your yard. No, not every pool is cookie cutter. Rather, custom jobs are for you and your family to bring a dream to life. When you are dreaming of your design keep the following in mind.

Top 3 Things to Consider As You Plan A Custom Pool

Your Budget and Time Frame

  • Before you consider creating the pool of your dreams, you need to check your finances. Set a firm budget before you start the project. This helps determine exactly what dream we can fulfill with your budget. It also keeps you focused on what you want in the space.
  • The second most important aspect is your timeline. Do you have a strict deadline for your party? For example, are you hosting an important family event where you want your pool to star? Let your consultant know.

The Location of Your Pool

Once the formal stuff is out of the way, it’s on to the fun stuff.

  • Where do you want your pool located on your property? Consider the size of what you are dreaming as you choose the location.
  • Do you want it close to your outdoor kitchen?
  • Are there areas you want to avoid in the yard because of natural concerns?
  • If you are unable to decide on one location, make a list of your top three favorite spots. Ask your family for their input. You can also ask us our opinion!

How does it fit in with the rest of the yard?

When you are dreaming of your custom pool, step back and consider your entire yard.

  • How will the pool fit in with the feel of the yard?
  • Is it going to be a focal point for a blank canvas?
  • Do you need to keep a specific style in mind?
  • Are you going to have vegetation nearby? If so, what types of flowers and other vegetation do you want around your pool and deck?

Are you already picturing the first pool party around your custom pool? Contact us today to start the process of turning your dreams into reality. We look forward to creating your custom staycation dream pool.

27 Apr 2018

Pool Construction and the Benefits of Pools

Pool construction is something that many people will consider. There are certainly many benefits associated with it, such as the fact that a pool will add value to a household. However, people should also consider just how useful pools can be in a wide range of situations when they’re debating whether or not they should opt for pool installation. Pools are incredibly popular and versatile.

Pool Construction and the Benefits of Pools

1. People of all ages can enjoy pools and swimming.

Kids famously often can’t get enough of swimming in pools. Water aerobics and swimming in pools is also very popular among older people. There are certainly plenty of young adults who love swimming pools just as much. A pool is truly something that the entire family can enjoy along with their friends, regardless of their age ranges.

2. Pools are useful for both strenuous regular exercise and for resting on vacation days.

It’s very rare to find something that is equally valuable for both hard work and entertainment, but this is certainly the case with swimming pools. People can practice challenging laps in their swimming pools, or they can just lie back and drift in the pool while using a flotation tool. A treadmill is really only good for exercise and a couch is only good for relaxation, but a pool is great for both.

3. Pools can be fun for people to enjoy by themselves or with friends.

Lots of people love having pool parties. However, pools are also great for the people who just want a lot of time by themselves. Pools have a way of feeling very tranquil. They’re great for solitary days and for more social days. People can benefit from pool construction and maintenance services in more ways than one, given how useful pools really are.

Contact us for any additional information.

17 Apr 2018

Reasons Why You Should Hire a Local Pool Contractor

For those that live in San Antonio and South Texas, having access to a pool during the hottest months of the year is a practical necessity.  When you are looking to install a new pool in your home, hiring a reputable and local pool contractor could be a great option.  The pool contractor will be able to provide you with a range of different services.

Reasons Why You Should Hire a Local Pool Contractor

Custom Design

One reason to hire a local pool company is that they will be able to provide you with a custom design.  Your outdoor pool will end up being a focal point of your home and a main place for relaxing and entertaining.  The pool contractor will be able to provide you with a number of different design concepts for you to choose from.  This can include developing a master plan for your backyard, which can also include a fire pit or outdoor kitchen.

Expert Construction

If you decide on a pool concept and design, the local pool contractor will be able to handle the whole construction process for you.  This will include obtaining any necessary local approvals and completing the construction on time and within budget.

Maintenance

Once the pool is complete and installed, the company will be able to provide you with all of your maintenance needs.  This will include ensuring the chlorine and other chemicals are at normal levels, the filters and other mechanicals are working well, and making any necessary physical repairs that could arise.

If you are considering having a new pool installed in your home, contact us to learn more about the services we can provide to you.

03 Apr 2018

A Comfortable Space for Outdoor Living

There is little in this world that is better for you than fresh air and sunlight. With the hectic schedule most of us have these days, it is harder than ever to find the time for this. That is, unless your backyard is a convenient space that invites you with its style. A well designed backyard is the new favorite room for people today. Let’s create a comfortable space for your outdoor living enjoyment.

A Comfortable Space for Outdoor Living

Designing Your Backyard

What does your ultimate outdoor living space need? This is different for each family and even each person. There are a few things that make the outdoors more comfortable for everyone. The first question to ask yourself when you start this process is: Do you want an entertaining space? Or something more cozy? Or do you need something that is good for both? Your answer shapes the design for your outdoor living space.

The second question to address is: What features do you want in your newly designed space? Obviously you will want some sort of deck, patio, or balcony that has features that invite you out. But what are those features? Cooking is popular for most people, whether that is a grill or a whole outdoor kitchen. Fire features are also a big draw, because they make even cool nights interesting. A pool adds to the ambiance of your outdoor space and provides you with refreshing cool in the heat of the summer. So what does your outdoor space need to make it your new favorite room?

Sitting Areas

This is the most important, because you won’t spend much time anywhere you can’t sit down. While there are a few people who really love sitting on the ground, the rest of us prefer some sort of chair, couch, or lounge-seat. Covered or slightly enclosed areas are good for somewhat more comfortable furnishings, while the areas out in the sunlight need more durability to withstand the elements. Sometimes the best answer is some of each, allowing for sunlight or stars to accent your experience at times, while you might prefer shade with protection from weather during other times. Remember dining when you plan your outdoor seating.

Cooking

There is something about firing up the grill on a warm Spring or Summer evening and enjoying the weather. An outdoor kitchen is so much more than this, with options available that would entice the grilling king or even the pickiest gourmet chef into the outdoors. Before you choose, consider how you cook and what you enjoy eating the most. The features should fit your family and your tastes.

Fireplace or Fire pit? 

While the fireplace is fun for summer, a fire pit is one feature that helps your backyard stay viable into the cooler months. S’mores and campfire stories are not the only reason that fire features are so nice. The crackle of the fire is mesmerizing and soothing. There is nothing as lovely as a charming evening around a fire, whether you’re roasting marshmallows with the kids or enjoying the company of friends.

Why Do We Need a Comfortable Outdoor Space?

We all know the benefits of fresh air and sunlight, but when do we take the time to enjoy the outdoors? This is often because the backyard is more of a chore than a pleasure. When we have the perfect setting for living that spills into the outdoors, we go there more often. This means we are living healthier and are happier. At  Varsity Pools, we would love to help you make your backyard into your favorite room of your house.

20 Mar 2018

Make A Statement With Decorative Concrete

Small backyards can seem like they don’t have a lot of space to grow. But whether you’re looking for ways to improve the sell ability of your home or you want a more inviting backyard for visitors, there are a few ways to break up the space so your yard is visually bigger, more functional, and interesting.

Make A Statement With Decorative Concrete

Here’s how:

  • Use decorative concrete for patios that break the space into sections. Having a small yard that is a single grassy lot can make the space feel even smaller, especially if there’s not a designated area for patio furniture. Build sections in your yard that have designated functions such as a table area, a space for a hammock and a fire pit. By using decorative concrete to designate different spaces through different but connected designs, you can make the space feel larger without cluttering it.
  • Decorate the concrete to add personality and make the style fit with your house’s design. Adding a new patio to an old house can make the backyard feel a bit clunky. But you can use etching and stained concrete to maintain a consistent color palette that makes your backyard feel like an extension of your home instead of a smaller, separate area. A cohesive design helps you and your visitors so the backyard and patio as a well-integrated space, no matter how large or small it is.

You can get only so much use out of a grassy backyard. Break up even small yards with patios and areas designated with decorative concrete so it will seem visually bigger as well as make the best use of the space, and go to Varsity Pools to get started.

06 Mar 2018

How to Get Your Pool Ready for the Spring

How to Get Your Pool Ready for the Spring

Spring is almost here, and, depending on your part of the country, that means swimming season is about to start. Whether you’ve had a harsh winter or just a few freezes, your pool will need some maintenance before it’s ready for use. Here are some of the most important things to do to get your pool ready:

Start your pool cleaning earlier than you expect to start swimming.

Whether you do your own pool maintenance or you hire someone, starting in March helps you avoid the spring and summer rush. Not only that, but chemically cleaning your pool can help wipe out any hardy strains of algae that survived the winter before conditions are ripe for it to really flourish. Waiting until May or even April can leave you with a pool clogged with algae, mold, and plant detritus: not only is that much less pleasant to clean, too much build-up could damage your filter.

Talk to your manufacturer or pool contractor about maintenance. 

There’s a lot of different advice available for the best ways to take care of your pools. While the broad strokes are correct — focus on the filter, preventative maintenance is better than cycles of waiting and cleaning, and check the fine print on the chemicals you use — different pools need different levels of care and have their own quirks. If you’re in the middle of getting a new pool installed, ask the company now about how to best take long-term care of it.

Spring cleaning is about to begin, and getting a head start on your pool will make summer maintenance easier. Go to Varsity Pools here for tips and potential renovations.