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Small Space? No Problem! Custom Pools to Fit Any Yard

Is your backyard oddly shaped or so small that you never thought you could fulfill your dream of having your very own in-ground pool? Crites Custom Pools has actually worked with all kinds of spaces – very big and very small – and we can figure out a way to install your dream pool right in your backyard no matter how much space you have to work with.

Get Inspired

Pools don’t have to be a certain size to be enjoyed, but it can be hard to picture one that’s not as massive as the one at your gym or local school. Pools can come in all shapes and sizes, but if you’re lacking in the inspiration department, head over to Decoist to check out some cool small pool ideas and discuss what you have in mind with us. We can take any idea and help identify how feasible it may be and offer alternatives and suggestions to create a custom pool to fit your space.

Extend Your Living Space

Decoist suggests melding your small pool into your home’s already-modern design and making it an extension of your living space. By adding a deck next to the smaller-than-normal pool, you can extend your common seating and relaxing areas and join them right up to the pool. A classic rectangular design with some well-placed lighting features can make a small pool seem bigger than it actually is.

Tall, Lush and Green

For a backyard that’s mostly green, make the focus of the pool area your plants. Adding lots of lean, tall trees and shrubs surrounding your pool space can create a green and inviting space. Plus, the height of these plants as they grow will make the area seem larger.

Be Creative with Seating

If you’re worried about seating areas, install a long, narrow pool that’s perfect for soaking or swimming laps. Home Design Lover suggests you can even create seating on top of your pool by adding a built-in bar or cabana where guests can sit and dangle their feet in the water without being totally submerged.

Embrace Wacky Shapes

Finally, when you’re pressed for space, shape doesn’t matter. If your backyard has a natural angle to it, see if you can incorporate that into your pool design. Embrace triangles, rectangles, squares and even more eye-catching shapes like octagons. Is your home directly next to a steep hill? Try a sloped-edge pool or wet edge pool to take advantage of the incline.

For more design tips or to talk to a custom pool installer about what’s possible with your uniquely shaped yard, call Crites Custom Pools today at 512-759-2630.

Making a Splash: Trendy Pool Options for 2017

We have jumped into 2017, and it is time to start planning what style of pool you would like to jump into at your home this year. While it may not be pool season now, the cooler months are the perfect time to start planning ahead for the pool you want at your home this summer.

Like fashion, cars and pop-culture, pools go through different trends. Let’s discuss 2017’s hot new trends for cooling down!

Vanishing Edge Pools

The vanishing edge pool has been on the rise for quite some time and is definitely still climbing in popularity. 2017 will most likely see a summer of vanishing edge pools. This style is clean and sleek, with water gently falling over the edge into a catch basin that gives the pool the illusion of merging with the horizon. Vanishing edge pools are commonly associated with resorts, but are an excellent addition for a home with a beautiful view, making every swim a surreal, dreamlike experience.

Eco-Clean Pools

Pools that place more of an emphasis on all-natural cleaning are another common trend. These eco-friendly pools don’t use chlorine or other caustic chemicals. Instead, sand filters and plants are used to eliminate bacteria and keep the pool clean. These spaces are more like a natural lake or river, but if you’d prefer a more natural approach that still offers the pool experience, ozone and UV technologies can also be utilized to keep your pools clean and less dependent on chemicals.

Beach-Style Pools

A very new and popular trend is the beach-like pool. These pools feature a sloped floor, providing an entry that’s more like walking in from the shore at a beach. Not only is this gradual entrance safer for young children, it also creates the sensation of entering a tranquil ocean or lake. These pools can even be upgraded to include actual sand, creating the ultimate beach experience in your very own backyard.

Pool styles are always changing and it is always wise to keep up with the most up-to-date trends, and 2017 is sure to bring some of the coolest and most elegant pools to date. If you need a pool custom-built to fit your needs and space, Crites Custom Pools can work with you to create the pool of your dreams. Get started on planning your new pool today by giving us a call at 512-759-2630.

Let Your Pool Take Shape with Free Form Pools

Are you planning on installing a new swimming pool in your backyard? You could put in the same old rectangular or oval-shaped pool that everyone else in your neighborhood has or you could put in something totally unique with a free form pool.

Crites Custom Pools has experience building all kinds of custom-made pools, and we can come up with something truly special for your backyard if you want to wow all of your guests and have a unique design for you and your family to enjoy every day.

There are many advantages that come with adding a free form pool at your property. The most obvious one is that you will get to create a pool that takes on any shape that you want it to. You don’t need to be confined to straight lines and 90-degree angles or simple rounded forms when you sit down to design your free form pool. Rather, you can let your mind wander and come up with any design you want.

This is a great option to have because it will allow you to fill the space in your yard better than a traditional pool. So if you have an unusually large yard or a yard that isn’t simply a rectangle, you can give it some personality with a free form pool. The pool will give your yard – and by extension, your home – a unique look and feel that can carry your home’s unique style into the outdoor spaces.

You will be blown away by what Crites Custom Pools is able to do, and you will fall in love with the design that we come up with for your new pool. Just take a look at some of the work that we have done in the past so that you can get an idea of what to expect from us. Not sure what you’d like to do? We can also come to you and provide a free consultation to discuss what’s possible with your property.

Get started by calling Crites Custom Pools at 512-759-2630 and speak with one of our free form pool designers today.

Closing Your Pool: Tips to Safely Winterize

Winter is around the corner, and the coming cooler season brings a list of errands that must be completed to protect your pool during the off-season. Most importantly, you need to close or winterize your pool so that you don’t have any issues while it’s not in use. Whether you’re shutting down your pool as you head to a second home for the winter or just want to close up during the colder weather, these tips should make the pool-closing process much simpler.

Water Testing KitBalance the Water Chemistry

When closing your pool, it is important that you modify the water chemistry and “shock” the pool. There are general levels that your water chemistry should meet. For example, you’ll want to keep your alkalinity at 80-120 ppm, the calcium hardness at around 180-220 ppm and your pH between 7.2 and 7.6.

Shocking the pool involves adding an oxidizing compound to destroy any undesirable compounds, including any chloramines, notes Swim University. Generally you’ll need one pound of shock per 10,000 gallons. This will also increase the chlorine levels in your pool temporarily, so before adding winter algaecide, wait until levels to return to 1.0-3.0 ppm. Contact the professionals at Crites Custom Pools for help you if you need help with this process.

Clean the Pool

Cleaning the pool should be a priority when closing or winterizing because it limits the possibility of damage. You will want to vacuum, skim and brush the pool to make sure that it’s as clean as possible to prevent the growth of any bacteria or algae while closed. Take time to ensure that you are brushing as efficiently as possible to avoid covering the pool for the full winter season and creating a breeding ground for problems.

You should also take this opportunity to take out any removable items from the pool, including ladders, skimmer baskets and other accessories that do not need to be there. Also be cautious while coiling up your hoses that you don’t wrap them too tightly, leaving to kinks in the line or fractures in the hose.

Cover the Pool

Next to properly cleaning the pool, the most important step to safely leaving your pool for the winter season is to ensure that you are adequately covering it. A high-quality mesh cover without holes is a great option. This protects the pool from debris while offering a bit of permeability during rainy weather. If you have an above-ground pool, you may need to use cables to secure the cover in place. In addition, if you live in an area with high winds, using cover seals or wall bags can help prevent the cover from moving during the off season.

At Crites Custom Pools, we understand the importance of properly closing and winterizing your pool, and we are here to assist at every turn. Whether you need help with preparing your pool for winter or want to learn more about installing a custom pool or water feature at your home, we can help. To learn more or for answers to your pool-closing questions, give us a call at 512-759-2630 and speak with one of our experts today.

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