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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.

20 Feb 2018

How to Keep Your Backyard Ready for Winter Parties

Winter is usually the time when people close down their backyards and go inside for parties and entertaining visitors. But adding backyard features that not only survive through the cold but are perfect for winter parties can be a great way to make use of all of your backyard space. Here’s how:

How to Keep Your Backyard Ready for Winter Parties

  • Build a sheltered nook for an outdoor fireplace. There’s nothing better than a crackling fire for keeping the cold of late winter at bay, and getting a patio with a walled corner can help ward off the wind, too. An outdoor fireplace can help provide a passive conversation piece and active heating so you can have family and friends over for casual conversation that doesn’t revolve around a screen. A fireplace can also provide novel meals and appetizers: set up a bar for s’mores so people can roast marshmallows over the fire and get a small taste of winter camping.
  • Construct a kitchen that’s fit for winter. Many outdoor and patio kitchens are packed up and made dormant over the winter. While part of this is to prevent water damage from unused pipes and to lengthen the life of cooking equipment that can’t sit in the outdoors unused, you don’t have to have a kitchen that’s restricted to the summer months. Find a company that can equip your outdoor kitchen with hardy, winter-ready appliances, and ask about cook tops that, even if you have to take them inside for most of the winter, can easily be set up and used at a moment’s notice.

Renovating your backyard shouldn’t just improve your summers. Go to Varsity Pools with outdoor features that can make your yard a warm winter wonderland.

06 Feb 2018

Must-Have Safety Features for Your Commercial Pool

If you’re renovating your community fitness center or adding a pool to your building, you have to put a lot of consideration into the design aesthetic, safety features, and general design elements so you get a pool that fits with your business. Whether you’re focused on finding a pool perfect for all ages or one that fits seamlessly into the style of your building (or both), here are two must-have features that your contractor should provide:

Must-Have Safety Features for Your Commercial Pool

  1. The drains and outlets need to provide maximum effectiveness with minimal interference. Keep your pool clean and minimizing overflow is important for both your users and the surrounding the property. Hire a professional that can place drains that allow for optimal water flow without presenting a hazard to any swimmers. The drains to be designed to minimize entrapment and drain covers should have backup safeties. Also, ask your contractor if they follow Virginia Graeme Baker Act safety regulations.
  2. Have the depths etched into the perimeter with decorative concrete treatments. Clear, legible depth measurements are absolutely essential for protecting your swimmers. Using paint can run the risk of the pigment fading over time or the paint chipping away. Get the numbers etched into the concrete instead so you have permanent and clear numbers. With concrete design, you can also have the numbers featured in a way that matches the surrounding style and color palette.

Safety features are a primary consideration in any commercial pool construction. Varsity Pools excels at providing pools with both safety features and a high-quality design that keeps all of your swimmers coming back.

18 Jan 2018

It Is Time for a Backyard Remodel

Winter is not the time you think about using the backyard much, which is why it is a great time for considering that perfect backyard remodel. Next spring, when it is time for outdoor fun, you will have the outdoor space that is just right for you and your family.

It Is Time for a Backyard Remodel

Planning

The first part in creating your perfect outdoor living and entertaining area is in deciding what it is you love doing. There are many options in outdoor living, from swimming to gardening, from cooking, grilling, and entertaining to enjoying peace and solitude. We all know how beneficial fresh air and sunlight are for us, but we usually don’t spend enough time outdoors. The more you love your backyard, the more time you will spend there.

Features

Swimming pools, hot tubs, and decorative concrete patios are all examples of wonderful outdoor features. However, some people prefer an outdoor kitchen, built-in bar-b-que, and a party sized deck with a large dining area. Others want a lovely garden with a winding path replete with benches for enjoying every delightful spot. These are just a few, and the idea is to mix and match your perfect features. If you like and have enough space, you can even have all of them.

Finishing Touches

As you plan out your beautiful back yard, don’t forget about lighting and shade features that add to your overall enjoyment of your outdoor living space. Choose a color scheme for your seating areas that works well with the rooms of your home that look out over and exit to your patio or deck. Add finishing touches, that will make the area feel like a part of your home.

For more information on how you can have your perfect backyard, contact us at Varsity Pools, today.

09 Jan 2018

How to Winterize Your Outdoor Kitchen

Winter doesn’t mean the end of backyard parties, but it does mean you might have fewer of them. Protecting elements of your outdoor kitchen during the coldest part of the year, whether you plan on waiting until spring to use it again or there might just be a longer break between outdoor get-togethers, can help protect your investment from damage and keep everything in good repair for the next time you use it. Here are a few tips to keep everything in top condition:

How to Winterize Your Outdoor Kitchen

  • Don’t cover or seal everything. While covering the countertops and the more fragile feature can protect them from the occasional ice storm, you don’t want to cover anything that has moisture. Refrigerators, ice makers, and sink faucets should not be covered: they can collect moisture that leads to mold and mildew if there is no way for the excess water to dissipate. Make sure you have a dedicated storage space to the covers that came with your kitchen and contact the manufacturer before covering anything that didn’t come with weather protection.
  • Instead, winterize your machines. Make sure the water and power to your outdoor refrigerator and ice maker are off so water doesn’t freeze and expand in their pipes and near the machinery. Then be sure both are completely empty and give them one last cleaning until the spring.
  • Scrub the grill and stove top. If you know New Year’s Eve was the last outdoor party you’re likely to have for a while, make sure to de-grease the grill and turn off the gas.

Using your outdoor kitchen isn’t a summer-only way to have fun, but getting your kitchen ready for winter if you expect to not use it can save you time and effort in the spring. Winter can also be the perfect time to add features and build up your outdoor kitchen. Contact Varsity Pools here for more information.