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Safety Fences for Swimming Pools

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Children are the ones who enjoy the pool the most. Therefore, safety must be the “number one” on the list of priorities, especially in a backyard with a swimming pool.  It is a good idea to look around and make a list of the accessories that help to avoid accidents. No homeowner wants to go through a bad experience like …

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Why Add a Spillway to a Spa?

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Custom pools and spas convert an ordinary backyard into a high-end home resort. When requesting a spa, adding a spillway will add elegance and a relaxing element to an oasis. When adding a raised spa it becomes a gathering spot to hang out and an outdoor art piece by adding natural tiles, mosaic tiles, and coping. Some customers like to …

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How Do Pool Sanitizers Work?

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Have you ever wondered how pool sanitizers work? Well, to understand more about them, keep in mind that there are many different pool treatments available. It is always good to ask a pool professional, but let’s give you a lowdown of what is available, how it works, and each one’s pros and cons. What is a Pool Sanitizer? A pool …

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Including Pole Holders With Your Swimming Pool

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Pool construction continues evolving as clients and homeowners request more accessories for their oasis. One accessory is the tanning shelf, and with it comes an in-pool umbrella to provide shade. It certainly looks cool. And for those who like to practice sports, adding a net to a swimming pool can bring hours of entertainment to kids and adults. Whether it …

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Grottos and Waterfalls

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Many homeowners want various pool features to enhance their backyard. Amongst those features grottos and waterfalls are very popular. But when the time comes to a decision, will it be one or the other? The Grotto Imagine having a grotto in a pool and the kids having a grand time. A grotto must fit the pool’s design, specifically in size …

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Porcelain Pavers – An Alternative for Your Pool Decking

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Porcelain Pavers have come a long way.  What used to be exclusive for interior tiling for floors and walls, they are now excellent for outdoor areas.  Homeowners want durability, stain resistance, and beauty.   Now, creativity comes to play when designing an indoor-outdoor flow and other ways to use porcelain paving. Porcelain Pavers Besides porcelain pavers’ technical and aesthetic properties, they …

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Swimming Pool Scuppers

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Water features bring beauty and excitement to a swimming pool. With so many features available, it all comes down to the imagination and preference of the homeowner when selecting which features you want to include with your pool. Scuppers are a popular request among future pool owners. Some scuppers range from simple to extreme designs. Scuppers give an impressive visual …

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Intermatic Timers vs I-Aqualink Systems

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A swimming pool is the ultimate recreational space at home, and like everything, it requires maintenance to keep it in optimal conditions. An intermatic timer is a device to run your filter system at set times each day. It helps the filtering process automatically at set times throughout the day. A homeowner can also set various features like LED lights, …

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Rolled Beam-Edge for Spas

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If you are looking for a relaxing time in a spa, then consider including add a rolled edge. Sometimes a 90-degree coping can be uncomfortable when reclining in a spa, but it is the total opposite with a rolled edge.  It is an art to designing a rolled-beam edge, and Platinum Pools’ designers can do just that. A rolled beam …

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Options to Put on Raised Walls & Columns

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Not so long ago, we published on the subject of raised walls and their functions on an oasis.  Although most of the land in Southeastern Texas is flat, a raised wall can fill any void, such as slopes or elevated areas. When it happens, a homeowner must consider where your swimming pool should go. It can be at a high …

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The Benefits of Having a Fire Pit

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Outdoor living is where it is at these days. Homeowners are getting into building a swimming pool with the latest accessories, outdoor kitchens to entertain the family, a spa for relaxation, and enviable landscaping. Fire pits are also in high demand. So, what are the benefits of adding one in a backyard? Here are some reasons why you should include …

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LED Lights – Adjust to any Pool and any Holiday

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Homeowners get up to date with the decoration at their homes. So, what about changing the swimming pool lighting to led lights? Why Use LED Pool Lights? LED Pool Lights Last Longer: LED bulbs have a 50,000-hour duration.  Bright Lights: LED lights have a superior design and geometry lens that increase the intensity and color effects across the bottom of the pool.  …

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How to Select the Perfect Sized Spa

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Many clients want a pool and spa to complete the outdoor experience. A spa can be adjacent to your pool, raised, or separate from your pool; the bottom line is that people want a spa to relax and relieve stress. Spas are a beautiful pool feature that can help keep your family healthy. Once a homeowner decides to live the …

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Paver Decking Style & Pattern Options

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Is your backyard getting a makeover? Remember that there are many options to consider, and you cannot forget the pool deck. There are many materials available, and one of them is Paver Decking. The advantage of getting a paver deck is the variety of patterns available, from modular paver patterns to more traditional laying patterns. Pavers also give you many …

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How an Infinity-Edge Works?

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When the infinity-edge pool became popular in the early 2000s, the feature became popular amongst homeowners who wanted to have a luxurious resort feel with their oasis. If the property is near a body of water, then the infinity-edge opens up to a new look to a backyard.   Luxury Beginnings Modernist architect John Lautner began building swimming pools with a …

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Choosing the Best Pool Features for Your Family

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A family swimming pool in a backyard offers outstanding family bonding opportunities, relaxing, playing games in the water, and staying fit and healthy as a family. If you have plans to build a swimming pool, it is a good idea to list the features you want. Let’s talk about some accessories that are fitting for the whole family: Grottos Grottos …

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Veneer Options for Raised Walls and Spa

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Swimming pools have come a long way from the usual blue-painted concrete rectangle. Crafted contemporary layouts include delicate curves and accessories like waterfalls, spillways, adjacent spas, and more. Many homeowners dream of luxury backyards, and here is where veneer options come into play.  Many immediately think about dentistry when hearing the word veneer, but that is not the case.  Stone …

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Pebble Surface – A Very Popular Pool Element

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Pebble pool surfaces are a very popular pool interior surface option.  If a homeowner is considering adding a swimming pool in their backyard or remodel an existing oasis, using pebble plaster is an excellent choice.  Today, some homeowners do not want to stay with the traditional blue water.  Here is when different color pebble surfaces come in.  Various colors like …

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Fire Pit Areas

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Backyard living is a standard home custom for many homeowners. While adding outdoor kitchens, dining areas, terraces, outdoor TVs, and speakers throughout their yard, fire features remain at the top of the list. If a homeowner is looking for a backyard renovation, adding a fire pit into the equation can make a backyard cozier in the long run.  Setting up …

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Heating Up Your Swimming Pool

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Recently the weather has been quite inconsistent.    But the reality is that Autumn is here and winter is fast approaching, and we have no idea of how the weather will be for the next three months.  On the other hand, there is no reason why homeowners should stop using their pools.   So, there is a possibility to enjoy a few …

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It’s Time to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

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Are you considering adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard?  If a homeowner wants to have a pool, how about adding an outdoor kitchen to the equation?  Outdoor kitchens are one trendiest feature to have in a backyard.  After all, if you like to cook and socialize, it will give you the best of both worlds.  There is no need …

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The Continuing Popularity of the Swim-Up Bar

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For over sixty-eight years, the swim-up bar continues as one of the most popular pool features.  What was once a grand feature in many hotels worldwide, and later for the rich and famous, is now available at residential homes.  Many homeowners who have a pool may add an in-pool table and bar stools, while others may want the complete enchilada …

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Determining Your Pools Depth

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In recent times many homeowners decided to take their vacation budget to invest in their homes.  Two of the most popular additions are a home office and a swimming pool.  For those who became first-time pool owners, it is a dream come true. One important factor to remember when building a pool is the pool’s depth. When it comes to …

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Is a Cocktail Pool Right for You?

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If anyone thinks that a small backyard cannot hold an in-ground pool, then think again.  Many clients visit our offices requesting an oasis that adapts to limited space. It is not about the size of the land, but to design a structure that adapts to a backyard.  Many times, a cocktail pool comes in handy. What is a Cocktail Pool? …

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Types of Pool Decking and Decking Maintenance

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Types of Decking A swimming pool determines how a backyard is going to look.  It is not a hole in the ground but a fun area with lights, waterfalls, grottos, and more. A big part of your swimming pool is the pool decking.  It is the trending fashionista of the backyard that pulls all elements and the landscaping together.  When …

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Pool Trends of 2021 – A Forecast

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Cocktail Pools and Spools Who said you couldn’t have a pool in a small space?  We prove again that it is possible.  More & more clients come to our offices, asking if we can adapt a pool to their backyard with limited space.   The answer is typically yes.  After all, there is no need for a large plot of land, …

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Choosing Patio Furniture For Your Pool

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People around the world are spending more time at home due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing.  Homeowners are creating the perfect paradise for summer that makes them forget about ever leaving the comforts of home.  Enjoy outdoor cooking, family time, and games at a backyard ready for anything with patio furniture. When transforming a simple backyard into an oasis, …

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Swimming Pool Interior Surface Finishes

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While building a pool, there are many things to consider.  One of the biggest items for a homeowner to prioritize when building a pool is selecting a pool interior surface.  A swimming pool’s surface is an essential part of the oasis that deserves a high level of attention. Choosing the material for your pool’s surface will impact the appearance and …

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Including Fire Features In Your Pool Design

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Backyard living is becoming a standard home addition for many homeowners. While homeowners add outdoor kitchens, dining areas, terraces, outdoor TV’s, and speakers throughout their yard, fire features are on top of the list. Many want to extend the hours they can use their pools and the surrounding environment, and fire features are the perfect solution. Fire features give an …

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Top 5 Pool Trends for 2020

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It is time to look at the new trends for swimming pools and outdoor living. Like every year, we reinforce our belief that a backyard is the new living room. Trends that can be exciting and fresh and some continue to be popular. Based on our recent projects, here are the top five trends for 2020: Sunken Outdoor Kitchen The …

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Pool Inside Another Pool

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Pool construction companies have been building custom-designed pools for a long time. There are standard shapes and sizes of pools, but the features a homeowner adds to their oasis truly personalizes the backyard. Whether you add a spa, a waterfall, or other water features a custom-designed pool is born.  We cannot discard the fact that homeowners get involved in the …

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Acrylic Pool Walls – A New Trend in Swimming Pool Décor

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Imagine enjoying the view inside the pool, or from the outside? The oasis becomes an experience for the senses. It creates a surreal scene, challenging the perception of space and gravity. Adding acrylic walls to a swimming pool becomes a key element of the design. The floating swimming pool is one of the latest attractions in a Downtown Houston luxury …

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Learn the Advantages of Artificial Turfs

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Artificial turf is becoming more popular in decoration and landscaping.   You may find it in many homes where golf putting is key or making an oasis more natural.  Many public areas like schools and parks are opting for a lawn with “less maintenance.”  What it used to be a synthetic green and plastic cover, the new artificial turf is more …

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Outdoor Grills – Know the Facts

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Summer is here, and everyone is getting ready to enjoy the outdoors.  Homeowners with swimming pools and outdoor kitchens are getting ready for entertaining, especially when it comes to having a barbecue. Nowadays, outdoor living is going stronger than ever.  It means having a lovely patio, a pavilion or a pergola, complete with an outdoor kitchen and don’t forget the …

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Advantages of Lime Coat Decking

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Your swimming pool is the best feature of your home.  Over time, a pool deck can get cracks, stains, or can get ugly from years of exposure to weather elements.  Limestone overlays can convert your oasis into an extraordinary area.  Imagine a custom designed stone surface in your backyard pool area, lime coat decking is durable, has beautiful textures, colors, …

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Pergola – Decorating Ideas

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Summer is around the corner, and you may want to spend your Saturday mornings working in the garden.  When you spend time under a pergola after a well-deserved break, you can enjoy a shaded area in your backyard, some privacy or create a dining area to share with the family. Pergolas are a backyard oasis feature that creates a shaded …

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Sunken Lounges – A Trend in Outdoor Living

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Are you tired of seeing the same flat backyard?  Let us inspire you with some focal points such as a sunken lounge. Since the mid-1950s, sunken parlors became the rage, especially when designing mid-century homes.  Today, you can see sunken areas (also known as conversation areas) appearing in backyards across the country. With a sunken lounge, you have encouragement for …

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Kamado Grill – Outdoor Cooking at its Finest

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More than 4,000 years ago, Chinese, Indians, and Japanese cooked their food in clay cups, using wood and coal as fuel.  Many historians and archaeologists published books revealing information of Indian tandoors, cylindrical clay ovens ideal for slow cooking, and Mush kamados, round ceramic pots with a removable dome shape, ideal for making steamed rice. The Kamado first came to …

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Hydrotherapy Spas – Know Its Benefits

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If you have a spa in your pool, say thanks to the Greeks, Romans, and Arabs, among others.  They used the baths as public spaces for enjoyment and relaxation.  They also studied the properties of water to treat diseases such as rheumatic, dermatological and respiratory affections, circulatory problems, metabolic disorders, etc.  The inclusion of a spa into a swimming pool …

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Water Features Helping to Reduce Stress

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Water features are becoming a staple of swimming pools, especially here in Houston, TX.  They serve as a decorative or fun element or a swimming pool.  Water features also provide other benefits that accentuate the natural and relaxing properties that water already provides.  The idea of decorating your swimming pool with water features go beyond that; it’s all about rest …

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An Umbrella for Your Swimming Pool and Patio

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A patio provides spaces that homeowners should take advantage of.  Surprisingly, an umbrella can make a huge difference; it means having pleasant moments with family and friends and creating lasting memories. However, the umbrella is also an accessory that is a trend in swimming pool decoration.  If your swimming pool has a tanning deck or a beach entry, don’t hesitate …

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Pool Slides – How to Select the Right One for Your Swimming Pool

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Having a pool at home can be one of the best advantages.  It gives a very festive and recreational atmosphere, helping to reduce everyday stress, and a brilliant excuse to share pleasant times with friends and family. If you have ever gone to a water parks, you probably saw many pools, different shapes, heights, and colors, making you want to …

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Bar Stools, Tables and Swim-Up Bars – Customizing Your Swimming Pool

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Since its creation, swim-up bars made it possible to enjoy a drink or a snack without getting out of the pool. It would take years to become one of the favorite additions to a swimming pool in residential backyards. Eventually, the in-pool table and bar stools came along for those who didn’t have any or little patio space but wanted …

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Pool Loungers

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Do you remember going to the beach and putting your lounge chair close to the water?  We are sure many of you have done that.  It is the memories of the beach, the lounge chair, the salt water, the perfect combination of sun and cool. Many clients who come to Platinum Pools request a tanning ledge for their swimming pool.  …

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Patio Furniture – Making Your Backyard an Outdoor Family Room

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Finally!  You and your family decided on building a swimming pool. The area of the home that was just with a bit of grass will now host an oasis that will bring good memories for a long time.  Eventually, you will have a few gatherings where the patio will be the area of celebration.  Of course, the right furniture can …

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Spa Spillways

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Every day our designers and construction workers spend time in providing the ultimate fun and relaxation for our customers.  In today’s pool construction, more than 80% of customers want a unique design that includes an in-ground spa. When we create a backyard paradise, we are offering families the ultimate fun and relaxation without having to leave their home.  Integrating a …

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The Diving Board – An All-Time Pool Favorite

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The swimming pool is the perfect place for family leisure. A classic pool accessory you can add to your pool is the diving board.  Although many believe that the diving board is a thing of the past, placing one in your sanctuary can convert your pool into an ideal playground for the whole family.  If you are into sports, this …

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The Spa – Available Shapes and Its Benefits

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Today, many customers who want a swimming pool in their backyards include a spa as part of the complete outdoor experience.  No matter if it is connected, raised with a spillway or separated, spas give the family enjoyment all year round.  Spas provide relaxation while the kids entertain themselves with the water jets.   In-ground raised spas also have beauty features …