Town & Country Pool builders, serving DC. Maryland & Virginia offer pool construction prep tips
The swimming pool construction season has likely been underway for several weeks now, or months, depending on where you live. If you have been wondering if you should make the leap into swimming pool ownership, now is the time to talk with the swimming pool builders from Town & Country Pools to get the ball rolling so that you may be able to have your pool constructed in time to swim this season.
If you’re planning to have a swimming pool constructed and have talked with pool contractors, but haven’t signed on the dotted line yet, here are a few items to consider when you’re at the point of making the investment into the best vacation spot in town — your own backyard!
Here are a few items to talk with a potential pool builder about, including:
- The way you light both the pool and your outdoor living space. Fiber optic and LED lights burn efficiently and are long lasting and this makes them a popular choice for both in-pool installation and deck lighting. In-pool lighting serves a dual purpose – enhancing safety when using the pool after the sun has gone down and setting the mood for parties.
- Will you have a deck around the pool? As a money saving measure some pool owners opt out of this but find that they regret that choice later. While there is no reason you can’t do a remodeling project and install a deck area, doing it all at once might be more cost effective. Go big and install an outdoor kitchen or a pool house!
- Think about the water features you may want installed such as a slide or a diving board fountains, rock waterfalls or sun shelves.
- A spa or hot tub built into one end of the swimming pool. You can have a separate hot tub or have a “swim up” spa which means you can go right from the pool to the spa without leaving the water.
In addition to choosing the most experienced contractor that you can, you will also want to be aware of any and all options available to you for your project as it will be an investment your family will enjoy for decades!
Pool contractors serving DC, Maryland & Virginia offer pool construction advice
You’re doing it! This is the year you will become the envy of your friends and family and own your own swimming pool! Great! Now what?! You will want to look for a pool contractor who will perform the construction for you and that will take some time and research.
When you’re talking with the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools, you will want to bring up these following five items:
- Where will the pool go? Your pool contractor will help you determine the perfect site for your swimming pool and that will involve myriad factors including: ease of access, underground wires, access to electricity and plumbing, landscaping and the lay of your land. The zoning laws in your area of the country may also help determine where the pool may be able to be placed due to set backs and property line issues.
- The right contractor is one who can construct the pool that you want, within your budget guidelines. They are also experienced, bring referrals with them for past service and are someone with whom you feel comfortable.
- Talk with more than one contractor to get a written estimate for your potential pool project. Your contractor will come to the house to do a survey of the land as well as gather the information on the type of pool you want so be prepared to spend time with them to make sure they understand the dream you have in your mind for your family’s pool.
- Make sure you ask for an estimate on ongoing pool maintenance charges. This will be something you will need to budget for as part of the overall pool project.
- The nitty gritty on the pool project will also include its size and shape and the building material you will want to use. You can choose from fiberglass, gunite or vinyl liner and these each bring different price tags and care and upkeep differences. Keep in mind too that your yard’s current layout and placement of trees and gardens may be a factor in where the pool sits, how large it is and what style or building material you choose.
Making a decision on a swimming pool is not one to take lightly. Spend time with potential pool contractors until you find one who can help you realize your dream.
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.
Town and Country Pool Builders, serving DC, Maryland & Virginia talk eco-friendly tech
Are the terms eco- and environmentally-friendly something that you and your family are passionate about? Do you want to find a way to incorporate these into your swimming pool as well as the rest of your lifestyle? The swimming pool contractors from Town and Country Pools can help you install eco- and environmentally friendly pool equipment and technologies into your new pool construction or a remodeling project.
Eco-friendly and environmentally-friendly technologies could save you money on pool operating costs in the long run. Ask your pool contractor for a breakdown on the potential return on your investment with these technologies:
- Remote control-operated pool equipment will help ensure that once a pump, or other pool equipment is turned on, that it is easily turned off.
- A variable speed pump is one of the best investments in pool equipment you can make.
- There’s probably an app for that! Ask us about the applications you can download to your smartphone or computer to remotely operate myriad swimming pool technologies and devices. You can turn on hot tub jets, the fountain in your pool, the jets on your swimming pool slide and more. These apps help save money because it allows you to turn on these accessories when you need them, and they don’t need to run all day.
Talk with us about any environmentally friendly practices you’d like to incorporate during your new construction or your pool remodeling project.
Has your luxury inground pool contractor talked with you about coping? If he hasn’t, there is no doubt that you will want to talk with him immediately. You may want to have your pool contractor explain what coping is, and whether your pool’s coping is still performing as it should. What is pool coping? The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools explain that it is the edging surrounding your pool. There is no doubt that coping has aesthetic appeal, and adds a layer of safety. It adds an edge between the pool walls and side and can also be a non-slip feature. Coping comes in myriad colors, materials, and styles. Whether you want cantilever coping, bullnose coping, or one of the many other styles, you can talk with your contractor to get the perfect coping for your luxury inground pool.
Cantilever coping can contrast with the pool design or it can be a seamless melding. Because cantilever coping comes in a myriad of colors and styles, it is ideal for any luxury inground pool. Whether you want a natural or colored look, your swimming pool contractor can help you choose the perfect cantilever coping for the pool of your dreams. In addition to style and design. Cantilever coping is poured or casted concrete. The cantilever coping method gives you many options on styles, designs, and colors.
On the other hand, you have bullnose coping. Bullnose coping is usually used with brick, concrete and stone and will extend of the lip of the swimming pool. This style abuts the pool making a little lip on the edge. Ask your pool contractor to show you photos of the different styles! It’s best to see the styles “live” on a luxury inground pool, rather than simply seeing a photo in a book.
Customized Swimming Pool Coping
Whether you choose bullnose or cantilever coping, you can choose colors and styles that best fit the design of your home or backyard.
- Concrete cantilever coping can either be formed and poured on-site, or your builder can bring precasted coping. Concrete coping is a style that may have many choices of color and or pattern. Another option is to keep it natural, this means letting it weather naturally as well.
- Porcelain tiles are also another option that provides myriad patterns and color choices.
- Brick is the most durable coping material. It can be colored from light gray, to beige, to dark red, and black-browns. Remember though, the darker the color the hotter the material gets under the summer sun.
- Stone coping is becoming a more popular choice because of its durability. It also remains cool to the touch! With a variety of textures and colors, stone is a great match for many pools and spas.
Coping can be typically installed when your pool is constructed. However, you can upgrade and update it with pool re-models and upgrades. Ask your contractor about whether it’s time to update or upgrade yours!