Swimming Pool Planning During the Winter Tranquility Pools, Inc.
Swimming Pool Planning

Swimming Pool Planning During the Winter


Across the east coast, homeowners are preparing for the winter season. This time of year is spent indoors, keeping warm. The idea of pool plans during the winter months are normally for destination vacations. However, the best advice we can give homeowners is this: use the winter to plan. Turn your backyard into your own destination vacation spot, by using this downtime to plan ahead. Winter is the perfect time for swimming pool planning. 

For homeowners who would like custom swimming pools in 2018, this winter is the season to plan for it. In order to have a new pool ready by Memorial Day, the swimming pool planning needs to begin months earlier. Often, homeowners wait until the first warm days of spring to think about swimming pools, and at that point, starting the process is late in the game. For many pool companies and swimming pool builders in this area, schedules book up fast and months in advance. Beat the rush by planning ahead, especially during this time of year when things are slower paced. This will help to guarantee a more realistic completion date.

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Swimming pool designs and plans can take months. There are many permits needed and site visits required to begin the swimming pool planning process. Many towns will have weeks to wait to begin any work. Working with a landscape designer or architect is helpful during this time. They will take care of the permit process and timeline of the project. They are there to guide you through the decision making as well as supervising during every step of the construction process. 

Use these cold winter months as a creative advantage to picture what you want your property to look like come summer. When you look outside your back windows, what do you envision being there? Depending on the size of the space, and the budget to spend, a new outdoor space can be created. Lot restrictions will determine residential swimming pool dimensions, as well as additional features such as patios, spas, or outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and bars. There are a ton of factors to consider including into your pool plans.

Swimming Pool Planning – Ideas to Consider

  • Style of swimming pool: modern, luxury, natural
  • Shape of swimming pool: geometric, freeform
  • Materials to use: tiles, plaster, coping, patio
  • Colors and aesthetic of pool design
  • Budget to work within for overall project
  • Safety measures needed: gates, fences, ropes
  • Pool Additions: diving rocks, slides, sundecks, spa, jets
  • Use of space: privacy, family, kid-friendly, entertaining

As is true with most things, careful planning makes perfect. Taking the time to properly plan helps to eliminate errors. Planning for swimming pool takes time. Collaborating with a designer will help to create pool plans that best match your lifestyle and taste. Clients who take the time to plan ahead are the most satisfied during the construction process. Spend this winter creating the backyard space of your dreams. Being involved every step of the way becomes rewarding, as you are watching your plan come to life. 

For additional information on swimming pool planning, or for information on closing your pool for winter, feel free to contact us. 

Commercial Pools Design Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Commercial Pools Design


Commercial Pools in the Tri-State Area

When it comes to designing commercial pools, in general we are designing a lifestyle. For homeowners and business owners alike, adding a swimming pool is a large investment. It is also a decision to enhance the property and provide a new way of life to enjoy. It increases property value and for hotels or businesses, it is an added luxury and amenity for guests to utilize.

While it seems residential pools get all the publicity, commercial pools are still a thriving and important part of our industry. Creating pools for businesses follows the same creative process. It takes a proper permitting, engineering, design and construction phase. Working closely with business owners to understand the needs of the pool is crucial. There are key elements to consider during the planning process.

Determining Important Factors for Commercial Pools Design

  • How many guests will be using the space
  • Indoor or outdoor
  • Luxury or recreational
  • Family friendly or exclusive pool scene
  • Patio space needed
  • Liability
  • Budget 

Be sure to do your research to find a reputable builder. Checking with your local BBB is always a good place to start. Referrals are always useful too. It is important to work with qualified professionals. Installing commercial pools require a highly skilled level of expertise. Guidelines and protocols are to be met and up to code. There are insurance and liability issues that come along with swimming pool construction. Especially for recreational and public use. Make sure the company you work with has your best interest in mind.

Design Elements for Commercial Pools

When it comes to the design of commercial pools, working with a team of designers and engineers ensures a seamless process. From the initial concept meeting through construction completion, they will be there to assist you. In both big and small decisions. There are different elements of design to keep in mind. Everything from the initial vision, to material you choose, to the landscape and hardscape will create the end product.

Overall Vision: The overall design aesthetic of the swimming pool is where the vision gets created. Choosing colors and textures that will complement existing architecture is key. The pool should look as though it belongs with the building. The pool should also look inviting. Whether it is a high end infinity edge design, or a rectangular shape with slides and diving rocks for kids, the pool should be eye-catching. 

Materials: Choosing the proper materials is a big part of the commercial pools design process. The climate will naturally cause wear and tear over time. It is important to choose materials that are made to withstand weather conditions. Not only do you want your guests to be safe, but your investment as well. Work with materials that are trusted in the industry. Today, there is a wide variety to choose from that will not sacrifice design. 

Landscaping: Landscape around pool design is important with commercial pools. Planting can provide screening from busy roads, or provide an enclosed private feel. Planters pool side are a popular choice, especially in the tri-state area. Palm Trees can be brought in to create a tropical feel on the east coast. 

Feel free to contact us for a free consultation. We look forward to continuing to provide high-end service to commercial pools clients. 


Diving Rocks for Inground Pools Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Diving Rocks for Inground Pools


Over the past few years, concerns have been raised over the use of diving boards. Between injuries, lawsuits and insurance premiums, many homeowners have been eliminating diving boards from their backyards. For decades, diving boards and swimming pools went hand in hand. For many, childhood memories were full of springing off boards, leaping into the water. But safety precautions over the years have gotten stricter. Companies fear lawsuits, parents are more proactive to eliminate potential injuries. Today, most swimming pool owners will choose diving rocks over diving boards for their pool design. 

Benefits of Diving Rocks for Inground Pools

Diving rocks for inground pools have become a popular addition for many reasons. Most importantly, for safety. Since diving rocks do not have spring and are low to the ground, the risk of injury is much less. It is important to remember that these rocks can only be used in the deep end. The water still needs to be deep enough for swimmer to jump in safely and not hit the bottom or sides of the pool.

Design is another element that attracts many homeowners to this choice. While a diving board can stick out as an eyesore, diving rocks blend seamlessly into the design or surrounding landscape. It is simple for a pool designer to incorporate the rocks into the background. Rocks come in so many different sizes, colors and textures that it is easy to find one that works best in your yard. Many times, the perfect diving rock can be found right on your own property. Which is a great way to re-purpose natural material and keep costs low. 

For many families that are looking to make their pools kid-friendly, they look to possible pool features. Anything from a water slide, to a sun deck, to basketball hoops provide a source of fun for children. A diving rock is a great addition as well, since it adds an activity for the family to enjoy. It provides a safer way for children, and adults, to enter the pool in a fun way. 

While there is less risk of injury with diving rocks than with diving boards, we still recommend using precaution. Take into consideration the safety precautions, ensuring your swimming pool is deep and wide enough for proper installation. Diving rocks for inground pools should only be used in the deep end with proper supervision. 

In choosing the rock that would work best for you, keep in mind that prices may vary. Deciding on a budget beforehand is a good place to start. Since there are many different rock types, from natural to fabricated, they can meet many different budgets. Also consider your design, if a rock will fit into the overall design and landscape around your pool. A diving rock can add an element of fun for the family to enjoy, without breaking the bank or disrupting the pool design.

To decide if a diving rock is right for you, consider the factors above. We are here to help with your pool questions and concerns. 

How to Plan for Landscape Around Pool Area Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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How to Plan for Landscape Around Pool Area


Planning for a swimming pool is a detailed process. For homeowners and business owners alike, there are many stages to go through and decisions to be made from planning through completion. One of the most important things to remember that is often overlooked, is to plan for the landscape around pool from the beginning. Pool landscaping is a key component to tying all the elements of your backyard space together. 

A backyard will look incomplete without landscape. Depending on the location of the pool, the climate in your region, and the contrast of sun vs. shade will all help determine the landscape best suited for your project. There are a few important key components to consider in the planning process. From privacy needs to plant material choices. From wildlife in your area, to natural materials used. A proper pool landscaping job will tie the swimming pool, patio, and home seamlessly together. 

Tips for Properly Planning Your Landscape Around Pool Area

  • Privacy
    • Pool landscaping adds screening around pool from surrounding streets, or neighbors
  • Plant material Choices
    • Should be able to adapt to sunlight or shade depending on location of plantings
  • Mindful to not attract certain animals
    • Depending on your region and the wildlife attracted to your plantings
  • Consider your style choice
    • Garden, desert, modern, lush, simple
  • Install irrigation system
    • Where necessary to ensure everything remains hydrated during the hottest months
  • Tropicals and Palm Trees
    • Popular additions even on the east coast to create a Caribbean vibe
  • Using natural stones
    • Will break up patio, add interest in materials used on the project
  • Adding fountains, fixtures, artwork
    • An easy way to enhance poolside gardens all year round
  • Layers of different plant materials
    • Using various textures and flowers will add depth and colors
  • Landscape should complement style and architecture of home 

There is a ton of planning involved in the swimming pool process. Don’t let the process seem daunting. Working with an architect or designer from the beginning can help streamline the process. Considering how to plan for the landscape around pool area from day one is an important part of the end result. The landscape can enhance the swimming pool design, bringing more color and enhancement to the gardens and property.

Landscape around a pool area helps to provide screening from neighbors or busy streets. It allows for privacy and creates a more intimate setting. For homeowners in busy neighborhoods or main roads, this is important to remember. Ideally, homeowners want their swimming space to be secluded. Adding in colors, textures and layers, helps to provide an enclosed environment. Dense landscaping helps eliminate noise. 

Our portfolio shows jobs from the tri-state area, both commercial and residential pool designs. From modern to rustic, natural to luxury, there is a style to suit every unique homeowner. If you are looking to design a new pool with landscape around pool area, or if you are considering enhancing your current property, we are here to help. Let this year be the year your backyard oasis is brought to life. 

Choosing the Pool Features Best for Your Backyard Tranquility Pools, Inc.

Choosing the Pool Features Best for Your Backyard


There is no limit on creativity when it comes to creating the perfect swimming pool, equipped with customized pool features to fit your lifestyle. Over the years, swimming pool designs have been pushing boundaries. Many homeowners today are creating complete outdoor living oases, bringing award winning pools normally found at resorts, to the luxury of their own homes.

When building a swimming pool for your home, there are many pool features to consider incorporating into the design. If a kid friendly pool is the goal, some pool features to consider including would be a diving rock, a slide, or a sun deck where it is safer for little kids to sit and play.  A large sundeck also allows for lounge chairs to be placed in the water for ultimate relaxation space. Just because a pool is kid friendly, it does not need to sacrifice the stylistic or design elements of the overall swimming pool. Choosing the proper tiles, plaster, and materials used in the pool will help to achieve a classic and mature appearance for all to enjoy.

Pool Features to Complement Lifestyles

Incorporating a waterfall feature often serves as the perfect focal point for your backyard. The sound of running water creates a tranquil environment, while also canceling out noise from neighbors or busy roads.  Other popular pool features to consider including would be poolside cabanas, pergola for seating area with shade, outdoor kitchen, and outdoor bar space, as well as poolside fire pit and fireplaces. These areas become the ideal space to enjoy alone time, or serve as the perfect entertainment space with family and friends. Everything from the patio space to the surrounding poolside landscaping helps to tie the entire backyard together, and seamlessly blend it fit the style of the home.   

When choosing what overall style for your swimming pool, whether modern or rustic, natural, or geometric, the pool features to consider will vary. Working with a team of architects, designers and engineers will help you to select the ideal features for your design and lifestyle. 

Our team is here to help provide ideas and inspiration on the best pool features to consider when creating your new swimming pool retreat. Let this be the year you bring your dream backyard to life. 

Tranquility Pools of Northern New Jersey Awarded Best Pool Service on Houzz 2017 Tranquility Pools, Inc.

Tranquility Pools of Northern New Jersey Awarded Best Pool Service on Houzz 2017


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Tranquility Pools of Northern New Jersey has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®” for best pool service this year. The leading platform for home remodeling and design. The team of master pool builders at Tranquility Pools was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside some of the best in the pool and spa industry,” says owner Mitchell Knapp. “We continue to strive to bring the best pool service, most innovative and ground-breaking pool designs to each of our clients. We take pride is the service that we deliver to each client and are grateful for the positive reviews year after year.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Tranquility Pools,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About Tranquility Pools
Tranquility Pools is an international award winning pool company based out of North Jersey and servicing the tristate area. Mitchell Knapp and his team have been in the business of managing, designing and general swimming pool contracting for over 25 years. They pride themselves on their ability to create Utopian escapes within the confines of their client’s backyards. Tranquility promises only professional standards and unparalleled customer service from day one of the project through the completion.

At Tranquility Pools, the entire team will work with you to come up with the perfect swimming pool for your backyard. Every pool is unique and built custom to each client’s needs. Anything you can dream; this custom pool builder team will create. Tranquility works with all high quality, energy efficient products that are the best available in the industry. This firm understands that the decision to add an inground swimming pool to your yard is a big one. It is also a wonderful investment to add value to your home. Tranquility’s main goal is to make sure that you are both informed and happy throughout every step of the process. This full service team will work with you to meet all your needs and visions.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.