inground concrete pools Tag

Types of Materials for Pool Finishes

From Luxury Pools

One of the many things that make inground concrete swimming pools different than their counterparts is the myriad options available for the pool's surface.  This level of customization really sets the finished product apart from vinyl or fiberglass swimming pools, as the level of customization is taken to it's highest mark with the finished surface.  This post from Luxury Pools explains and presents the different surface finish choices for inground concrete pools which include plaster, exposed aggregate, and tile.

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Fire & Water Features

From Landscaping Network

7 ways to add drama to your landscape with fire and water elements

You've probably seen the fabulous pictures across the internet and in design and home magazines featuring firebowls, firepits, and fire strips around swimming pools.  Fire attracts attention, and creates amazing action and drama in any outdoor living design, but especially when combined with water.  Two of the most ancient elements that are associated with mystery, life, and spirituality come together in these amazing swimming pool designs that combine these two elements amazingly.  This post from Landscaping Network showcases these combination features which represent the latest innovation in the ever-changing swimming pool design and outdoor living design arena.

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8 Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas That Dazzle

from HGTV.com

This week saw the last official day of Summer and the first day of Fall come and go, and for some this is a depressing realization.  Thoughts of many turn back to the long, sunny, Summer days by the swimming pool and lounging in the hammock in the backyard to a cooling breeze.  For others, the thoughts of leaves falling, Halloween trick-or-treaters, and pulling out the Christmas tree gives them an understated joy of the holiday season.  For those people that are inclined to decorate their houses for the holiday season with lights, garland, and scary witches, this post is very timely.  HGTV gives a great design guide for outdoor holiday lighting that will set your home apart from the rest of the neighborhood, and make the long, cold winter seem shorter than it actually is.  It's only a few short months until we enter swim season again, so why not make the most of the holiday season by embracing it?

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Stay Balanced  

From Hayward

Proper water balance in any swimming pool or hydrotherapy pool can mean the difference between a safe, comfortable environment and exposure to deadly diseases.  This is especially important in commercial environments, as the bather loads can reach into the hundreds a day, potentially exacerbating an already dangerous situation.  Additionally, properly balanced water is clean, comfortable, and leads to happy swimmers.  This post from Hayward gives some easy to follow guidelines for properly maintained water chemistry. This chart should be readily available to anyone charged with maintaning a clean, safe, commercial or residential swimming pool.

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