As more people begin opening their homes for special events and outdoor entertaining, requests for pool installs have been surging. Nothing makes a successful party like a pool for guests to enjoy.
Fiberglass pools have been increasing in popularity due to their versatility and cost. They can be tailored to fit any shape or style, such as a lap or plunge pool, and last 25 years or more. Since fiberglass pools are built off-site and installed, they may also have a shorter wait time than concrete pools.
Before deciding on a fiberglass pool, there are a few options to consider:
Make sure you have the right yard for a pool. Depending on the terrain, you may need to move heavy rocks or install backfill to level your yard. Trees and plants may also need to be moved. Consider the size of your yard to decide on the shape and dimensions of your pool. A small pool for dipping can be just as enjoyable as a large pool/spa combo.
While fiberglass pools can withstand cold and icy temperatures well, they shouldn’t be installed in wintertime. Plan to have your pool built and installed from early spring to late fall. If you begin the project now, your pool should be ready to use by summer.
There are a wide range of ways to tailor your pool, from adding slides to waterfalls and spas. Consider how you like to entertain and how you’d like to use your pool. If you have younger children, a zero-entry pool helps them enter the water. For those interested in outdoor exercise, a lap or plunge design could be the best usage of your pool.
Reassess Your Outdoor Space
The addition of a pool may have you reconsidering how your backyard is laid out. Now is the perfect time to add an outdoor entertaining space, paver patio or screened-in porch. A large outdoor landscaping firm will be able to design a patio, deck or outdoor kitchen to create a seamless, integrated look for your home.
Summer is almost here. Are you ready?
Experience all the fun you can have outdoors by installing a custom swimming pool. Imagine being able to relax, spend time with your family or invite friends over to enjoy swimming without the hassle of crowds and travel time, not to mention gas.
A custom pool can make it the best summer ever. Before getting started on your pool project, there are several factors to consider:
The size and shape of your installation should enhance the design and style of your home. Landscape designers will evaluate the best location to site your pool and recommend custom landscaping to highlight your home. Elevate your yard with hardscaping options, such as curving walkways, stone bench seating and flagstone patios. These items can be both creative as well as practical, offering additional outdoor entertaining space.
Your Entertaining Style
Swimming pools can serve many purposes. Some homeowners desire a fun outdoor entertaining space that may include shallow areas for lounging, relaxing waterfall features or a fun swim up bar. Others may choose to use the pool for personal fitness. Swimming is an excellent low impact exercise that’s ideal for almost anyone. A pool designed for swimming laps or doing water aerobics is a great investment in your personal health.
Once the swimming pool has been designed, you’re ready to begin planning ways to accentuate your backyard. A spacious deck with comfortable seating and a cozy fire pit beckons everyone outside. Custom gazebos or pergolas offer both shade and privacy. Outdoor structures such as kitchens and fireplaces add another level of entertaining style. Strategically placed paths, fences and LED lighting keep everyone safe while extending your time outside. And thoughtfully selected trees and shrubs make an outdoor project pop with style.
The Right Firm
It’s crucial to find a professional landscaping company that will combine artistic vision with superior craftsmanship and installation. The first step is a personal consultation to share your dreams, vision and investment level. From there, a creative designer will create a pool and landscape that is just right for your family and home.
Also, keep in mind that increased needs and supply chain issues have caused a backlog of pool projects. If you want to enjoy your new pool in time for next summer, call DiSabatino today!
After this long brutal winter, don’t you deserve to make the most of your summer? Enjoy every moment without ever leaving your own backyard. If you start planning now, you will soon be enjoying every sunny day with a custom pool retreat.
The beauty of a custom pool is that it’s built to fulfill your needs. Whether you want to relax with a small, private hideaway or entertain friends and family with an elaborate backyard resort, a pool designer can match your wishes. Countless options and customized features ensure your pool will reflect your personality and enhance the beauty of your home.
Building Within a Budget
Consider how much you’re willing to spend. Professional pool companies are well equipped to work within a budget, ensuring your needs are met without breaking the bank. Most pool designers will suggest variations to allow for phasing, creating a multi-layered plan that makes room for potential features. This allows you to enjoy your pool now and add enhancements in the future.
Entertain in Style
How will you be using your custom pool? If you like throwing large bashes, you might think about adding a swim up bar with a grotto or waterfall. If you want a place to relax and unwind after a long week of work, you may want to install a hot tub. Your pool professional will work with you and your family to create an outdoor environment that accommodates your vision and lifestyle.
Highlight Your Home
The best pools are incorporated into the existing landscape. Features such as stone walkways, pergolas or decorative garden borders will enhance your pool’s setting. The right pool professional will design your custom pool so that it fits seamlessly into your backyard. Additional features such as outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and artistic lighting can be added to enhance your space.
Make the Right Choice
The first and most important decision when building a pool is picking the right firm. Use a pool expert with extensive experience building custom pools. Review their portfolio of projects. A montage of past work will give you an idea of their strengths and also spark ideas for you and your own backyard. The right firm will schedule an initial consultation, evaluate your landscape, and come up with a custom design that incorporates your vision and exceeds your expectations. They will also be able to back their work with a strong warranty.
Trust Delaware Valley’s premier pool and landscape design firm, DiSabatino Landscaping. DiSabatino has been blending artistic vision and superior craftsmanship for more than 20 years. To schedule an initial consultation, call (610) 361-0595 in PA or (302) 764-0408 in DE. You can also view their custom pool portfolio online at DiSabatinoInc.com.
Gunite Pools Are the Best Choice for an In-ground Pool Installation
Gunite pools add value for a lifetime within any home for those thinking of installing an inground pool to their outdoor living area, . The superb look and design versatility will be a lasting upgrade to your property.
Gunite pools are extremely durable, stand up to all types of climate and can be style in a variety of free flowing shapes tailored to the landscape’s configuration. This gives a full spectrum of options for a pool design. A gunite pool can be installed anywhere, no matter the terrain.
Gunite is Versatile
A gunite pool can have full curves, square angled corners or a combination of both. A pool can begin at beach entry level and graduate to any depth desired when made with gunite. Most commercial and many residential pools are gunite. This is because gunite pools are built to last.
What is a Gunite Pool?
Gunite is a concrete blend of cement, sand and water that applied through a high-pressure hose to a structure fabricated of rebar. Once dry, gunite becomes a rock hard solid structure with a thickness that adds a tensile strength a fiberglass or vinyl liner pool will never come close to matching.
Adding Style to Match Your Taste
Once the gunite cures, a plaster application made from cement and marble becomes the final waterproof coating. Some opt for a colored quartz aggregate added to the plaster in order to increase durability and aesthetics.
Create contrast – add a pebbled or tiled finish to create a high-end look. Waterfalls, custom stairs, adjoining hot tub or spa added to the gunite pool design can meet the desired look.
A gunite pool adds the most value and durability when it comes to in-ground pools. The gunite shell handles all types of conditions due to its ability to contract and expand. No matter the soil changes that occur from season or climate, such as freezing and thawing, a gunite pool is best suited to endure.
The resilience and versatility of a gunite pool makes for a custom pool with free flowing shapes tailored to your backyard a reality. Whether you are looking to incorporate a trickling spillway, rock waterfall, fountain shelf or elevated spa, a gunite pool makes it easy.
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Custom outdoor swimming pools are a terrific way to have staycations throughout the spring and summer, sometimes into the fall months. Whether our clients opt for custom gunite pools, fiberglass pools or vinyl liner pools, they always ask us what added features are best.
While the answer to this question will vary depending on a client’s preferences and needs, we find that laying out all the options help focus on inground pool designs to reflect their vision. Once they get a feel for the custom features that they want, they will need to compare the costs of such features to their budget and prioritize the ones they really want.
With the summer in full swing, parents are facing unique challenges this year. We thought sharing a few features of our inground pool designs that can help keep your kids at home safe, healthy and more importantly, happy!
12 Features to Consider With Your Custom Swimming Pool Installation:
1) Pool Slide: A custom pool slide can add a little life to any inground swimming pool and make your custom pool the envy of the neighborhood. There are a wide variety of custom designed pool slides available with different sized flumes that will reflect your style and wishes.
2) Diving Board or Diving Rock: Diving boards can serve as an enjoyable recreational feature to your custom swimming pool provided your pool design is deep enough. If you have energetic pool goers that would enjoy doing somersaults and backflips, this might be a feature you should add to your pool.
3) Hot tub: Hot tubs or spillover spas that are raised above the pool level serves a duel purpose; that of being therapeutic and an added water feature to custom swimming pools.
4) Grotto: Adding a cave or grotto as a place to retreat from the glaring sun or the crowd to peacefully meditate is becoming a very popular water feature in many custom pool designs.
5) Pool Bar: If you’re planning on entertaining an adult audience that appreciate imbibing cocktails while relaxing in a pool, a swim up pool bar might be a nice feature to add to your pool.
6) Fountain: A cascading water fountain adds a peaceful ambience to custom swimming pools that are not only therapeutic but a great aerators that will keep the water cool.
7) Waterfall: Built with Real or Faux Boulders, cascading waterfalls add a naturalistic element to custom swimming pools and one of the most popular water features around. These too are great aerators to keep water temperatures cooler.
8) Rain Curtain: Young and old alike enjoy the cooling curtains of water falling into the pool from a pergola roof or some other overhang.
9) Bubblers: Small jets set in the floor of a shallow end of a custom swimming pool shoot streams of water that gurgle or bubble up to the surface.
10) Deck Jets: Thin arching streams of water shooting from the pool decking into the pool can be illuminated with color changing LED lights to make any night swim a fun event.
11) Mist Curtains: Having a fog or misting system around the pool can greatly reduce the air temperature making for a much more comfortable pool side nap.
12) Pool House: Want to keep everyone comfortable and close to all the amenities? Consider a pool house with changing and bathroom, refrigerator full of everyone’s favorite beverages and maybe even a comfortable sitting area to shelter from inclement weather.
Make summer at home this year full of fond memories of how your family chose to focus on what really matters in life, quality time with those you love in your very own custom swimming pool.
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Staycations are going to be a reality for many of us this year, why not make the best of it by having an outdoor pool or living area installed to enjoy year round?
All of us are getting a little antsy due to the quarantine necessarily in place to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. These are serious times and we should all heed the advice of local and federal authorities to keep our family safe. However, that does not mean we have to keep indoors.
The uncertainty of the times has many families forgoing their summer vacation plans to hunker down at home. That is why creating a perfect staycation in your own backyard just might be the solution to keeping everyone healthy and sane at the same time.
For about the same investment it would cost to take a family of four on a two-week vacation, you can divert those funds to improving your outdoor living space. Give kids an incentive to brave the outdoors and enjoy the summer. An in ground pool will give them a well-needed diversion and help keep them entertained.
Picture a summer of unwinding by the pool with a well-deserved cocktail while the children splash happily and the stress level lowers. You can take it even farther by adding a comfortable outdoor living space with a cooking area to make relaxing and everyday chores easier.
DiSabatino Landscaping has partnered with Esposito Masonry to offer the highest quality outdoor living area designs with superior water features, such as in ground pools, spas with waterfalls and grottos. Full outdoor entertainment and outdoor cooking areas, fireplaces, fire pits, ponds and more. Check out our gallery below to get inspired:
Are you ready to build your perfect backyard oasis?
DiSabatino can help.
Thankfully, the landscape industry is considered an essential business and we are busier than ever preparing to install some impressive outdoor pools and living spaces. Our landscape designers are adapting to the current climate by video conferencing with clients, supplying detailed 3-D renderings and virtual designs that can easily take a project from the design stage to full implementation.
With so many families finding themselves quarantined at home, there is a sudden desire to create outdoor living areas to extend their home’s square footage. If you are considering investing in a ‘staycation’ project this year, consider some of this year’s latest hardscaping and landscaping trends.
Outdoor rooms that extend the living area of your home have become all the rage. Full kitchens, fire pits or fireplace with plenty of comfortable seating are perfect for evening garden parties or fun-filled family nights.
Modern day living has evolved since the turn of the century. Many homeowners are looking to express their styles through creating outdoor living spaces that fit their lifestyle and extend their square footage of usable space.
Imagine the kids lounging outside enjoying nature instead of cooped up in the basement or separate bedrooms playing video games. No matter what climate you live in, there are ways to make a comfortable and inviting outdoor living space to suit your family’s needs.
Creating outdoor rooms into living areas, recreation areas, and more are a great way to bridge the interior and exterior of the home. There should be some real thought as to how to create a space that will work within your parameters and flow properly.
HERE ARE 5 TIPS FOR CREATING AN OUTDOOR OASIS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD:
1) Create a Master Plan
One thing to avoid is haphazardly creating outdoor spaces casually without a real master plan. You’ll want to concentrate on functionality, as well as style. Look at the big picture and create goals and a plan for accomplishing those goals.
One way to ensure success for the space and still maintain good design is by breaking the area into smaller rooms. Do not forget to take into account the effect of outdoor elements, since the climate will have a big role in how inviting your outdoor space turns out to be. Observe how the sun looks at different times of day and how the wind blows in different areas of the space to get a feel for your optimal arrangement of the space.
2) Consider Your Entertainment Needs or Aspirations
The whole point of an outdoor space is to make it inviting and functional to your personal style of entertaining. For one, consider the distance from the cooking to the eating area when planning for a dining pavilion, porch or pergola. You don’t want to end up with a beautiful entertaining space that’s rarely used. Also consider the flow from the indoor to the outdoor area. Make access easy and seamless
3) Put a lot of Thought into the Outdoor Kitchen Design
Look at an outdoor kitchen the same way you would an indoor kitchen to make sure you create a workable space. Consider what kind cooking appliances and refrigeration units you will need. Determine how often you will be entertaining and typical size of your events. Think through the function and style of your cooking area.
4) Do not Skimp on the Details
Take into consideration all the details such as landscaping, lighting, and materials. Lighting and landscaping are an excellent way to enhance a great pool or barbecue. While these are not expensive upgrades, they enhance an outdoor space and extend the value into the evening hours.
5) Sit Back and Enjoy
Above all, hire a local design professional with a great reputation to create the space you really want. Even if it cost a little more, your outdoor space can be your stay-cation spot that is relaxing and rejuvenating – ALL in your own backyard.
Want to extend your living area by creating an ideal outdoor spaces to meet your recreation and entertainment needs? Get in touch with DiSabatino Landscaping.
DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can design an outdoor living environment that will add quality to your life and value to your home. Give us a call today! 302-764-0480
If your pool area has become worn cracked and overall uninviting, it might be time for a full makeover!
Let DiSabatino transform your pool area into an inviting oasis that can make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood. Fall is a perfect time to remodel the hardscaping and landscaping surrounding your pool area, making your next pool season a huge success!
Check out this transformation we did on the Walsh property. Notice how we installed a beautiful slip proof decking, stone walls and waterfall with ambient lighting. Not only is this pool side more inviting, it’s a lot safer than the previous cement and wood decking conducive to slippage and other mishaps.