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Gunite Pools Explained

Gunite Pools Explained
At Blue Haven OKC, we don’t just build pools, we bring people together through custom-designed gunite pools that are expertly crafted to reflect your style and meet your family’s needs. Gunite allows for total customization of shape, size, finish, and special features, so we can bring your backyard vision to life.

2017 Pool Design Trends

2017 Pool Design Trends

Each year brings new trends in pool design, accessories, and styles. In 2017, pool design trends are shifting toward designs driven by customer experience, seamlessly connecting style, technology, and utility for a backyard experience that meets all of your needs and more.

OKC Polar Plunge

OKC Polar Plunge
Does winter in Oklahoma make you want to go for a swim? If not, you aren’t alone. However, the winter chill isn’t stopping Oklahoma City residents from pledging to plunge into an ice-cold pool this February — it turns out they have a worthy “reason for freezin.”

Pool Buyer’s Checklist

Pool Buyer’s Checklist
Before diving into buying a pool, you should be aware of the short-term and long-term commitments, construction process, variables that could affect cost, and all necessary products, accessories, and maintenance involved in owning a pool. We put together a checklist to help you better prepare for the pool-buying process, from design and construction to maintenance and long-term expenses, and everything in between.

The Winter Season Doesn’t Mean You Have to Stay Indoors

The Winter Season Doesn’t Mean You Have to Stay Indoors

The winter season is here and that can only mean one thing — you have to stay indoors until mid-March. Wrong. Your backyard can be an oasis all year long, and we’ll tell you how!

Employee Spotlight: Cory West

Employee Spotlight: Cory West

Choosing the right company to design and implement the backyard of your dreams can be an intimidating task. Knowing the team that will work on your project can alleviate some of that worry. We recently talked with one of our newest employees, Cory West, to get to know him better and introduce him to our customers.

Thinking About Buying a Spa? Ask These Questions

Thinking About Buying a Spa? Ask These Questions

As with anything, purchasing a hot tub or spa for your backyard is a major decision. Will it be used for therapeutic reasons or maybe to alleviate aching muscles? Whatever the reason, all potential buyers should consider several things before signing on the dotted line. 

Closing Your Pool in the Fall

Closing Your Pool in the Fall
Closing your pool in the fall is a step that pool owners shouldn’t miss, especially here in Oklahoma. We’ll tell you when you should close your pools and share tips and tricks from our professionals so opening your pool next summer will be a breeze.

7 Things to Ask Yourself Before Installing a Pool

7 Things to Ask Yourself Before Installing a Pool
A swimming pool is a great addition to your yard, especially during the steamy summer months. Days spent splishing and splashing, the smell of sunscreen, family time, and countless memories — what a great way to spend the summer.
Before diving in the deep end, we recommend asking yourself these seven things before installing an in ground swimming pool.

6 Ways to Make Your Backyard an Oasis

6 Ways to Make Your Backyard an Oasis

We all could use a vacation. Between handling a hectic job, taking the kiddos to and from soccer practice, and everything else that may come your way, time away to destress and unwind would be ideal. But what if you only needed to take a step out your back door to be taken on a trip away from the ordinary? It’s possible by transforming your backyard into an outdoor oasis! These six things can be added to take your backyard to the next level.

Swim Spa vs. Infinity Pool

Swim Spa vs. Infinity Pool
Trying to decide between an endless pool and an infinity pool for your home is a tough choice. An endless pool, also known as a swim spa, is a small pool with a variable-speed swim current, allowing you to swim in place. An infinity edge pool has no current but features an exposed wall that creates a waterfall effect. By looking closer at the advantages and disadvantages of each, you can better determine which pool is the right fit for you.

Swimming Pool Safety for Toddlers

Swimming Pool Safety for Toddlers
According to the National Safety Council, June is National Safety Month. Observed annually, National Safety Month focuses on minimizing causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes.
For those here in Oklahoma, June's National Safety Month coincides with the opening of our backyard pools for the season. In conjunction with the opening of our pools, it is a good time to refresh our memories with swimming pool safety tips for toddlers.

How Does Salt Water Clean My Pool?

How Does Salt Water Clean My Pool?
If you’re thinking about adding a pool as a go-to spot for family and friends, you might assume your only choice is a chlorine variety. Not true. You can opt to invest in either a saltwater or a chlorine pool.

2016 Swimming Pool Trends

2016 Swimming Pool Trends
Just like every aspect of your life, swimming pool options are constantly changing and upgrading. One constant? Your reasons for wanting a pool. Our customers decide to invest in a swimming pool for a number of great reasons, such as adding to the property value of their home. But at the heart of their decision is the dream of summer days with a wonderful oasis right outside their back door.

Prepping Your Pool for Spring

Prepping Your Pool for Spring
Picture this: it’s a beautiful summer day, the smell of suntan lotion is in the air and you and your family are splishing and splashing in your personal oasis – your pool! Before that picture can become a reality, there are things that need to be done to prepare your pool for the onset of warmer months.
If you properly maintained your pool in the winter, getting it spring ready will be a breeze. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be enjoying your outdoor space in no time.

OKC Thunder Swimming Pools

OKC Thunder Swimming Pools
Spring has sprung and the end of the regular NBA season is upon us, which means two Oklahoman favorites are on the way – pools and playoffs! As we get ready to dive into summer, let’s take a look at the pools some of our favorite Thunder players will be enjoying when relaxing in-between games.

OKC Christmas Events Guide

OKC Christmas Events Guide
If you’ve lived in Oklahoma for any amount of time then you know that we Oklahomans are proud of our state, its heritage and its future.

Fortunately for us, the holidays provide us the opportunity to show off all the heartland has to offer to visiting friends and family. So if you’re looking for ideas on how to give your guests the full Oklahoma experience or you just want to try something new with your friends this year, we've got you covered.

Making Sure Your Pool is Sanitary

Making Sure Your Pool is Sanitary
You’ve likely considered the water conditions of a public pool at an amusement park or hotel before diving right in, but without proper care, the pool in your own backyard can be just as dangerous.
Don’t overlook the effects of poor water quality in your pool. We’ve got some tip on how you can make sure you and your family stay safe while swimming.

Hot Tub Cinema

Hot Tub Cinema
With events like Sonic’s Summer Movie Nights at the Myriad Gardens and the deadCenter Film Festival growing exponentially each year, Oklahoma City is quickly becoming a hot spot for movie lovers and filmmakers. This makes our city the perfect place to adopt a new trend that already thriving in several locations in the UK, Ibiza and New York, Hot Tub Cinema. The concept is simple – combine beautiful views with great cinema and lots of hot tubs for an incredible evening under the stars.

Which Pool is Right for You?

Which Pool is Right for You?
Having a pool can make hot summer days relaxing and enjoyable and provide years of memorable moments with friends and family. But before you have an inground pool installed, you must first determine which type of pool best suits your needs. Pools are built with gunite (a sprayed concrete mixture), fiberglass or vinyl. Knowing the benefits of each building material is vital to your ability to choose the pool that best fits your budget, plans for usage, and care schedule.

5 Steps to Creating a Delightful Outdoor Space
backyard with a pool and lounge area

People weren’t meant to be cooped up indoors all day, every day. In fact, getting some fresh air and unfiltered sunlight is pretty darn good for you.

Don't Make These Mistakes When Designing Your Swimming Pool
four pictures of backyards with pools

So you want to put in a swimming pool? Now the fun begins --- pool design. There will be several decisions you’ll need to make, but luckily a Blue Haven swimming pool contractor will be there to guide you. You’ll want to make sure to avoid these mistakes.

Understanding the Different Types of Safety Swimming Pool Covers
a backyard with a pool with a cover on it

The swimming pool cover can be an afterthought but it’s still important. You want to protect your investment and most importantly, you need to protect your family and friends from danger.

5 Responsible Water Habits
a little girl in a swimming pool

On top of staying vigilant around pools, hot tubs and other bodies of water, practice these five specific water safety habits to reduce stress and prevent tragedy.

Top Pool Toys for Kids Young and Old This Summer
a pool with a beach ball in it

Getting in some serious pool time is one of the best things about summer, and having a pool of your own makes it easier to squeeze the maximum number of swims out of the warm months.

Pro Tips for the Perfect Pool Party Movie Night
a swimming pool with a tv in it

Everyone loves swimming pool parties, and everyone loves movies. Combine the two for a night of cinema and splashing, and you’ll have a summer party that’s suitable for all ages.

A Guide to Oklahoma City Public Swimming Pools
kids sitting on the edge of a pool

The guide lists some of the major outdoor public swimming pools, water parks and aquatic centers. It also contains a list of YMCAs with indoor pools and a list of other pools and splash pads at the end.