Spring is Here, Time to Enjoy the Swimming Pool

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According to Wikipedia, "Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth”.  Flowers are blooming, days are longer, the weather is warmer and so we at California Pools celebrate this joyous time of year!  As we enter this new and typically warmer season, we say goodbye to Winter and hello to pool days! It’s Springtime, and from some peoples perspectives, we are that much closer to Summer. 

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As the weather warms up, it is human nature for us to want to get outside! We have been cooped up for a long cold winter and our bones are cold and we officially have lost any summer tan we had from last year.  We crave a little sun on our face, some warmth on our backs, and the opportunity to wear shorts and flip flops again.  We also crave spring and summer time meals.  Corn on the cob, barbecue chicken shish kabobs, ice cold sweet tea, just to name a few! So, now that we are finally able to celebrate the season, let’s talk about how to make the most of your precious time with your loved ones.  

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Just imagine this…you call California Pools for a design appointment and soon after sign a contract and begin construction.  As you watch your yard develop into a tropical oasis you are utterly amazed at the transformation your ordinary backyard started with and what it actually turned into.  It’s like a dream come true!  California Pools has been building gorgeous yards for 66 years and we have the knowledge and talent to turn your dreams into a reality.  We make your backyard feel like a vacation.  Who doesn’t love the idea of a staycation? Enjoy the splashing of pool fun, go down the water slide over and over again, relax with good friends in the spa after a long day of soccer games for your kids or grill up some juicy steaks and relish the lifetime memories you create in your outdoor entertaining area.  

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You see, springtime isn’t just about flowers blooming.  It’s about families growing, friendships blossoming, and forever memories being made in your California Pools backyard.  So, if you haven’t yet decided on whether you are putting in a swimming pool this year or not, don’t hesitate at all.  The moments you create at home are priceless.  Whether its playtime, dinner time, or time to relax with a good book poolside or unwind by the fire-pit or in the spa at night, nothing at all can ever take away such cherished times.  2018 is the perfect year to build your backyard with California Pools! Call now! 

Swimming Pool Water Features

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It’s hard to believe that the first day of Spring is just two weeks away. Many people are starting to think about the upcoming long hot days and warm nights, grilling in their outdoor kitchen for family and friends, planning their summer fun and designing and constructing their swimming pools with California Pools.  Barbecues and birthday parties are definitely more fun when you can jump into a gorgeous and refreshing swimming pool! But let’s face it, not all swimming pools are the same.  What makes some more fun than others? Well, that’s simple. Water Features!

There are many different kinds of water features that we like to add to swimming pools, here at California Pools.  Who doesn’t like to see water splashing and listen to the sounds of fountains in your backyard? The sound of water can make you feel very tranquil, peaceful, and yet also it can be uplifting and fun! We have yet to see a child not mesmerized by water bubblers in the beach entrance of a swimming pool or even an adult who doesn’t like to stand under the grotto or feel a water pot pouring water down the back of their neck. 

Let’s take a look at some gorgeous water feature ideas from our nationwide team building classy, exciting, and top-notch swimming pools. 

In Austin Texas, our team used laminar jets and bubblers to accessorize this swimming pool!

Our Corona office used these awesome water pots to create some drama poolside!

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This spa in Las Vegas is definitely a show stopper!

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Our Thousand Oaks team built this cascading stone spa with a sheer descent wall as well!

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And our team in Dallas built these industrial water features for a modern and clean look!

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As you can see, California Pools builds swimming pools and spas to accommodate the vast diversity of interests for our customers.  We work with you to build your dream backyard and accessorizing your pool with water features is a fun design element in your construction process.  Water features are a wonderful way to personalize your home, your style and your personal oasis. 

If you have yet to begin getting your pool construction bids, look no further! California Pools has a long history of over 66 years building amazing pools for homeowners just like you! So give us a call and lets begin building your personal backyard wonderland!


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Let's Talk About Tile - How to Select the Right Tile for Your Swimming Pool

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So, you have decided that 2018 is the year to transform your ordinary backyard into a gorgeous tropical oasis! Congratulations! You have chosen your builder, designed the shape of your swimming pool and spa, picked out your decking materials and even planned out your landscaping.  Then your builder says they need your tile choice! What to do? There are so many options and choices that it can almost seem overwhelming. What color do you like? What shape tile? Do you like patterns? A simple tile or maybe even a modern and bold look.  Is trendy your thing? Or a classic choice that will be your favorite for years to come.  Whichever way you are leaning, we at California Pools can definitely help you out! We have been designing custom backyards for 66 years, so you can count on us to have expertise in helping you to make this kind of design choice for your backyard.  We will listen to your style ideas for your backyard and provide you with several ideas and options for you to choose from that will beautifully complement your swimming pool design.  

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If you take a look at the pictures below, you will notice a variety of pool tile choices.  The first pool has a colorful Spanish tile with a variety of patterns.  You can also choose a glass tile.  Glass tiles come in many colors and also different sizes.  A textured tile adds dimension to your tile and pool with an aesthetically pleasing look to them.  Another option is a multi-colored tile which can help give a natural look to your pool as it blends in with the coping and pool water.  While the raised spa with a rim flow edge has gained massive popularity, using a bold tile helps truly show off this masterpiece of a pool or spa! The last photo shown below is a perfect example of a trendy new style of choosing white tile.  For years, most swimming pools and spas have had a variation of different blue shades. Choosing blue tile will always be a beautiful and classic choice to make and truly gives a feeling that you are relaxing in style at a tropical beach paradise destination.  However, choosing a new bold style definitely makes your swimming pool stand out amongst all the others and gives it a special WOW factor!  Whatever your style, your swimming pool is going to be gorgeous with whatever tile choice you make.  But if you are still having a hard time deciding on your pool tile choice, we highly recommend browsing our website and looking though the multitude of ideas in our gallery section.  We have freeform pools, geometric shapes, modern, classic, simple, or extravagant! Finding something similar to what you are building can be a fantastic way to get a visual to different tile options for your own yard.  

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Making the decision to build a custom swimming pool and spa and creating a backyard fit for pool parties, barbecues, and social gatherings is an easy one! Outdoor living and backyard entertaining is one of the most rewarding ways to spend your days.  Quality time with family and friends in the comfort of your own home is one of life’s most simple luxury’s.  One has never regretted investing in family time and magical moments with loved ones.  So, remember the overall goals for your family when making aesthetic design choices regarding your swimming pool.  Yes, you will love the beauty of your completed project.  But even more so, you will love the laughter and smiles that your new backyard oasis has provided.

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Black History Month – Meet USA Swim Team's Future Star Reece Whitley

Did you know that it is Black History Month? During the month of February we honor the achievements of African Americans and recognize their contributions to America.  Well this year, it just so happens to also be time for the Winter Olympics, so we also honor talented athletes.  Therefor, as an industry leader in the swimming pool industry, we at California Pools would love to recognize a very special young man who is a phenomenal swimmer and also African American.  His name is Reece Whitley! The Denver Post said that Whitley is “The future of U.S. swimming.”    


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Reece Whitley, a native of Philadelphia, is 18 years old, 6’9” tall and currently attends the University of California at Berkeley.  In 2015, Sports Illustrated Kids named him “Sports Kid of the Year!”  At age 15, he won the silver medal in the 100 meter breaststroke at the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore, where he also finished 4th in the 200 meter breaststroke.  That same year, Reece won the 200 meter breaststroke at the Speedo Junior National Championships Long Course with a time of 2:12.17.  His 200 meter hard breaststroke time of 1:53.66 ranked him 8th Nationally.  Being the natural leader that he is, according to Swim Swam News, Reece was voted 1of 5 captains for the 2017 World Junior Championships.  At the championships, Reece raced 2 2nd place finishes in the 100 meter and 200 meter breast, giving lifetime bests in both. He also helped the mixed 4x100 medley relay to a silver medal as well! 

While certainly Reece Whitley’s swimming statistics prove he is definitely a talented and up and coming swimmer to watch, we know it isn’t always easy.  Training takes time, perseverance, dedication and a desire to never give up! According to a recent study by the USA Swimming Foundation, 64% of African American children have low to no swimming ability.  With a role-model like Reece, we sure do hope that more kids are inspired to learn not only how to swim, but how to break molds and reach for their dreams.  Swimming is a fantastic sport for boys and girls and men and women of all ages.  It can be fun or competitive and it always is a wonderful form of fitness.  

At California Pools, we take pride in following athletes in the swimming pool, and are so proud of the example that Reece Whitley is setting for all Americans.  Reece was quoted by the Denver Post when asked about his potential impact on swimming because of his skin color, he patiently responded “Right now it’s a relevant question, so I don’t take any shame in answering it,” he said. “At the end of my career, if I look back on it and that question is irrelevant, then that means I would have fulfilled my goals.”

What a wonderful young man and athlete and we are so fortunate he is setting the bar high and being a fantastic leader and inspiration for not only the African American population but for all Americans