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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


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.


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.

26 Dec 2017

Highlight Your Brand with Decorative Concrete

Residential and commercial property owners love decorative and acid-washed concrete. Not only does it have all the perks of being low-maintenance and long-lasting, the surface of your floors can be transformed into an image or design you have in mind. While homeowners generally choose decorative concrete flooring that matches the color scheme and style of their home, commercial property owners have a few more goals than adding value and curb appeal to a home. Here’s how you can make your properties more rentable and highlight your brand with decorative concrete:

Highlight Your Brand with Decorative Concrete

  • Tie the theme of your apartment complex together. If your apartment complex is one in a chain belonging to a high-end brand, add the logo or style elements of the logo to the bottom of the pool. Pools are a large flat area of land that, even though they draw in tenants, aren’t rentable space. Turn it into a low-key advertisement for visitors and possible tenants that will stick in their mind. You can even place your logo just inside the pool gate and match the coloring of the path around the pool to your company’s colors,
  • Add unique signage and fun images to a commercial pool. Neighborhood swimming pools have a lot of regulations regarding safety, and you can use decorative concrete images to mark distances, depth, and to encircle areas for different ages. You can add wayfinding arrows to the ground, ring your pools with brightly colored paths, and use the ground to help direct the flow of traffic in a fun, memorable way.

Decorative concrete gives you another surface to express your brand, to make your pools more beautiful and fun, and even to give information to customers or tenants. If you’re considering adding or redesigning your business’s pool area, contact Varsity Pools for the right decorative finish.

25 Nov 2017

An Outdoor Fireplace Can Help You Enjoy Your Lawn All Year Long

Right now, when you think about spending time outdoors, you might think about doing so during the spring and summer. You might really look forward to when the weather warms up and you’re able to spend more time in your outdoor living space, but the good news is that you can quite easily start enjoying your lawn for much more of the year. To do so, consider installing an outdoor fireplace.

An Outdoor Fireplace Can Help You Enjoy Your Lawn All Year Long

First of all, an outdoor fireplace can look great and can help you set the mood in your outdoor living space. This is not the only benefit, however. For those who would love to be able to enjoy the crisp fall nights and even the winter weather from the comfort of the outdoors, an outdoor fireplace can be a lifesaver.

With an outdoor fireplace, you can quickly warm up your outdoor living space and make it a whole lot cozier. This means that you don’t have to stop hanging out or entertaining outdoors just because the temperatures drop a little bit. Instead, you can fire up your outdoor fireplace to make your outdoor living space a whole lot warmer.

If you feel as if you aren’t enjoying your outdoor living space as much as you should be and if you’d love to start spending more time outdoors all year long, contact us at Varsity Pools. Not only can we help you create an outdoor living space that you can enjoy during the warm months, but we can also help you make changes to help you and your family enjoy the outdoors during the cooler months as well.

14 Nov 2017

Make Repairs to Your Backyard Winter Wonderland

The winter solstice just passed. Even here in Texas, that probably means it’s unpleasantly chilly outside every other week. It’s a far cry from the blistering summer days when nothing sounds better than relaxing outside in a pool. But that means now is the best time to start thinking about installing that pool you wanted just a few months ago. Winter is the perfect time for making pool repairs or getting started on pool construction to your backyard winter wonderland.

Make Repairs to Your Backyard Winter Wonderland

  • You’ll have a brand new inground pool just in time for spring. Inground pools can take time to install, especially with the rough Central Texas soil. Start your project in the winter so you have plenty of time to pick the design you want, have the landscape really take root, and anticipate the refreshing pool you’ll have in your backyard when that blistering weather returns.
  • You can add elements to your backyard retreat that are enjoyable year-round. Even if the weather is a bit too chilly for a pool, that just means it’s the perfect weather to enjoy a backyard fireplace or fire pit. Depending on the size and style you have in mind, these features can be installed quickly so you and your family can enjoy an outdoor cup of warm cocoa around the fire.
  • You can more easily fix the damage and add features. No one wants to have to drain their pool for a lengthy repair project in the middle of winter. So if you noticed cracks or leaks, or you want to add new features to your pool, schedule them for winter. Our specialists can easily assess and repair the damage without any interruption to your pool schedule.

In winter, a swimming pool might be the furthest thing from your mind. But that just makes it the best time to add features, make repairs, and really consider installing a new pool. If you have a list of pool improvement projects you want out of the way for summer, or you want to learn more about our fireplace installations, contact Varsity Pools here.

30 Oct 2017

How Can An Outdoor Kitchen Make Hosting Parties Easier?

Having a swimming pool will bring over friends and family for a fun afternoon, and you can also relax anytime you want just by stepping outside. But you can make your backyard even more of an oasis for yourself and your friends by adding an outdoor kitchen into the mix.

How Can An Outdoor Kitchen Make Hosting Parties Easier?

How can you better entertain with an outdoor kitchen?

  • Have people join the fun of cooking. Whether people gather around the kitchen to customize a pizza, take turns showing off at the barbeque, or come chat with the chef, having an outdoor kitchen is a great way to make people feel even more connected.
  • You spend less time going back and forth for supplies. If you’ve ever hosted a backyard party, you know far too much of your time will be spent coming back and forth from the kitchen as you grab refills, start cooking, or bring out another set of plates. But with an outdoor kitchen, you can assemble everything ahead of time outdoors and do your cooking there so you don’t’ miss your own party.
  • An outdoor kitchen encourages more gatherings at home. Instead of going out for a pricey meal with a large group, you can host a backyard barbeque or a potluck. Adding a backyard kitchen means that everything you need for a fantastic day — a pool for swimming, a kitchen for preparing food and socializing, and plenty of places for people to gather — is right in your backyard.

Being able to cook and prepare food without leaving the backyard during special occasions and parties will quickly make hosting events in your backyard much simple and more fun. Whether you want a backyard kitchen for outdoor family dinners or you want it for larger get-togethers, contact Varsity Pools here for a consultation and estimate.