Fall in Texas is Spelled F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L

Now that fall is officially here, it’s a great time to talk about another talent of ours- building outdoor pavilions and entertaining spaces!

Sunday Funday

With football season in full swing, I’m guessing your Saturdays and Sundays are booked solid for the next few months with game day fun. Watching the game with your buds is a time-honored tradition in America, and one that we take seriously in Texas. No self-respectin’ Texan is gonna miss watching their favorite team tear it up on the field, no sir! Heck, we even follow high school football like it’s another branch of the NFL!

So, with all this football love, why the heck are you still watching the game on a tiny television in your living room?

Best Way to Watch

Hands down, the best way to watch the game, besides actually being there, is outside on a big screen TV with a cold beer in one hand and a hunk of meat in the other, CAN I GET AN AMEN?! One of the things Natural Stone Pools specializes in is creating comfortable outdoor entertaining spaces for just this very scenario! Imagine this- a large, open air living room right next to your pool and spa, a fireplace on one end, a grill on the other with a built-in refrigerator and beverage cooler, and there, right in the middle, a giant television tuned in to your favorite team (hopefully) kicking butt up and down the field. Sounds perfect, right? Furnish this space with some comfy, cushioned outdoor loungers and chairs, and you’ve got the hot spot for all the football parties for the season!

Must-Have Features

When you’re building an outdoor space like that, you have tons of creative freedom, so really the sky’s the limit. Personally, I think that must-haves include a fireplace (North Texas weather can be unpredictable- 75 one day, 30 the next; a roaring fire can heat up your pavilion and keep that late-fall/early-winter chill at bay), a cooking area (this can be anything from a simple grill to a full stovetop range and oven combo), a refrigerator (size depends on your available space, but at the very least a mini fridge for easy access to cold bevs), television (obviously, that’s the whole point, right?), and comfortable seating. We’ve built luxury pavilions for clients with a full kitchen and an attached bathroom, which is a really nice touch; we’ve built simple pavilions for clients with just enough room for covered seating and a mounted TV. You can really go in any direction with it- it all depends on what your needs are and how we can fulfill them. I always think it’s a nice choice to have your pavilion situated close enough to the spa that you can enjoy the game while you have a good soak, but hey, that’s just me!

Space

I mean, it’s no lie that you’re gonna need some room for an outdoor entertainment space, but just because you might have limited available space doesn’t mean this dream has to die! A decent-sized pavilion can start at 10 feet by 8 feet and grow from there. We have the best team of designers and creatives in the Metroplex…believe me, Jerry and Shannon can make it work, and they will be straight with you if they can’t. Our goal, with all of our clients, is to make your backyard the kind of place you want to hang out in, at all times of the year, and we will work with you to make sure that you can make the most of the space you have.

Things We Can’t Do

We can build you the coolest outdoor living room in town. We can build you the perfect fireplace to keep it warm. We can build you the most beautiful stone grill and fridge combo to feed your guests. Unfortunately, though, there are a couple of things we can’t do. We can’t make your friends cool enough to hang out with you in your new palace. We can’t make those tasty brats lowfat for your calorie-conscious guests. And, saddest of all, we can’t, try as we might, make the Cowboys win (I mean, really, Boys get it together this year!).

For all your North Texas pavilion and outdoor entertainment space needs, however, give us a call! We service Plano, McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Richardson, Lucas, Fairview, Prosper, Melissa, Dallas, and many more locations throughout the DFW Metroplex.

Closing Down Your Pool for the Season

It’s that time of year again! Cooler temps are bringing an end to summer here in North Texas, and fall will be here before you know it. So how will you welcome autumn?

Hot Summers, Mild Winters

As summer draws to a close, I don’t need to remind you that summers here in the Metroplex are hotter than a habanero. It’s blazing, humid, and when you go outside you seriously question why the hell you live like this. Well, we live here because winters are generally extremely mild (and also tacos, but I digress). Sure it might snow every now and then, but mostly you can expect cool and rainy days. Because of this relaxed weather, you don’t really need to “close” your pool, at least not in the same sense as our East Coast friends do. The main thing you want to remember to do is to put up your toys, and keep your pool clean and free of debris. All the falling leaves are attracted to your pool like a moth to a flame and they can really gunk up your pool filter if you don’t stay on top of it. Also, winters here tend to bring plenty of rain, so make sure to check that pH balance to keep algae from growing over the winter.

Use Your Time Wisely

Since your pool isn’t in use right now, it’s the best time to plan any remodeling or repairs that you might need to have done. Coping tiles popped off? Let’s take a look at your expansion joints, and make adjustments as we find necessary. Cracks in the plaster? Let’s drain it and see about getting those repaired. Maybe you’re sick to death of your plain old plaster anyway, and it’s time we laid down some mosaic tiles or a fresh color. What about maybe a new deck to go around your swimmin’ hole? All of these can give your backyard a little facelift without breaking the bank, and we should get that planned out now while the weather is fine and the kids are occupied with school and football.

Convert to a Heated Pool and Just Keep Swimming!

Maybe this is the year that you splurge and buy a pool heat pump! For just a few grand, you can convert your pool from a summer-only playground to a year-round amenity. Just imagine- swimming on Christmas Day and not because of global warming! Heated pool pumps really help you get the most out of your pool all year long!

Just because fall is here doesn’t mean you should ignore your pool until June. Spruce it up, heat it up, or whatever you decide to prioritize. It’s your backyard oasis, so let’s make the most of it and take the best care that we can! If you live in the DFW Metroplex and want some ideas for how to change things up this season, give us a call! We service Dallas, McKinney, Plano, Frisco, Fairview, Prosper, Lucas, Richardson, Allen, and much more!

Happy Fall, everyone!

Is That Fall I See?

Whoa.  What happened?  Suddenly, the kids are in school and it's a balmy 97 degrees out there.  Could it be...is that...fall I see?!?  

Kick Off Fall with a Labor Day Weekend Blowout!

Next weekend is Labor Day, and what better way to say a bittersweet goodbye to summer and a reluctant hello to autumn than with one last killer pool party?!  Take advantage of the warm North Texas weather and spend the weekend with your friends and family soaking up the sun from your awesome NSP pool.  Not sure what to serve your guests?  Check out these tasty ideas from Bon Appétit for some inspiration.  Peaches, tomatoes, zukes and cukes...mmmmm, I will miss you, summer.  

Be Prepared

The Boy Scouts sure are right about that one.  Preparation really makes everything run a bit more smoothly, and closing down your pool for the season is no exception.  Even though summer in North Texas can last until October, End of Summer sales do not, so it's a great idea to stock up now!  Leslie's Pool Supply is currently having a fab EoS sale, and there's no better time to get all the maintenance chemicals you'll need going into fall and winter, as well as some fresh toys for next year.  Just make sure you store your new toys correctly, as well as your old toys, so that they aren't damaged or degraded in any way by the unpredictable North Texas winter.  

Don't Fret- Summer's Not Quite Gone Yet

As we all know, summer in DFW doesn't really end on Labor Day, like it does elsewhere.  Temps in the 90s last long into September, and you can still use your pool almost until Halloween.  In fact, this might be the best part of summer- with the kids at school all day, you have that sweet pool all to yourself!  Nude sunbathing, anyone?  It's cool, we don't judge.  Just remember your sunscreen! LOL

If all of this sounds fantastic, but you don't have a pool of your own, give us a call.  We service North Texas, including, but not limited to, Allen, McKinney, Plano, Richardson, Frisco, Lucas, Fairview, Prosper, Dallas, and more!  

 

Oh, and here's a recipe for homemade ice cream sandwiches.  You're welcome.  Happy (early) Labor Day!