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Pool Cabanas & Pool Pavilions Are Ideal Outdoor Living Solutions



Pool Cabanas, Pool Pavilions, and Pool Houses Becoming More Popular With Homeowners

Pool cabanas and pool pavilions are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners who are looking for a more completed custom backyard. When considering whether to add one or both on to your swimming pool project, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions first. The answers to those questions will help you determine whether it truly makes sense. This short article by no means will answer all of the questions you may have about pool cabanas and pavilions. It does however, cover a few we here at Pool Magazine wanted to answer for homeowners who may be considering building one.

Outdoor living solutions like this offer the ability to create the ultimate outdoor kitchen. – Photo Credit: Creative Environments

Questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to build a Pool Cabana or Pool Pavilion

  1. Do you need a shaded area for entertaining guests pool side? Perhaps you’re looking for a covered area to barbecue or additional seating area out of the sun. There are many alternatives to constructing a pool pavilion. Building a pavilion adds a more permanent shaded structure. Many home owners opt to add seating, outdoor entertainment systems, sound systems, a wet bar, and even an outdoor kitchen to their pool pavilion. The costs for outfitting one alone can easily equate to what was spent on construction.
  2. Do you require a private area for guests to change in and out of their swim suits? Having friends and guests wander soaking wet in and out of your house to use the toilet isn’t always ideal. Many homeowners opt to build a pool cabana and include outdoor plumbing facilities which allow pool guests a comfort area separate from the house. Many homeowners opt to build them in such a fashion so that they can double as a guest house or granny flat when needed.
  3. How much does a pool pavilion cost? According to Toronto pool builder, Denis Nadeau, they build approximately 10-20 pavilions each year; starting prices for construction of a pool pavilion can range anywhere from $20,000-$40,000 depending on the size and materials you choose. “Prices for lumber have begun to come back down to normal levels, but are still high in many parts of the U.S. and Canada, expect to pay towards the higher end if you live in one of those depressed markets.” said Nadeau.
  4. How much does a pool cabana cost? According to Nadeau, starting prices for a pool cabana can range anywhere from $30,000-$100,000 or more depending on the size, amenities and materials used for construction. The average cabana they build can cost upwards of $40,000 which can cost almost as much as an entry level inground pool in many areas of the country.

Pool Houses Versus Pool Cabanas

A pool house is exactly what it sounds like: a second house on your property with additional rooms for guests who prefer their own spac such as a kitchen, game area, or even a spare bedroom. A pool house can also be smaller and functional as a simple place detached from the home that allows for a comfortable area to change in and out of your bathing suit. In order to create a pool house, you’ll need all the necessary permits and licenses, including a building permit.

Differences Between a Cabana and a Pool House

It’s common to use the term “cabana” to a pool house, but they are not to be used interchangeably. A pool cabana is three-sided roofed building meant to provide shade and seclusion for people relaxing by the swimming pool. While many still require a permit, others are less permanent structures and they do not require a building permit.

Whether you’re building a full-featured pool house or more of an outdoor changing room, remember that it all needs to be part of the entire pool project and landscape. They can be somewhat camouflaged by planting trees and shrubs (if you have the property), but these things are huge so plan on them being a focal point in the backyard.

A Beautiful Pool House Design Should Compliment the Main House

Ideally, if you’re looking to build one of these; you want to design a structure that is both visually beautiful and smoothly blends with the architecture of the home. Your pool house should look like it was part of the house when you gaze out at it from the window of your home. Similarly, the view back to your house should be equally integrated when viewed from the pool house. The overall landscape benefits greatly from creating that strong visual connection between the two structures.

Architecturally connecting the design of the Pool House with the Main House creates a visually pleasing aesthetic.
Architecturally connecting the design of the Pool House with the Main House creates a visually pleasing aesthetic.

Options to Consider Concerning Pool Cabanas & Pavilions

Ultimately, there are plenty of reasons that homeowners have for choosing whether or not to build a pool cabana or pavilion, but the number one issue for many may have nothing to do with price. The square footage requirements for both of these types of home improvement projects both are ideal for larger sized lots. Squeezing a pavilion into a tiny backyard that is barely big enough for the pool is never ideal. Space saving alternatives to building a pavilion; building a pergola or installing a retractable awning.Both of those solutions are exponentially less expensive than constructing a pavilion and are effective shading solutions. You also don’t need a ton of space to build a beautiful little pool house to use as a changing room for guests.

Building a beautiful and functional pool house has become popular with pool buyers. Photo Credit: Your Backyard Haven

Alternatives to Building a Pool Cabana

There are many alternatives to building a pool cabana as well, however none are as attractive or offer the same amount of privacy or versatility in terms of multipurpose usage. If you stack up a fully stocked pool cabana with toilet, shower and sink, versus a screen and portable toilet, you will find the latter sorely wanting. Ultimately it comes down to budget, what’s in the budget will often dictate which direction you go.

Why a Pool Cabana Makes Sense

Plenty of people want a pool, and don’t want the hassle of having their guests traipse around their home to use the facilities or grab a snack. If you have the means, and it’s in the budget, a pool cabana makes absolute sense.

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Alise Everton has been working in the pool industry for the past decade and is an experienced press correspondent and contributor for numerous trade publications and web portals including and among others. Contact her for guest posting opportunities, press releases, and pool equipment related news.

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Makeup In The Pool Can Be Problematic



Makeup In The Pool Can Be Problematic

Wearing makeup in the pool can be a controversial topic, as some people believe that it is harmful to both the skin and the pool itself. However, with the right precautions and products, it is possible to wear cosmetics in the pool without causing harm.

Why Makeup In The Pool Can Be Trouble

First and foremost, it is important to understand that most cosmetics are not designed to withstand the harsh chemicals and chlorine found in pools. This means that if you choose to wear makeup in the pool, it is likely to smudge, smear, or even wash off completely. The best beauty supply stores carry makeup that is waterproof and sweat-proof. These are products that are specifically designed for use in the water and are a better choice if you’re opting to wear cosmetics in the swimming pool.

Wearing Cosmetics When Swimming

When it comes to eye makeup, waterproof mascara and eyeliner are a must. However, it is important to remember that even waterproof products can smudge or run if they come into contact with water for an extended period of time. Therefore, it’s best to avoid applying too much eye makeup, or to touch up your cosmetics after swimming.

When it comes to foundation and powder, it is best to use a waterproof and sweat-proof formula. Furthermore, it is important to apply sunscreen before applying makeup, as the sun’s rays can be damaging to the skin, even when you’re in the water.

Thinking of wearing makeup in the swimming pool? Make sure to pick waterproof cosmetics. Photo Credit: Redbook
Thinking of wearing makeup in the swimming pool? Make sure to pick waterproof cosmetics. Photo Credit: Redbook

Waterproof Makeup

When it comes to waterproof makeup, there are several options available on the market. Some popular choices include:

  1. Waterproof Mascara: Brands like Maybelline, L’Oréal, and CoverGirl offer waterproof mascaras that are designed to resist smudging and running.
  2. Waterproof Eyeliner: Pencil eyeliners are the best option for a waterproof eyeliner as they are less likely to smudge or run. Brands like Urban Decay, Stila, and Nudestix offer waterproof pencil eyeliners in a variety of shades.
  3. Waterproof Foundation: Many cosmetic brands offer waterproof foundations that are designed to stay put even when you’re in the water. Some popular options include L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup and Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation.
  4. Waterproof Lipstick: Brands like Revlon, Maybelline, and L’Oréal offer waterproof lipsticks that are designed to resist smudging and fading.
  5. Waterproof Concealer: Brands like Tarte, Nars, and Urban Decay offer waterproof concealers that are designed to stay put even when you’re in the water.

What You Should Know About Wearing Cosmetics In The Pool

In terms of whether you should wear cosmetics in the pool or not, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Some people enjoy wearing makeup in the pool to feel more confident, while others prefer to let their natural skin breathe. If you do choose to wear makeup in the pool, it is important to take the necessary precautions to protect your skin and the pool itself.

Additionally, if you are wearing makeup in the pool, it is important to remember that makeup can clog the filters in the pool, and it could also leave an oily film on the water. This can be harmful to swimmers, as well as to the pool itself. Therefore, it is important to clean your face thoroughly before getting into the pool, and to avoid applying too much makeup.

Ultimately, wearing makeup in the pool can be possible, but it’s important to use waterproof and sweat-proof products that are specifically designed for use in the water. Additionally, it’s important to take precautions to protect your skin and the pool itself.

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Insta VS Reality Sets In For Pool-Seeking Tourists



Insta vs Reality Sets In For Pool-Seeking Tourists

A traveler discovered the hard truth of how different parts of Bali can be from one another when she proudly displayed the breathtaking panorama from her hostel.

Luna De Fauw, a Dutch tourist, shared a video she shot from her hotel balcony in Canggu, Bali, on TikTok in December.

She began her video by showcasing the immaculate pool inside the hotel grounds, and then cut to a muddy field with unfinished houses in the background.

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Travel Bloggers Record Their Insta VS Reality Pool Experience

Captioned “Bali Insta vs real life,” Ms. De Fauw’s video showed the bright blue poolside tranquility with lined-up deck lounges, manicured lawns, and palm trees.

@luna_maryse Had je niet gedacht he #itbelikethat #kosonehostel #canggu #bali #instavsreality ♬ original sound – Andrei King

The camera panned next door to a muddy expanse with patches of grass and abandoned buildings, with a massive construction site in the distance.

Reactions on Social Media

People on social media reacted to Ms. De Fauw’s post about Bali by calling it “overrated,” but some defended the well-known tourist destination.

Some have criticized Ms. De Fauw for trying to save money on her Bali vacation, urging her to “pay the price” for a more luxurious experience.

Yet others managed to find the humorous side of things by making remarks about the muddy grassy area adjacent to the hostel.

‘We love the alternative beach,’ one of them joked.

This follows the posting of similar footage by other TikTokers from the popular holiday destination, showing beautiful villas next to swampy areas.

On the popular video sharing app TikTok, British tourist Victoria Goulbourne revealed the truth about her vacation last November.

@victoria_goulbourne Dont be fooled by insta 😅🌝 #traveltok #bali #canggu #indonesia #traveltok #comedy #fyp #instavsreality #baliviews #balitravel ♬ original sound – Andrei King

Her video overlaid with the words “Insta VS Reality” panned from the pristine pool, deck, and palm trees in front of the villa to the murky swamp and dirty creek in the backyard. It perfectly showcases the difference between expectation and reality.

Insta Vs Reality & Travel Culture

The “Insta vs Reality” travel culture refers to the discrepancy between the idealized and heavily edited versions of travel experiences that go viral on social media, versus the more mundane or even negative aspects of those same experiences. Tourists posting videos that feature a beautiful pool only to pan and show off a construction zone or unlandscaped surroundings is one example of this phenomenon.

By only showcasing the attractive or picturesque aspects of their travels, such as a beautiful pool, and hiding or downplaying the less desirable parts, such as a construction zone or unlandscaped surroundings, these tourists are presenting a skewed and unrealistic portrayal of their experience. This can create a false impression for viewers and lead to disappointment or frustration when they arrive at the same destination and find that it doesn’t match the idealized version they saw on social media.

This type of behavior also contributes to the growing trend of “fake” or “staged” travel content on social media, which can be misleading and deceptive for consumers. It’s important for travelers to be mindful of this and to strive for authenticity and honesty in their travel content, rather than only presenting a polished and idealized version of their experiences.

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Top 10 Pool Toys I’m Asking Santa For This Year

These top 10 pool toys made our wish list this year



Top 10 Pool Toys To Ask Santa For This Christmas

One thing is for certain in my backyard, you can never have enough pool toys. A swimming pool party is the perfect time to break out your best pool floats, toys, and games that make the experience that much more enjoyable. This year, I’ve put a few special requests on my list for Santa. There were definitely a few new pool toys that made my wishlist. I’m hoping Jolly Old Saint Nick will stuff at least a few under the tree for me this year.

Top 10 Pool Toys This Year

If you’re looking for some incredibly fun pool toys that will appeal to kids of all ages, you’re in the right place. Pool Magazine has you covered with a list of toys and accessories that will make your pool the place to be this holiday season.

TEMI Remote Control Shark

One of the most fun pool toys that came out this year is TEMI’s Remote Control Shark that works similar to an RC Boat. This cool shark spouts water and has a LED light on it. Straight out of a James Bond Movie this remote controlled pool shark is the perfect pool toy for those on the naughty list. Dr. Evil would love this RC shark as it really does have laser beams coming out of it’s head.

Splash Runner Motorized Pool Lounger

Ok, I’m going to be honest and say I hope Santa drops a couple of these off at the pool this year. This remote controlled pool lounger propels you through the pool area with strong dual 66 watt power motors. A fun and comfortable pool chair that accomodates adults up to 300 pounds.

NinoStar Inflatable Balls

If these inflatable balls don’t cater to your inner Star Wars nerd, nothing will. Me being a tremendous Star Wars buff, t hey’re right up my alley. I really hope that Santa comes and drops a few of these fun inflatables off at the pool this yar.

Pool Punisher Tank Float

These fun inflatables have been the hit of the summer all year long. With cannons that shoot pool water, you can have some raging water fights with this inflatable artillery. I almost picked some up earlier in the year but missed my chance and then they were all sold out. Certainly wouldn’t mind if Ol’ Saint Nick dropped a few tanks off for some fun pool battles.

Giantex Inflatable Water Trampoline

This fun inflatable water trampoline looks absolutely ideal for the pool. For kids and adults who enjoy the trampoline and the swimming pool, this pool toy is like the best of both worlds. Certainly a top ten toy that I have no trouble asking Santa for this year.

TOSY Rechargeable LED Frisbee

A neighbor of mind had this fun pool toys in their backyard and we all had a ball this summer tossing the frisbee around in the pool at night. I’d say this is the one pool toy on my list that is just as at home on the lawn or at the park as it is in the swimming pool.

Catch-A-Splash Reusable Water Balloons & Slingshot

There are a few things that always put parents off hosting a water balloon fight. For one, filling all the balloons takes time, and so does cleaning up all of the broken balloons after the fight. Catch-A-Splash solves both with their reusable cotton water balloons that are easy to fill, and fun to shoot with the included slingshot. Two very good reasons why it’s on top 10 pool toy list.

Dunn-Rite Splash & Shoot Basketball Hoop

This fun basketball hoop provides hours of fun in the backyard. A sturdy adjustable backboard and net held in place by a 25 gallon pedestal. Another pool toy I hope I get two of so that we can go end-to-end for “full-court” pool hoops.

Dunn-Rite Volleyball Net

Yep, we’re going back-to-back with two Dunn-Rite pool toys. Hey, they make great products! Their sturdy volleyball is easy to set up and provides hours of enjoyment in the pool. With that said, it should be very easy to see why it rates a spot on our top 10 list of must-have pool toys this year.

Splash2o – Strongest Kids Water Cannon

This garden hose powered pool cannon guarantees you will never lose a water fight ever again! With a max range of 40 feet and 360 degree turning radius, this is without a doubt the #1 pool toy I hope I find under the tree this year.

We hope that our list of pool toys gave you some fun ideas for gifts that will bring hours of enjoyment for the loved ones in your life. Know of some great pool toys that didn’t make our list? Sound off in the comments with your own favorite pool toys.

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