Benefits of a Waterfall

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Aside from looking great in your backyard setting, a waterfall adds several aspects of appearance and functionality to a swimming pool, making your outdoor living that much more fun, comfortable and, in all truth, functional.

The first and most visible benefit of a Tampa Bay swimming pool waterfall is probably the artistic beauty that is added, completing the transformation from a backyard recreational area into your very own backyard paradise. Natural stones, possibly coupled with lights in and around the waterfall, convert the ordinary into the exquisite.

Then there are the added benefits of care and relaxation.

While you already need and have a pool filtration system, a waterfall with your pool acts as a second or back-up filter system because your pool water is continuing to circulate, lessening the amount of leaves, dirt and debris that need to be cleaned from your oasis.

Another very practical maintenance benefit is that swimming pool waterfalls assist in preventing the growth of algae, due to the fact that most forms of algae do not grow in moving or running water. This is especially helpful during those humid days that may occur here in Tampa Bay.

As well, with water movement caused by your waterfall further aids better distribution of the pool chemicals required to ensure you maintain a sparkling and inviting pool for those family memory-making times.

Finally, there is the ambiance and soothing relaxation of white noise as you enjoy your pool after work or strenuous exercise. The sounds of moving water – whether it be from rainfall, ocean waves or your personal backyard waterfall – help one unwind and allow for more leisure and enjoyment.

Making memories with family and friends
becomes that much easier.

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To Enclose Your Pool Or Not

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One of the questions often asked is, “should we enclose our pool?”

The short answer is, “It depends.”

On what does it depend? Several points, actually.

An enclosure can actually assist you in many ways taking care of your pool. First and foremost, perhaps, is that an enclosure will dramatically reduce the amount of debris from entering your pool water, especially leaves. And, while many people have an automatic pool cleaner installed, when a lot of leaves and other types of debris enter your water it can take a while before your water is once again crystal clear.

An enclosure will help extend the amount of time to enjoy your pool. This ties into helping keep it clean, simply because you are spending less time getting leaves out of your pool so you can actually enjoy swimming.

As well, screened enclosures assist in filtering some of the UV rays from the sun. This can result in being able to enjoy your pool for longer lengths of time with a little less worry about sunburns.

Of course, living in Florida means there are times of hurricanes and strong winds. Pool enclosures have been designed to generally handle winds up to 120-130 miles per hour, so chances are they will be able to withstand most anything nature throws our way.

One of the biggest benefits, however, has to do with being far more comfortable around your pool because their are fewer bugs and insects hoovering around you and your family. While the pests are still able to enter your screened-in area, that generally only occurs when a door to the outside of the pool perimeter is open while they are nearby and they manage to sneak into the enclosed area. Otherwise, your screen is able to protect you from insects and bugs to a very large degree and this definitely increases the amount of fun time for you and your family.

Depending upon your design, your screened-in pool becomes an actual extension to your home and living space when connected to your patio roof. You may be able to walk out of your slider and are instantly immersed in your backyard paradise.

To be fair, there are a couple of other, possibly less desirable, factors to consider.

Screened enclosures are not necessarily maintenance free. Over time, an enclosure may develop mold or mildew which would need to be pressure washed. While the amount of time this would take is far less than cleaning leaves every day, it is something to take into account.

The other, which does not happen that often, is when a screen gets torn or damaged. An example may be if a heavy branch were to break free from a large tree and fell into the screen. Not an easy fix when over the pool, but not an impossible task, either.

At Hive Outdoor Living we will help you Create Your Own Paradise, with or without a screened enclosure. The choice is entirely up to you. And, if you decide to install an enclosure, there are different styles from which to choose.

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Fire Pits Take Away The Chill

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Here in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, swimming can be a year-round activity. Yes, even when the days or evenings can be a little brisk.

One way to combat that cool temperature or breeze is with a fire pit or fire bowl.

A fire pit, or even a fire bowl, is a great way to stay warm when you wish to enjoy the day or evening but the temp is just slightly below your liking. It also offers a dual purpose as possibly becoming the center for your outdoor entertainment area.

One of the wonderful advantages to a fire pit in your backyard is that they take up a relatively small amount of space for the benefit that they provide. And the options of materials for your pit ensure that it will complement your decor and style; brick, stone, pavers, concrete, steel, as well as retaining wall blocks.

Whether you have a pool already or not, a fire pit can be installed just about anywhere. The most popular tend to be gas powered pits, though you could opt for wood, if you so desire. As well, your pit can be either above ground or flush, being built below ground.

Gas burning fire pits are typically easier to maintain (i.e., no ashes or debris to clean). As well, they don’t spark or produce embers or smoke. Wood-burning pits do provide the often well-remembered campfire aroma and can be changed according to the wood that is burned.

One option to consider is if anyone would like to sit on the edge of the pit for a quicker warm-up. If that is the case, your fire pit should be between 18 and 22 inches high with enough area for someone to comfortably sit.

A ground level fire pit with a deck of some type around it offers ground seating, reminiscent of sitting on a beach with an open fire blazing.

We will work with your ideas for where and which type of fire pit to install, from the more simple to the elaborate, including its shape, such as square, circle, rectangle or even something custom. There are, of course, planning department regulations we will need to take into account, but that should not deter or stop you from having a fire pit or bowl to enhance your lifestyle.

At Hive Outdoor Living we provide virtually everything in order to Create Your Backyard Paradise, including custom pools, spas, decks, screen enclosures, landscaping, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and fire bowls, gazebos and more.

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Pools For Smaller Backyards

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Create Your Own Paradise

We have many times been asked how big a backyard must be in order to install an in-ground pool.

At Hive Outdoor Living, the #1 Tampa Custom Pool Builder, we do not believe that any yard is too small to accommodate a swimming pool, or possibly an elaborate spa.

The only obstacles we may encounter with a very small backyard would be any setbacks or easements.

Setbacks: these regulations mandate the distance required from a proposed pool and how close to your home it can be, for example 3, 6 or 8 feet away, as well as how far away it must be from your property line.

Easements: these are the invisible lines created by underground or overhead utilities where you are not able to construct anything, much less a pool.

If these restrictions do not hamper what we envision, then you can have your pool and swim in it, too.

A primary aspect to the smaller backyard is how the size (and shape) of the pool may possibly be limited. However, as long as there are no restrictions that deny constructing a pool, the investment in family (and friend) enjoyment and health benefits make it a very worthwhile endeavor.

And that is the wonderful thing about concrete, in-ground pools: sizes and shapes have virtually no limitation.

Our experienced, professional designers will work with you to first decide if a pool can be constructed due to possible restrictions and then the size and shape and any amenities you may wish to consider, such as lighting, jets, laminars, waterfalls, etc.

One thing to keep in mind is that, even if your pool is smaller than average, you do not have to lose anything in terms of exercise. Swim jets are the ideal solution for people who wish to have a bit of a workout in their pool, but don’t have the available length for long laps around the pool. The swim jets supply a continual current of water from one wall of your pool, allowing you to swim against the constant flow of water, providing a workout. An analogy might be walking on a treadmill.

Perhaps the biggest benefit is that a pool of any size allows you to relax and unwind after work and on weekends. That, in itself, becomes almost priceless.

The other option mentioned was a larger spa or a swim spa, which is a large spa with the traditional therapeutic jets but also has swim jets installed.

Hive Outdoor Living has constructed many smaller pools and larger spas for those with limited space. Feel free to contact us as we would be happy to discuss possible options with you. And, don’t forget, we utilize 3D tech to provide you, in advance, with a life-like example of how your backyard will look once the job is completed.

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Landscaping To Reflect Your Lifestyle

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It is never too late for landscaping

When planning for your custom swimming pool, or even when you already have one installed, there is a way to complete your backyard paradise to reflect your lifestyle…landscaping and all that it can entail.

The options to transform your backyard into a unique environment are almost limitless, including, but not limited to: patios, walkways, gazebos, trees and foliage, planters, ponds, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, screen enclosures, and much more. There are also numerous water effects and a variety of lighting to consider.

Fortunately, here in Tampa Bay, the #1 pool builder, Hive Outdoor Living, can handle pretty much any request or desire you may have with professional installations that will provide years of satisfaction.

Water effects offer both soothing and dramatic backgrounds, as well as highlights. The sound of running water from a water fall, water bowls or a sheer descent provides a calming affect, as well as a bit of an external noise blocker. Add some colorful lighting, which can be both inside the pool water as well as solid or colored laminars that create a beautiful arc of water that enters your pool.

There are items you may select that will provide you a dual purpose, such as filling planters with fragrant Lavender, Marigold, Scented Geranium and Peppermint to assist in repelling mosquitos. Trees and gazebos add dimension to your yard as well as some very welcome shade during the brightest part of the day.

An outdoor kitchen, with an adjacent dining area and possibly a nearby fire pit with seating around it, makes an ideal area to relax after a day at work, as well as the favorite location to entertain family and friends, pretty much any time.

However you decide to accentuate your home surroundings, rest assured that the experts at Hive Outdoor will work with you every step of the way to Create Your Own Paradise.

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