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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.

11 Aug 2017

Stay Safe With Your Outdoor Fireplace This Summer

There are many forms of safe backyard fire, from the grill to the firepit but by far the safest way to keep a fire near your home is the outdoor fireplace. Set in a foundation, the enclosing stones or bricks will become pleasantly warm to the touch without risking the surface burns or upsets brought by portable fire stands. However, as with all fires safety is still important. Here are a few quick tips to a safe summer with your outdoor fireplace.Stay Safe With Your Outdoor Fireplace This Summer

Tip 1: Choose a Safe Location and Keep It Safe

When choosing the placement of your outdoor fireplace, it’s important to consider how it will factor into your existing outdoor environment. Unlike open fires, they are safe to attach or place near your home, as long as the chimney is kept clear. Make sure to keep the space above your chimney clear of overhanging tree branches as well. The location of your pool or backyard spa should also factor in so that family and guests will automatically gravitate to the fireplace for warmth after an evening swim or soak in the spa.

2: Keep a Bucket of Water Nearby

Remember that with any fire, this is an important rule. You never know when it might be necessary to put the fire out or stop a fire from spreading. Dr. Flue advises that you “keep a working hose or fire extinguisher nearby whenever the fireplace is in use” Even if you have a swimming pool nearby, make sure to water ready at a moment’s notice.

3: Never Leave Your Fire Unattended

Fires are not entirely predictable things, nor do you have absolute control over activities in your backyard. Leaving any fire unattended should be avoided. If today is the day the wind blows a sheet off some clothes line directly into your fireplace, you’ll be glad to have been present and ready with that extinguisher or bucket of water.

With fire safety in mind, you are now ready to lounge on, dine around and swim near your beautiful built-in outdoor fireplace. Don’t have one yet? Contact our expert team of backyard architects at Varsity Pools and Patios for a consultation. We love to hear from you!

20 Jul 2017

4 Goals to Accomplish with a Backyard Remodeling Project

The right landscaping adds character and ambiance to your home. Backyard remodeling goes a step further by taking the space and creating something that is both functional and attractive. When planning a backyard remodel, here are four goals you should keep in mind to get the most out of your project.

4 Goals to Accomplish with a Backyard Remodeling Project

#1. Defining the purpose for your space

Are there certain things you would like to use your backyard for such as entertaining or recreation? If so, you should include them in your plans just as you would when coming up with a home building design. Have more than one purpose in mind? That’s great take advantage of decorative planters, fencing, or privacy screens to help divide your space into sections.

#2. Unifying your Landscaping

Perhaps there is no rhyme nor reason to your current landscaping. Maybe things do not flow together too well and you need them to be more harmonious. A backyard remodel can do that by adding elements such as garden walkways or new lighting to help tie everything together.

#3. Adding Symmetry and Balance

Many homeowners are unhappy with their backyards because things just feel somewhat out of whack. For example, there may be oversized trees and bushes that cover up your best architectural features, or you might have outbuildings that do not match the design of your home. All of these things can easily be corrected with the right backyard remodeling design.

#4. Accent your best features

Does your yard have unique features such as a garden pond that you would like to highlight? If so, the right remodeling scheme can bring this feature to the forefront, and could even expand on it with the use of additional landscaping, hardscaping, or lighting.

Backyard remodeling can add just as much beauty and value to your property as an interior remodeling project would. To get started on the project of your dreams, please contact us.

21 Jun 2017

Your Backyard is The Best Place to Entertain!

Once upon a time, backyards really didn’t have a decor. Bar-b-que pits were basic things that needed replacing often, sometimes even yearly. That was before we figured out that the backyard is the best place to entertain. It only makes sense that we put the same care into the design of our backyard as we do with our home interior.

Your Backyard is The Best Place to Entertain!

Features

When you plan your backyard retreat, you have options as to what features will make your space work for you. A patio or deck is a normal place to start, consider a patio of decorative concrete work. This is a versatile material that is long-lasting and economical. But from there your lifestyle comes into play. There are so many options available.

A pool is an enjoyable feature to consider, as water is always a nice touch to any landscape. You might prefer something fancy with waterfalls, or perhaps you want something just inviting for cooling off on those warm days.

An outdoor kitchen might be just the feature for you, with cooking, visiting, and dining all close at hand in your backyard. This is a great touch for those summer evening with friends and family.

A fire-pit or even a fireplace can make a patio inviting all year-long. When it is too cool to swim, evenings are still fun outdoors with the warmth of a crackling fire. This is a great feature for October ghost story telling and December holiday parties.

A garden is a lovely touch for any backyard space, especially one with paths and benches. Whether this is a feature at the edge of a patio or pool or its own element, a garden is charming. Consider raised beds with concrete or stone edging and matching paths.

At Varsity Pools, we create and build backyard retreats. Whatever you choose to make your backyard into the haven you deserve, contact us for more information on how we can help you make your backyard dream a reality.

07 Jun 2017

Tips for Creating Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking is no longer restricted to the inside of your home. Turn your backyard into a retreat with your dream outdoor kitchen. Before you start purchasing products, keep these tips in mind. They will help you enjoy your kitchen for years to come.

Tips for Creating Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Decide On A Budget

The budget for the kitchen like any other home remodel. A few things to consider when creating your budget include:

  • the type of materials you want to use.
  • the price of getting professional installers.
  • the furniture and accessories that finish the space.

Decide On The Location 

After determining your budget, choose your location.

  • How much space does the kitchen need
  • Do you need a covering over the kitchen? Are you adding it to an existing structure?
  • If you have children give them enough space to play. This is also important if you have pets that enjoy the yard.

Ask for your family’s input on the location. Consider a compromise if there are multiple locations suggested.

What style or theme do you want your kitchen to reflect?

Think about the decor inside your home. Do you want to continue the same theme outdoors?

  • Is the kitchen part of a larger remodel? Do you already have the theme chosen for the rest of the remodel?
  • Who is going to use the space? Keep this in mind when choosing the colors so that everyone is happy.

Create Your Lists

The final step in brainstorming your dream kitchen is the lists. Write the lists out before meeting with your design team. They are an important starting point for the project.

  • Create a list of must-have items. These can include seating styles, grills, bar styles, lighting, and other important items.
  • Try to find examples of each item so that everyone knows what you are referring to.
  • When creating the first list, keep your budget in mind.
  • On a separate piece of paper, make a second list. This list is for items that would be nice, but are not necessary. Items here can include things like a second refrigerator, a sound system, and beer taps. Don’t restrain your mind with the budget on this list.
  • Use the second list as a guide for future purchases.

Print out a copy of both lists along with your location plans for your records.

Contact us after you brainstorm your outdoor kitchen. We will work with you to create your cooking paradise at home.

26 May 2017

How Decorative Concrete Can Enhance Your Pool Deck and Add Value

Do you remember concrete as a cold, boring gray color? Well, imagine your family and friends strolling out of your home onto a reddish decorative concrete walkway leading to your swimming pool much like celebrities arriving on the red carpet at a Hollywood movie premier! Concrete reinvented itself into a popular material known as decorative concrete for homes and businesses.

How Decorative Concrete Can Enhance Your Pool Deck and Add Value

Decorative concrete comes in many patterns, textures, and colors created by dyes and stains that are all stunningly beautiful. The advantages of concrete are still its long-lasting yet economical qualities. Now decorative concrete adds versatility to this list, and what can be accomplished through its use is only limited by one’s imagination. In addition to being stained or dyed, decorative concrete can be stamped, painted, stenciled, and much more.

Stamped concrete is created when freshly placed concrete is imprinted with patterns like brick or stone pavement that look more expensive but crafted at a much lower cost. Keep in mind that the more unique the patterns are or the more curves, the more expensive the project.

What if you already have boring gray concrete? Is there anything that can be done about it? Yes, decorative concrete overlays may be a possible solution. Overlays are resurfacing materials such as micro toppings, and epoxy coatings which are spread as thin as a credit card or thicker depending on what you want to accomplish. However, under certain conditions, it is best to completely remove and replace the concrete that is there already. It is best to consult a professional to determine the best course of action.

By using decorative concrete, you can create spectacular spaces that look like marble, flagstone, or more expensive materials for a fraction of the cost, and this can help increase the value of your home. If you would like to learn more about decorative concrete, contact us.

10 May 2017

Choosing the Right Central Texas Pool Builder

While having a pool is rewarding, the building process can seem overwhelming. To make things go easier, you need to choose the right pool contractor. Follow these three tips to choose a contractor who can get you the pool you want without a hassle.

Choosing the Right Central Texas Pool Builder

1. Do your research

There are a few important details you should research before you decide on a pool contractor. You should also research the company by checking out reviews online. You can’t always believe everything you read, so try to find some friends or family members who can offer referrals.

2. Don’t rush your decision

This is not a decision to make lightly. While you might be eager to get the backyard you’ve always dreamed of, it’s important to weigh your options. Consider several different companies for the job and get bids from all of them. Make notes about everything, including the pleasantness of the staff. When you have all the information you need, you can make your decision.

3. Read everything

A good pool contractor knows you can’t make an educated decision without the facts. They should provide plenty of reading material for you. Be sure to pay special attention to any contracts. Don’t sign anything until you fully understand it. And if you don’t understand something, ask questions.

Don’t let the stress of choosing Central Texas pool builder to get to you. Contact us for more information about our service, and we can answer any questions you have about the pool building process.