Pools

Get Smart with Your Pool

Get Smart with Your Pool

The iAquaLink 2.0 from Zodiac Pool Systems, is a resource that allows pool owners to have complete control of their pool and spa from an app on their smartphone.

iRobot Mirra 530 Pool Cleaner Review

iRobot Mirra 530 Pool Cleaner Review

Mirra uses enhanced robotic technology to deep clean pool surfaces and water for you, removing leaves, hair and dirt, as well as algae, pollen and bacteria as small as two microns.

Swimming Pool Face-Off: Salt Water v. Chlorine

Swimming Pool Face-Off: Salt Water v. Chlorine

So you’re considering taking the plunge (har, har!) and installing an at-home swimming pool. When it comes to the water, you have two choices: salt water or chlorine. We’ve rounded up a few tips to help you decide what’s best, so grab your goggles and water wings and read on! […]

Don’t Get Soaked By Long-Term Pool Costs

Don’t Get Soaked By Long-Term Pool Costs

In continuing a discussion about things I’d like to have in my dream home (including a secret room), an in-ground swimming pool tops the list. I’ve loved to swim and be near the water since I was a kid, and I’ve always thought that having a pool in my backyard […]

Our Hot Tub Time Machines

Our Hot Tub Time Machines

In the vein of great time travel comedies such as Back to the Future and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the curiously named Hot Tub Time Machine opens Friday. For some reason we want to see this film on opening night. Maybe it’s the time machine concept that is so […]

Essential Safety Products for the Backyard Pool

Essential Safety Products for the Backyard Pool

Don’t forget safety when thinking about a backyard pool. Install it the right way and enjoy your oasis with peace of mind (and no liability). A fence is almost always necessary with any backyard pool over 24″ deep. If you install an above ground and have a non-climbable railing completely […]

Pamper Yourself with these Outdoor Showers

Pamper Yourself with these Outdoor Showers

There is nothing more refreshing than taking a cool shower outdoors. Unfortunately the only chance we get to do this is at a public shower near a beach which is great but wouldn’t it be nice to just cool off quickly in your own backyard without investing in a pool. […]

More Cool Pools

More Cool Pools

Dwell shares their favorite pools and we like the above private lap pool but it’s definitely cut out for business not pleasure. Check out more of our favorite pool photo galleries and articles.

It’s Pool Party Time

It’s Pool Party Time

It broke 100 degrees in downtown LA a couple days ago and fortunately we live near the coast which was toasty but definitely cooler especially with a breeze. We have the beach at our disposal now but long for a backyard pool of our own. Check out our swimming pool […]

Winterize a Swimming Pool

Winterize a Swimming Pool

Unless you live in the Southwest, winter has already hit you hard and this article may have arrived a bit late for you but MonkeySee has some informative home improvement videos and we found this video for winterizing your swimming pool particularly helpful.

Close Your Pool for the Winter

Close Your Pool for the Winter

Last weekend I visited my folks in Tucson to celebrate my sisters wedding. A good time was had by all and while out there I was able to enjoy our swimming pool. Tucson is still a balmy 100+ degrees so the pool is refreshing and if kept heated could be […]

Non-Chlorine Swimming Pool Cleaning Systems

Non-Chlorine Swimming Pool Cleaning Systems

We’ve always been advocates for alternative filtering systems for backyard pools and there are even options for creating natural ponds. But the barriers to going “no chemical” are many and they include, higher-cost of filtration system, finding a company to maintain your pool, overall effectiveness.

Remodeling Your Pool for Entertaining

Remodeling Your Pool for Entertaining

If your backyard pool resembles more “concrete pond” than swimming oasis then maybe it’s time to rejuvenate it. There are companies now that will evaluate your current pool and work with a designer to build your ideal outdoor entertaining area with the pool as the focus.

Preparing Your Pool for Summer

Preparing Your Pool for Summer

With heated pools more people open them up before the official start of summer. If you’re tackling this by yourself, make sure you take all the precautions now so your pool season goes by without a hitch (or at least without too many).

BioHaven Floating Islands

BioHaven Floating Islands

If you’re looking for a way to enhance your pond or water element, then checkout these floating islands that promise to:

Modern Hot Tub Solution

Modern Hot Tub Solution

Hot tubs and jacuzzis are an eye-sore for many homeowners who otherwise have built the perfect modern landscape in their backyards. But Surfacedesign Inc. was up to the task of incorporating the “soaking tub” into their clients modern yard and they pulled it off by creating a ipe wood cover […]

Home Exercise and Resistance Pools

Home Exercise and Resistance Pools

These exercise pools from Swimex can add the finishing touch to your home cross-training regimen. They use a patented paddle wheel technology that ensures a consistent wave that can be set for variable resistance. Their small footprint (18 ft. by 7.5 ft.), above or below ground choices, and indoor/outdoor option, […]

Pool to Pond Conversion

Pool to Pond Conversion

Swimming pools are great fun but if the kids have moved out or you find yourself sunbathing less and less, you may want to consider turning the pool into another type of water fixture, a pond. This homeowner didn’t need a “natural” swimming pool but rather a minimum-maintenance pond that […]

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Flipping the script on what backyard pools should be, Mick Hilleary of Total Habitat, has introduced America to a more natural way of keeping a pool clean that doesn’t involve chemicals. Natural swimming pools originated in Europe about 20 years ago but haven’t picked up here in the states. Mick […]