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Should I renovate my swimming pool?

Town & Country Pools, serving DC. Maryland & Virginia share 5 pool renovation project ideas

Should I renovate my swimming pool? This will be a question you will ask yourself after you’ve been a pool owner. The reasons for a renovation are as varied as the individuals who own swimming pools. You may want to undertake a pool renovation as part of a landscaping project or if you’re remodeling or having new construction on your home.

The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools say you don’t have to wait for a “major” event or a major renovation project on your home or yard to consider a pool renovation project.

Should I renovate my swimming pool?

Talk with your pool contractor about the budget you have for the project, what you hope to accomplish and gather his thoughts on what makes sense or what might be a necessity as part of a renovation of your swimming pool. pool renovationHere are ideas to consider:

  • Swimming pool lighting enhances the safety of the swimming pool, especially if you swim at night. It also adds to the ambiance of your outdoor living space.
  • Add a pool house or gazebo as these structures can serve as a basic pool changing area, for storage or as additional living space.
  • Water features lend to the beauty and uniqueness of your swimming pool and the addition of a fountain or a rock waterfall adds a touch of elegance.
  • New pool tiles, a new liner or an acid wash of the pool plaster will breathe new life into your pool.
  • Want to extend the pool season? Add a pool heater.
  • Want to cut back on the amount of chemicals you use? Add a salt water chlorination system.
  • Is your equipment outdated and costing you a lot of money to operate? Invest in newer, energy efficient models.

Look at your budget. Talk with your pool contractor to uncover must-do items and add in your want-to-do items and kick off your pool renovation project.

How to choose a pool design

How to choose a pool design, Town & Country Pool Contractors offer tips

The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Builders understands that choosing the “perfect” design for your family swimming pool can be a daunting task. They offer tips and advice to their clients to help them narrow down the choices and help them get the swimming pool of their dreams. It’s important that you work with a pool contractor in whom you trust and with one who has constructed pools in the style you’re seeking.

When the starting price tag of a gunite aka concrete swimming pool can start at $50,000 you can see how important it is to understand what you’re seeking in your pool project and strive to get exactly what your family wants in its dream pool.

How to choose a pool design

Here are items to ponder in your pool construction project or if you’re remodeling your existing swimming pool: swimming pool

  1. Do you want the pool’s interior to be a bright, brilliant white, a Caribbean blue, or black, or something in between? There are myriad colors from which to choose. Your color choice is a personal preference, but some colors come with unique care and maintenance or water temperature issues — ask your contractor to explain.
  2.  Even if you want a traditionally-shaped pool, you may not want traditional accessories. Accessories include: rock waterfall, fountains, diving board, slide, sun shelves, vanishing edge, in-pool LED lights, built in spa or a beach entry.
  3. Choose a traditional rectangle or kidney shaped pool or go exotic with a pool that sweeps along your existing landscape. Construct a pool in a unique design — we have seen dollar-sign shaped pools, animal face shapes and octagons and triangles. Remember, you may love your unique design, but if you sell your home in the future, will a potential new owner embrace the design or could it be a deal breaker?

Don’t forget to consider the area surrounding the swimming pool when you’re in the design phase. You will spend as much – if not more – time out of the pool than you will in it. This means you will want to think about what you want in your pool deck or perhaps you want a pool house with an outdoor kitchen? Save room in the pool construction budget for the poolside living space.

Do some research on the type of pool you may want. Put your budget together. Start meeting with potential pool contractors to discuss your project. Autumn is the best time of year for this as pool contractors are typically less busy and you could have your project started now and be ready for summer swim season 2017.

What should you have in your swimming pool

What should you have in your swimming pool? Town & Country Pool Builders explain  

Are there “must haves” for a swimming pool project? The answer is yes… and no. Why? Because what one family considers a must have may not be a must have for another family. When you’re talking with your swimming pool contractor from Town & Country Pool Builders you will want to answer the question, what should you have in your swimming pool. With this in mind, you need to know how your family plans to use the pool, how many people will be using it and what your ultimate goal is for the swimming pool project.concrete pool

What should you have in your swimming pool

  • Do your must-haves include fun items like a diving board, slide, sun shelf, fountain or rock waterfall? Are you looking for ways to make pool upkeep and maintenance easier and that means your must haves include items like an in floor vacuum, robotic vacuum, automatic chlorine dispenser or an automatic pool cover or even remote controlled LED lighting.
  • Depending on where you live, a pool water heater may be a must have. There are various styles, understand the nuances of each before making a decision.
  • The pool material you choose is one of those other must have items. Will you choose fiberglass, concrete or vinyl? Each type of pool construction material brings with it different price points and care routines.
  • The pool cover, whether your must have includes an automatic cover lifer, should be considered a necessity. Budget for this up front. A  cover saves money and cuts back on evaporation and provides an additional layer of safety.
  • Don’t forget to look at and budget for your outdoor living space and deck area.

Consider all of the features you’d like to have in your pool, check the prices and see if they are in the budget for the project.

How to throw a Halloween pool party

Town & Country Pool Builders, serving Virginia, Maryland & DC offer Halloween pool party ideas

Are you looking at your swimming pool and wondering if there is a chance to throw at least one more poolside party? The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pool Builders know there is still time for at least one more and they tell you how to throw a Halloween pool party. Your guests may not go into the water if it’s too cold — but if you have a pool water heater — they might! If you think anyone will swim, make certain you plan a pool cleaning and maintenance visit before, and after, the party.

If you have a pool water heater, swimming might just be possible. If the air is chilly, invest in outdoor heat lamps and consider getting a towel warmer to make it easier to get out of the water without being too cold. halloween-party-pic

How to throw a Halloween pool party

  • A pool game for the kids could include “black light/orange light” similar to red light/green light. LED lighting allows you to change the color of the water and kick off a rousing game.
  • An in-pool relay race might also be fun for everyone. Play the game tag team style or have individuals fend for themselves!  Have your guests push a mini pumpkin across the pool water and see who gets from one end to another first.
  • Scavenger hunts are always fun. You can scout for sunken objects or for Halloween themed objects hidden around the yard.

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