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28 Sep 2018

A Concrete Reason to Revive Your Swimming Pool

The concrete surrounding your swimming pool might be the most noticeable feature about your swimming pool other than the color of the water. Yet, despite the importance of the concrete, it is taken for granted and not placed high on the priority list. Adding decorative concrete, however, will make those long, lazy summer days spent reclining poolside in a chaise lounge more enjoyable. Who wants to look at stained concrete that looks more like the concrete of a public pool on Labor Day? Your backyard, your sanctuary, and your downtime deserve better than that.

A Concrete Reason to Revive Your Swimming Pool

Here are some reasons why Varsity Pools and Patios wants you to consider putting some pizzazz into your concrete.

1. Improve Your Property Value: If you are thinking about putting your house on the market, the first thing many families will ask is to see the pool. The last thing you want them to see is grimy, uneven cracked concrete with more sunken areas than the Moon. For many families, the swimming pool is the crown jewel of the house, but if you haven’t taken good care of the concrete, what else are you hiding?

2. Impress Your Guests: Anybody can make the water in the pool turn sparking blue, but what will really blow your guest’s minds will be the aesthetic details of your swimming pool.

3. Safety: How many times do you have to shout to your kids: “No running by the pool!” If your concrete is old, cracked, scaling, and hasn’t had a hose taken to it since your Fourth of July barbecue five years ago, let alone an afternoon of pressure washing, chances are you children and guests run the risk of slipping and harming themselves. Since you need new concrete anyway, why not choose stamped or broomed concrete that comes in a design and color that makes you happy, rather than the design or color that came with the house when you bought it.

4. Price: A concrete remodel should only cost you between $4-$9 per square foot, not much to give your swimming pool the cosmetic enhancement it needs and you deserve. Then the fun begins: you get to choose the style (inlaid tile, stone, mosaics, to name a few) and the patterns.

If you’re looking to restore your pool back to its original beauty, or you want to turn that ugly ducking into a beautiful swan, please contact us today. Let’s make your swimming pool the envy of Central Texas.

06 Sep 2018

Enjoy Your Backyard Kitchen Every Season of the Year

Enjoy Your Backyard Kitchen Every Season of the Year

Once school is back in session, summer feels like it’s at an abrupt end. The season of swimming pool parties, family reunions, and late evenings outdoors might also feel like it’s over. But every season is the right season to entertain in your backyard. Just because fall is around the corner doesn’t mean it’s time to stay trapped inside. Here’s how to get your outdoor kitchen ready for the fall:

Plan ahead.

Sometimes it’s not the cold weather that puts an end to the summer fun. If it will be a while before family or far-away friends can make it back out to your part of the consideration, then it might be time to start putting away parts of your outdoor kitchen until next year. However, you’re also going to have a lot of holiday parties and sports events just around the corner. If you have children in school, keeping your outdoor kitchen open might also be the best way to keep your house clean.

Add a fire pit or fireplace to chase away the chill.

Even in Texas, the nights can start to get chilly. Add a fireplace or a fire pit to your backyard to keep it comfortable. A fire is always cozy, and it’s a great way to have people gather for conversations or to sit in enjoyable silence.

Find interactive recipes.

Once autumn and winter start getting closer, it will be time to put the cover over the swimming pool until spring. Unfortunately, that cuts out swimming as easy backyard entertainment. Without that to fall back on, look for fun, interactive recipes. Have your guests assemble pizzas that can be cooked outside and keep the ingredients for smores on hand.

The backyard parties don’t have to end just because summer is almost over. Go to Varsity Pools for an outdoor kitchen that you will love all year long.