Costs Vs. Long-Term Value

Screenshot_2A swimming pool can be a good investment if it is of the right size and you live in the right place — and if you’re willing to put in the time and maintenance effort to keep it in good shape. It’s important to carefully weigh the costs of installation and maintenance of a pool against the actual utility/value of the pool — which could be assessed in terms of how many months per year you get to use it. Here is more information to consider before you invest in this expensive addition to your home.

Resale Value

Swimming pools can increase the market value of your home, but you’ll probably be looking at returns of between 15 and 25 percent. That’s not a lot in resale value. It’s estimated that the cost to install a swimming pool averages between $5,000 and $12,800, depending on size, depth and accessories. This doesn’t even account for the cost of long-term maintenance, which includes chemical balancing, vacuuming and other care required to keep it in shape. In the end, you could be looking at an additional $250 for swimming pool maintenance every year. Is that worth the maximum 25 percent increase in home value you could get back?

Where You Live

if you live in a moderate climate where almost no one has a pool, your home is likely to attract fewer buyers when the time comes to sell. This could decrease the overall sale price of your home as a result. Pools are attractive in tropical climates with more hot months than cold — climates in which you’ll have two seasons rather than four. Buyers are also sometimes not interested in the maintenance and care that a pool requires.

Best-case scenarios in which your pool will add to your home investment are:

  • Everyone in your neighborhood has a pool.
  • You live in a tropical area.
  • Your yard has enough room for more landscaping or play areas in addition to the pool.

In short, your pool has the best shot of adding value to your home if you live in a hot, tropical area where neighboring homes have pools as well, whereas you might in fact end up with a negative ROI from installing a pool if you live in areas where there aren’t any pools in the neighborhood.

Gas/Propane vs Heat Pump vs Solar?

pool-heaters-9 Are you looking for a way to utilize your swimming pool for as much of the year as possible?  Today  we’re going to discuss the benefits of heating your pool, different heating options, and how much  each option costs initially and on a monthly basis.

Without a pool heater your swim season may only last three or four months, while the addition of a  heater will typically extend your swim season about two months depending on location and climate.   We all know how much kids enjoy the swimming pool and closing time can be kind of a bummer  but with a pool heater you and your family can maximize the fun.

There are three main types of pool heaters:

  • Solar
  • Heat Pump (electric)
  • Gas
  • Solar Pool Heaters are very efficient in southern climates year-round and extends swim time in northern climates. By using the sun’s energy the existing pool pump will circulate the water through the heater which will be typically located on the rooftop or on a frame constructed in the yard.  The down Solar heating requires a system equal to 50%-100% of the pool’s surface. While solar energy may be free, the pool pump must be running for the solar heater to properly operate which can increase your electric bill.
  • Electric Heat Pump amazingly, the electric heat pump is actually a form of solar energy. How is that possible?  Well the sun warms the air and that heat is pulled from the air.  This warm air is pulled in, enhanced, and transferred into the water, requiring temperatures of approximately 55+ to properly function.
  • Gas Pool Heaters use either propane or natural gas. Operating independently of outdoor temperature conditions, gas pool heaters burn the fuel within a combustion chamber all while your pool water runs through copper coils to then return to the pool warm.

Electric Heat Pumps are highly efficient costing owners on average $50-100 per month. We find that about 19 of 20 of our customers who install heaters choose heat pumps simply because of their dependability and low operating cost.  Electric Heat Pumps can extend the average pool use by 2-3 months depending on location/climate.  Going back to how a heat pump works will determine how long it will extend pool use per year according to location. Outside temperatures need to be around 55+ degrees so in an area such as Texas the heat pump will efficiently keep temperatures regulated almost the entire year.

So if you’re interested in heating your pool or just considering options for your future pool here are the three options and why electric heat pumps are a known favorite among a majority of our customers, plus who doesn’t enjoy saving a little cash?

Let’s Have a Pool Party!

pool-party-iOK, it’s party time. The most fun you could ever have around your pool is when you have guests and are entertaining.  It is the perfect time to show off your pool  from Pools by Design your Woodlands Pool Builder . The key here is preparation.  Invitations, menus, helpers, pool, and yard will all need to be taken care of in advance.  The more you do ahead of time, the more time you will have to enjoy the party.  Start about a month before the party. Make a list of who you want to come. We can’t give any advice here.  But too many people would not only be unsafe, but we want enough room for eating, swimming, and just lying around.

So, here are a few tips for the pool party, and believe me, we’ve been to hundreds.

1)   Invites. Get something fun. Hand made invitations are cool, and personal. Another quicker, cheaper option is using evite.com to send out invitations. *** Remind everyone to bring a towel and swimming suite.

2)   Recruit. Get some help. The best parties were planned with several people. Get some helpers. Johnny does the food, Karin gets the liquor, and Steve gets the ice. And be sure to get a name or two for clean up. The end of the night is always the hardest to recruit help, so ask for clean up help before the party. You don’t need to clean the whole yard, but you will need to secure the trash, leftover food and such.

3)   Food. Decisions, decisions. You could go all out, roast a pig, smoked chicken. Or, keep it simple. Finger sandwiches, fruit bowl, or just burgers and dogs. The more “self serve food” you offer, the more time you have for fun. But, remember, the first thing people usually remember about a party, is the food. Give your guests something to talk about and remember. It’s not too hard to do!

4)   Drinks. You can’t have a good pool party without good beverages. But, an open bar can mean a disaster. If everyone is allowed to mix their own beverages, there is always someone who can ruin it for the rest of the guests. If alcohol is served, serve responsible, or serve beer and wine in moderation. Remember, Alcohol use is involved in about 35% to 50% of adolescent and adult deaths associated with water recreation. And please don’t let guests who drink, drive. Call your local cab company in advance and set up an account for the evening.

5)  Safety. This one is easy. Call your local swimming pool management company, and hire a lifeguard or two for the event. It’s not expensive, and well worth it. If someone has had too much to drink, keep them away from the pool. Things we all take for granted like diving boards, slides and just jumping off the side of the pool, can pose a threat to those impaired, and everyone else trying to have a good time. Keep safety equipment handy, and ALWAYS keep a working phone dry, and near the pool.

6)   The Pool.  A week or so before the party, test everything pool related. (The lights, the heater, and the fountains) Make sure any electrical outlets that will be used are grounded. Trip hazards, excess patio and lawn furniture should be stored, or moved away from the pool deck, to allow easy access to the pool. Add a clarifier to the pool several days before the party. Small unfiltered particles are very easy to see at night with the pool light on, so take that extra step to get your pool as clear as possible. And make sure the pH and chlorine are adjusted. A chlorine residual of 3.0 is perfect.   The morning of the party, brush the pool and then vacuum an hour later. Remove your automatic pool cleaner and store it away for the party. Polaris parts are not cheap!

7)   The Party!  The moment we’ve all been waiting forParty time!  Got enough Tiki torch fuel? Ice? Soda? Make that last minute run to the store and you should be set. With proper preparation, all of the chores are done, and it’s time to party. So, fire up the grill, and ice down the punch. It’s your turn to relax.

Give Your Swimming Pool a Resort Style make over

 

 

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Imagine walking out your back door into a luxurious outdoor sanctuary that emulates a contemporary 5-star resort too good to be true? It’s all within reach, with decorative upgrades to transform your pool into a stunning resort-style retreat.

Lighting Effects

Make your pool come alive at night and create ambiance by installing dramatic pool lighting. Try incandescent lights for a soft yellow glow or colored LED lights for energy-efficient lighting. DMX-controlled light systems with colorful fiber-optic lighting can also create a dynamic light show in your backyard.

Fire Features

Use the fireplace to create a cozy and intimate space for an evening outdoor dinner or late-night socializing, a time when the pool shifts into the aesthetic backdrop. A fire feature or fireplace creates resort-like style and beautiful soft lighting.

Beach Entry

Consider transforming one end of your pool into a beach / lagoon pool design. You can use stone, glass or ceramic tile or decorative concrete to build a pool wading ledge. Add and rock accents or waterfalls, and your backyard will feel more like an exotic escape in the tropics.

Outdoor Living Room

Every luxury resort provides lush lounging for world-class sun bathing and relaxation. Put some lounge chairs, an outdoor coffee table or even a cabana can create an upscale social space in your backyard.

Swim-Up Table

Install a table with surround seating and an umbrella where guests can escape the sun and grab a drink without getting out of the pool. Use travertine pavers and glass tile mosaics for a contemporary look with a touch of simplicity.

Tips before Getting a Pool Builder

You might have been envisioning of a swimming pool for a long time, and you might suppose

you know precisely what you need. At the same time it pays to read up on the most recent

engineering swimming pool thoughts before getting yourself a pool builder. When you’ve done

a little homework, you’ll be prepared to identify with your pool maker about what it is you need

out of a swimming pool. He’ll have the capacity to help you solidify how you want to utilize the

swimming pool and can recommend styles, materials, plans, and outlines to make your dream

an actuality.

First is to make a look book.

It’s regularly challenging to put your thoughts into statements. Pool manufacturers and planners

acknowledge when clients come to them with pictures from magazines, our swimming pool

photograph exhibitions, or even grand photographs undertaken excursion. They give your pool

manufacturer a great feeling of what you’re intrigued by and how to fuse your style inclination

into the swimming pool outline. It likewise guarantees that you and your developer are on the

same page.

Uncover a believable Pool builder.

When you’ve made the choice to plunge into swimming pool building, the most ideal approach

to guarantee a smooth building process is to pick a prepared swimming pool development

expert. Check with companions, your nearby and provincial pool manufacturers

companionships, even the Better Business Bureau. Meeting some competitors, and get some

information about their building theories. A great pool developer can offer cases of his work,

furnish references check them), and have the ability to answer significant inquiries. You’ll be

working with this individual for numerous months, so pick somebody you feel good with.

 Choose what sort of pool shape you need.

Swimming pool configuration is basic to both the generally speaking tasteful you’re attempting

to attain and what you can truly do in the swimming pool. Rectangular plans are ideal for

individuals needing a prototypal, timeless look. They’re additionally incredible for diversions and

swimming laps. Kidney and free-shape swimming pools can mix with the encompassing

vegetation and show up additional common. They likewise loan themselves to waterfalls and

caves. Picking the wrong shape might mean you have a swimming pool that doesn’t generally

suit your lifestyle and additionally it could.

Think about the climate in your general vicinity.

Contingent upon where you live, the climate can manage certain pool building choices.

Individuals in colder atmospheres may as well think about nooks to draw out the pool season.

Those living in wetter atmospheres additionally delight in the profits of nooks. In mild

atmospheres places where it never gets excessively warm—pool warmers are helpful. Blustery

zones, intensely treed territories, or places frosty enough to close swimming pools for the

season make swimming pool spreads a great thought to stem vanishing, keep leaves and flotsam

and jetsam at bayou, or ensure the swimming pool when not being used. A significant number

of these choices are out and out exceptional plans, however your nearby climate can make them

necessities.