Poolside Fire Features Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Poolside Fire Features


With the ever changing weather we have on the east coast, there is a lot to keep in mind with creating a outdoor space. Having extremely warm months, and drastically cold ones, the need for different features throughout the year vary. From swimming pools in the summer, to fireplaces in the winter, there are many options to consider. When working with clients, we always tell them to keep in mind transitioning your space in each season. Why not combine the two? With poolside fire features, your project evolves through all types of weather. 

With poolside fire features, the combination of fire and water is an elemental design. We find that the two complement one another, adding a layer of interest as well as an eye-catching factor to the backyard. There are different types of poolside fire features that can be incorporated into a design. Fire pits, fireplaces, fire walls, fire orbs, and fire lanterns all work well with swimming pool designs. 

With the addition of a fire pit near pool, the transition from warm days into cooler evenings is made easier. A pool with a fire pit area provides extra warmth for family members or guests, to enjoy seating outdoors and taking in the view. It creates another living space outside. 

Ideas for Poolside Fire Features Designs

Incorporating an outdoor fireplace by pool provides a great seating area, while creating a living room to be enjoyed in the outdoors. With larger custom built in fireplaces, the option to mount an outdoor TV on top is a popular one. Bringing football season outside, in front of the fire, creates the ultimate outdoor entertainment space. Smaller size pool fire pits designs, are another custom option for a smaller budget, while still providing warmth and a new seating area to enjoy.

Recently, we worked on a project that incorporated a pool fireplace right into the swimming pool design. With limited space to build a free standing fireplace, we created a fire feature directly into the pool, that doubled as a poolside fireplace, as well as a waterfall. This brings the fire and water combination as close as can be. We have also built fire walls into swimming pools, adding a smaller, fire like shelf as a backdrop to the pool. You can visit here for photo examples of these projects. 

When it comes to poolside fire features, if you can dream it, we can create it. Design and creativity has come a long way, with running gas lines and using materials to create functional and aesthetic pool fireplaces. Adding these features helps warm up your property in the cooler evenings, and winter months that we experience on the east coast. It adds a longevity to your outdoor lifestyle. 

If you are interested in creating a new outdoor space with a pool and fireplace, or if you are looking to create a new poolside fire feature to your existing pool, we are here to help. Use these winter months to plan ahead and get a jump start on spring. We look forward to bringing your backyard oasis to life. 

Planning for a Pool in 2019 Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Planning for a Pool in 2019


As the temperatures are dropping and Fall is in full swing, the last thing on many homeowner’s minds is swimming pools. The focus for many families is on back to school routines, leaf clean up, holidays on the horizon and the daily work life balance. All too often, we find our clients come to us late in the season with ideas to change their property. If a pool has been on your mind, and you are interested in investing, planning for a pool is best to start months ahead. Use these cooler months as downtime to plan for the warmer months ahead. 

There is so much that goes into planning for a pool, that at times it can seem like a very overwhelming process. There are many important factors to consider, tons of detailed decisions to be made, and the whole idea can seem grueling at times. The place to start your planning process is to consider the type of pool that would best suit your lifestyle. Are you looking for a pool to look natural and relaxing? One to entertain guests with a bar and lots of seating? A fun family backyard with a slide or diving rock and fence around it for safety?

A swimming pool project can be customized to each client’s individual needs and creative visions. They can serve to be more than just a backyard addition, but rather a new lifestyle for the summers. Trips to the beach or a town lake start to become obsolete as a new escape is right outside of your own doors. Planning for a pool brings the resort to your own home. 

Planning for a Pool: Details and Decisions

Tiles, various stones, coping finishes and the colors you want to be incorporated into your yard are other big decisions faced during the swimming pool planning phase. While it can seem overwhelming to due to the infinite amount of combinations, this decision can also be a fun part. The tiles or patterns you choose help to bring the feel of the pool to life, add your own personal touch, and the water color will be something that you will admire all season long.

Poolside additions are another factor in planning your swimming pool construction. Spas are a popular addition, and can be enjoyed all year round. They offer many health and relaxation benefits. Benches can be built into the inner walls, for places to sit in the water. Diving rocks and slides are fun playful additions, and waterfalls add a nice relaxing, luxury feel to it as well.

The area around your new swimming pool installation is another important factor. Your pool and your backyard need to be tied together with a patio, and the appropriate surrounding landscaping. A patio provides a way to tie everything together to the house, without ruining your grass. It provides the area to allow seating, lounging and entertaining. Bars and outdoor kitchens are popular when looking to turn your backyard and new pool area into an entire outdoor living space. Being able to cook dinner outside and enjoy a nighttime swim are wonderful family perks to enjoy in the summertime.

There are many decisions to be made, preparing for pool installation can be made fun. Consider your lifestyle and what factors are most important to you and your family. Use this time to plan for changes you would like to see, that you were unable to achieve this year. It is the season to put your gardens to rest, and plan for next year. If you are interested in learning more about the pool process, or are interested in a planning for a pool in 2019, feel free to contact us today. 

When to Close Pool for The Season Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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When to Close Pool for The Season


With the cooler temperatures creeping in, landscapes around us are changing. Colors are changing, the air carries a chill, and homeowners are determining when to close pool for the season. This time of year brings change, the holidays, busier schedules and closes out the year. 

Tips for Determining When to Close Pool for the Season

We find homeowners frequently ask us if it is time to close up their pool and backyard for the late fall or winter months. Gardens get cut back, beds are cleaned out, debris is cleared, and pool covers are put on. Getting your property ready for the change of seasons, requires some work and expertise. As it goes for most things, maintenance and care are necessary for longevity. Working with professionals helps to instill a routine that will best work for your property. 

Deciding when to close pool is up to a homeowner’s discretion. However, there are variables to keep in mind to choose the best timing for you. Depending on the trees surrounding your pool, you may experience debris starting late summer. While leaves are falling, acorns, pollen, the trees change, the pool will need more frequent cleaning. Many homeowners prefer the view of the pool later into the season, especially when their pool or waterfall serve as the focal point from outside their windows. Turning the heater off can help to save money if you wish to keep the pool uncovered longer for the view. 

When it comes to winterizing your pool, or deciding when to close pool, be sure to clean the pool of all debris. Anything left in a pool over the winter months will sink to the bottom and stain the plaster. It is important to have a professional close the pool to make sure pipes are blown out, the gas lines are shut, and electrical breakers have been taken care of. Given the extreme temperatures that winter brings on the East Coast, be sure to keep your water level below the tile line. Water will rise once it is buried under freezing rain and snow, causing damage to tiles—especially glass tiles—as well as coping.

Pool Cover Benefits 

A pool cover benefits in many ways. First and foremost, it is the best way to protect your investment. Properly when to close pool for the winter months helps to keep the coping, tiles and equipment safe through the harsh weather. When it comes to wildlife in the area, a pool cover helps keep animals from falling into freezing or frozen water. Covering your pool for the season prevents any injuries, or damage to your pool or family members. Opening your pool come late spring, is a much easier and seamless process after it has been protected all winter long. 

We work with our clients to provide the steps necessary when to close pool for the season arrives. We are here to advise in the proper care and address any questions they may have in the process. If you are interested in learning more about the pool process, or are interested in a new pool project for 2019, feel free to contact us today. 

Outdoor Summer Decor Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Outdoor Summer Decor


August is a month best spent poolside. With the intense heat waves we have been having across the east coast, having a pool has been a great reprieve. In the last of the summer weeks we are having now, we are enjoying and admiring outdoor summer decor. 

It’s hard to believe, given how hot these past few weeks have been, that Fall is right around the corner. August is our transition month. As this month progresses, we will gradually see the effects of Fall and the changes that are starting to begin. With that being said, be sure to take full advantage of these last summer weeks. The hot days will start bringing in cooler evenings, which in turn results in morning dew on your lawn. This is always the first sign of changes to come. Enjoy your backyard with family and friends, and soak in the last month of summertime sunshine.

Creating Outdoor Summer Decor & Outdoor Living Spaces

Typically the end of the summer season brings in new clients. Many homeowners are reflecting on this summer and realizing changes they would like to make to their property for next year. Fall into winter is a great time of year to tackle home projects. Such as creating outdoor decor for summer. It is best to think and plan ahead. The plans made during this year will ensure that you can enjoy them come next summer season. 

Our professional advice that we give to homeowners who are looking to revamp or build an outdoor space: is to look at the space in the same capacity as you would inside your home. Ask yourself, what is the purpose of the new space you are creating? The space should be an extension of your indoor living, used as an expansion of your home.

Consider whether you are looking to create a cozy warm space for gathering, hosting friends and family, or a space that is only used for visual and aesthetic pleasure, a space to create some privacy and intimacy from neighbors. Also, consider if you want this space to be utilized year-round, with a fireplace for colder months, a pergola or overhead covering, outdoor kitchen or bar for a new dining area, a fan installed for warmer days, or no covering at all to enjoy the sunshine. Every client’s needs and personal style preferences are different, but with the right team of architects and designers, anything can be customized to meet individual’s needs and visions.

Adding Color with Planter to Enhance Outdoor Summer Decor 

Container gardens are a fun and easy way to add outdoor summer decor to your property. Planters, urns, hanging basket, all come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and to suit any budget. Choosing colorful, vibrant plant materials in the summer enhance the property. This way, the containers can be replanted and changed seasonally. Placing these planters poolside, especially tropical ones, is a great addition to outdoor summer decor. 

If you are interested in a new design for your property or are looking for new ideas, are designers are here to help. Feel free to contact us to set up a free consultation today

Summer Living Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Summer Living


This is the busiest time of year in our industry. Summer living was made for pools: A way to create a personal vacation spot right in your own backyard. Homeowners today are looking to create the perfect oasis on their own property. It is a way to invest in a permanent vacation, a place to relax and unwind, and a place to entertain and create summer memories. 

When it comes to creating a swimming pool, making sure your yard is aesthetically pleasing is the goal. A kid friendly pool, a place to entertain guests, or just a summer escape your whole family can enjoy. When deciding on the swimming pool to best suit your summer living goals, it is important to first consider what type of pool it is that you are looking for: A formal pool or an informal pool; a natural pool, or a structured pool. There are also various features that you may want to include such as a waterfall, a Jacuzzi, a water slide, or a diving rock. Deciding on what types of night lighting you may want to use is also something to consider, as well as what furniture and accessories will go best with your swimming pool design. 

Summer Living Outdoor Furniture & Accessories 

There are many ways to customize your backyard space. Beyond just the swimming pool design. Everything else that goes into the design process, helps to bring your individual personality and taste into the project. From colors, materials, textures and accents chosen, to the outdoor rooms created. These decisions and personal touches bring the space to life.

Incorporating outdoor living spaces to your yard helps to tie your pool in with your home seamlessly, while creating an entirely new room for you to enjoy. Choosing summer living patio furniture is a fun way to add color and personality to your outdoor space. Using different colored cushions for chairs, or outdoor couches, is an easy way to switch up the space and bring a new atmosphere to your yard.

Outdoor television technology has come a long way, and have many options to add to a seating area or fixed above an outdoor fireplace. Spending time outdoors becomes even more appealing in the summertime, with your favorite shows or teams streaming out there with you. 

Final touches are in the landscape. It is important to choose the right types of landscape surrounding your pool. It is important to not choose plants that may attract bees or other wildlife. Working with professional landscape architects can help you decide on the necessity and placement of any pool benches, sun decks, swim outs, steps, and where to place the pool in your yard for the ideal sunlight.

Using container gardens, or planters is another easy way to add personal touches and color throughout your front and backyard. These planters can be updated seasonally, to change the look and feel of the summer living space even through the colder winter months. 

If you are interested in creating a new summer living space, or revamping a current one, our team of designers and professional are here to help. Feel free to give us a call to set up a free consultation

Dream Pool Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Dream Pool


The term ‘dream pool’ is used casually and frequently in this industry. What does it mean to each person and what are the factors that make a dream pool a reality? As is the same in every industry, trends continue to evolve and change. Being designers and builders, we are always curious as to what homeowners and business owners consider the ultimate in luxury design, and the most important details to be included in the properties. What are the most important details and factors to you? A dream house with pool and garden, an outdoor kitchen, a waterfall?

Determining What Makes Your Dream Backyard with Pool 

The addition of a swimming pool to a personal property, creates an entirely new experience for a homeowner. It brings a new outdoor living space for a family to enjoy. It brings new life to the summer months, and a way to enhance and add value to a home property. 

For many pool owners, especially on the east coast, a dream backyard with a pool brings vacation to their own home. The need to travel, or join a town pool, or book summer trips, becomes less of a need, when their own oasis is right outside. Investing in a swimming pool in the long run, saves money from yearly trips and summer vacation plans. 

While not only for vacation purposes, a pool becomes a place where you can enhance your daily life. It becomes a personal place to retreat and relax after long days and busy weekends. It becomes the perfect spot to host parties and entertain guests. It even can work as a workout space, to exercise by swimming daily and providing stress relief for the mind and body. All of these elements combined, create the dream backyard with a pool, that so many homeowners on the east coast seek to create. 

What Elements Make a Dream Pool Come True?

Ideally, a dream pool would match your lifestyle. For families with children, a kid-friendly style is best. Including diving rocks, sundecks, and slides can be both aesthetically pleasing and fun for the whole family. Creating an outdoor space that is enjoyed for every age, and family and friends, brings the dream pool to life. A swimming pool becomes an event, a gathering place, and where summer memories are made year after year. 

Depending on your personal taste, a swimming pool would reflect that as well. Modern or rustic, natural or ornate. The elements of dream pool designs is far from limited. Creating beautiful poolside gardens, or outdoor kitchen and fire places, outdoor dining areas, patios, outdoor bars or fire pit seating spaces, are other factors in designing the perfect outdoor pool space. 

If you are looking to create a dream pool, and interested in speaking with a team of professionals, we are here to help. Feel free to browse our portfolio for inspiration or call us today to meet with one of our talented designers. We look forward to bringing your dream pool to life this season.