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…

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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
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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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May is National Water Safety Month

May is National Water Safety Month As owners and builders of pools, we understand that a few key safety tips can help ensure a fun, safe swim season. Here are some of the “Rules of the Pool” we follow: Learn to swim well! It’s never to late to learn. Almost two million people of all ages learn to swim each year programs through local recreation departments and Red Cross Programs. Always closely supervise children whenever they are near any body of water. This applies to pools, spas or any body of water – no matter how shallow. Weak or inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved floatation devices anytime they’re…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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