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…

Recipe: Tasty, Cool Treat for Your Pup!

By Patty Bednarcyk We love our pets here at Design Pool & Spa and want to be sure they’re kept cool and safe during these warm summer days.   Our dog, MacKenzie, always loves a quick dip in the pool. But, we make sure to keep her off the pool deck and in the shade, with plenty of fresh water available. As a special treat, we also give her homemade Peanut Butter Popsicles! The recipe comes from the Humane Society, and is simple to make. We thought it would be fun to share the recipe with you, too (below). Or, click here for the full article from the Humane Society.  Enjoy!…

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Top Outdoor Recreation Trends for 2015

  Wondering what the most popular backyard projects and additions will be this summer? Then check out the 2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  It reveals that the most popular outdoor recreation amenities for 2015 will include spa features—hot tubs, Jacuzzis, whirlpools, and indoor/outdoor saunas—and swimming pools. But there’s lots more!  The top three most popular outdoor design elements include fire pits/fireplaces (78 percent), lighting (72 percent) and grills (63 percent). The top landscape and garden elements include native plants (85 percent), food and vegetable gardens (79 percent) and low-maintenance landscapes (78 percent). Pergolas (51 percent), decks (45 percent) and fencing (42 percent) are…

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

When to Put Out Hummingbird Feeders

When to Put out Hummingbird Feeders One of the benefits of outdoor living is enjoying the return of hummingbirds to Western New York. Offering a consistent source of nectar is the ideal way to attract hummingbirds. But, when should you put out your hummingbird feeders? While the exact dates can vary, the birds do tend to be reliable in their migration patterns and when they start visiting feeders. Here are the months it makes most sense to put out feeder in our region: April / May: Hummingbirds begin to reach their northern ranges in late April or early May, and it is best if all backyard birders have their hummingbird feeders cleaned, refilled and ready for…

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Cool Fun with Your Dog

By Gary Bednarcyk It’s time for fun in the sun with your favorite four-legged swimmer! Adding a few pool toys can enhance this healthy form of exercise. This year our retail store will feature some great choices of dog water toys for your favorite pooch. Here are some key things to keep in mind when selecting dog toys for your pool: Toys should be strong enough to withstand frequent chewing without tearing or fraying. It’s helpful if toys are big and made of bright neon colorsto make finding them a cinch! Toys should float! Easy to find and easy to retrieve. Make sure toys are the proper size for your dog…

Loving Outdoor Living

By Patty Bednarcyk One of the things we’ve all looked forward to throughout the long winter is warmer weather. And, now, with spring on the horizon, it’s time to start dreaming about what role outdoor living will play for you and your family. Redefining outdoor living spaces Many of our clients are looking at ways to extend their living space from indoors to outdoors. Incorporating relaxing, dining, cooking, and play into the growing outdoor space opens up the scope of outdoor living at home and increases the usable square footage of your house. So, what’s the best way to create your own outdoor living spaces? Start creating a wish list…

Duck, Duck, Don’t!

Ducks are cute – but they don’t belong in your pool. There are three really good reasons to try to keep them out. It will harm the ducks. Drinking large amounts of pool water can damage their kidneys. Duck droppings can contain harmful bacteria. According to the Center for Disease Control, many germs in bird droppings can infect humans, such as E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, or Cryptosporidium (“Crypto” for short). Duck droppings and feathers will clog pool filters, sometimes leading to costly repairs. Keeps Ducks Away Here are some simple, harmless ways to keep ducks out of your pool. These tips will help keep your family and your neighborhood ducks,…