MAY IS NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH!

Hey all, I waited until today to post this because many pools in the Northeast have just been opened in time for the holiday weekend – and it looks like we’ll finally be swimming, even if it has to be in the rain (fingers crossed that the meteorologists are wrong again!) Anyway, just wanted to share a couple of tips regarding safety that will ensure everyone has a happy and healthy holiday and swim season.    Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.  Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.  Appoint a designated watcher to monitor children during…

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Proper Start Up Care For Plaster Pools

By Kurtis Bednarcyk Thanks to Mother Earth’s mild manners this winter, we were able to get several projects prepared for plaster and start-up early this spring! That, along with a regularly busy spring and summer ahead has inspired this post, as proper care of new plaster is vital to the aesthetics and longevity of your surface! The plaster finish that is applied over the concrete shell is what we refer to as a “biological system” – it’s not actually “alive,” but we use the term because it is quite vulnerable early on. As such, it is important to follow an appropriate start-up procedure. DP&S will typically handle the initial step…

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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…

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Two Simple Tips to Ensure a Smooth Opening This Spring!

By Kurt Bednarcyk Spring is on the way, folks! I have a hunch we’re not out of the winter woods just yet, but as upstaters we know the weather can swing without much warning, and we want to be ready to dive right in – literally and figuratively – when pool season finally returns. It’s not uncommon to uncover a pool after the offseason and reveal what pool guys sometimes refer to as “pea soup.” The unfortunate reality in these cases is it may take several days and multiple vacuum sessions to attain clear water, taking away from your swimming and relaxation and putting unnecessary strain on your filter.  Whether…

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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…

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Celebrating a Major Milestone!

Posted by: Kurtis Bednarcyk This year will mark Design Pool & Spa’s 30th season with President E. Gary Bednarcyk at the helm. Since acquiring the company in 1986, Gary and his wife, Patty, who serves as office manager, have advanced the former few-man, seasonal operation into a team that handles year-round, residential and commercial construction, service, maintenance, and an on-site retail store. As DP&S grew during their early years of leadership, so too did the Bednarcyk family. Those paths have since merged as their sons Kody and Kurtis, and daughter Kacie (along with a couple of uncles) have joined their folks in pursuit of the company’s continued success. “Anniversaries are nature’s…

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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…

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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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This Winter’s Forecast? Pool Building!

Who thinks of November as pool-building season? We do! Here at Design Pool & Spa we’re accustomed to building year-round. Normally in November we’re wearing jackets and gloves.   But, as you can see in this video, our crew is looking quite comfortable in light shirts and t-shirts! It turns out that this November has been one of the warmest on record. And, AccuWeather.com says to look for a milder winter in Upstate New York this year with less lake effect snow than usual.  That means we’ll continue to design and build awesome pools for our customers all winter long. Are we getting spoiled with this mild weather. Maybe, but who knows? One of…

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