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Spruce Up Your Patio Space with an Outdoor Fireplace

As we approach the springtime, we are all very outdoor minded. You may be asking yourself now how you can spruce up your yard and your property this season to make time spent outside with family and friends more enjoyable. You might be considering cleaning up or even expanding your patio or adding new features to your yard. If so – and you want a more central outdoor gathering point – nothing beats a fireplace under the stars.

Outdoor FireplaceAn outdoor fireplace is something of a throwback to our ancestors telling stories by the fire beneath the night sky. The only difference is that you can do this now right in your backyard – a place of comfort and relaxation. Whether you have a classic fire pit or Mexican-inspired clay fireplace – a chiminea – an outdoor fireplace is an extremely wise investment. It serves as a natural gathering point for you and your guests and, weather permitting, it can be used year-round. Installing a fireplace is more affordable than you might think, and best of all they have very limited upkeep requirements.

Thinking of something larger or that caters more to your passion for grilling? Some people opt to have a full outdoor kitchen installed. An outdoor barbecue pit or grill and kitchen will allow you to not just host your guests, but also feed them a delicious meal as well. Whether you opt for a fireplace or full kitchen, you’ll make your yard the place to be this summer and every season.

Crites Custom Pools offers outdoor fireplace, firepit and kitchen design and installation services. We work with every customer to understand their vision of the ideal outdoor space and work to create a custom solution that meets and exceeds their needs. We’ll work with the confines of your property and stay within you budget while designing and building an extra-special new space for you to enjoy outside.

If you are looking to add that central gathering spot at your home in time for spring and summer, call Crites Custom Pools at 512-759-2630 and get started today.

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.

Making a Splash: Water Feature Options for Your Home

Are you interested in trying to make your backyard stand out from all the rest? One of the most stunning ways to do it is by incorporating a water feature into the mix, and these days, there are many different options for you to choose from. Whether you want to devote a large portion of your property to a large or elaborate new water feature or you just want to add something small that will make a big splash, there are a number of different types of water features that will add value to your property and change the look of the exterior of your home.

Waterfalls and Water FeaturesWater gardens have become very popular among homeowners who want to add ponds to their backyards. These small ponds are designed with just a few fish in them to provide a soothing water feature that is more intimate – perfect for homes where space is at a premium. Another popular option is to create more intricately designed ponds that feature a number of rocks, waterfalls and plant life in and around them, creating a more immersive and unique garden area where you can relax to the sound of flowing water amid the peaceful greenery.

Speaking of waterfalls, did you know that you can actually build a waterfall in your backyard without building a big pond to go along with it? HGTV reports on remote waterfalls as a popular option for urban spaces where the water falls into a bed of gravel and is then drained and recirculated to the top of the water feature. Bubbling fountains and rock column fountains are also good options that can be added on different scales, incorporating a central attention-grabbing feature that can really liven up the appearance of your backyard.

Waterfalls, fountains and other features can also be included as part of an immersive pool design. Create a custom pool with a central fountain or a tiered pool area that splashes a waterfall down into the swimming area. There are many different options to consider, and at Crites Custom Pools, we can build just about anything that you can come up with when it comes to water features.

When you work with us, we’ll put our expertise to work for you, helping to design a completely unique pool or water feature that meets your vision and works within your available space – and budget. Check out some examples of our work online or call us at 512-759-2630 to schedule an appointment to sit down and discuss your ideas with our design team today.

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.

Beyond the confines….

Have a small backyard? Feel like you can’t squeeze a swimming pool in due to setbacks, easements, or other factors? Take a look at how these homeowners were able to build an amazing backyard retreat!

Beyond The Confines

Looking to spice up your pool?

Looking for something to add to your existing pool to add to the excitement? Or are you looking building new pool but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on crazy features? Check out some of these products you can add to spice up your backyard.  Luxe for less

 

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Ever thought about a lazy river?

Sometimes you just want your own personal river in your back yard. Why not build your own lazy river oasis?

Take a look at this lazy river built in Dallas, TX! Lazy River

 

lazy river

Fire Features

Looking for the wow factor for your backyard with the addition of a fire element to your new pool? Check out this article on ideas for your new pool!  Fan the Flame

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