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Cool Pool Add-On Features

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Maybe when you first put your swimming pool in you were doing so on a limited budget and skipped out on some of the cool features you would have liked.

With today’s incredible line of swimming pool accessories and equipment, you can now think about adding those features at a reasonable price and without too much hassle.

Here is a round-up of some of those super cool pool features that you may not have realized you could do.

Before I run them down for you, I have not put pricing on these because this tends to change and may also be dependent on the type of swimming pool and existing equipment.

However, it is good to know that there are many models within a feature category so there is bound to be one that fits your budget.

Swimming Pool Add-Ons

Here are some swimming pool add-ons to customize your pool:

  • Fiber Optic Lighting: Outline the shape of your swimming pool with fiber optic lighting that changes color. You can also change out the bulb on your pool and spa light to create a light show that will be fun for everyone.
  • Fountains: Fountains add a great feature that makes it feel cooler on a hot day. Combined with the fiber optic lighting, you could have your very own water and light show in the evenings.
  • Decking: Whether it is brick, stone, or stamped concrete, decking finishes off your backyard oasis and ties it into an existing patio.
  • Pool Bar: This is a fun swimming pool feature that brings the party into the water. You can relax with your drinks in the water and maybe even get the poker game into the pool!
  • Waterfall: A rock waterfall creates a beautiful and refreshing focal point for your pool. It can also be turned into something spectacular with a grotto or even rock slide.
  • Spa Spillover: A spa spillover is an easy way to create a waterfall feature without resorting to adding the big rock waterfall. It offers a relaxing sound and some extra refreshment on those hot days!
  • Seating Bench: Adding a seating bench inside the pool provides more places to relax in the water without having to use a float or be stuck at the shallow end.
  • Slides and Diving Boards: From straight and curving slides to spring diving boards, you can easily add everyone’s favorite way to get into the pool!
  • Automatic Pool Cover: As a safety strategy, automatic covers can keep little ones and pets safe not to mention keep a lot of leaves and debris out of the swimming pool.

These are just some of the more popular swimming pool add-ons.

We have many other options and can provide you with a range of prices, models, and brands to suit your budget. Get started now so you can have it installed in time for this season’s pool time!

A Simple Guide to Choosing a Contractor

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

So you want to build a swimming pool? Makes sense since all the summers here in the Antelope Valley are hot and can be quite long. Not everyone likes the beach and not everyone gets to live near it either. A swimming pool can be a great escape in your very own backyard.

However, when building a swimming pool, you may find yourself with many questions and half a dozen quotes, so how do you go about choosing a contractor and what are some things to look for?

Keep reading because Aqueous Pools is about to give you the lowdown.

A Contractor and His License

First things first, never work with an unlicensed contractor. If they can’t get, don’t have, or have lost their license, there is probably a pretty good reason as to why, so steer clear of unlicensed contractors. Of course, even licensed individuals and or companies could still very well be more interested in lining their pockets than helping you get the swimming pool of your dreams.

When getting quotes, be sure to never just get them over the phone or via email. Either visit their place of business or have them come to you. Remember that most companies will do free quotes and consultations.

They want your business, so if they don’t mention offering them, ask. Treat buying a swimming pool like a car; there are plenty of businesses out there that do pool installations so you can afford to be picky. Never let a contractor rush you into signing a contract on you either. Review it and if you don’t understand something, be sure to ask questions.

Speaking of questions, ask plenty and do your own research as the best customer is an informed one. This means going on the California State Contractor’s board website and check to see if there have been any complaints about that contractor.

All of the information related to his license is public data, so feel free to check up on your guy. Also, ask for references and interview others about their experience with that swimming pool contractor.

Buying a pool is a big deal. Often, it is considered to be one of the biggest monetary decisions you will ever make. Think of it as an investment and don’t rush anything. You want a pool that fits your lifestyle perfectly and is not something you will regret later. At Aqueous Pools, we know pools so please feel free to contact us anytime with any questions.

Things to Ponder When Designing Your Swimming Pool (Besides How Much it Costs)

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

There are lots of articles out there that cover what you need to think about if you are thinking about putting a swimming pool in, and most of those go over what you plan on doing with the swimming pool in terms of your lifestyle and how much budget you have to devote to building this backyard oasis.

But, basically, your budget is going to drive much of the design because, if you are like most people, you have a limit on what you spend that, in turn, limits what type of swimming pool you are going to be able to install.

This blog post is going to cover some of the other things you can do to help shape your design decision for your swimming pool.

Ask. Look. Learn.

You won’t know how to design your swimming pool if you don’t first look around and ask others about their experiences. Much insight can be gained from those that already have swimming pools. They will most likely admit what they would and would not do if they were to do it all over again with the knowledge and experience they have now. Capitalize on that and let it shape how you design your swimming pool.

This is also a time to learn about the potential for the unexpected and what those unknowns might look like. This could involve the swimming pool construction process or it could be related to surprise costs that you had not yet considered yourself.

Besides those you know, use the power of social media and social networking to find blogs and forums online where others have discussed their swimming pool construction experience and learn what they would have changed. While everything may not be applicable to your specific situation, this type of interaction helps you think beyond what you thought you knew about swimming pool design.

Collect Designs and Create a Wish List (Then, Get Real)

From interior design and landscaping to wedding dresses and hairstyles, people often collect photos of things or styles they like as they build their own idea of what they would like for themselves. Same goes with a swimming pool design.

The beauty of the Internet is that there are so many pictures and visuals available that make it easy to see what you could do with your swimming pool, including shapes, decking, tiles, lighting and accessories. A good idea is to gather at least a dozen different swimming pool designs and then determine any patterns to see what stands out that could be used for your own swimming pool design.

There is also software available that lets you use your own yard dimensions and place a 3D rendering of it with the swimming pool so you can get a better visual of what it might look like before you sign the contract, pull permits, and start the swimming pool construction process.

While you design your swimming pool, make a list of the features and accessories that you would like to have on your swimming pool so you can start whittling it down when the reality hits about what you can and cannot afford.

You can have the must-haves, the nice-to-haves, and the really over-the-tops (like a grotto and water slide, etc.). This will help bring your swimming pool design back down to reality and help you finalize what you plan to do.

Ready?

If you are ready to get started and have a pretty good idea of what type of swimming pool design you want, then let’s talk.

Remodeling Your Swimming Pool

Posted on: July 17th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

Whether you have had your swimming pool for a decade or more or you just bought that steal of a deal house that came complete with one in the backyard albeit dated and rough around the edges, a swimming pool remodel is something to consider.

You may even be at the point that you are looking for a way to make your swimming pool more energy efficient. Here are some things to think about when it comes to remodeling your swimming pool and just what is possible.

 

Major Swimming Pool Remodels

When most people think of a swimming pool remodel, they envision that 1960s swimming pool that is so deep you can’t see the bottom; the colored plaster is peeling off; and the equipment is making a lot of strange noises.

Typically, though, most swimming pools last between fifteen and twenty years in terms of plaster, equipment, tile, decking, coping and lighting. As these items start to go, you will need to think about replacing them.

With so much to be done with a major remodel, you might think the costs are out of hand but they don’t have to be if you tackle different projects over time. Also, you can control the costs by researching what you need to have and separating that from the like to have items.

Here are some areas of pool remodeling to consider:

  • Gunite pools with plaster: Over time, discolorations, cracks, and chips begin to impact the top layer of the swimming pool’s surface and you will need to have it resurfaced. If the plaster does not appear to be damaged but only discolored, sometimes an acid wash by a pool professional will suffice. You can also opt to use pool paint on the surface or add some type of special surface like Pebble-Tec or Diamond Brite.
  • Leaks: Over time, cracks and leaks will appear in the pipes and equipment that will need to be repaired or replaced. If you cannot find where the leak is coming from, it could be underground. Have a leak detection company come out and find the leak for you so you know what will be involved in fixing it.
  • Tile: Often, tile will begin to crack and fall off from the pool edge. Depending upon how bad this looks, you can either choose to fined replacement tile or have the entire tile removed and add a completely new tile accent around the pool and spa.
  • Equipment upgrades: Depending on the condition of the equipment, you may need to replace the pump, filter, or heater.

Aesthetic Swimming Pool Remodels

If you have room in the budget, you can add some pretty cool things to your swimming pool and make it into something entirely different than what it first was when you first had it built and didn’t have the money then to add bells and whistles or you ended up adopting it when you bought the house:

  • Fiber-optic, color-changing lighting within the swimming pool and spa, low-profile lights, spotlights, uplighting and pool lights;
  • Mosaic tile accents added into the pool surface like dolphins, fish, and turtles;
  • Wide range of surfaces for your pool, including color quartz finishes;
  • Automated system with digital controls;
  • Slides and diving boards;
  • Waterfalls, sheer descents, cascades, fountains and swim jets;
  • New tile and coping, including river rock or paving stone;
  • New decking with various surfaces and patterns, such as stamped concrete; and
  • Various types of landscaping and special outdoor features, such as an outdoor kitchen, swim-up bar, and fire pit.

Energy-Efficient Swimming Pool Remodels

If you do need to upgrade your equipment or you are just looking for ways to reduce energy consumption, consider a pool remodel that involves energy-efficient equipment like a variable speed pump, solar pump, or solar heating for your swimming pool. There are still rebates available but you will also see a significant return on your electricity bill over time.

Pool Remodel Assistance

At every step in the process, we can help you with a remodel job, including

  • Assistance in getting any necessary permits for the pool remodel;
  • Estimates on remodel costs;
  • Professional design so you can see what it will look like;
  • Information about equipment, lighting, water features and more;
  • Financing options; and
  • Construction and completion of your swimming pool remodel.

Planning Your Swimming Pool Design

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by Dave No Comments

Kidney-shaped. Rectangular. Free form. Round. Heart-shaped. Beach entry. Shallow. Deep. Olympic-sized. Lap pool. Splash zone. There are so many ways to go when planning your swimming pool design that it is hard to know where to start and when to know it is the in-ground pool design that you can live with over many years to come. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of swimming pool designs that could be used but only one that fits with your budget, backyard size and shape, and lifestyle.

Swimming Pool Size

While you may want an Olympic-sized swimming pool, your yard size may not be on the same page. You don’t want your entire back yard to be swallowed up by a swimming pool so that as soon as you open the back door you are practically stepping foot in the water. It should enhance your yard, not overpower it.

Depending on where you live, you may also have to account for city or county regulations in terms of how far away it has to be from the house and perimeter of the yard. This could mean that you may have to scale it back or get creative in terms of shape.

And, if you think your yard is too small for a swimming pool or you have other features that get in the way of having a swimming pool, you would be surprised what is possible, including building a spa above the swimming pool so that water cascades into the pool and space is used effectively.

Size and placement of the swimming pool go hand-in-hand. Think about where the sun will hit the swimming pool in terms of its size and location in the back yard. Will it be placed near trees that often make tough work of pool maintenance? Maybe the trees or shrubs can be moved or eliminated. There is a lot to consider, especially if you are not working from a clean slate.

Other things to think about is the fact that the bigger the swimming pool, the more expensive it is to heat and the more work it takes to maintain.

Swimming Pool Shape

Many of the reasons that guide the size of the swimming pool may also shorten the list of swimming pool shapes that you can choose.  Again, it should fit with the theme of your yard so this might mean a freeform swimming pool with rock or sand borders so it blends with its surroundings.

Swimming Pool Features and Purpose

What you will use the swimming pool often can dictate the swimming pool design as well. For example, if it is strictly for exercise, it’s good to go with the traditional lap pool design, which is often long and rectangular in its shape.

If it is for recreational use, a freeform design works well as does a beach entry with other special features thrown in like a slide, rock slide, grotto and/or swim-up bar. Consider a deeper pool if you are adding a slide or if the swimming pool will become dive central for the kids.

You can also think about customizing your swimming pool design with other features, such as waterfalls, fountains, special lighting. What you add should maintain a certain theme or style to keep it looking Romanesque or more modern and sleek. Mixing elements and features will only lead to a cluttered look that will not work.

Also think about how the features will influence maintenance and related costs. There are some very unique designs but clearly no one thought about how it might be cleaned or how much it would take to maintain it.

Other Thoughts about Swimming Pool Design

Safety is a critical issue to think about as part of swimming pool design, especially if you have kids or have many visitors with kids. Make sure you work safety features into the design, including room for fencing or other security features.

Work with a Swimming Pool Design Expert

Rather than striking out on your own with an in-ground pool design, consider working with a swimming pool design professional that has the expertise to suggest what would work with your back yard plus deliver multiple swimming pool designs to scale and designed from software for a professional and accurate recommendation.