Small Space, Big Ideas

Do you have a small backyard that you dream of jazzing up into a hidden oasis?  You aren't alone!  As you probably know, North Texas is full of big, beautiful houses with a veritable postage stamp for a backyard.  Spaces like this might seem like a lost cause when it comes to adding a pool, but that's where you're wrong!  You can do quite a bit with a smaller yard, if we put our heads together.  

Fountains, Gardens, Ponds

The thing about a small yard is that it looks so much bigger if you use a lot of smaller features, like fountains, planters, maybe a koi a pond!  Winding stone paths and lush flower beds can mask the size of your yard, and they are also much easier (and cost effective) to fill to the brim with gorgeous greenery and fabulous flowering flora.  Softly bubbling fountains and water sconces can add to the serenity of the scene, while a modest koi pond can give you a quiet place to sit and relax, watching the fish play in the cool, dark water.  

But I Really Want a Pool

We get it.  Pools are awesome!  That's why we build them!  And just because you've got limited space to work with doesn't mean you have to kiss that dream goodbye.  Rectangular lap pools are great for modest backyards as they take up very little room, and still leave some space for landscaping or a green patch for your pup.  

Want to try something a bit more unconventional?  Try an oversized spa!  Have all the fun of a private place to soak with the space-saving genius of a spa!  Add a small waterfall flowing into the spa and you've got yourself a romantic little getaway in your own backyard.  

What's really cool about both of these options is that since you're not blowing your budget on digging a full pool, you can spend that money on the details instead!  Go for the upgraded travertine decking, splurge on premium tile coping, heck put in a mosaic on the bottom!  Details are what makes a space stand out from the rest, and you can use this opportunity to really go all out.  

Above All, Make Sure It Screams YOU

When you're upgrading any space, big or small, you want to make sure that it showcases your personality.  After all, this is your home, right?  If you're not an avid gardener, install automatic sprinklers so that your planters can remain lush (and hire someone to pull those weeds!).  If you're a minimalist kind of decorator, skip the overgrown paths, and put in a zen garden and one or two water features.  If your car bumper sticker is the kind to say "I'd rather be in Hawaii", go for the natural stone waterfall on the spa and add some tropical plants around it so you can feel like you're on vacay everyday!  The point is, if you're going to spend your hard-earned money on upgrading your yard, you should make sure that it speaks to who you are and isn't going to burden your already busy schedule.  

I hope this has given you some ideas for how to spruce up your space.  Give us a call and let's brainstorm some more on how to give you the backyard you deserve!  


I'll Tell You What I Want, What I Really Really Want, Part III

So far, we discussed flashy pools and pools for working out in, but let's talk about the perfect blend of both- play pools!  

When Worlds Collide

Play pools are the most popular pool designs by far, and for good reason.  They're the ultimate crowd pleasers!  The versatility of the play pool combines flash with fun, and with plenty of room left for a bit of relaxation.  Create a space for the volleyball net, a basketball hoop, a slide; save a spot for a tanning deck, spa, waterfall.  Luxuriate in your spa while the kids splash around at the other end of the pool during a raucous game of horse.  Invite the neighbors over for a barbecue and friendly volleyball game.  Gather the girls for some sangria and sunbathing in the shallow, lapping waters of the tanning deck.  A play pool is a place to play, so play on!

You Work Hard, So Play Hard Too!

After a long week at work, there are few things more pleasurable and more relaxing than hanging out poolside with a cool drink in your hand and your family and friends laughing all around you.  The play pool is the perfect place for this- there's something for everyone, and you can make the most of your investment.  Start with a swooped, kidney-shaped design, utilizing what Jerry calls "sexy curves", and then customize it for how you want to play in it.  If you're hoping to shoot some hoops, make those sexy curves wide to leave room for your teammates (or opponents).  If volleyball is more your speed, make sure that the center of your pool is no deeper than 5 feet, that way everyone gets a chance to play without over their heads!  (*taps microphone* this thing on?) If your goal is make your pool the land of floating toys, make sure there's plenty of room using those wide, sexy curves so as to avoid traffic jams and a cluttered look.  

The Most Bang for Your Buck

Look, we all know a pool is a big investment, and the play pool is not going to be a frugal choice in design.  The larger the pool, the more it costs to excavate, haul debris, rebar, gunite, tiling, etc.  But if you're looking to build a versatile pool that will add resale value to your home (and incentivize prospective buyers) and maximize enjoyment for your whole family, look no further than the play pool.  It has something for everyone, and honestly, you want to get the most for your money, am I right?  

If a play pool is something you're dreaming of and drooling over, give us a call today and let's start bouncing some ideas around about how to make your house the place to be in 2018!

I'll Tell You What I Want, What I Really Really Want, Part II

Previously, we talked about building a pool that is flashy, but not focused on functionality.  Pools like that add value to your home and are aesthetically pleasing, but aren't designed for serious swimmers.  This time, we are talking about building a pool that is perfect for the aspiring Michael Phelps in your life.  

Keep It Simple, Silly

When you are building a pool for serious lap swimmers, you don't need to get crazy with your design.  Simple, clean lines, even geometric shape, and a medium depth will meet all your needs without breaking the bank or wasting precious space.  Traditional residential lap pools are typically long and rectangular, narrow in width, and approximately 5 feet deep.  The financial benefits of designing a pool like this are obvious- the simpler the design, the less time you have to pay for an excavator, fewer (if any) custom tile and stone cuts, less water to fill and refill, easier to clean, etc.  These pools are especially perfect in a small backyard, because you really don't need a whole lot of space to swim laps.  

Simple Doesn't Have to Mean Boring

Just because you're going with a simple design, doesn't mean you have to skimp on the window dressing, if you will.  Any pool looks 100 times better with some fab landscaping surrounding it.  Flowering shrubs, creeping vines, evergreen ground cover, overflowing flower pots at each corner of the pool; all of these can add a little oomph to your pool.  Go with a geometric, Greco-Roman style pool, framed by a decorative wall, water fountains and sconces, fire bowls.  The clean lines compliment this style perfectly, providing a functional yet fashionable place to practice your breaststroke.  

Swim Away Those Extra Holiday Pounds

Swimming works out your whole body, and is a low-impact workout that is great for everyone.  There are so many reputable articles espousing the health benefits for swimming, that it's hard to pick one to share with you, but I think this one sums it up nicely.  Bottom line, swimming is awesome for you, and having a pool that also doubles as your gym is just another benefit of owning a pool.  If functionality is your aim, you really don't get much more functional than that.  

Make Good on that New Year's Resolution

Hands down, the most common New Year's resolution is to be healthier, so let us help you get there more easily!  You've been dreaming about having your own pool so why not try building a pool that can perfectly accommodate a quick workout?  Give us a call today and let's talk designs!  Your body and your budget will thank you.