Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:47

In Ground Pool Comparisons

Above Ground vs Inground: It’s Not Just About Cost

From Pool Pricer

Most people aren't making a choice between an inground pool and an aboveground pool due to the gap in cost.  This article makes the comparison nevertheless, as there are some clear differences between the two products.  Should someone actually consider an inground pool versus an above ground pool, the differences extend to more than the cost of the products, as the article explains.

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Backyard Kitchen Designs Are An Extension Of Your Home

From Dream Retreats Landscape Design and Construction

The "staycation" is a quintessential American phenomenon, and has been gaining popularity for decades.  The American homeowner wants to invest in their home, and bring the vacation to their own backyard.  What better way to enjoy one's own outdoor living space than to outfit the space with a phenomenal outdoor kitchen?  Whether entertaining guests, throwing parties, or just barbequing for the kids in the neighborhood, an outdoor kitchen makes the most efficient use of space, and is the ultimate conveniece.  This post from Dream Retreats gives some great ideas for outdoor kitchen designs.

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Along with many others in the landscape architecture and construction industry, we have designed and built many outdoor living spaces which become extensions to the home. An outdoor kitchen is an extension of the home which is constantly growing in demand and design. Depending on our client's vision, we have designed and built simple outdoor BBQ's to complete backyard kitchens which include refrigerators, prepping stations, and bar/seating areas. Our landscape architecture and design team strive for each client to have their backyard be a place of retreat and peace of mind.

We are hearing over and over again from our clients that they want to spend more time at home and make their home as nice as possible. Many of our clients are looking for ways to extend their ability to stay outdoors along with preparing their meals. Extending patios, outdoor fireplaces or firepits, water features and putting greens are ways they are accomplishing this. Essentially the backyard becomes a social gathering place for family and friends.

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4 Pool Exercises for the Perfect Summer Body

From Solar Pool Technologies Blog

You've heard that working out in your inground swimming pool is good for you.  You know that the buyoancy helps your joints and muscles, that the water cools you and allows you to work harder, and that you get the best total body workout possible.  What you don't know is how to get started working out in the water, beyond swimming laps.  Enter this post from Solar Pool Technologies.  This post gives you 4 easy and fun exercises that you can do right in your own inground swimming pool that will propel you on your way to swimming pool fitness!

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The summer heat can discourage outdoor workouts like running and biking, so jump in the pool and get moving! The pool is a great space to stay cool, and the water resistance will engage more muscles in a larger range to help you burn more calories in less time.

Here are some tips on pool exercises to give you that beautiful summer body. For a full water workout plan, including target areas and timed exercises, read Fitness Magazine's Slim Down in a Splash: Pool Workout.

1. Treading Water

Seems simple enough, but don't be fooled. Treading water will burn about 11 calories per minute. Tread for fifteen minutes and burn 165 calories.

2. With a Beach Ball

Working with a beach ball creates extra resistance to tone your muscles. To work your arms, float face down in the pool and use your hands to push the ball underwater. Return the ball to the surface of the pool, moving slowing with full control.

To work your legs, sit up in the pool and hold the ball between your feet. Starting from the surface, press your legs down until you are in a standing position. Return the ball to the surface of the pool, moving slowly with full control.

To work your core, hug the ball to your body with legs extended behind you. Roll 360 degrees, keeping your legs fully extended. Some people call this the Otter Roll.

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BioGuard's Five Keys to Basic Pool Care

From BioGuard's Youtube Channel

As any inground swimming pool owner knows, there are few pleasures like taking a plunge into a crystal clear, refreshing, safe and clean swimming pool on a hot summer's day.  By the same token, these people also understand that taking the care to put the pool in that state can be alot of work, and quite inefficient; if one doesn't know what one is doing.  Dumping loads of chemicals into the pool day after day is not what gets the swimming pool to that sweet spot of crystal clear refreshment, and this video from BioGuard gives you the 5 keys to Basic Pool Care that can help the swimming pool owner get that pool ready for the plunge!

The 5 Keys to Basic Pool Care are:

1.  Circulation

2.  Filtration

3.  Cleaning

4.  Testing

5.  Chemistry

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Summer's Here! Pool House Design Tips & Ideas

From LDA Architecture and Interiors

Anyone who owns a pool and has had their children or guests trapse through their house with wet feet and bathing suits understands the value of a pool house.  Modern pool house design provides for changing areas, kitchens, laundry facilities, and even entertainment in the event of an unforseen storm or break in the party.  Once thought of as merely a shed or small area to keep pool toys and perhaps change into swimwear, the pool house has evolved into an extension of the home, just as the outdoor living space has morphed into the outdoor living room.  In this post from LDA, some great design tips and ideas for luxury pool houses are presented and expounded upon. 

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With summer quickly approaching, figuring out the best ways to cool off is something that is on all of our minds. Some of our clients have asked us to design pools for them. With a pool however, comes towels, toys, and the need for more storage. The solution? A pool house! We polled our designers and here's what they had to say about things to consider when building a fun, yet functional space...

When choosing furniture, it is wise to utilize outdoor furniture. It is designed to dry quicker than regular furniture and tends to be more lighter, allowing you to rearrange according to your needs. Invest in multipurpose pieces like a big daybed, for lounging and napping out of the sun, and a large coffee table, great for meals on the patio or games by the pool.

Create a seamless transition from pool area to pool house by using glass doors, similar to the ones shown in the drawing below, as either sliding or folding doors. Also, with the influx of perennial insects during the summer months, it is important to take screens into consideration when planning the flow and accessibility of your pool house.

To help keep the interior of your pool house clean, install an outdoor shower to allow guests to rinse off before coming inside.

Having a small kitchenette in the pool house will come in handy for food preparation. Also, a small fridge is great for storing refreshing drinks and snacks.

It is important to reflect the aesthetic of the main house in the design of the pool house so the building is complimentary and not obtrusive.

Landscaping is critical as well – you want to build the pool house relative to the pool & adjacent landscaping. When installing a pool, homeowners typically install a fence to surround the pool area. With this in mind, it is important to consider whether or not the pool house will be in the enclosed fence area or outside, and how accessible the house will be.

When planning to install a pool in your backyard, be sure to refer to your local by-laws and ordinances for any rules and regulations that may exist in your hometown.

The pool house sketched above is coming along! Check out some of the progress photos below. Almost ready for some summer fun. Did somebody yell, "Cannonball"?

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How to Get Fit with Aquatic Exercise

From Pool Gear Plus via Stumbleupon

So, you've gone to work on Monday morning after the 4th of July, and you've noticed that you are hanging over your belt.  You didn't realize that the extra helping of potato salad and beans would stick right to your waist, but alas, it seems to have done exactly that.  What can you do to jump start the metabolic process and get back on the road to fitness?  One of the best and most efficient ways to get calories and fat burning is to start exercising in the water.  There are legion benefits of exercising in the swimming pool, such as its low impact, its cooling properties, and the ability to do more work efficiently.  

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Once you've decided to try aquatic exercise, there are a variety of options to consider besides swimming, the obvious choice. The one that requires the least amount of planning but would probably be most expensive is to buy an aquatic treadmill or bicycle. Yes, you can use your favorite gym equipment in your backyard swimming pool! Some aqua treadmills allow you to perform exercises like crunches and dips in addition to walking or running in your pool. Aquatic bikes and treadmills are particularly helpful when you're recovering from an injury – they are often used in physical therapy programs.

If you want to walk or run in the pool for exercise but don't want to buy a treadmill, you can do so with relatively inexpensive equipment or even no equipment at all. Aqua jogging allows you to run while avoiding the potential repercussions from high-impact running on land. Because water provides more resistance than air, you'll still reap the many fitness benefits of jogging. To get started, research aqua jogging workouts online and select a routine you'd like to try. As you increase your fitness level and/or start jogging in deeper water, you may want to add aqua fitness products such as a water noodle, aqua jogging belt, hydro-resistant arm and leg trainers, or aquatic dumbbells to your routine.

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How to Properly Add Chlorine Tablets to Your Pool

From Swim University

Many people have found themselves in this situation:  You just purchased a home with an existing swimming pool, and you have no idea what you need to do to it.  The smart move is to hire a professional service company to check it, and regularly maintain it.  Even with a professional swimming pool service company, however, very hot days will leave the pool owner with a need to add chlorine to the swimming pool by themselves.  Most people have never handled chlorine, don't know how much to add, or even where and by what means to add it to the swimming pool.  Enter this handy guide from Swim University.  This easy to read and comprehend post will give you the basic information that you will need to ensure proper sanitization for the holiday weekend, even if your service company isn't able to get to you pool.

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My friend recently purchased his first home, and lucky for him it came with a very large inground pool and a hot tub. Of course, when it came time to start his pool up, I was the first person he called.

His question was, "how do I add chlorine to my pool?" He was confused about whether to use a chlorine floater or add chlorine tablets to the skimmer baskets. He went online to find an answer but came up short.

Fear not, fellow pool owners! I have a definitive answer for you below.

4 Ways How to Add Chlorine to Your Pool

  1. In a chemical floater
  2. To your skimmer(s)
  3. In an automatic chlorinator
  4. Sprinkle chlorine granules directly to the water

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Pentair Swimming Pool Deck Jets with Led Lights

From Swimming Youtube Channel

Backyard swimming pool designs have definitely evolved over the last 40 years.  The standard rectangle or kidney shape with a set of stairs and perimeter tile was once considered state of the art.  Today's outlandish swimming pool designs bring the Las Vegas-style light, water and fire shows into homeowner's backyards.  Pentair presents one such amenity that can give any swimming pool or backyard area some much needed pizazz.  The Deck Jets and LED Lighted Laminar Flow water jets add drama, volume, and that certain element that your inground swimming pool project might be missing.

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17 Fabulous Pool Fountains 

These state of the art examples of swimming pool fountains take your outdoor design to the next level.

From HGTV Gardens

The sound of moving water can add so much to any space.  Whether it is the soothing sounds of a delicate babbling brook, the dramatic thundering splash of a waterfall, or the elegant touch that dancing nozzles bring to a space, water fountains add a vertical and animated element to any outdoor living space.  This post from HGTV Gardens presents 17 luxury fountains that are part of an inground swimming pool and/or hot tub or outdoor living space with pool.  Be sure to take special notice of the three projects that were designed and built by Platinum Pools in this post!

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Reality Check

The exterior world becomes the dominant theme in this interior pool which features a painted ceiling of birds and clouds and a pool that symbolizes the ocean with its giant clam shell fountain. Designed by Platinum Poolcare, the fountain is a fiberglass shell with hand-painted ceramic tile from Wales.

Perfect Pour

Nighttime lighting gives this backyard pool a sense of intimacy and a touch of class with a top of the line pour fountain from Platinum Poolcare.

Laminar Flow Fantasy

What might have started out as an ordinary swimming pool is transformed into an aquatic fantasyland by Platinum Poolcare. They installed eight LED laminar flow fountains and designed a fitting showpiece at the far end—a sculpture fountain mounted on a concrete basin with limestone and brick fascia and an exposed aggregate interior.

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7 Luxury Swimming Pools That Have To Be Seen To Be Believed (PHOTOS)

From Huffington Post

Design Inspiration for your own outdoor living area can come from just about anywhere.  Many potential swimming pool owners have seen a feature or layout that they loved from a neighbor's pool.  Others can find features or amenities that they want to incorporate into their own backyard design from a waterpark or vacation swimming pool.  This post from Huffington Post brings the sublime luxury swimming pool designs from around the world right to your computer screen.  While you are saving the cost of travel to actually plunge into these amazing swimming pools, you may have to shell out some money to bring them to your own backyard!

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A high-end home would just feel incomplete without a swimming pool. And if you're going to have a professional that will take care of this feature, you might as well make a big splash. (Pun totally intended.) So, how does one improve on a pool? Well, you could put it on a roof, for starters. Or, you could go really, really over-the-top and install a bronze sculpture of yourself beside it. recently rounded up a list of seven luxury swimming pools that border amazing and extreme -- you decide. So go ahead and dive into our slideshow of aquatic oases, and let us know which one you wouldn't mind taking a dip in.

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