Get a head start on building and maximize swim season!

By: Kurtis Bednarcyk   While you may see some optimistic Rochestarians in their shorts today, most of us don’t quite have swimming on the brain yet. But as the weather heats up, so does our To-Do list. I wanted to take the opportunity on this beautiful spring afternoon to remind any of you who may be considering building a pool this year that NOW IS THE TIME to pull the trigger! Building your backyard oasis can be a pretty extensive process. We usually tell customers we’ll need 4-8 weeks from “dig to swim” depending on the weather and working around the schedule of other contractors. March crept up on us quickly, so…

FAQ: Why do my cost estimates vary so much?

By Kurtis Bednarcyk   Like cars, guitars, and movie stars, not all backyard swimming pools are created equally. From the DIY above-ground frame and liner to the monstrosities you may have seen on MTV Cribs, one can only assume that there is also quite a lengthy continuum of the cost to build as well. Even if you have already decided on your preferred construction material (we build exclusively “gunite” pools), there can be a significant price range from builder to builder. Can you swim in any old hole in the ground? Sure (and George Lazenby can play James Bond!), but the old adage is still true: You get what you…

Which Shaped Pool is Right for Your Backyard?

A well-designed pool will enhance the entire look and feel of your home. It should blend in beautifully with your landscaping and complement the shape of your yard. It should NOT feel like someone just dropped a pool into an empty patch of lawn. An inground pool can be constructed in any shape, and an oddly-shaped lot can actually lead to the creation of a unique and beautiful pool. But, how do you pick the best location and the most flattering-shaped pool for your backyard?  The examples below address these and other issues you should consider before building your own personal oasis. Please feel free to send me any questions you may…

5 Ways to Wrap a Pool for the Holidays!

  Is it possible to surprise your family with a pool as a present? Absolutely! Here are five creative ways to “wrap up” a pool and generate excitement for the holidays – and all winter long! 1. Pool Toys Buy fun swimming pool items such as pool noodles, goggles, toys and rafts. Wrap each item separately and put them all in a big box with a giant bow. 2. A Lego swimming pool kit Feeling crafty? Build your swimming pool with Lego Friends City Pool.  Wrap it up. When the family opens it see how long it takes them to figure out what you’re really giving them. 3. Paradise Pool Collage Print out…

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The Best Gift: Family Time

Some gifts are magical. This is our story of how we gained more family togetherness and created many wonderful memories, thanks to our pool. As parents of three children, we were one of those busy families pulled in different directions. Sports practices, school happenings and social events meant “family time” was a rarity. However, once our pool was installed we noticed that our kids were around a lot more. During the summer they were in the pool daily. And, instead of going to a friend’s house, they brought their friends to our house.   We hosted team parties, birthday parties, and just plain fun summer night parties by the pool. Our…

Pool Filtration News: Ultraviolet Sanitation System

By Bucky Frusco One technology many pool owners may not know about for pool maintenance is Ultraviolet sterilization. UV light is a powerful tool in the fight against algae, germs, and bacteria, and can be used in conjunction with a sand filter to keep your pool water healthy and sparkling. How UV Sanitation Works: UV Pool systems are designed to take the power of ultraviolet light in order to reduce levels of chemicals and eliminate the need for chlorine byproducts while keeping a pool clean, manageable, and healthier for all. The system can be easily installed just in-line of a pool’s filter system. Once installed, the system will attack the pool’s…

How to Build the Perfect Sized Pool

By Bucky Frusco It’s fun to plan and design a new pool! One of the first questions we hear is: “how big should our new pool be?” There is no easy answer to that question. However, one of the best things about building a pool means that you can tailor the design to suit your specific wants and needs. Here are some key questions to help you figure out the perfect pool size: Who will be the main users be –kids or adults? And, how often will they use the pool? What will they use if for? Taking a quick dip? Laps? Floating on a raft and sunning? How much…


10 Differences (especially #6!) Between Owning a Pool and Owning a Boat

By Patty Bednarcyk Torn between buying a pool or buying a boat? We think you’ll appreciate this light-hearted
 comparison of two popular, but very different, forms of family 
recreation. Pool vs. Boat: You don’t need a trailer
hitch, a tank of gas or a four-wheel drive vehicle to use your
 pool. Your neighbors will never
 complain about you leaving your pool parked in front of your
 house. The Coast Guard will
 never write you a ticket for allowing too many 
people into your pool. Your day at the pool will never
 be ruined because of a dead boat battery. You’ll never have
 to cram family, life jackets, pets and an ice
…

Salt Water Pool Pros and Cons

Saltwater pools have become one of the most common trends in the swimming pool industry over recent years. Naturally, many of our customers have questions regarding salt sanitation. We hope the following information will be helpful in determining whether or not salt is the right fit for your own backyard or commercial project. What is a saltwater pool? Rather than using a traditional (usually off-line) sanitizer such as liquid chlorine, or chlorine or bromine tabs, a saltwater pool uses a chlorine generator to produce chlorine on site, from regular table salt (NaCl) which is dissolved in the pool itself. During circulation, saltwater passes through an electrolytic cell that uses electric…

The Best Time to Build a Pool

When is the Best Time to Build a Pool? Any time of the year is a good time to build a pool! It really depends on your goals, and how soon you’d like to be swimming. Construction on our end can occur in as little as three weeks. The true “start to finish” time, however, is largely dependent on the complexity of your project and the schedule of other involved contractors (landscapers, deck and patio builders, etc.). Design Pool & Spa maintains solid contact and working relationships with these other trade professionals so that together we can best meet your timeline expectations. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall = Great Pool Building…