Scott Waldo Platinum Pools President and Founder

Happy Anniversary Platinum Pools!

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20 Years in the Pool Industry “Since 1998, I’ve had one of the best jobs in the world; I build fun!” – Scott Waldo Platinum Pools celebrates 20 years in the swimming pool business.  Our slogan “We Can Prove the Difference” is demonstrated by a list of over 3,500 happy customers. Building a swimming pool right the first time, and helping …

Odd Shaped Swimming Pools

The Most Odd Shaped Swimming Pools

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Most in-ground swimming pools are built in simple geometrical shapes like oval, rectangular, figure 8 or even circular.  And then you have eccentric people who look to have an unusual shaped pool.  In many cases, you have to see it birds-eyes view to appreciate the work of art.  Here are 5 of the most popular odd pool photos you will …

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Rock N Roll Legends and Their Pools

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When the 331/3 RPM records started to emerge in the 1950’s, the covers became a huge part of the marketing process.  Since most of the musicians were on tour, recording, or appearing on TV; it was up to the art department to find inspiration from the song that was the hit.  It was the decade of Rock n’ Roll. As …

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Hollywood Stars and Their Swimming Pools

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Since the early days of the film industry in America, celebrities have been pampered citizens of the world.  Always admired, always envied by the clothes they wear, the jewelry, or the exotic places they travel.  But there is nothing more admired, and envied, than their homes.  From ranch style homes to European cottages, it is the swimming pool that brings …

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The Importance of Having Fire Pits

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Savvy homeowners are gearing more into outdoor living.  Outdoor kitchens, flower beds, and swimming pools with spas took over the once popular wooden decks and grills.  But it is the fire pit that is in high demand- illuminating evening sky across the country.  Note that it is essential to select the right fire pit based on available space, budget and, …

Backyard Grilling Tools

Our Favorite Essential Grilling Tools

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If you are an amateur or an expert on the matters of grilling, keep in mind that barbecue cooking utensils and toolkits can vary in sizes and quantities. The great majority of BBQ utensils come with the basics; spatula, tong and fork. It is very important to check the length – the longer the better.  This means that you won’t …

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The Swim-Up Bar – Who’s Idea Was It?

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The first time I ever saw a swim-up bar was at my best friend’s home.  The year was 1977; my friend and I were about to graduate high school, and I would spend weekends at her home.  There is no denying that her swimming pool beat every other in a residential area.  It was the most expensive neighborhood, and her …

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Change the Color of Your Lights and Change the Ambiance in Your Pool

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Let’s face it.  We are creatures of change.  Our homes have to be up to date with the latest trends in decoration.  But when it comes to changing lights in your swimming pool, is another dilemma.  The process of changing them is not easy but not impossible. The most significant changes can go from traditional pool lighting to LED.  LED …

Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Great Pumpkin Recipes for the Fall

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Halloween was just here, and Thanksgiving’s around the corner.  So, if you’re looking to have breakfast, lunch or dinner by the pool, keep in mind that what you serve reminds your family and friends of the holidays to come. Pumpkin is the most symbolic emblem of autumn.  There is no way to avoid it.  It is also the vegetable known …

Halloween Pool Decorations

The Best Halloween Pool Decoration Ideas

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Calling all pool owners!  Are you a Halloween fanatic?  Then this blog is for you. It’s time to take out the spooky decorations; the ghosts, spiders, witches, pumpkins…It’s time to bring it all out.  And once you have it out, visualize how you want your pool “dressed” up for the scary occasion.  Skeletons are great around the backyard garden; spiders …

BBQ Grill

How To Choose The Right BBQ Grill

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If you think the backyard is the only place to cook outdoors, imagine how it would be for a city dweller to have a hibachi on the fire escape, a portable-size grill at the stadium parking, or just enjoy a flavorful outdoor meal right from your kitchen. According to barbecue expert Steven Raichlen, there are 6 major types of grills: …

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Our Favorite Water Sports & Swimming Pool Exercises

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Out of the 59 water sports in existence, only 8 of them are popular in swimming pool activities.  Whether the kids want to imitate Michael Phelps, or the adults want to find a more comfortable way to lose weight, and gain muscle and joint flexibility, there is a water exercise to suit your needs. What is truly amazing is that …

Pool Water and Fire Features

What Pool Features Should I Add To My New Pool?

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Looking to build a pool? Can’t decide what to add to your pool? Well the possibilities are endless. But here are few of our favorite pool features for you to consider! But before you decide to consider adding any pool features, make sure you have a concept, theme, or idea in mind. There’s almost nothing worse than a tacky pool …

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Should I Build a Spa? Does a Spa Add Value To My Home?

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A spa has always been considered as a luxury. People build a spa or a hot tub to make their houses look expensive and obviously to enjoy the benefits of a spa. Though spas come with a heavy price tag, they also come with a lot of added bonuses. Like most of expensive things, building a spa can also be …

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Why Build A Custom Infinity Pool

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Infinity edge pools are a growing trend. There are a lot of people who are asking for it, due to its stunning design.  Infinity pools give the illusion that your pool extends into the horizon. The infinity edge designed pools are quite common in the resorts and prestigious hotels. They are also quite famous near the ocean and can create …

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Why Add Fire Features To Your Pool?

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The world of pool building and backyard design continues to constantly change. As a result, we are witnessing exciting new and crazy designs all the time. Adding extravagant pool features are all the rage. From waterfalls, slides, and tanning shelves– the sky is the limit. However, if you’re looking to add a very elegant flare, we recommend fire features as …

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Swimming Pool Finishes & Surfaces

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While building a pool, there are a lot of things that should be considered: The size, dimensions, motors and chemicals. All such technical matters are better left to the architect while you just wait for the time when you’ll be floating around. However, one thing that you should be interested is in selecting the surface of the pool. This part …

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5 Basic Pool Decking Options

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Your pool defines your own personal style. A beautifully designed swimming pool can add a unique flare to your backyard. The first thing you need to do before choosing the perfect pool, is to choose the right decking. There are endless ways to design and style your pool to make it look more attractive. One of the ways is, to …

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Hydrotherapy At Home

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Hydrotherapy can help and treat various health issues. This whole-body treatment mainly involves the movements of water and water pressure. Hydrotherapy is a type of physiotherapy that can be performed in your own pool or spa. Adding hydrotherapy to your pool or spa can provide you with many convenient, at-home, health benefits. So, if you want to save your time …

Pool Rock Waterfall

Customize Your Pool With a Beautiful Rock Waterfall

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Planning to extend the beauty of your existing pool? Swimming pools have become the latest trend in home improvement. There are a lot of reasons due to which people prefer to have a pool in the backyard of their home. However, the inclusion of new features and concepts is also done to enhance the existing beauty. One of the famous …

2017 Pool Trends

5 Swimming Pool Trends for 2017

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uild a perfect pool with the hottest pool trends of 2017. Pool designs and trends are forever changing. Technology is advancing so many aspects of our lives, and the pool industry is not lacking. With the fast advancement of technology, there are always new gadgets, systems, and designs that emerge into the market every year. In a world of social …

Mosquito repellent tips for the summer

DIY Mosquito Repellents and Tips for the Summer

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Get ready for a spring and summer filled with outdoor activities, minus the annoying mosquitoes. Texas summers were made to be spent outdoors by the pool. (or indoors with your air conditioning set to 70). Whether you’re tanning, swimming, BBQing, or simply enjoying a beautiful day out by the pool- there’s one thing you can never escape in Houston. What’s …

Spring Break Pool BBQ Party

Spring Break BBQ Party

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Spring break is just around the corner! Are you ready to host the best BBQ spring break party ever? Kids are out of school, and the Texas heat is cranking up. It’s the perfect time to break out the grill and throw a backyard poolside BBQ party. We’ve compiled a list of some amazing finger lickin’ good grilling recipes. Side …

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Winter Time Activities by the Fire Pit

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Ignite your backyard patio and pool with luxurious fire bowls, pits, and other custom fire features. Luckily, Houston winters can be mild, and bearable at times. Which allows for some fun in the cold. Enjoy the brisk cold air by a nice and cozy fire pit or outdoor fire place. Activities by The Fire Hot Chocolate and Ghost Stories Make …

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Fiberglass vs. Concrete Pools, What’s Better?

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The debate and research for which type of pool is better continues! Should I build a traditional concrete gunite pool? Or is the flashier and newer trend of fiberglass better for me? Though there are a ton of answers out there, a home owner should do research and make an educated decision on the best fit for their own home. …

Poolside Friendsgiving Party

Poolside Friendsgiving Party

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What’s better than spending quality time with your friends? Spending it by the pool of course! November in Houston is the perfect time of year to throw an outdoor poolside party. Depending if Houston wants to play nice, November weather tends to be mild and ideal for an evening dinner party. Here are some great ideas on how to wow …

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2016 Best Free Swimming Pool Smartphone Apps

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Become more efficient with maintaining and cleaning your pool with latest smartphones apps. In our age, there’s an app for everything. The following swimming pool apps will easily become an essential part of your regular routine pool maintenance. Keeping your pool clean and well managed will help alleviate larger issues and repair costs that could arise further down the road. …

2016 BUILD USA Pool Construction Excellence Award Winner

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When we receive praise and recognition for our commitment to swimming pool construction excellence, we are grateful that the amount of work required to be recognize is all thanks to our satisfied customers spanning the Texas Gulf Coast and across the Lone Star State. For 18 years, the folks at Platinum Pools who work year-round in our Houston, Beaumont, and …

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Benefits of Pool Construction in the Off-Season

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One of the perks of living in Texas is the ability to enjoy year-round swimming pool fun, thanks to the year-round sun and the warmth that the Gulf Coast provides. Naturally, the early spring to mid-summer is often the busiest season for in-ground pool builders as scores of people make a move to enjoy the sun and the joy of …

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Save Money Now for Your New Swimming Pool Next Summer

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Summer has begun to wind down and transition into fall, and the year’s hottest months are slowly fading from our daily routine. The added expenses that the summer brings (especially with family outings, unplanned costs, and back-to-school shopping) can often feel like the prospect of having the swimming pool of one’s dreams is more like a pipe dream. In addition, …

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Create Your Very Own Backyard Valentine’s Day!

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be scrambling for ideas for a romantic date night, or for a special dinner outing. Platinum Pools has a few great ideas and recipes to have a unique, private, and of course romantic Valentine’s Day in your very own back yard, best yet, no reservations are required! Prep the Ambiance Think …

An Outdoor Thanksgiving Celebration

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With Thanksgiving near, we’re all trying to make plans for a festive start to the holidays.  Luckily for us in Texas, it means cool, crisp weather.  We’ve got a few great ideas on how to make your Thanksgiving celebration fun for everyone. Set the Mood by Your Pool With Your Outdoor Tablescape Nothing says Thanksgiving like a warmly lit,brightly decorated …

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Tips For An Awesome Fall Themed Pool Party

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Fall is in the air, but the warm Texas weather means pool season might not be over just yet! Which creates the perfect situation for a fall-themed pool party. We already shared a few tips on creating a spooky themed pool party, but what about all those other fall occasions? Here are some fun ideas for planning a fall themed …

Halloween Pool Party Ideas

Halloween Pool Party Ideas

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Halloween is just around the corner! This year, skip the boring big-box store Halloween decorations and use your swimming pool as a spooky centerpiece. Whether you are planning a pool party, hosting a haunted house, or just want to thrill the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, there are plenty of ways to use your swimming pool to create a scary adventure. Here are …

Hosting a Football Themed Pool Party

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Summer is winding down, but the hot weather means there is still plenty of time for pool parties. And with football season just getting started, it is the perfect time of the year for a football-themed party! To get your party planning started, here are a few options to consider. Choose the Party Day The first decision is whether you …