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National Drowning Prevention Month - PSA

Posted by paragonpools on May 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM

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May is National Drowning Prevention Month.  Duckie and I refer to it as Water SafetyMonth. Per request from School Teacher Mrs. Stark we produced a PSA forRoosevelt Elementary School in Lakewood Ohio.

An alternative to GOOD, FAST, CHEAP

Posted by paragonpools on March 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM

 


The traditional project model GOOD, FAST & CHEAP states one can only achieve two of the three! The dilemma with this model is to select which two you prefer- because achieving all three are impossible.  In business, this has become an acceptable standard.    

However, I don’t recommend this model when building a pool, but rather suggest an alterna...

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Design Tip #3 - Automatic Fill Lines a Must Have!

Posted by paragonpools on February 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

The AUTOMATIC FILL LINE is a MUST HAVE for any pool. 

The automatic fill line (auto-fill) ensures the water level stays...

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Design Tip #2 - Grout Color

Posted by paragonpools on January 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM

#2 - Often overlooked in the design color palette is the shade of the grout for the tile or stone.

Be mindful of the color so that it complements the look you are trying to achieve rather than distract from it.

Each of the...

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Swimming Pool Design Tips Series

Posted by paragonpools on January 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

#1 - If you’re looking to build a new swimming pool or remodel an existing one, nothing is more helpful than reviewing photos for ideas on style, shapes, color schemes and special features. There is lots of information and images on the internet but don’t forget that your local library and bookstore will also have resources.

 

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Best Wireless Outdoor Speakers

Posted by paragonpools on November 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM

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You don’t need a pool or spa to enjoy this new product showcased at the recent International Pool and Spa Show in Las Vegas. Soundcasts’ array of portable, weather-resistant, high-performance wireless speakers and accessories lets you enjoy rich, multi-directional stereo sound throughout your h...

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New pool friendly lounger!

Posted by paragonpools on November 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM

 

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One of the new products showcased at the recent Pool and Spa Show here in Vegas, the Ledgelounger an outdoor lounger made specifically to enjoy while relaxing on the wetdeck of a pool. Pool friendly, body contouring comfort, durable, light weight, stackable and comes in ...

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Backyard pools make any holiday more fun!

Posted by paragonpools on May 27, 2013 at 8:15 PM

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Hawaii AquaTekture part 6

Posted by paragonpools on May 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Well, here is the last of the Grand Wailea Hawaii AquaTekture blogs!  I finish with something that is incredibly innovative-for kids and the young-at-heart (or adults after one too many Pina Coladas), theFishpipe Hawaii is a water themed experience like no other.

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Hawaii AquaTekture part 5

Posted by paragonpools on April 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM

 

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As mentioned previously, the Grand Wailea , has many AquaTekture elements, most impressive is the details the designers incorporated to ensure an authentic setting when creating nature waterfalls and ...

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Hawaii AquaTekture part 4

Posted by paragonpools on March 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

The Grand Wailea property opened in 1991, and while it has changed management over the years the setting has stayed true to its original concept- a homage to the islands, its nature and culture.

This is achieved with AquaTekture, foliage, fish and art.   From a restaurant floating above a salt-water lagoon filled with sea creatures, waterfalls, streams, koi ponds, gardens and sculptures, to pools with intricate tile mosaics and a chapel surrounded by a pond, the property is a...

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Hawaii AquaTekture Part 3

Posted by paragonpools on February 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

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Another great example of fabulous of AquaTekture is the formal fountain at the Grand Wailea  in Maui. The fountain features an all-tile interior with mosaics, deck jets, and a fountain bubbler surrounded by dancing dolphin sculptures. The fountain c...

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Hawaii AquaTekture part 2

Posted by paragonpools on February 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Hawaii AquaTekture #2

The large open air lobby is just one of the impressive design elements of the Grand Wailea in Maui, with native tropical fauna, art sculptures, water features and a sunken bar.  Guests are greeted with a series of blue tiled, water channels that lead to a large reflection pond where a bronze mermaid statue lures them to toss coins into her shell bowl. 

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Freezing temperatures turn Water features into Ice Sculptures

Posted by paragonpools on January 15, 2013 at 6:50 PM

This courtyard water fountain may be a beautiful ice sculpture now, but in reality it could turn into a big problem for the owner. Leaving fountains and water features running during freeze conditions will cause cracks and flooding when the weather warms up and ice thaws.

Avoid this scenario by leaving fountains off and wrapping the pipes and valves with insulated tape. When possible remove pump lids and plugs to drain water out of the pumps. Depending on the set-up, it may be adv...

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ADA Compliance for Public Pools and Spas - More than just adding a chair lift!

Posted by paragonpools on January 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

As the ADA deadline approaches (January 31, 2013), public pool owners are scrambling to bring their properties into compliance.  However, what we are finding is that many properties require a more in-depth plan than just adding a chair lift. We have had to improvise and become very creative in finding ways for our clients to meet the new requirements.

What I have found in inspecting existing projects,especially with the smaller facilities is that the pool and spa areas are rather ...

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Hawaii AquaTekture

Posted by paragonpools on December 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

If you travel to the Hawaiian Islands you will experience some extraordinary views. I recently visited Maui, a business related trip with ZODIAC pool products. ZODIAC booked one of the world’s most beautiful properties for the setting, the Grand Wailea (http://www.grandwailea.com) . The grounds are breathtaking spanning 40 acres on the southwest shoreline of the island. From the entry porte-cochere to the ocean- a series of waterways including; koi ponds, fountains, pools, and spas are ...

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Hurricane Sandy Destroys Pools and Spas

Posted by paragonpools on November 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

The recent natural tragedy on the east coast has left commercial properties and homeowners in a terrible situation. The process of putting lives and homes back together has only started, and while the focus may be on putting a roof over their head, those with a pool or spa have added complications and concerns.

I feel it is important to share some vital information with my audience. Even though you may not be directly affected, you may have family and friends who suffered the wrath of ...

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Extras Turn Mundane into Extraordinary

Posted by paragonpools on August 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

In my latest article for WAVES magazine- India's pool, spa and bath publication, I discuss how to take a design to the next level.

The terms basic, generic, and ordinary are not part of my vernacular when designing a pool or spa. My philosophy is to create an environment the homeowner can’t live without, thus I look to the extras, the finishing touches, and the accessories to create an extraordinar...

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Advantage of working with an APSP CBP

Posted by paragonpools on June 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Working with an APSP Certified Building Professional (CBP) ensures you are contracting with one of the pool industries top building professionals.

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Spa spillover doubles as water feature by Paragon Pools Las Vegas

Posted by paragonpools on April 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM

If you are looking to add more appeal to your pool and spa with the soothing sounds and visuals of a water element.  Adding natural stone to the spa spillover allows the water to trickle down the dam wall.  

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