Serving Central Texas
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.

14 Dec 2017

Three Ways to Maintain Your Pool in Winter

It’s winter, and while that doesn’t mean months of snowfall or sub-freezing temperatures in this part of the country, it does mean your family’s pool has a lighter use. Now is the perfect time to schedule some winter maintenance so your pool will be clean, safe, and ready for swimming once spring rolls around. Here are three pool maintenance tips to keep your pool in great shape:

Three Ways to Maintain Your Pool in Winter

  1. Drain your pipes and motorized elements. Any water left in your pipes, pool heater, pump, or filter can freeze and expand. That expansion can lead to cracks in the pipes or can even break tabs and hoses in the motorized parts. Check them over before the first major freeze to make sure they’re free of water. Even if you don’t drain your pool completely, also make sure to drain it below the edge of the skimmer.
  2. Keep the water clean with algaecide. Texas doesn’t stay below freezing for long, and the mild winters mean algae and bacteria have an easy time growing in your pool if it’s not cleaned at the end of the swimming season. Add an algaecide product to your pool and run the pump for 24 hours right before you shut down the system for winter. This will get rid of algae currently in the system to minimize growth throughout winter.
  3. Regularly clear off debris from your pool cover. Once your pool is closed for winter, the cover is bound to collect leaves and debris, even if it doesn’t build up with ice. Keep it clean so you can monitor it for cracks, pests, and damage.

Winter pool maintenance is all about prevention. Taking a few simple steps now like adding algaecide and keeping nature at bay can make starting your pool up in the spring much easier and faster. Visit Varsity Pools here for more tips.

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.

13 Oct 2017

Fire Elements, Which is a Better Fit For Your Yard?

Having a place where people can gather and talk at the end of a day full of swimming is great for the spring, summer, and fall, and adding an element of heat to your backyard also makes in the perfect gathering place for warding off the winter chill. But would a fire pit be a good fit for your backyard, or is a fireplace a better choice? Here are a few factors to keep in mind when deciding which is the better fit.

Fire Elements, Which is a Better Fit For Your Yard?

  • How big is your yard? Either fixture can find a place to call home in your yard, but make sure you have enough space for your grill and furniture. Test it out by blocking off different dimensions and seeing what you like best.
  • How much heat do you want? If you plan on having larger groups of friends and family over, that not only impacts which one would be the best fit, it also changes how large the fixture should be. Fireplaces can better block the wind and result in a warmer, cozier corner, but more people can easily gather around a fire pit.
  • How controlled does the smoke need to be? If you have allergies or sensitivity to smoke, a fireplace is designed to channel that smoke away from you. On the other hand, that smoke helps keep bugs from joining you, so a fire pit might be the right choice.

Choosing between a fire pit and a fireplace depends on your property, your preferences, and what you want you backyard to look like as a finished product. No matter which option you choose, there’s nothing like sitting by a warm fire any season of the year. If you’ve made up your mind, contact Varsity Pools here and we’ll get started.

18 Sep 2017

What Do You Get When You Hire a Varsity Pools Pool Builder?

A pool should be more than just a body of water dug into your backyard. Whether you’re looking to have a swimming pool, a therapy hot tub, or both a pool and a hot tub, the surrounding environment is just as important when it comes to enjoying your new landscape. That’s why when choosing a pool builder every factor should build on each other until you have a cool oasis that is both a pleasure to relax around and to swim in.

What Do You Get When You Hire a Varsity Pools Pool Builder?

What all do you get when you use Varsity Pool as your pool builder?

  • Custom pool designs: No matter whether you live in a dense urban environment or have a large backyard, we can design a pool that fits both it and the activities you have planned for the summer and your family. Your pool can be customized to take into account all of your safety concerns while still giving you a unique, beautiful swimming pool that is perfect for swimming and relaxing.
  • A living landscape around the pool:  Pools are about more than just swimming, they’re also about enjoying your backyard with your family and friends.  This is why Varsity Pools focuses on creating a welcoming backyard environment filled with anything from inbuilt water features to small gardens to wrap-around patios that integrate with the pool. Our builders can help make the vision you have for your pool and backyard as a whole a reality.

Don’t let your pool be just a circle or oval in your backyard.  We can help you assess, design, and implement a plan for your pool that will be the perfect summer getaway for years to come. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Varsity Pools here.

06 Sep 2017

Two Reasons to Add a Fire Pit to Your Backyard

Two Reasons to Add a Fire Pit to Your Backyard

Sitting by a fire is the perfect way to end a day out in the sun. If you add a fire pit or a backyard fireplace to your customized backyard retreat, you can have a completely customized space for complete outdoor relaxation when it’s too dark to swim but the weather is too nice to go inside. Why is a fire pit the perfect choice to add to your backyard space?

  • Fire pits are a great focal point in small and large backyards. No matter what the size of your property is, you can add a fire pit without taking away from your new swimming pool while still leaving plenty of space for people to walk and have fun. And because fire pits can be whatever size you want and can be placed nearly anywhere in your yard, you can possession it as a corner feature with a clear view of the pool or as a circular campfire experience.
  • A Fire pit can stop insects from driving you indoors. A crackling fire isn’t only a great centerpiece to draw people together in the evening; the smoke wards away pesky mosquitos and flies that come out as the temperature cools down. Texas mosquitos can be impossible to get rid of completely, but a fire pit will make them keep their distance.

Varsity Pools focuses on creating the ideal backyard and pool features you have in mind. Whether you want your swimming pool to be the primary attraction or you want an equally prominent fire pit for talking and relaxing, contact us here so we can start turning your vision into reality.

14 Aug 2017

Building a Custom Pool That Helps You Create a Full Backyard Paradise

Pools are an important part of the summer. Whether you’re looking forward to relaxing on your own and with your family and the backyard or you plan on having frequent summer fests this season, having a custom pool in your backyard is a cool and refreshing way to spend your time. Residential pools are becoming more and more customizable: you can choose between above ground and in-ground, between different shapes, and if you want additional water features.

Building a Custom Pool That Helps You Create a Full Backyard Paradise

Swimming pool should be relaxing, and choosing a vinyl liner in-ground pool is the best option if you want to customize it at a lower cost while still getting a long-lasting, durable swimming pool that can stand up to all of the fun you plan on having in it for years to come. If you’d like to learn more about Varsity Pool’s options and installation process, please contact us here.