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Hotel Pool In Morocco Has Visitors Seeing Red

From Aqua

As a custom inground swimming pool builder, we get asked this question quite a bit: "What color will my pool water be when it is complete?".  As we tell our clients, this is an extremely difficult question to answer.  Water is a reflective medium, and is dynamic.  Depending on the foliage surrounding the pool, the other reflections, the quality of the light on any particular day and the sky, the water can take on a range of tones and hues.  Utilizing good color theory and being cognizant of the reflective properties of water, however, the skilled designer can more accurately corral this range of colors and give the client a reasonable expectation of what the range of finished colors will look like in their inground swimming pool.  This post from Aqua Magazine, however, takes the color selection to an entire new plane.  While most people have a mental picture in their minds of a body of water being in the blue range, this hotel pool in Morocco turns conventional swimming pool colors on its head!

Here is an excerpt from the post:

The swimming pool at the Murano Hotel Marrakech, in Morocco, is the perfect example of how even the simplest design can make a pool unique. Lined with red tile, this pool appears to be a deep scarlet rather than the typical azure we are used to.

The view of the pool itself combined with the red sky during a Moroccan sunset is breathtaking. To reserve a room at the Murano Hotel Marrakech and for a chance to swim in this fabulous pool, visit

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How to Design Your Own Inground Pool

From Pool Pricer

You've always wanted the ultimate staycation in your own backyard.  You know the value of having your family and your friends congregating at the destination point that is your own outdoor living space, but you have never known how to get started.  The design of an outdoor living space, especially one that includes an inground swimming pool, can be a daunting task.  Luckily, you are about to read a post that will ameliorate your anxiety!  This article from Pool Pricer gives you a simple, step-by-step guide to getting started on your design, and will set you on the way towards outoor living nirvana.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

A great swimming pool starts with a great design. In fact, to be honest, sometimes a mediocre swimming pool starts with a great design – meaning it doesn't live up to expectations due to poor execution. Point is, if you don't have a great pool on paper, you can't hope to end up with one in your backyard. It's the basis for everything that follows.

Of course, not everyone has the budget for a professional architect, or perhaps even the more basic design services of a pool contractor. Whether you've decided to install the pool yourself, or plan to eventually hire a builder, you can design your own inground pool by following the steps below. As you might imagine, this is just a high-level overview – there are tons of details and hours (or days) or work involved with each step. However, the end result is definitely worth it.

1. Decide What Type of Pool You Want

Drawing of a boy diving off a diving board

As you go through the long planning process, almost everything is likely to get tweaked at some point along the way. That's to be expected, so don't sweat it too much if you don't know everything you want right away. That said, it's hard to get anywhere if you don't at least know whether you want a standard rectangular (or oval) pool, an elongated lap pool, or a tiny square plunge pool. You probably already have some idea of what you want or else you wouldn't have gotten even this far. Now is the time to nail it down.

2. Prioritize Features

Make a list of all the different features you envision for your pool, divided up into must-haves and like-to-haves. Things on your must-have list should include all required features (pool pump and filter, for example), along with anything that makes or breaks your decision to get a pool in the first place. For example, a diving board might be optional for most people, but if you're really intent on diving, then there's no point in considering a design that doesn't have one.

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7 Things to Consider When Caring for (or Enjoying) Your Pool

From Filbur Manufacturing

There is a wealth of information readily available online and in your local swimming pool store regarding taking care of your inground swimming pool.  However, as most people know, the difference between what you read and what you experience in real life can be vastly different.  This post from Filbur manufacturing gives a great, pratical, real-world view of owning a swimming pool, and presents some information that you could probably only find out through real-life experience.  Some of these tidbits include:

  • If you don't care for your pool properly you could cut the lifespan of your pool in half. - 
  • Saltwater pools don't maintain themselves
  • To bathe or not to bathe. The pool guy/gal has a view that few other service pros do. There is generally no doorbell to the backyard so they are usually arrive unannounced. Lesson: Don't do anything back there you wouldn't do in front of the pool guy! 

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Sun safety for your child

from Minnesota Star Tribune

Summer is upon us, and with it comes the soothing and replenishing rays of the Sun.  Most of us know, however, how damaging the sun can be to unprotected skin.  Both adults and children can shield themselves form the harmful Ultraviolet rays of the sun, which has been shown to cause skin cancer.  This post from the Minnesota Star Tribune gives you all of the information that you need to adequately protect your family, as well as explaining some of the confusing differences between some similar terms that are frequently used to describe the products.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

One of the great aspects of childhood is being outdoors. Whether you are at the swimming pool, a soccer game, or the park, it is important for all family members to practice sun safety. Much of our lifetime sun exposure happens in the first 18 years of our lives, and protecting the skin of infants and children will reduce their skin cancer risk as they grow older.

What are different ways to protect children's skin from the sun?

The first and easiest way to protect children's skin is to be thoughtful about sun exposure. The sun's UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it is safest to plan for time outdoors in the morning or late afternoon.

When possible, stay in the shade. Keep sun hats and sun glasses easily accessible in the stroller or your car. Children should be dressed in cool, comfortable, lightweight clothing to cover their skin. Dark clothing with a tight weave is best (you can test this by holding the cloth up to a light and seeing how much light gets through). Use swim shirts when at the swimming pool. Clothing made to protect from the sun is given an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating.

Finally, for the parts of skin that can't be covered, there are sunblock and sunscreen.

What is the difference between sunscreen and sunblock?

Sunscreen chemically absorbs UV radiation and dissipates it as heat. Sunblock provides a physical barrier that reflects UV radiation. Sunblocks contain compounds like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that make them thick and may leave a visible layer (or block) on the skin. Many products for children contain a combination of both.

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The intelligent solution for the luxury of space

From Hydrofloors

Many homeowners have limited areas to install an inground swimming pool.  Whether the lot size is too small to begin with, or the house is too large for the size of the lot, (or in the case of an indoor pool) the square footage of the space is not large enough; homeowners in these circumstances have never really considered that an inground swimming pool would ever be in the cards for them.  It is now time for those homeowners to reconsider their options.  Enter the Hydrofloor, an innovative system that allows the floor of the swimming pool to simultaneously double as a pool cover, a finished floor, a dance floor, or a variable-depth swimming pool with the ability to accommodate children, triatheletes, or the eldery.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Hydrofloors variable depth swimming pool floors are the perfect fusion of state-of-the-art-technology with functionality and beauty.

Imagine a swimming pool that doubles as a dance floor or an entertaining room or even a place to park your car? A space that transforms seamlessly from one function to another.

It doubles your floor space and adds to your properties square meters. A swimming pool that can be simultaneously a deep diving pool, a child friendly shallow depth pool or a mid depth pool for exercise and water games whilst also offering the ability to be completely closed for security.

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