Monthly Archives: June 2015
Swimming pool contractors serving, DC, Maryland & Virginia offer outdoor living space tips
The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools work with their clients to make their poolside outdoor living space as much fun and as inviting as the pool itself. If you’re looking to make a change in your outdoor living space this summer, here are some upgrades and updates to consider:
- Make use of outdoor lighting. If you don’t have any, add some. If you do have some consider upgrading to LED lighting because it burns longer and more efficiently
- Look for a rug to update your outdoor space. You can choose any kind of natural material such as bamboo or go with an indoor/outdoor carpet style or simply use stone pavers
- Accessorize by adding throw pillows, new cushions for your furniture a table or two, hint: choose tables that offer storage space as well.
- Do you have any “walls” to decorate in your outdoor living space? Your walls could be a gazebo structure or even a trellis with climbing flowers or potted plants and trees that act as walls and as a privacy screen. You could consider adding an awning, umbrellas or an open air tent to provide shade and as a way to differentiate the pool area from the rest of the yard.
- If you spend a lot of time out of doors you may want to consider a separate seating area or even talk with your pool contractor constructing an entire outdoor kitchen.
Take some time before summer is in full swing to decide whether you’d like to upgrade your outdoor living space and truly move your indoor living out of doors for the summer.
Choosing a swimming pool contractor in DC, Virginia or Maryland for your project
The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools understand that all of the decisions that go into the decision-making process for a swimming pool construction project are daunting. One of the first decisions you need to make — after you have your budget firmly in place — is to choose the swimming pool contractor to bring your pool dreams to fruition.
You will want to interview and meet with at least three contractors before you even decide which one to choose for your pool project and its estimate. Of the pool contractors you interview, you will want to ask them for estimates on the type of swimming pool you will want to have constructed in your backyard. Begin your research for a pool contractor by asking friends and family for recommendations then take to the Internet to look at the websites of potential contractors.
- Having an idea of the type of swimming pool you want will help you narrow down your choice of pool contractors. For example if you want a vanishing edge pool and a contractor you’re planning to meet with doesn’t have that listed as one of the styles he is experienced in, you may want to opt for a different contractor — one who has built the type of pool you’re seeking.
- Does your pool builder or his staff have CSP (Certified Service Professional) on staff. Check out if he has undergone training and his technical staff are certified service professionals.
- View the photo gallery on your potential pool builder’s site to see if he has models you could see yourself owning. Most pool websites have a page dedicated to the pools they have constructed.
- Ask for estimates from three contractors. Make an appointment with them.
- Ask for names and contact information for other clients with whom they have worked. They should be happy to offer this information.
- When you receive estimates from a couple of contractors, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples in the estimates. If you notice differences between the estimates you receive you will want to talk to the contractor and have him explain. A difference in equipment or building material could lead to this and if one is offering different equipment, you will want to understand why and if there are benefits as compared to other types of equipment or construction materials.
Never sign a contract until you are satisfied with the terms and conditions, the price and any other items that are of concern to you. It’s a typical part of a contract to pay a portion of the overall price up front but be wary of any pool contractor who asks for the entire price of the project in one up front payment as this is not a usual method of work.
Your swimming pool is a long-term — decades long — commitment and because of that you will want to take your time and put a lot of research into both the style and type pool you want as well as the contractor with whom you will work.
Don’t negate that “gut feeling” you get when you meet a potential contractor. If you feel like you can talk with him and have a “good feeling” about it, that may be the deciding factor if all other items are equal.