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Swimming Pool Water Features

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With the spring season blooming around us, we can’t help but get excited for swimming pools on the horizon. Warm weather means summer is on it’s way. In just over a month, Memorial Day kicks off the pool opening season for the east coast. Homeowners are eager to enjoy their backyard and spend more time outdoors. From property clean ups, renovations, new projects and additions, this is the time of year to start executing plans and projects. When it comes to swimming pools, there are swimming pool water features that help to enhance and make the most of your backyard space. For homeowners with existing pools, or homeowners looking to invest in a new pool, there are many water features around swimming pools to choose from. 

Choosing Swimming Pool Water Features

When working with clients, it is important for us to understand their overall goal for designing their backyard space. The purpose of the space and what they hope to accomplish. Whether it is a kid friendly backyard, a place for entertainment. An outdoor private oasis filled with gardens, or a modern luxury design. The ideas truly are endless when it comes to what to create in a blank space. It helps to start mapping out the needs and focus of the swimming pool space. Modern pool waterfall designs are popular to add a catching eye-piece to the backyard. Pool fountains and waterfalls also add a nice tranquil running water noise throughout the property. 

For homeowners with existing pools, swimming pool water features are always an additional option. Used to enhance or change the backyard space, adding a new feature can easily change the overall concept. Adding a patio to a backyard opens up a new room, allowing for relaxation, entertainment and dining. To make a pool more kid friendly, the addition of a diving rock, slide or sundeck allows for activity and play space.

Designing Swimming Pool Water Feature Elements

Adding additional fire or water pieces to the pool, is a way to add both design and functionality. Poolside fire pits and fireplaces add an element of warmth for the evening hours and cooler months. The contrast of fire against water is an eye-catching element for a backyard. Swimming pool water fountains add another layer of aesthetic appeal. Custom made with boulders to look natural, the running water is a calming backdrop to blend pool and landscape. If a waterfall does not work with your design, a led pool fountain adds running water and illumination into the night pool scene. 

Whatever it is that you are looking to change with your pool, we can help. Adding a new swimming pool water feature, changing the layout of your outdoor rooms. Adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit poolside, outdoor kitchens. Today, there are so many ways to enhance your property and make the most of your outdoor space. Feel free to browse our portfolio for ideas and inspiration for your next project. Summer is right around the corner, contact us today to make sure your backyard is ready to be enjoyed this season. 

 

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Pool Makeover

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The decision to add a new swimming pool to a property is a popular homeowner decision. Over the last decade, popularity for swimming pool construction has greatly increased. While new pools are the request of many of our clients, many times we are brought in for a pool makeover. For homeowners with existing pools that needs pool renovations or pool remodeling, there are many ways to go about creating a new space while preserving what we can of the original. 

Say you buy a home with an existing swimming pool. In an ideal world, the pool is perfectly maintained and styled to your liking. Often times, homeowners are overwhelmed at first with a pool and looking for a pool redesign. Whether the original quality of build is not up to standards, or the functionality does not suit your family’s needs, there are pool makeover options available. 

An inground pool remodel can be a big undertaking. Depending on the size of the job, the materials needed and the scope of the construction will determine the cost to remodel a pool as well as the timeline involved. Working with an experienced pool company and a qualified pool designer will help with this process. 

Pool Makeover – Designing Pool Renovations to Fit Your Lifestyle 

Pool remodeling allows homeowners to work with an existing pool, while redesigning a space that better fits their taste. Adding a slide for children to play, adding a rock waterfall to create a point of interest, or expanding a surrounding patio to provide entertaining and relaxation space. Changing tiles or plaster color are ways to change the color theme of the existing pool. If your preference was a lighter color, or a darker design, there are many materials to choose from. Adding an outdoor kitchen, or outdoor fire feature enhances the pool space as well. Sometimes the makeover is not the pool itself – but the features added around it. Fire pits, fire places, patios, spas and kitchens, all add a new element of life to the pool area, creating a new outdoor living space to enjoy. 

Surrounding pool landscaping is another part of the pool makeover process. Adding planters, adding screening, adding floral options and even palm trees, are ways to liven up the pool area. The ideas are endless when it comes to enhancing and pool remodeling your backyard

If you are interested in remodeling your existing pool, our team of designers and architects are here to help. We send designers out to your property for a free consultation to discuss your options and understand your vision. We work hard to bring these outdoor retreats to life. Your swimming pool and backyard are a big investment. If you are unhappy with your current inground pool, consider a pool makeover. There are small edits available, as well as complete overhauls. With pool season right around the corner, it is time to start the enhancements and changes now, so that you can enjoy your pool remodel this summer.

Feel free to contact us today. 

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Poolside Fire Features

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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

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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. 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, you need to have this in mind when you hire the pool remodeling service. 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. 

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When to Close Pool for The Season

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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. 

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Outdoor Summer Decor

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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