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Create backyard drama with an infinity swimming pool

  No longer limited to high-end hotels and exclusive properties, an infinity swimming pool has become an option available to private homeowners who desire an extra level of “wow factor” in their backyards. Also known as a zero-, vanishing-, or negative-edge pool, an infinity pool features one or more sides over which the water cascades—virtually merging with the horizon beyond.  Even spas can be built in this fashion. Infinity pools provide an even bigger visual impact when they are built in a yard overlooking a body of water such as a bay, lake, or ocean.  Locations on a hill or cliff above a valley or canyon also deliver incredible views. Depending on the setting, an

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Paying for your new gunite pool

  Part 1 of 2 When it comes to building a new pool, it’s the subject that can be a bit touchy:  Money. However, it’s a topic that’s better dealt with up front so everyone knows what to expect. The good news is that if you are signing a contract with a reputable pool builder, the cost of your pool and your payment schedule should be clearly outlined—in writing—for you. These written terms should include phased payments that dovetail with key construction phases such as excavation, gunite application, and plaster.  Typically, there will be a down payment, and several additional payments throughout the construction process. The total number of payments will vary in accordance with

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The Awful Truth: Weather and Pool-Construction Delays

  When it comes to building pools, it’s an understatement to say that weather delays are not a popular topic.  However, it’s important to know that before Mother Nature brings you days of sunny poolside fun—she could rain on your construction parade: Unfortunately, weather delays are something that all pool contractors and some of their clients will have to face. What can be confusing and particularly frustrating for pool buyers everywhere is how delays can be longer than the duration of the inclement weather.  In other words: one day of rain does not equal a one-day delay in construction.  There are several reasons why.   One is that the ground needs to dry before crews can proceed

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Planning your new pool

  Part 2 of 2: What happens when you change your mind? Before work begins, making changes to your original pool plan is usually fairly simple.  For example, early on, pool builders should be able to add equipment options, modify the shape of your spa, or include a pool mosaic in a wall. However, whether you are thinking of adding a foot to the width of your pool or changing the height of your rock waterfall, it is critical to review this with your designer as far as possible in advance of the start of construction.  Once construction begins, the time and cost to modify your plan often becomes higher! Budget increases depend on a variety

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Planning your new pool

  Part 1 of 2: Elements of the construction plan With so many decisions to make when buying a pool—including choices about design, materials, features, equipment, location in your yard, decking, and other additions such as fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, or landscaping—there may be times when you want to change your mind about an earlier selection. Before any dirt is turned in your backyard, your pool designer will develop a construction plan and give you a copy to review.  Typically, a plan will outline elements such as, but not limited to: >  Backyard measurements >  Pool position in the yard >  Footprint of the house >  Property lines, fences, and other barriers (e.g., overhead power lines)

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15 great ways to update your aging pool, deck & equipment

  Bring new life to your dated backyard resort today—and save time and money tomorrow.  A pool modernization and style makeover can deliver a variety of benefits, including: – enhanced beauty & enjoyment – reduction of water & energy consumption – greater operating ease and time savings related to maintenance – prevention of more labor- & cost-intensive repairs in the future. When planning your pool and backyard makeover, consider these smart options for your renovation: Note: Some options & materials listed here may not be available in all areas of the U.S. or may not be appropriate for your particular pool or backyard. Your local pool builder will advise which choices are best suited for

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Beach Entry Swimming Pools

Part 2 of 2:  Is a beach entry right for your pool? When considering a beach entry for your backyard resort, there are several factors to consider and discuss with your pool builder. One is the size of your pool.  That’s because this special design element will gobble up a significant amount of length in order to reach the pool bottom.  Certain factors—such as the shape of your pool and the width of the beach entry—can influence the final amount of length that is required. Another consideration is your pool’s desired functionality.  For example, if sunbathing is a key reason for wanting a beach entry, a better—and more affordable—alternative exists: A tanning ledge (also called

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Beach Entry Swimming Pools

Part 1 of 2:  Overview & Benefits Also called a zero entry, a beach entry mimics the natural access found at the beach. (See beach entry photo gallery here.) Positioned at the shallow end, the entry point is constructed to be virtually even with the deck. Sloping from the deck—like a ramp—into the pool water, the entry becomes progressively deeper with each step you take, providing a gentle transition into deeper water. Typically, a beach entry replaces the regular steps into a pool.  In some cases, accent boulders are placed on the sides of the entry or within in it—partially submerged—to visually distinguish the area and create a visual cue that the area is sloped.

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Building a New Pool: Layout & Excavation

Part 2 of 2: What to expect with the excavation A giant hole is about to be created next to your house.  It will be quite an undertaking and have a striking impact on your backyard. Most pool digs are completed in a single day, but some can take two.  To help prepare for the “drama” and watch it unfold, here are some points to know:   Depending on access to your yard, the hole will be dug by an excavator such as a backhoe or bulldozer.   In yards with tight entries—in which large earth-moving equipment cannot pass—your builder must use smaller machines like a bobcat.  Unfortunately, this may result in a two- or three-day dig

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Building a new pool: Layout & Excavation

Part 1 of 2: What to expect with the layout Before your swimming pool builder shows up with heavy machinery to dig your new backyard resort, specific steps will be taken to ensure your pool plan is properly executed.   For starters, your builder will create a construction plan.  The plan will indicate elements such as the pool location, placement of steps, benches, lights, and any other features.  It will also note the position of pool equipment and access areas for machinery to enter your backyard. In some areas of the country, this plan will note easements and elevations, as well as gas and electric for the pool.  Based on local building conditions, logistics, and

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