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3 awesome ideas for swim spa fun

Anything you can do in a small pool you can do in a swim spa—plus more. We explore three themes—games, parties and relaxing—to help you triple the fun!

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Why you don’t need to stay home the week we dig your pool

It’s natural to want to watch us dig up your yard and put in the pool shell, but here are 6 reasons why you shouldn’t use your precious vacay to do it!

How to throw the best winter pool party ever

  How to throw the best winter pool party ever If you’re looking for an antidote to the winter blahs this year, why not host a winter pool party? Winter swimming is ideal for swim spas and plunge pools, which are better insulated than the average small inground pool. Follow these tips and your party…

7 ideas for throwing a big party when you have a small pool

Throwing a pool party with a smaller yard can be difficult. We’ve laid out 7 ideas to maximize your space and throwing an unforgetable pool party.

Top 10 tips for landscaping around a pool

From messy plants to maintenance, privacy to winter interest, we’ve picked out 10 of the best tips for pool landscaping and put them in this post!

Popular pool shapes with examples

Vinyl-lined pools can be made in any shape, but you’ll hear people talk about them in specific ways. Learn to speak the lingo with the examples in this post!

How to choose the right pool shape for your yard

Rectangle or Roman? Kidney or free-form? Lazy-‘L’ or Grecian? This article helps you choose the right pool shape for your particular yard, home and style.

Backyard pool vs. cottage: Cost comparison

Taxes to toys. Financing to furnishings. We compare some of the most important one-time and annual costs when it comes to owning that cozy cottage or the backyard pool of your dreams.


Vinyl-lined, fiberglass and concrete pools: We rate them all in this pros and cons chart

We make it easy to evaluate the pros and cons of different pool types, covering everything from upfront cost to swim experience. The more stars the better!


How to compare swimming pool quotes: 11 things to ask

When it comes time to decide who should install your backyard pool, ask these 11 questions to make sure you’re comparing apples to apples.


14 inspiring pool designs your neighbours will be drooling over

Whether your style is more woodland retreat or modernist masterpiece, you’ll be inspired by these photos. The helpful captions will help you achieve the look!


These 8 photos prove you can swim all year round

Swim spas (aka endless pools) are compact backyard pools that you can afford to heat all winter—and these photos prove it!


How to choose the perfect winter pool cover

Keep dirt, debris, kids, pets and more out of your pool during the off-season. Here are our tips for choosing the right cover for your pool and budget.

15 stunning ways to incorporate a hot tub into your backyard

Create a beautiful backyard oasis, perfect for a private soak or entertaining friends and family, with these 15 hot tub landscaping ideas!

7 ahhhsome hot tub jets

7 ahhhsome hot tub jets and what they do

Without the jets, a hot tub is little more than a bathtub in your yard. Relaxing, sure, but not ahhhhmazing. Read on for a guide to hot tub jet systems, an explanation of 7 hot tub jets and some shopping advice.


The Inside Scoop: Our Hydropool Review

With a relationship that spans 40 years, if anyone should know about the quality of Hydropool products and customer service, it’s us. What mark do we give Hydropool? Read our Hydropool review!

5 hot tub buying mistakes

5 hot tub buying mistakes you don’t want to make

This article covers 5 of the most common hot tub buying mistakes first-time buyers make. Read it so you won’t make them yourself!

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6 amazing above ground swim spas

These 6 amazing swim spas prove that a pool doesn’t have to be inground to be gorgeous. Use these ideas to create your own year-round swim and soak oasis!

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5 best pool financing methods (and one we don’t recommend)

Loan? Line of credit? Mortgage? Credit card? Here are the best pool financing strategies, based on our decades of experience helping families afford their backyard dreams.

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Backyard pools on a budget: 8 ways to save money on pool installation

Get 8 tips to save money on pool installation, with the exact amount of cash you’ll pocket for each idea. You can afford your backyard dreams—find out how!

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