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Outdoor fire features: Remodel Your Backyard Space

The global pandemic brought about increased demand for pool construction and pool remodeling services. Most pool companies are doing the most to gain a competitive edge in the industry. As a result, there are limitless pool design options. Going the extra mile to satisfy your customers entails trying out new products and water features. At present, one of the features that pool designers are hesitant to embrace is the outdoor fire features. Although they incorporate a complex installation process, designing pools with fire features helps pool companies attract a larger customer base. Fire features can transform your backyard into a radiant oasis.

Outdoor fire features: Remodel Your Backyard Space

Home experts say that they are the most popular outdoor features as of now. Besides, manufacturers are now making these features that are simple to install and operate. Most homeowners often complement the features with high-end outdoor furniture.

Outdoor fire features not only provide warmth on a cold night but also helps you bond with your family. If you incorporate these stunning features, you can chat with your family all night long. Also, they features make it possible for you to create a mini-staycation for your loved ones, even in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions. Subsequently, you can bond and create lifetime memories with your family.

How do Outdoor fire features work?

Typically, outdoor fire features work using natural gas or propane. Therefore, homeowners can operate them either manually or automatically. It all depends on the type of fire feature they have. Operating these features manually entails using lighters. On the other hand, you can control automatic fire features using a simple remote.

The aesthetics that come with fire features make all pool designers desire to incorporate them into their pool projects. Luckily, there is a wide range of these features, from fire pits to fire tables. Therefore, almost every customer can find what they are looking for. Even so, the final decision is often determined by the homeowners. Some homeowners may not want to incorporate these outdoor fire features into their property simply because they don’t meet their taste, preference, or budget. But all in all, they are worth the purchase. They add a whole new charm to your backyard as well as upgrade the value of your property.

Types of outdoor fire features

As mentioned earlier, there is a broad spectrum of fire features. Some of them include:

Fire tables:

Fire tables are increasingly becoming popular due to their aesthetics and functionality. They come in different designs and sizes. But experts advise going fire tables with a coffee table height. They are more functional compared to other sizes. Moreover, fire tables incorporate various shape; rectangular, square, and round. Therefore, you can always find the perfect match for your outdoor space.

Fire pots:

Another fire feature is the fire pot. These outdoor fire features come in various shapes and designs. Therefore, they can get used in any type of backyard space, whether small or large. If you have a pool, your contractor will probably recommend installing this feature along the edges of the pool.

Fire pits:

Most people often confuse fire pits and firepots. Fire pits are like small fire bowls with deep pits. However, there are different designs, shapes, and sizes of fire pits. Also, you can always customize a fire pit to match your requirements. There are also portable fire pits that give you the unique privilege of placing them anywhere you want.

Water and fire bowls:

Can you picture a combination of fire and water? Well, water and fire bowls are specially designed to integrate fire and water. The aesthetics offered by these features are out of this world. Water and fire bowls are popularly known to offer a classy, sophisticated, and elegant view in your backyard. Like other water features, water and fire bowls come in different designs and sizes, each varying in price. Although these fire features are more costly, they are worth the investment.

Outdoor Pizza Ovens

One fire feature that definitely turns heads are outdoor pizza ovens. Aside from being an eye catching focal piece in the backyard, brick oven pizza is something that both family and friends would definitely enjoy. The homemade pizza you prepare will also create lasting memories of time spent in the backyard. Plus, this style of oven cooks pizza to perfection; no indoor oven can match the authentic woodfired cooking experience.

Are Outdoor fire features safe and worth the purchase?

Most outdoor fire features are uniquely manufactured with industry veterans who have over three decades of experience like Bobé Water & Fire. Thus, most of the features are safe to use. You need not worry about experiencing a fire accident in your home caused by these features. Furthermore, well-trained and skilled manufacturers specialize in coming up with twenty-first-century fire features. They use the latest technology to design water features.

Fire features are now turning many pool dreams into reality. These features modify the backyard into a glowing and serene haven. Besides aesthetics, outdoor fire features also offer excellent functionality. In fact, almost all world-class pools incorporate these features.

It can be challenging for pool companies to compete due to the constant trends in the industry. Therefore, pool builders and designers should find a way of installing new water features strategically. In turn, they attract a large clientele, which helps them increase their sales, revenues, and profits.

Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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Basecrete and Pools Go Hand in Hand – Danilo Bonazza

Danilo Bonazza explains why Basecrete and pools go hand in hand.

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Basecrete and Pools go hand in hand - Danilo Bonazza

We caught up with Danilo Bonazza world famous mosaic tile artist on one of his latest projects. He was there on site with the President of Basecrete, Vito Mariano – one of the leading experts in concrete engineering and cement technology. Danilo and Vito have known each other for years, as Basecrete often comes into play on many of the pool remodeling projects Danilo has worked on.

Danilo is a huge proponent of using Basecrete’s products. While he was working on a recent project, we noticed that he was using Basecrete Intercept. Danilo stopped to give a demonstration on the application of the product. We asked him why Basecrete is so vital to his preparation process and why this product is so instrumental in helping him achieve a monolithic end result.

Basecrete makes the ideal waterproofing barrier. The colloidal silicate in combination with their fibermesh system helps makes the structure even stronger as one whole solid piece.

Danilo Bonazza – Art & Mosaics

What is Basecrete?

To the layman without a finer understanding of Basecrete and Colloidal Silica, (SiO2) it is a densifier. Typically, Danilo applies it in a liquid form as a spray to cement / concerete structures. Its purpose is to densify the molecules of the cement based material. In fact it reacts with the useless calcium hydroxide (contained in the cement of the gunite or shotcrete pool shell) and chemically alters it into useful CSH.

The material is intermingled into the hardened cement paste. A chemical reaction occurs which creates additional paste inside the pores of the existing structure. The paste gets denser becoming almost like a gel. This makes it harder and much less porous. Consequently, this gives the pool shell an extra barrier to humidity and water. It is for this reason above all others that Danilo insists on incorporating Basecrete Intercept.

Why is Basecrete so often used in Inground Pools?

To better understand why Basecrete Intercept is becoming so popular in the industry, we spoke with President – Vito Mariano more about the product. He explained the important role that Basecrete is playing in pool construction today.

Vito, who first got his start in the concrete industry in the late 80’s, has numerous patents to his credit. He’s known as one of the foremost experts in concrete engineering and manufacturing. His company Basecrete’s products have been involved in the construction of well over 90,000 inground pools. Basecrete, although well known in the construction trades – is however still largely unknown to consumers – namely homeowners. We asked Vito to initiate those without a prior knowledge of Basecrete as to what his product is truly all about.

Basecrete itself is known throughout the industry as a high performance, flexible waterproofing membrane and bond coating. The proprietary blend of polymers and additives provide unmatched strength and superior adhesion.

Vito mariano – president of basecrete

“Basecretes flexibility however, allows it to absorb movement from the underlying concrete structure. Pool contractors find it the ideal solution for waterproofing. Particularly for the products ability to protect and repair concrete structures. Already incredibly popular in the pool industry, you’ll find Basecrete applied in pool shells, spas, and fountains.” continued Mariano.

Danilo Bonazza is one of the world’s leading Mosaic Tile artists and uses Basecrete in conjunction with his pool projects

Why Pool Contractors Swear by Basecrete

Danilo Bonazza, who is one of the leading mosaic tile artists today, swears by Basecrete and summarized why. “I love the product because it preserves the integrity of the cement structure. Over time humidity and water can penetrate and cause damage. Basecrete provides extra strength that prevents this from occuring”. Danilo has become a champion for the product and brand ambassador of sorts. He explained that it goes far beyond the guarantee that comes on the label. “The quality is not only in the product,” said Danilo “it is in the people that are supporting it.”

Vito Mariano couldn’t agree more. His firm Basecrete now consults all over the world. “We’re providing training and certifications in the application of our product. We’re supporting the industry and have trainers in the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Africa, Australia, and are committed to growing and expanding that.”

Key Take Away Advantages of Basecrete

High performance: PSI, Adhesion, Tensile Strength, Shear Bond and Flexibility
Easy Application: Roll It, Trowel It, Spray It, Squeegee It

  • Impact Strength: 19 LB
  • Compressive Strength: 7050 PSI
  • Tensile Strength: 732 PSI
  • Flexular Strength: 2380 PSI

What Basecrete Does

Basecrete is a waterproofing bondcoat / underlayment / micro topping. Primarily, it is used in applications where a solid and durable waterproof barrier is needed. Adhesive to nearly all surfaces, it is highly resistant to most chemicals and corrosive agents. Basecrete is able to withstand high degrees of movement while still maintaining its structural integrity. The product essentially makes pools waterproof and creates a bond for the pool’s final decorative finish of your choice, such as plaster or tiles.

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It is interesting to note that Basecrete acts as an antifracture membrane. Use it in conjunction with fibermesh to transition areas and pipe penetrations to create truly monolothic structures. For more information about Basecrete watch the Ask The Masters Podcast or visit them on the web: https://basecreteusa.com

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Jimi Smith on Pool Photography

Jimi Smith is one of the most widely acclaimed pool photographers today. We profile his work as one of the leading luxury pool photographers.

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Jimi Smith Photography

Jimi Smith is probably one of the most popular photographers on the planet that you never even heard of. That is of course, you happen to be in the pool industry. In which case, his name is immediately associated with stunning photographs of over the top inground swimming pools.

Although Jimi has only been shooting pools for less than 5 years, his reputation has already begun to grow. His eye for detail and ability to stage a pool has led him to all points of the globe. Jimi’s talent as a professional high end photographer of luxury inground pools is now well established.

Jimi Smith's photos have been on the cover of numerous magazines and have won numerous awards.
Jimi Smith’s award winning photos have been on the cover of numerous magazines.

How Jimi Smith Got Started Photographing Pools

We had the opportunity to discuss pool photography and chat with Smith for over an hour. In the course of our discussion we learned alot of interesting things about this up and coming star in the pool industry. His journey as one of the world’s leading pool photographers began roughly five years ago while he was living in the Virgin Islands.

“At the time, I was working in a scuba shop. I had studied photography in school. Whenever I’d get off work at the dive shop, I’d head down to the local beaches and take photographs on my off hours. Before long, I began selling photos for postcards and got really good at it.” Smith explained.

“I started to build up a name as a photographer and built a website that year. I’d post my photos to social media and was building up quite a big following.” Smith continued. “It was at this point in time, I got a Facebook message from a buddy of mine from high school named Shane Leblanc of Selective Designs who was making quite a name for himself as a traveling design consultant.”

Jimi Smith - Traveling Luxury Pool Photographer
Jimi Smith – Traveling Luxury Pool Photographer

“Shane Leblanc asked me, are you willing to travel to shoot photographs? Next thing I knew, I’m on a flight with my gear. I wound up shooting 4 pools in 3 days. That was it, I was hooked.”

JIMI SMITH – luxury Pool photographer

“I had no clue pools like this even existed in peoples backyards. Shane introduced me to that whole world. He had gone through the Genesis program and was doing really incredible jobs. He’s definitely at the top of his game right now.” said Smith.

Word of Mouth Lead to a new Career

As often happens in the pool industry, word began to get around about Smith’s abilities. That year Leblanc entered Smith’s photographs in several design competitions and won numerous awards including the APSP International Award of Excellence – Gold award. Pool Builders were impressed at the caliber of the photos Leblanc had submitted and Shane was more than happy to recommend his friend Smith as the photographer who had so expertly captured his amazing designs.

Jimi Smith's career took off once pool builders began to hear about his incredible skills behind the camera.
Jimi Smith’s career took off once pool builders began to hear about his incredible skills behind the camera.
Photo Credit – Jimi Smith – Pool Designer – Randy Angell

That was a watershed moment for Smith’s career and that is when it truly began to take off. From that moment on, Smith began to receive requests from all over the country from some of the most cutting edge and well-known builders in the swimming pool industry. It was a far cry from what he had been doing only a few years prior. Smith says he still can’t believe how fortunate he is to be able to do what he truly enjoys doing.

“I fly all over the world now for work. When I’m traveling people often ask me what I do for a living. I just take out my cellphone and show them photos of the pools I’ve photographed. ” said Smith.

Jimi Smith's work takes him all over the glob as he photographs some of the pool industries most elaborate luxury pools.
Jimi Smith’s work takes him all over the globe as he photographs some of the pool industries most elaborate luxury pools.
Photo Credit: Jimi Smith – Pool Designer: Danny Wang

Smith is an unassuming and incredibly talented young man. He’s a veritable open book and fountain of knowledge when it comes to photographing pools. Jimi took the time to share a few insider pro tips with our readers to help them make their own photos stand out. He routinely consults with pool builders that want amazing photographs of their work but may not have a pro photographer on staff to shoot their pools.

Advice From Jimi Smith on how to take amazing Pool Photos…

“More often than not, pool builders want to photograph the completed project before it’s truly ready. Ideally, you want to wait until the landscaping is completed, not just the swimming pool.”

JIMI SMITH – PROFESSIONAL POOL PHOTOGRAPHER

Smith also suggested until waiting for the right time of year to photograph the pool area. “A large percentage of what makes my photos so appealing is also the house and other outdoor living amenities. Waiting until the landscaping, outdoor kitchen or pergola is completed can really help fill in the negative space and adds a big impact to the photos.” said Smith.

Pro Tip from Jimi Smith: Wait until just before sunset to take impressive eye catching pool photos.
Pro Tip from Jimi Smith: Wait until just before sunset to take impressive eye catching pool photos.
Photo Credit: Jimi Smith – Pool Designer: Ryan Hughes

Taking world class Pool Photos is all about timing…

“I’d also advise pool builders not to wait too long until after the backyard is completed before taking photographs. You want the backyard to look pristine, and unlived in for these types of photos.” said Smith who added that he often spends time positioning furniture and setting lighting to properly stage his shots.

He advises to take multiple shots and from different angles of the pool to highlight the features and amenities of the backyard. “Quite often, I see pools photographed, where it looks like the photographer was trying to cram in the entire backyard into a single shot. Your eye doesn’t know what to look at first.”

Smith, who has an incredible eye for detail also has an in-depth knowledge of operating a pool. Quite frequently he performs unassisted out in the field. He’s become quite capable of operating all of the equipment, water and fire features, automation, and lighting in the pool. Smith said that he does this on nearly every job he shoots. He offers a key piece of advice here for anyone trying to photograph a pool at night.

“The golden hour is right before sunset.” said Smith. “It’s during this key timeframe that you’re able to get great shots of all the details of the pool. You can still see the led lighting in the pool if you turn it on. You also get some ambient light from the setting sun which helps to create these dramatic layered looks.”

Since Jimi Smith has seen so many luxury pools over the years, he has developed a critical eye for quality of workmanship as well as design. Smith says he can often spot quality construction when he attempts to level his camera tripod. “Frequently on a high end build, I will hardly have to adjust the level at all on my tripod. The pool area on some of these jobs I’ve photographed is so perfectly level that I barely have to make any adjustments.”

Working with Jimi Smith

Interested in working with Jimi Smith? He travels the globe photographing million dollar luxury pools.
Interested in working with Jimi Smith? He travels the globe photographing million dollar luxury pools.

One of the major reasons that Jimi gets so much work in the pool industry has to do with his prowess and overall knowledge of how inground swimming pools function and operate. Over the years, Smith has spent considerable time upping his pool IQ. His comfort level in operating all the components and features of even the most sophisticated luxury pools is only matched by his abilities behind the camera. Consequently, he’s become a favorite of major pool builders across the country who have come to rely on his particular skillset.

Seeing as he works with so many builders, we asked Jimi a question he confessed he gets alot… “Who is your favorite pool builder?”

“It’s hard to pick and single out one builder. I’ve shot for so many great designers.” said Smith. “Randy Angell is one designer out of Dallas, TX whose work I really appreciate. He’s a big believer of ‘form follows function’ which appeals to my personal aesthetic.”

We asked Jimi which designer he hasn’t worked with yet but is eager to shoot for. “Kirk Bianchi is one designer I’d love to work with. He’s out of Scottsdale, AZ but has spent alot of time overseas in Japan. His designs are exquisitely unique and have an Asian influence that you don’t find very often in the pool industry.”

It was definitely a privilege to talk photography with Jimi and you can certainly see for yourself why his skills are in such high demand these days. Interested in hiring Jimi to photograph your pools? Check out his website https://www.jimismithphotography.com/ or follow him on Instagram @jimismithphotography.

Photo Credits: Jimi Smith Photography
Pool Designer Credits: Danny Wang, Randy Angell, Ryan Hughes

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Claffey Pools Helps Residents Recover From Freeze Damage, With Help from Above

Claffey Pools team of nearly 100 employees are working tirelessly to restore nearly 1,000 area pool systems after the recent deep freeze.

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Claffey Pools Helps Residents Recover From Freeze Damage, With Help from Above

After a freezing winter storm shut down power in Texas in February, many pool owners experienced damage. With plumbing lines and equipment compromised, tens of thousands of pools across Texas were damaged beyond use. The Claffey Pools team of nearly 100 employees continues to work tirelessly to restore nearly 1,000 area pool systems. Serving North Texas for more than 30 years, Claffey Pools specializes in pool construction, service and renovation. Several weeks later, the Claffey Pools team can see the finish line on what has been and will be its most complicated and challenging endeavor. We sat down with Claffey Pools president Charlie Claffey to learn more about how his team weathered the storm.

FOR MORE THAN 34 YEARS… Claffey Pools has built more than 10,000 pools in North Texas. The Claffey Pools team is ranked third in the United States according to the “Pool and Spa News” Top 50 builders. Claffey Pools helps lead the industry by assisting in the adoption of Texas’ first uniform pool building code, serving the Texas Pool and Spa Coali- tion, the International Code Council, the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance and the Master Pools Guild.

WE ARE INDUSTRY LEADERS BECAUSE… of the tireless efforts of our staff, the talents of our trade partners and a culture centered on a passionate commitment for excellence.

TEXAS WAS DEVASTATED… by this winter weather. The never-before-seen cold, combined with power outages that, in some cases, lasted for days, caused immeasurable damage to homes and pools across the state. In what may go down as the single largest weather-related disaster in our nation’s history, swimming pools that rely on electricity to keep water moving were frozen solid.

WE WERE OVERWHELMED… with hundreds of calls, emails and texts in the days of the freeze. Our team assisted hundreds of clients at all hours of the night with calls and field visits. After the first few days, it was apparent that managing the requests without centralized communication and processes was impossible. In less than 24 hours, our team developed a web portal that gathered the data necessary to categorize damages and dispatch field personnel. The portal went live at 5 p.m. on February 18. By February 20, we were faced with the daunting task of performing nearly 900 freeze assessments.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE… in the last month can only be explained as miraculous. With our backs against the wall, the God-inspired ideas, systems, communication and execution is unfounded. The teamwork of employees, trade partners, supply side partners and manufacturing partners will forever change us. Our team, with daily help from above, has performed 900 assessments and estimates and repaired over 700 pools, covering a 120-mile radius, in just seven weeks. From what we are being told, the industry will be lucky to finish the balance of the repairs in seven months.

WE HAVE INCREDIBLE… team members that have worked seven-day weeks since the freeze event started — many working 20 hour days. We have incredible trade partners and manufacturing relationships that have been critical to the process. We have amazing people who have done amazing things.

WE ARE GRATEFUL… to God for the inspiration and guidance. From being inspired to clear the entire supply side chain inventory before anyone else reacted to being guided to design website portals, mechanized assessments and workflow management tools, our team has always been a step ahead.

THANK YOU… to our loyal clients. Throughout the entire process, our amazing clients have allowed us to pilot processes, use their homes as assessment training grounds, helped us feed our employees and even remodeled a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in one week — just to allow us to hold a never-before-seen amount of product. The friendships that are created as a result of working for so many of you is what makes each day special. Thank you.

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Claffey Pools

1625 Brumlow Avenue, Southlake, Texas 76092

Phone 817.488.5795

Article originally posted at: https://www.southlakestyle.com/community/business/claffey-pools-helps-residents-recover-from-freeze-damage-wit/

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