What's New In Pools

Creating custom pools are our calling, and we are proud to do it well. Over the years we have seen many styles come and go, and have worked hard to design pools and spas for our customers, however, these new ideas have us raving. Check them out for yourself: 

 

Swim-Up Bars with Cool Umbrellas

Yes, this is basically paradise in your own backyard. A swim-up bar, or two, is a simple, yet extravagant addition that can facilitate any social event or just a day out in the pool. Customize it with a different shape, diameter, height, or tiles to make it your own. Enjoy your favorite drink while keeping cool in the water, and shaded from the sun. 

 

LED Pool/Spa Lights

Your neighbors might think you’re throwing a cool party, but really you’ll be relaxing to the soft transition of the LED light s in your spa. Fit for any occasion, person, or day, installing LED lights in your pool will make your backyard experience just that much better. 

 

 

Waterfall(s)

The majestic influence a waterfall can have in your backyard alone is impressive. But adding one to your pool is incredibly beautiful and serene. There are also many styles to choose from, giving you complete control of what your signature pool will look like and how what it will add to your yard. Waterfalls are easily the number one addition to pools that instantly create a sensual backyard.  

 

 

Landscaping

Even without a pool, a backyard appears far better looking with just a small amount of landscaping. Whether you add flowers, trees, or tall leafy plants, your pool is going to look, and feel, as if you were out on vacation. Landscaping also allows you to use your pool as a backdrop for great pictures and an attraction for events. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Small Pool For Your Backyard

Don’t worry! When you design a custom pool, it’s easy to accommodate the size of your backyard. Designing a pool to perfectly fit your needs would be our pleasure. Here are a few things to consider when planning for the pool that’s perfect for your size yard. 

Style
The style of your pool will make a huge difference in how your yard as a whole will look. If you prefer your whole yard be taken up by your pool, styles like the Shimmering Canyon, Rustic Haven,  and Woodland Springs might be a great option! This leaves room for the extra waterfalls and other cool additions. 

Shape
The shape of your pool will help you decide what style you want and will make it easier to plan other changes in your backyard. From square, rectangle, oval, or even circle, the shape will set up the scenery, but keep in mind you have to have the room!

Cost
You may be looking at a cheaper option! Woo-hoo! Since a smaller pool doesn't require as much material, or water, as a standard sized pool, the cost of installing won’t be as bad, though, and it might even cut down the time it takes to get it installed. 

Material
Concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass? Considering you’re looking for a smaller sized pool, a concrete or vinyl pool may be a better option. Since fiberglass is typically used to make larger sized pools, the manufacturer may not offer the smaller size. Both vinyl and concrete are flexible, making it easy to choose a pool style you love without sacrificing your ideal material choice. 

Filter
There are three different types of filters typically used for pools of all sizes: sand, cartridge, and diatomaceous earth (DE). A sand filter is the most common filter in which it filters debris through backwashing the pool water into a waste line. A cartridge filter screens out the dirt and you can simply wash off the film. The DE filter is a proud powder with tiny openings that allow the materials to be absorbed and trapped. 

Accessorize Your Pool Area

One of the best parts of spring is the fact that the weather has finally warmed up enough that you can sit out by the pool without your fingers freezing off. However, if you’re feeling like your pool area is looking a little drab, we have some ideas to spice up your patio, turning it into a piece of eye-candy. 

Fire is something that fascinates us. Whether it’s at a hibachi grill, or simply a summer bonfire. Looking into a fire is truly mesmerizing. Fire pits are a great, easy way to amp up your backyard, turning it into an entertaining venue for guests. The great thing about fire pits is that you can go simple, lavish, or somewhere in the middle. Fire pit design is incredibly versatile, which means that we’ll be able to work with you in finding one that suits your taste and the style of your backyard. 

If adding fire elements to your pool area sounds like a good idea, but you’re not big on fire pits, it's no big deal. Bobe Water and Fire Features has another fantastic option called Fire Pots. These pots look like they might hold a nice bonsai tree or a Boston fern, but don’t be mistaken. They are actually home to pyrotechnics, not plants. We suggest placing these showpieces at the corners of your pool to really bring it to life. However, they're sure to be eye-catching no matter their location. 

Installing fire elements around your pool in the form of fire pits or Fire Pots are both great both ways to amplify your backyard, creating an air of sophistication and fun. Your guests will be blown away by your amazing style and attention to design. And don’t worry, we don’t tell them that we’re the ones who gave you the idea. 

 

Time for an Upgrade

Just when you thought your outdoor escape couldn’t get any better. Luxury upgrades provide a completely different experience for you and your guests. Adding more than aesthetic value, some can also make maintenance less time consuming while others can reduce the cost of chemicals! And let’s face it, some of these upgrades just look super cool. So be prepared for next season by planning now. Better to begin renovations now instead of cutting in on your sun time during the spring!

 

Water Slides

Who needs a watermark when you can have a fantastic slide in your own backyard! This feature provides endless fun for children and adults alike. Anymore, modern slides come in a variety of shapes in sizes. It’s never been a better time to install one!

 

Diving Boards

They’ve changed a bit since the first appearance of springboards. Today, there’s a variety of beautiful and unique board shapes to fit any pool taste! Plus, concepts like two-for-one combination boards and jump platforms are sure to impress any olympian that visits your pool.

 

Splash Pads

If you’re looking for a truly interactive backyard, a splash pad is a must-have! Add a fun twist to your next pool party, all you’ll need is a patch of space and you’ll well on your way! We must say though, be prepared to be the envy of the neighborhood families!

 

Waterfalls

If you’re looking to incorporate more relaxing details into your poolscape, we highly recommend a waterfall. It helps to achieve that luxury atmosphere without such high cost. A pro tip: when incorporated with a grotto, it makes for a fantastic tropical retreat!

 

Vanishing Edges

The most popular design innovation, vanishing edges create the look of water stretching out to the landscaping. It’s quite an optical illusion indeed! The real secret is the water flowing over a lowered edge, dropping into a catch basin filtering back into the pool.

 

Swim Up Bars

If you’re a fan of entertaining, a swim up bar is a fantastic investment. Instead of getting stuck between party-hosting and swimming with your guests, you’ll get to enjoy both! 

 

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Giving Your Pool that Signature Touch

If you’re looking to get a new pool, or update an existing one, it could be tough to figure out your wants, needs and dislikes. The possibilities for pool design are virtually endless, so here’s a few design tips that could give your pool that signature touch.

Recessed Lounge Area- We’ve all heard of swim up bars. But have you ever thought about one of these? Unique and beautiful, a recessed lounge area could be the solution you’re looking for to give your pool that extra wow factor.

Cascading Waterfall- Adding a waterfall to your pool, big or small, adds a beautiful touch to the life of your pool. Additionally, the flow of water that results from a waterfall helps to deter the growth of algae that occurs when water is stagnant. Beauty and function never looked so good.

Zero Edge Pool- You’ve seen them on television. Why not have one in your backyard? Zero edge pools look incredibly beautiful due to their illusionary effect of water being edge to edge.

Swim up bar- A swim up bar is a great way to relax and unwind in your pool. It creates a welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for entertaining your guests.

Check out this article for more design tips to make your pool a truly one of a kind creation.

Fourth of July Party Ideas

The Fourth of July is finally here and we are excited to celebrate! Here are some great ideas to make sure your party is decked out in red, white, and blue.

     Red, White, and Blue Lanterns   Hang these over your patio, around your pool, and in your trees because nothing is more celebratory than Chinese lanterns. String Christmas lights around the area as well to create a beautifully, festive environment.

 

Red, White, and Blue Lanterns

Hang these over your patio, around your pool, and in your trees because nothing is more celebratory than Chinese lanterns. String Christmas lights around the area as well to create a beautifully, festive environment.

     American Flag Fruit Kabobs   Fruit kabobs are a perfect treat for the summer. Create an American Flag kabob out of fruit and you’re guaranteed success. Use this recipe to create an easy and fun treat for everyone to enjoy!

 

American Flag Fruit Kabobs

Fruit kabobs are a perfect treat for the summer. Create an American Flag kabob out of fruit and you’re guaranteed success. Use this recipe to create an easy and fun treat for everyone to enjoy!

     Burgers   Burgers are always a good idea. Put a twist on the classic burger by using a sweet and savory burger recipe which includes grilled pineapple, chili sauce, and sweet onions.  Top them with American Flag pennants and you’re all set!

 

Burgers

Burgers are always a good idea. Put a twist on the classic burger by using a sweet and savory burger recipe which includes grilled pineapple, chili sauce, and sweet onions.  Top them with American Flag pennants and you’re all set!

     Festive Beach Balls   Brighten up any party with these light-up beach balls. Not only do these beach balls make great decorations, but they’re sure to create a good time for everyone attending.

 

Festive Beach Balls

Brighten up any party with these light-up beach balls. Not only do these beach balls make great decorations, but they’re sure to create a good time for everyone attending.

     White Wine Berry Sangria   This drink is tart and sweet, perfect for any celebration. Use this recipe to make a drink that will please everyone’s taste buds.

 

White Wine Berry Sangria

This drink is tart and sweet, perfect for any celebration. Use this recipe to make a drink that will please everyone’s taste buds.

     Patriotic Candles and Flowers   Wrap your candle holders and flower vases in patriotic paper to create easy and festive table centerpieces.

 

Patriotic Candles and Flowers

Wrap your candle holders and flower vases in patriotic paper to create easy and festive table centerpieces.

 

We hope your celebration is a huge success! Happy Fourth!

Must-Have Pool Accessories

Pool toys and accessories are one of the most entertaining parts of summer. The kids love them, but if we’re being honest, they are just as fun for us adults. Check out our five favorite pool accessories for the summertime!

     Jellyfish Lights   These unique, floating lights will brighten up your pool in an array of different colors. 

 

Jellyfish Lights

These unique, floating lights will brighten up your pool in an array of different colors. 

     Mermaid Swim Fin   It’s about time they created one of these! Almost every little girl dreams of being a mermaid and now you can make that dream a reality for the little girl in your life.

 

Mermaid Swim Fin

It’s about time they created one of these! Almost every little girl dreams of being a mermaid and now you can make that dream a reality for the little girl in your life.

     Floating Card Game Station   Now you don’t have to stop playing your game of Poker or Go Fish when you want to get in the pool. This floating card table comes with waterproof playing cards, inflatable seats, and drink holders. You’re all set!

 

Floating Card Game Station

Now you don’t have to stop playing your game of Poker or Go Fish when you want to get in the pool. This floating card table comes with waterproof playing cards, inflatable seats, and drink holders. You’re all set!

     Joust Pool Float Game   This game is incredibly fun for people of all ages. Battling your opponent to see who gets knocked off first will keep you entertained for hours. 

 

Joust Pool Float Game

This game is incredibly fun for people of all ages. Battling your opponent to see who gets knocked off first will keep you entertained for hours. 

     Floating Bean Bags   There is no better way to relax in a pool, than by floating on a huge, cushioned beanbag. This float has features you can’t find anywhere else.

 

Floating Bean Bags

There is no better way to relax in a pool, than by floating on a huge, cushioned beanbag. This float has features you can’t find anywhere else.

 

We hope you make the most of your summer with these must-have pool accessories!

Five Backyard Ideas for the Summertime

Summertime, AKA pool season, is all about being outside and spending time with the people you care about. With the season in full swing, we wanted to give you five of our favorite ideas to make your backyard warm and inviting for all!

     Christmas Lights   The warm glow that Christmas lights bring shouldn’t be stored away for the winter. Hang Christmas lights or clear globe lights on your patio, around your pool, and in your trees. You’ll be amazed how a small amount of lighting will make you fall in love with your backyard.

 

Christmas Lights

The warm glow that Christmas lights bring shouldn’t be stored away for the winter. Hang Christmas lights or clear globe lights on your patio, around your pool, and in your trees. You’ll be amazed how a small amount of lighting will make you fall in love with your backyard.

     Flowers   Color is everything. Bring your backyard to life with pops of colorful flowers that everyone will appreciate. Our favorites are Tuberous Begonias and Dahlias.

 

Flowers

Color is everything. Bring your backyard to life with pops of colorful flowers that everyone will appreciate. Our favorites are Tuberous Begonias and Dahlias.

     Hammock Swing   Rope Hammock Swing-Our favorite piece of outdoor furniture right now is the rope hammock swing. Hang it in a tree or purchase a stand to place it near the pool, either way you will be perfectly cozy.

 

Hammock Swing

Rope Hammock Swing-Our favorite piece of outdoor furniture right now is the rope hammock swing. Hang it in a tree or purchase a stand to place it near the pool, either way you will be perfectly cozy.

       Fire Pit   There is nothing more relaxing than sitting around a fire pit with the people you care about. Plus, after a good late night swim, s’mores are a must.

 

Fire Pit

There is nothing more relaxing than sitting around a fire pit with the people you care about. Plus, after a good late night swim, s’mores are a must.

     Glow Sticks   Need something to liven up the evening? All you need are a couple dozen glow sticks and you are good to go. Toss them in the pool and enjoy a nighttime swim. The kids will love this!

 

Glow Sticks

Need something to liven up the evening? All you need are a couple dozen glow sticks and you are good to go. Toss them in the pool and enjoy a nighttime swim. The kids will love this!

 

With these fun backyard ideas, you'll never want to stay indoors. We hope you enjoy this summertime pool season!

 

Pool Safety Equipment - Pool Protection


Safety comes first. It’s a way of life, especially around the pool. Not just for kids, but for everyone.

In addition to supervision, APSP supports the concept of layers of protection. This means that your pool, spa, or hot tub is equipped with several devices to delay unsupervised access or to warn of a child's presence. Layers of protection for consideration include: 

  • Adult Supervision
    No matter your age or skill level, increase pool safety and enjoyment by ensuring that there’s always at least one non-swimming adult present for supervision. A whistle comes in handy to alert and command everyone’s attention promptly. There is no greater layer of protection than constant adult supervision.
  • Fencing
    Fencing is another possible layer of protection. There’s a fence for every taste and budget, from wooden and chain link to ornamental and thick hedge barriers. Present your plans and design ideas to your local building code office, homeowners’ group, or other regulatory organization before proceeding.
  • Automatic or Manual Safety Covers
    A non-penetrating cover can completely cover the pool and block access to pool water. All safety cover types should meet ASTM F13-46 standard. 
  • Locking Hot Tub Cover
    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) recommends that all portable hot tub owners have a safety cover that locks. Locking hot tub covers should meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) F1346-91 safety standard.
  • Alarms
    Alarms set off a loud sound – and even lights – to warn of potential danger. Consider home security features such as door and exit alarms, fence gate alarms, and water level sensors.
  • Rope and Float Line 
    Placed across the pool, the rope and float line alerts swimmers to the separation between the deep and shallow ends of the pool.
  • Life Ring, Shepherd’s Crook (Hook)
    These devices are used to pull someone from the pool to safety. All rescue equipment should be placed near the pool in a clearly marked and readily accessible spot, and periodically checked to make sure it’s in good condition. 
  • First Aid Kit 
    A first aid kit should be kept in a safe and convenient location and periodically checked to make sure the kit is well stocked with all essentials.
  • Emergency Information
    Post CPR, emergency (911 or other) contact information, and warning signs in a clearly visible spot near the pool. You and your family may even perform routine safety drills to remind everyone what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency.
  • Outside Telephone
    A cordless phone at poolside lets you call for help or information quickly, without leaving the pool area. 
  • Sunscreen
    Choose a level of pool protection that’s right for you and use it! Even on cooler, cloudy days, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can burn and damage skin cells.
  • Toys, Games, and Floats
    All recreational pool equipment should be safe and age appropriate for each individual. Never leave loose objects in or around the pool. Put them away for security and safety.
  • Maintenance Supplies
    All cleaners, chemicals, and maintenance supplies should be kept in a locked storage area, away from children and pets. Check labels for proper storage and expiration dates, and follow manufacturers’ guidelines.