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. 

Pool Design Plans Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Pool Design Plans


Summertime on the east coast is pool season. It is time for BBQ’s and celebrations, backyard gatherings and making summertime memories. When it comes to creating a beautiful summertime backyard property for your family to enjoy, it starts with pool design plans. A pool becomes the focal point of a backyard, and a well thought out design enhances the outdoor living space. 

A pool in essence, is the start to creating an entirely new outdoor living space to your home.  The addition of patios, outdoor fire pits, barbecues, bars, kitchens, and televisions, is a popular east coast trend that is expanding each year. The overall design of your swimming is the key factor to consider in planning your backyard.  All these outdoors additions transform your pool design plans to become more than something for swimming, but rather an entire new outdoor room for your family and friends to utilize and enjoy.

Customize Your Swimming Pool Design Plans 

Each client is going to be unique and will have different ideas and desires depending on their own taste, nature of the backyard, and what works best in their lifestyle. The important thing to remember is you have the ability to be creative. Standards in pool design plans and functionality has greatly expanded over the past couple years. When it comes to pool designs and plans, there are new advances in design evolving all the time. Across the North East region, the entire idea of pools has vastly expanded. Rather than a simple, basic pool, homeowners are now opting for more intricate designs, and creating an entire outdoor oasis within the confines of their own backyard. Everything from infinity edges, to glass tiles, to saltwater are what homeowners today are gravitating towards today. With a talented landscape architect, a creative vision, and an experienced installation crew, the possibilities for pool design plans are entirely unlimited.

From being able to control your own backyard right from your smart phone, to creating a pool that is more energy efficient, to being able to have an entire outdoor living space and oasis steps outside of your home, these are all beneficial advances and trends to get on board with this season.

Pool design plans are best handled with a licensed professional. You will want to make sure no details are left unseen, and the process to be a smooth one. Pool designs and plans can be a lengthy process, from permitting to paper, to construction to completion. A project this size should not be rushed. Be patient in the planning process. We always encourage our clients to become hands on in the decision making. It is helpful to work with someone you can connect with who shares your vision. It is a true craft bringing a dream vision in your mind, to be transcribed onto paper. 

If you are interested in pool design plans, or would like to meet with one of our designers for a free consultation, please feel free to contact us today. We look forward to helping you bring your dream backyard to life this summer. 

Pool Spring Cleaning – Getting Ready for Summertime Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Pool Spring Cleaning – Getting Ready for Summertime


As spring arrives and we start to see temperatures on the rise, homeowners across the east coast are spending more time outdoors. As everyone is shaking off the winter blues, there is always an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ feeling this time of year. Homeowners are spring cleaning, starting to tackle home improvement projects, and starting to invest more time in their properties. For homeowners considering adding pools to their home, spring brings a planning and designing stage. For homeowners with swimming pools, there is pool spring cleaning that needs to get done as well.

In order to make sure your swimming pool is ready for summertime, there is spring pool cleaning and a checklist of items that needs to get taken care of during this time of year. 

Pool Spring Cleaning: To-Do Checklist

  • Drain water off of pool cover
  • Removed pool cover/store if needed
  • Restore water level to normal
  • Reconnect pool equipment
  • Remove winter plugs or any winterization plugs
  • Turn system back on
  • Test water chemistry levels
  • Adjust pH balance
  • Brush and vacuum pool
  • Run filtration system
  • Shock the pool to eliminate bacteria 

When it comes to swimming pools, it is important to know there is a lot of spring pool maintenance, and year round maintenance required. Over the winter, a pool’s chemistry changes and will need to get adjusted before being able to enjoy. Water levels will also change, whether they rose or depleted, they will need to be regulated accordingly. 

As part of the spring pool cleaning process, be sure to protect the pool’s tile and coping. It is also a good time of year to activate equipment. You do not need to necessarily wait for the first week of summer to begin this process. Simply removing the cover in the spring many homeowners choose to do, since looking at the water from inside the home is a much more welcoming sight that it being covered all winter long.

The heat does not need to be on during the spring months, since heating the pool when the air is still cold gets very costly. But that does not mean you cannot open it before Memorial Day. However, earlier opening means earlier maintenance. It is a good idea to allow things to start to open up and get running, and getting an earlier start on balancing chemistry levels, regulating water, and making sure everything is functioning properly. For homeowners with hot tubs, those are able to be enjoyed earlier in the spring and can be heated more efficiently. That is an important thing to keep in mind for those who are currently designing a new pool, hot tubs will allow for more use throughout the seasons. 

If you are interested in building or designing a new inground swimming pool this season, or would like to learn more about the pool spring cleaning process, please feel free to contact us