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3 backyard features to add with your new swimming pool

When putting in a new pool, don’t miss out on the opportunity it affords to improve your entire backyard. By including other features and amenities with the pool project, you will gain a more unified, more functional outdoor space. Before you finalize your pool plan, discuss complimentary backyard options with your builder. Some key design elements and amenities that are great to add at the same time as a pool include: Hardscape: Make your entire outdoors more usable, accessible, and multidimensional with a variety of hardscape structures. Along with a pool deck, you may want to think about a patio, stairway, decorative walls and columns, benches and seating nooks, pathways to the house or side

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Pool photos provide inspiration for your backyard resort—and help you prepare for your pool designer

Part 1 of 2: Seeking ideas for your new swimming pool design or remodel? Before meeting with prospective pool designers, it’s smart to review a variety of pool photos to learn which features & design elements you find most appealing. One source for color pool & spa photos is pool-company brochures.  Larger builders typically offer them for free, and the best ones provide plenty of attractive images. Another source is the internet, which boasts numerous pool-construction websites.  Print out pages with photos with what you like, and keep a file of them ready to show to your designer.  (Or bookmark pages so that later you can show them in person or email the links.) Some

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Beyond the pool & spa: Your entire outdoor space

PART 2 of 2: The benefits of using one contractor for your entire backyard space Although it may have a number of components, savvy homeowners are advised to think of their backyard in the same terms of a home—that is, a single project.  What both the sales and construction teams at Blue Haven offices around the country have found, is that the ideal approach is to have a single contractor that you can rely on for your entire backyard space. They know from experience that one chef in the kitchen helps ensure a more coordinated approach and design result. A single contractor can develop an entire plan for use of travertine stone in your pool’s

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Beyond the pool & spa: Your entire outdoor space

PART 1 of 2:  Transforming your entire backyard Along with adding beauty and enjoyment to your home, a new pool & spa can also serve as the cornerstone of an entire backyard transformation. Your dream of a private outdoor oasis can start with a pool, spa, and deck, and end with a full spectrum of amenities ranging from an outdoor kitchen, to a miniature putting green. More than ever before, homeowners want a complete relaxation and entertainment space. What “complete” means, according to what we hear from Blue Haven designers around the country, is a head-to-toe makeover for the entire space. For starters, the pool itself comes with more bells & whistles. It usually includes

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