Archive for the Design Category

XL Scoops Top Pool Design Awards

‘Only the ‘Best of the Best’ win a British Pool & Hot Tub Award’ this is clearly demonstrated by the winners of this most prestigious awards event held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The combined swimming pool, spa, hot tub and wellness industry attracts entries from companies across Britain (and some from overseas). These national awards bring together members from SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) and BISHTA (British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association) to celebrate the achievements and acknowledge the best, boldest and most creative projects. Award-Winning Designs With ‘Oscar-Esque’ status in the Water Leisure Industry, the 2020 British Pool & Hot Tub Award winners

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Winter is the best time for a pool installation or renovation. Here’s Why…

Indoor Swimming Pool Construction

With the cold weather due to be setting in, it might seem an odd time to start thinking about having a swimming pool installed. Talk to any swimming pool installer, however, and you’ll hear that winter is the perfect time to start planning, and construct your pool. Logistically, there’s not really a right or wrong time, but you’ll find that by starting the process off during the off-peak season, there are plenty of benefits you might not have considered. All In The Preparation As with any building project, be it a swimming pool, an extension or a whole house, proper planning and preparation is absolutely essential. The more time you spend

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It’s Not Summer, Why Are You Saying Install A Pool Now?

Premium Swimming Pool Construction

It’s the last day of November and the days are becoming noticeably shorter, colder and darker. Your mind is mentally checking off all those Christmas presents you have to buy this year, and just how much time there isn’t left to do so. In either case, hearing a swimming pool company tell you that right now is the time to be talking about installing that dream swimming pool; you might think they’re being ridiculous. In fact, they’re right; that is if you are looking for having it ready for summer next year. Planning and Negotiations As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and sadly, neither is a swimming

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Common Pool Renovation Mistakes

Outdoor Liner Swimming Pool

Is your swimming pool looking a bit tired or shabby and in need of some tlc? Perhaps you’ve acquired a pool with your new house and want to give it your own style? Maybe you want to upgrade your existing swimming pool to take advantage of developments in pool technology and energy efficiency? Whatever your reasons, renovating a swimming pool can be a fantastic decision in many respects. It pays to plan carefully, however, and avoid these common and potentially costly mistakes which could turn your renovation from dream to disaster. Timing Is Everything We’ve already talked about why winter is the best time to build a swimming pool or

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Swimming Pool Installations FAQ

One Piece Swimming Pool Installation

Having a new swimming pool is an expensive and potentially disruptive time. Essentially, swimming pool installation is quite a major construction project taking place in your home, so you have to expect some noise and mess while it is being carried out. Having said this, you pool installation team should make sure you’re fully informed prior to commencing work, so you know what to expect and when. They’ll aim to minimise disruption to the rest of your property, and carry out the installation with as little fuss as possible. Naturally, you will have questions about the installation process. All pool contractors and building companies will work in a slightly different

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Customise Your One Piece Swimming Pool

One piece swimming pools are constructed using a mold, so they are typically available in a range of predetermined sizes and shapes. This doesn’t mean that all one piece pools are the same though – far from it – there is a huge amount of customisation possible meaning your pool can be a truly unique design. The shapes available for one piece pools vary considerably, from uniform straight edges to contemporary curves. Pools can be constant in depth, or have a deep and a shallow end, depending on your need. You can also design your one piece pool to have integrated steps rather than a ladder, for ease of entry

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How Long Does It Take To Install An Outdoor Swimming Pool?

Outdoor One Piece Swimming Pool Installation

An outdoor swimming pool can be relatively quick and simple to install when compared to an indoor pool. It’s still often a long and messy process, but the added complication of a building is taken out of the equation! The amount of time it will take to construct and install your outdoor pool will depend on a number of factors, including the size and type of pool you have chosen, the location and layout of the pool site and whether there is easy access for the construction team and all their equipment. The first step in swimming pool construction is to clear the area and establish an access route from

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How Do I Reduce My Swimming Pool Maintenance Costs?

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Having a swimming pool is never a cheap option, and as well as the initial outlay for designing, building and swimming pool installation, you’ll also have an ongoing commitment to finance the running and maintenance costs. There are things you can do to help to keep those expenses down, with a bit of careful planning, so that the ongoing annual cost of having a home swimming pool is not as high as you might think. For the purposes of this article, we are going to be discussing how to reduce the maintenance costs of a home pool, as separate from the running costs of heating and lighting etc. Swimming pool

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One Piece Pools Versus Bespoke – Which Is Best For Me?

Outdoor One Piece Swimming Pool Installation

Once you’ve made the decision to invest in a swimming pool for your property, you’ll be faced with a multitude of choices to make about the size, structure and appearance of your pool. Although there’s a huge amount of information out there, it can be a virtual minefield trying to navigate your way through and clarify exactly what you need to know. Here, we help you by summarising the key points to consider when you’re making one of the most fundamental first decisions, your swimming pool construction type. In the past, swimming pools were something only the super-rich could consider. Their concrete construction was expensive and time consuming to build.

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Modern Trends In Swimming Pool Design

Just as a home swimming pool is no longer a luxury reserved exclusively for the super-rich and famous, swimming pools themselves are breaking more and more boundaries in terms of style and design. Gone are the days of being limited to basic rectangular or kidney shaped pools. Modern swimming pool design trends include some exciting innovations in design, allowing homeowners to build the pool of their dreams. Whether you want a statement pool that screams for attention and acts as the focal point for your property, or you’re looking for something sleek and minimalist to blend seamlessly into its environment, your dreams can become a reality thanks to forward-looking pool

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XL Pools is an award winning Swimming Pool Installation company.

Swimming Pool Contractor of the Year 2018 & 2015

11 x SPATA Gold Winner