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Lap Pool or Spa?

Maryland, DC & Virginia pool contractors explain lap pool and spa differences

Swimming brings with it many health benefits, both short- and long-term. The cardio vascular benefits of swimming are amped up because you can get a great workout without putting any stress or strain on your bones and joints. Swimming is ideal for those suffering from arthritis and other joint issues. How can you determine whether you want to have a lap pool, a spa, a regulation size pool, something in between or a combination of options?

If you’re considering a pool this year, but aren’t certain how much of your backyard you want to give up for it or wondering whether your home is even zoned to accommodate a pool, talking with your pool contractor is your best first step.

The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools offer this information to help clear up the confusion around the terminology. Images1

Here are items to think about if you are trying to decide between a lap pool or a spa:

  • swim spa is an alternative to digging up the backyard to install a lap pool. Much like a hot tub, a spa is a self-contained unit that can be installed indoors or outside and don’t take up much space. A swim spa workout is much like running on a treadmill as you would be swimming in place with the current working against you.

A swim spa is not necessarily less expensive than a lap or a regulation sized swimming pool. A spa set up typically costs $20,000 but that price doesn’t include installation or the construction of the deck on which to install it.

  • The difference between a lap pool and a regulation sized pool is the shape and size. A lap pool is a long, narrow rectangle that emulates a single lane of a pool. If there is room enough in the yard, some homeowners will opt for the full 25-yard lap length found at most pools. Lap pools are generally only three and a half to four feet deep.
  • A regulation sized pool is one that is larger, longer and better able to accommodate more swimmers and is generally of a size that makes it pool-party ready. Regulation pools come in myriad shapes and sizes and can be constructed out of many various types of materials.

No matter what type pool you opt for you will be giving your family a gift that will keep giving for decades to come.


Build a pool house this summer

Virginia, DC & Maryland pool contractors explain pool house benefits

How much time do you spend outside around your swimming pool? Do you have an area that is conducive to hanging out around the pool when you’re not swimming? Do you have a good area where you can change into and out of your swim suits? Where do you wash your swimming suits and towels? If you’re pondering those questions and many of the answers are: We don’t have an area conducive to hanging out, and everyone traipses through the house to change and we wash everything in the house.

Maybe now that you’re thinking about this, you’re thinking, “We should have a pool house!” In the summer you’re spending hours out by the pool and now is the time to add a dedicated space for outdoor living and entertaining, but how? Add a pool house. These structures are no longer simple functional out buildings; pool houses have grown into
luxurious extensions of both the home and swimming pool.

Why should you have a pool house constructed? Here are some reasons the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pool Builders have heard from customers:

  • Consider constructing a pool house with a kitchen. If you construct one with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen it turns from a pool house into comfortable guest quarters. There may be zoning requirements that you will need to adhere to, so ask about those first.
  • Opt for a pool house that has an area for dining, whether indoor/outdoor or completely indoor with an outdoor seating area.
  • If you want your the building to be accessible as outdoor living, make certain the furniture is weather resistant. Look for comfortable, overstuffed cushions for outdoor patio furniture that lends ambiance and can be used at any time.
  • Build your pool house with a “community” bathroom to keep everyone traipsing in and out of the house with wet, dirty feet. The bathroom area in your new outdoor facility can be a great place to shower off suntan lotions before swimming or chlorine after you’re done swimming.
  • Add a small washer and dryer for use for the towels and bathing suits.

A pool house will add ambiance and enhances outdoor living time. With many people choosing staycations, invite friend and family to your home and share vacation time with them.

How to choose a swimming pool project

Swimming pool contractors, serving DC, Virginia and Maryland offer 5 ways to choose your pool project

Are you going to have a swimming pool constructed this summer? If you have decided, and budgeted for a new pool project, now would be the ideal time to start meeting with the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pool Builders to begin investigating your potential project. swimming pool construction

Here are five items to consider before making an appointment with your potential swimming pool contractor:

  • An in-ground pool adds value to your lifestyle and your property! An in-ground pool is also an investment that, if properly cared for, will last a lifetime.
  • What type of space do you have available to devote to your pool project? What are the zoning requirements in your area for swimming pools?  If your space is limited you may want to consider a lap pool as these long, narrow bodies of water are ideal for smaller yard spaces.
  • The choices for size, shape and materials can be mind boggling! When it comes to your in-ground pool, the options are almost endless when it comes to choosing a pool to complement your yard and environment. You will need to choose color, shape and style and that is what helps to make your swimming pool as unique as you and your family are! You will also need to determine if you want a gunite pool, vinyl liner pool or a fiberglass model.
  • A pool construction project can take up to four weeks — depending on weather and ground conditions and the construction material you’ve chosen.
  • With proper care and maintenance, these pools can truly last an entire lifetime!

Take time, gather facts, ask questions and begin the process of researching your 2016 swimming pool construction!

Budget for an in-ground swimming pool


Town & Country Pool Builders, serving the Maryland, Virginia and DC areas offer pool budget ideas

Putting together a budget for your swimming pool project is the first step in the process of becoming a swimming pool owners. The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools in Maryland say you don’t want to have a $10,000 budget for a $100,000 pool dream. Potential swimming pool owners are surprised when they discover there are “add ons” to the project or cost over runs or the purchase of equipment they hadn’t planned for. Knowing what you will be getting, and the cost of it all, up front will help you know what you can afford, what might need to be put on a back burner and what your repayment costs will be.

Here are some potential pool costs you will want to talk with your contractor about when working up a quote for your swimming pool project:

  • Safety fences and pool enclosures are required and must be budgeted for.
  • Pool alarms and other safety equipment should be factored into the pool budget.
  • Budget for a deck in the upfront planning process.
  • Budget for additional landscaping such as an outdoor kitchen, gazebo, outdoor cooking area, plants, pergolas, trees or even an extended deck.
  • In pool lighting – this makes it safer to swim at night, and enhances the ambiance for night time parties. Your pool contractor can installed recess LED lights into the pool walls and floor as part of the overall construction project.
  • Accessories such as a diving board, sun shelves, rock waterfall or slide are items that will amp up the fun and add to the price tag.
  • Don’t forget to budget for ongoing maintenance and upkeep as well as the increase in your utility bills.

Your pool contractor will provide you with an estimate on the project for the construction, the equipment and the accessories you will want to have installed in the pool, but there is always a potential for cost overruns that you will want to ask him about and be prepared for.

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