10 Super Innovative Swim Up Pool Bar Ideas

10 Super Innovative Swim Up Pool Bar Ideas

Swim Up Pool Bar Ideas Sure To Inspire

Imagine yourself sitting in a tranquil pool, sipping a cocktail, and enjoying the company of friends or family. What comes to mind is probably a five-star resort, right?

If so, it’s time to adjust your thinking.

While it is true that the original swim up bar was found in the Sandals Montego Bay resort, the luxury is no longer reserved for high-end hotels.

Today, plenty of people are adding this decadent detail to their own backyards. They are ideal for entertaining and look great in pictures, especially if your yard already has a nice view.

Ready to take the plunge? Read on for 10 swim up pool bar ideas to help you get inspired!

1. Something Sleek and Modern

Contemporary design isn’t just for the indoors anymore. Make your pool feel more modern by using sleek countertop materials like granite, frosted glass, and poured cement.

You’ll want to stick with neutral colors like black, gray, and white, in addition to your pool’s classic turquoise bottom. And, if possible, opt for chrome or silver fixtures to keep everything looking sleek.

Consider using subway or small glass tiles rather than larger squares or stone for accents.

2. From Here to Infinity

What’s better than a swim up infinity pool bar? Not much, really.

If your property already has a great view, this is a fantastic way to capitalize on it. Consider a west-facing bar for the best sunset happy hour around. You may never want to go out for drinks again!

While you’re at it, why not add a tanning ledge? This is the perfect place to add some comfortable in-pool furniture like loungers, perfect for those who don’t want to sit on a stool for too long.

3. Add a Wet Bar

Some swim up bars are just slabs of concrete or tile with a place to sit. But, adding a wet bar takes the idea to a whole new level.

Upgrading your swim up pool bar with a sink will allow you to prepare cocktails and wash dishes poolside. And, while it will obviously raise your pool bar budget, it’s well worth the extra investment.

While you’re taking the time to add running water to your swim up bar, you might want to put in electricity for refrigeration, too. That way, you can keep all your favorite mixers nice and cold without having to run inside for ingredients.

4. Or Better Yet, a Kitchen

If you’re remodeling your pool, why stop at adding a wet bar?

Outdoor kitchens are ideal for entertaining and can transform your yard into a fully liveable space. This guarantees a better return on investment, ups your home’s curb appeal big time, and increases the odds for frequent backyard barbecues, too.

Full-sized fridges, grills, and gas ranges are all ideal for outdoor use. Just remember that you’ll need to add some comfortable seating that isn’t in your pool if you’re planning to serve food outdoors.

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5. Put up a Patio Cover

There are plenty of pool bar designs out there that don’t include shade. But, you’ll definitely spend more time at the bar if you can beat the heat while you’re there.

Adding shade to your pool can also help protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Though, you’ll still want to wear plenty of sunscreen during the day.

Pergolas come in handy for comfortable outdoor dining and sunburn-free lounging, as well.

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6. Hang a Few Screens

Whether you’re a sports fan or just addicted to the daily news, you might want to hang out at your backyard pool and watch tv. This is one of the easiest to add pool bar features, and one that’s guaranteed to get used.

Adding television to your outdoor space also helps make it inviting for get-togethers, letting you show the big game or your favorite awards show on the water.

7. A Touch of Nature

Make your swim up bar feel like a true oasis by adding some natural features to the mix.

Start with plenty of lush foliage in planters. Then, add a bit of drama. Consider a grotto or waterfall to add the peaceful sound of running water, or opt for a fire feature if you’d enjoy an evening experience reminiscent of a relaxing beach bonfire.

You’ll want to stick with stone motifs rather than tile, and use a neutral color palette to pull this look off.

8. Dramatic Lighting

Whether you’re inside or out, the right lighting makes everything look better – and your swim up bar is no exception.

Warm white lighting under your bar’s counter is ideal for adding a touch of romance. But, for something more exciting, try neon shades that elicit an instant party vibe.

Keep in mind that whatever overall look you choose should match your lighting well. Otherwise, you risk an overly busy atmosphere that takes away from your bar’s luxurious look.

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9. Fearless Furnishings

While it is absolutely essential to pick swim up pool bar look for your outdoor pool and stick to it, this is one household area where you can get away with a few funky decorating ideas.

Skip the traditional tile or cement stools and opt for stylish stainless steel, hang some fun and funk light fixtures, or opt for some outdoor art. The sky is the limit when it comes to these little details!

10. Go Tropical

This is easily the most classic of all themes for pools, and for a good reason. The tropics evoke a feeling of freedom and relaxation, the ideal atmosphere for your luxurious backyard hideaway.

Use natural materials like wood and palapa, and try to stick with earth-toned colors in addition to your pool’s turquoise bottom.

Bring Your Swim up Pool Bar Ideas to Life!

Did these stunning swim up pool bar ideas catch your attention? If so, it might be time to consider upgrading your own outdoor oasis.

We guarantee that you’ll love your new luxurious open-air living space, and so will your guests! And, with our optional pool financing, getting your project started will be a piece of cake.

Contact us today or call (480) 725-5819 and let us help you craft your perfect pool and outdoor living space.

We have designed and built so many amazing inground swimming pools throughout Maricopa County AZ and beyond. We have a long list of happy customers. Let us add you to the long list.

Towns we build incredible custom inground swimming pools in, but not limited to:

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Maryvale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Surprise, Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Goodyear, New River, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Youngtown, Wickenburg, Tolleson, Sun Lakes, Sun City West, Sun City, Queen Creek, Litchfield Park, Litchfield, Guadalupe, Gile Bend, Cave Creek, Carefree and beyond.


Baja Shelf Guide: Cost, Depth & Design Ideas

Baja Shelf Guide: Cost, Depth & Design Ideas

Complete Baja Shelf Guide

Did you know that there are more than 10 million homes with pools in the United States alone? Having a pool can be fantastic while creating unforgettable memories with family and friends that will last a lifetime. 

As many pool owners love to entertain poolside, some simply want a place to unwind after a long day and relax. However, if most of the pool has a profound depth, only a raft will enable your relaxation time.

This is when having a Baja shelf can be excellent. So, what is a Baja shelf, you might ask?

A Baja shelf is a pool section that is shallow enough to sit or lay down. It is perfect for that much-needed relaxation after a busy day of work. However, the benefits spread beyond relaxation.

As you seek to learn more about a Baja shelf, there will be many questions you will need to be answered. 

For example, “how deep should my Baja shelf be” or “is a Baja shelf worth it?” And most importantly, how much will it cost? And let’s not forget to ask about the design options. 

This article aims to address these questions and more.

The Benefits and Why You Should Get a Baja Shelf for Your Pool?

As mentioned, one of the great benefits of having a Baja shelf has to do with comfort and relaxation. It is an excellent section of your pool for lounging. One will not need a raft as it is needed for the deep end and even the 4 to 5 foot section. In addition, along with lounge chairs on a Baja shelf, you can also put a small table or other pieces of waterproof furniture. 

Beyond using it for much-needed alone time, they are incredibly versatile, allowing you to gather with friends for a nightcap; just remember to add lighting for safety and stunning ambiance.

Do you have young children? Baja shelves are fabulous for them to splish, splash and play.

Layout and Sizes of a Baja Shelf

Baja shelves can be customized in all sizes. They can be alongside the entire pool, at one end, or both; however, you must know that it’s crucial to hire a professional pool builder who is an expert in designing and constructing Baja shelves.

An expert will discuss your lifestyle and needs. For example, will the Baja shelf be used for you alone, for gatherings and or for small children? These questions must be addressed before deciding on the layout and size.

Now let’s move on to the cost, depth and design ideas.

Baja Shelf Guide: Cost, Depth & Design Ideas

Depth of a Baja Shelf

Of course, the depth of a Baja shelf is built to be shallow so that you can sit or lay down in comfort with your head above the water. However, different depth options can make such a shelf more versatile. For example, one must consider a Baja shelf 6 inches deep vs. 12 inches and 18 inches.

6″ Baja Shelf

The six-inch Baja shelf is the most shallow. The waterline will come up six inches allowing it to cover your legs barely. This depth is also often sought-after by those who own small pets. Many of our pets love to splash but are afraid to tackle deeper waters.

You can place a lounger on the six-inch depth shelf; however, the water level will not be high enough to reach the chair and feel the cool water.

12″ Baja Shelf

Consider the twelve-inch Baja shelf if you want to feel a bit more water. This shelf has enough water to measure up to your waist while seated. In addition, it will allow your body to float slightly, especially now that you can stretch out. Finally, it is perfect for taking the weight off your knees and hips.

This depth is ideal for putting in a low chair so you can recline while still in the water. However, it will be too shallow for taller chairs.

We mentioned our pets on the six-inch Baja shelf. This shelf can also be suitable, but perhaps for the larger-sized.

Twelve inches is the standard depth of most kiddie pools, making this one great for the kids. A safe place for them to splash around and laugh until their heart is content. But remember, adult supervision is always a must for kids and pets.

18″ Baja Shelf

Opt for an 18-inch Baja shelf if you want a bit more depth. 

The water should come up around your shoulders while seated. This depth is perfect for putting a lounging chair on the shelf, even if the chair is relatively tall. Think of yourself sitting on a pool bench; this is how you will feel.

You can also put a small table on the shelf. The top of the table should still be above the water, so you can put all sorts of snacks and drinks on it while you lounge in the crystal-clear cool water. To get out of the sun add a built in umbrella.

Because the water will measure up higher on your body, your body can float more easily than the shallower options. So perhaps it is time to relax and take the weight off.

Baja Shelf Cost

As there are different layouts, sizes and depths of Baja Shelves, all will require a custom pool design. And when speaking about custom, it means, basically, custom prices. As no Baha shelf designs will be the same, this holds true for the costs.

For example, constructing a narrow Baja shelf at one end of the pool to leave more swimming space will come at a different cost than a large part of the pool dedicated to the Baja shelf.

Generally, the cost of a Baja shelf can begin at roughly $1,000 and go up from there. One must factor in the additional amenities along with the size, shape, and depth. Will there be built-in seating, a table, an umbrella, water features such as bubblers, lighting and other?

Innovative Baja Shelf Design Ideas

As previously mentioned, your design options can be limitless when you hire an expert in building Baja shelves. A professional pool builder will know how to implement a Baja shelf to blend seamlessly with all shape pools, such as geometric and free-form. Are you seeking a modern pool design with straight lines or a tropical resort-style pool with curves?

Once you have determined the layout, size and now the pool’s style, its time to begin designing. We discuss a few ideas here.

One Step vs. Two Step

This is the number of steps to get on the Baja shelf and into the pool.

One typical size step can enter the shelf and the actual pool. You can also extend this one step for a larger area while stepping down into the lower shelf, than the pool.

Umbrella Sleeves

Many of us choose to escape the hot sun when by the pool. Now you can do just that while inside the pool. Umbrella sleeves can be built into the Baja shelf so one can enjoy the cool and stay out of the sun. If your shelf is large enough, you can perch multiple umbrella sleeves. So, invite your friends and party on.

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Water Features

As we have mentioned a few times, hiring an expert in building your Baja shelf is vital, especially when adding additional features. For example, bubblers that shoot water above the pool’s waterline are fun to look at. And they can also be fun for the kids and our pets who want to frolic amongst them.

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What a great environment one can have with beautiful and colorful plants, so why not add a plant section right smack in the middle or even on the sides? This is a perfect idea for a free-form pool trying to achieve that tropical resort-style feel. But make sure you choose the right plants for the weather and those that will thrive close to the pool’s water.

How about adding a waterfall or fountain right in the center of the plantings. Sounds awesome, right?

Make it Stand Out

If you want this to be the focul point, adding specialty tiles in vibrant colors that blend with your backyard style is an excellent idea. Construct a mosaic design right in the middle. Do you have a hobby? Is it deep sea fishing or other? Perhaps the design can represent that.

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Entertaining Ideas

If you love entertaining and are building an outdoor kitchen and bar area, consider attaching it to the inground swimming pool. Have you been to your favorite resort and enjoyed swimming up to the bar and sitting on the underwater bar stools while sipping your favorite cocktail? Perfect! You can enjoy this in your own backyard. Add your sun shelf and low underwater bar stools, and you are ready to party.

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Now that we have offered you a super small number of ideas, let’s discuss the Baja shelfs worth. Still wondering, “is a Baja shelf worth it?”

Is a Baja Shelf Worth It?

Well, this all depends if this is something you want. Do you want to relax in shallow water with a lounge chair, a cocktail and under an umbrella? Do you have small children and want to have shallow water for them to enjoy? And let us not forget our loved pets.

If you are using your pool primarily for physical fitness, such as swimming laps and aerobics, or you have teens who continuously play water volleyball and water basketball, than a Baja shelf may not be in your best interest.

So the answer remains, it can be well worth it for some and not worth it for others.

There is So Much More To Know

Again, we mention hiring an expert Baja shelf pool builder is critical, and you are at the right place. No Limit Pools & Spas, located in Mesa, Arizona, has the team of experts you need. So give us a shout to learn what we can design and build just for you.

Our happy pool owners come from through Maricopa County, AZ and beyond. Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler are just a few communities we have build incredible pools in.




Guide To Average Pool Sizes for Arizona Homes

Guide To Average Pool Sizes for Arizona Homes

Are There Average Pool Sizes in Arizona?

In Arizona, we know that the only way to beat the summer heat is to take a dip. It’s unsurprising, then, that the US city with the most privately owned pools per capita is Phoenix, Arizona.

What if your Arizona home didn’t come equipped with a pool? What if a pool is the final element you need to turn your property into your dream oasis?

If so, the first question to ask is, “What size pool is right for me?” This can seem like a daunting question with no right answers, but we’re here to help.

Read on to learn more about average pool sizes and standard pool sizes, rules and regulations that might impact your pool size, and more.

What Is the Average Pool Size for an Arizona Home?

As of right now, there are no accurate statistics regarding the average pool size in Arizona. Many of our clients want to know what the average pool size in Arizona is because they hope that it will provide guidance. The truth is that averages are often skewed by extreme figures, which would likely be the case here.

What do we mean by that? Most Arizona pool owners are going to have a standard-sized pool, which we’ll discuss below. However, we’re seeing a new trend of micro pools being built in small spaces such as townhouse yards. There are also some seriously massive privately owned pools on major estates in some of the wealthiest counties in the state.

While average sizes can seem like a useful measurement, they may also paint an unrealistic portrait of what most homeowners in Arizona are doing with their pool designs.

Standard Swimming Pool Size for Home Use

Let’s talk about standard swimming pool sizes, instead. At No Limit Pools, we’ve done quite a bit of custom work that deviates from these standards. However, we find that talking about standard inground pool sizes can make it easier to start conceptualizing our projects.

Keep in mind that most private pools, regardless of size, have a maximum depth of about 5.5 feet. It is the perimeter, which we tend to talk about in terms of width by length, that differs. Standard sizes include:

  • 10 feet by 20 feet
  • 15 feet by 30 feet
  • 20 feet by 40 feet

If trying to imagine how much space that would actually take up is difficult, note that 10 feet is about the length of two park benches side by side and 40 feet is about the length of a semi-truck trailer.

What Size Pool Is Right For Me?

Picking the right size pool is more complicated than selecting from one of the three standard inground pool sizes. You will need to take a variety of factors into consideration before getting started on your pool design. If you’re still wondering, “How big should my pool be?” keep reading to learn more about what will impact the size of your pool.

City Regulations

One of the first things to consider is the regulations imposed by your city. Because an inground pool is considered a major renovation, you will need to abide by city regulations and obtain permits before breaking ground.

What kinds of regulations can you expect? Let’s take Mesa’s pool regulations as an example. According to Mesa regulations, private inground pools must:

  • not drain into the street
  • be no closer to an electrical outlet than six feet
  • not be built on a public utility easement
  • be built no closer than four feet from property lines

These are just a few examples of the kinds of regulations you will need to meet when planning your backyard pool.

HOA Rules

There are at least 5,000 HOAs in the state of Arizona. If you live in a community with an HOA, check any HOA guidance you’ve received as a member.

HOA rules tend to regulate changes made to a property that can impact your fellow neighbors. An HOA may limit where you can build your pool, what features you can add to your pool, and even the times when you can use your pool. Breaking HOA rules can result in fines and other issues, not to mention tension with the neighbors!

Desired Uses and Features

How do you intend to use your pool? Do you want your pool to become the hangout spot for your entire family? Do you plan on doing laps in your pool?

Uses and features will always impact the size of your pool. For example, if you intend to install a diving board, you will need a greater maximum depth than 7 feet. If you want to swim laps in your pool, considering a lap pool with a length of at least 35 feet will enable you to get the most swimming benefits.

Overall Backyard Uses

How you want to use the pool isn’t the only thing to think about. You should also take into account how you want to use your entire backyard.

If you’ve got acres to play with, this probably won’t make a huge impact on the size of your pool. However, most suburban and urban backyards have limited space, which means that you should think about how much yard space you want to dedicate to other activities, like lounging, gardening, and cooking outdoors.

If you yardspace is small or you simply want a small pool there are a variety of new pool types that are growing in popularity: cocktail pools, spools and plunge pools. Though they are all small pools, each are different.

Cocktail pools are generally no larger than 400 to 500 square feet, with the average dimensions being 12′ to 14′.  Their depth is usually 4 to 5 feet deep.

Spools are basically a cocktail pool. It is a new term of today because it will have additional spa features. Both cocktail pools and spools are about 25 times the size of an average bathtub.

The size of plunge pools range from 6′ x 10′ to 7′ x 13′ to 8′ x 8′; it can be any size your choose. The depth is generally 5/5′ to 7 feet. Plunge pools even though they are considered small pools  provide enough room to swim and for aquatic exercise.

Guide To Average Pool Sizes for Arizona Homes

Your Pool Budget

Last but not least, you will need to consider your pool budget. Our financing options can help you to build the pool of your dreams, but it’s important to stay realistic about the investment you can make.

Naturally, smaller pools tend to cost less than larger pools. However, you may be able to stretch a budget to fit a larger pool with fewer features and customizations.

Let No Limit Pools Help You Design the Perfect Pool

With this “Guide To Average Pool Sizes for Arizona Homes” we hope that we’ve helped you to answer the question, “What size pool is right for me?” This quick and simple guide isn’t the only advice we have to offer.

If you want to start talking about pool design, whether you’re going for an average pool size, a standard size or custom dimensions, contact us today.

We custom build all size and shape pools to meet city regulations, HOA rules, individuals desires, needs and lifestyle, as well as meeting all budgets and more. Our incredible pool designs can be seen throughout Maricopa County AZ and beyond, including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale.


How To Choose The Best Decking For Your Pool

How To Choose The Best Decking For Your Pool

Choosing The Best Decking For Your Pool

In Arizona, there is a residential pool for every 1 in 13 people, the highest pool-to-person ratio in the entire country. It’s easy to see why; a desert backyard offers a stunning vista, but summer afternoons can be unbearable to enjoy without a pool- leaving your land woefully unused. However, if you’ve already decided it’s time to build your own, there is one other step you might have forgotten about, your pool deck.

So, if you were wondering, how do you choose a pool deck and what will be the best decking for your pool? Then this is the article for you. Continue reading to learn what to consider to find the best pool decking for your home.


The Types of Pool Decks

The different types of pool decking differ in the materials used. The most common pool deck materials found in homes fall into two categories: cement or pavers, both prized for their design options, durability, and classic look.

However, if you have a raised deck around an above-ground pool, you will likely not have the infrastructure to support stone, brick, or cement. In this case, it’s often recommended to use wood or engineered wood instead.

But, whatever you choose, it’s essential that it matches the aesthetic of your pool design and home. For example, a freeform pool with hardscaped rock elements and an overall natural feel will look strange against the harsh lines of a modernist design.


What Is the Best Patio for Around a Pool?

The best decking for your pool should combine form and function. The experts recommend working with materials that are non-slip (especially if you have children) and are mold and mildew-resistant. In the dry, arid climate of most of Arizona, you can achieve this with both cement and paver options.

The most naturally slip-resistant material is concrete, especially when finished with a brushed texture. You can also use cement stone pavers or stamped cement to get the exact look you’re going for while retaining the safety features you need. Alternatively, stone pavers are infamous for becoming slippery when wet, so if you have your heart set on stone, you should inquire about additional surface treatments that can add traction.


What Is the Coolest Material for a Pool Deck?

The decking material you choose should also take into consideration your climate. In Arizona, this means it must stay comfortably cool to walk on, even in over 100°F weather. Therefore, you should stick to lighter colors and good heat reflectivity. The materials that perform the worst in this regard are brick and tile.


Let Your Pool Design Shine With the Right Pool Decking

Your pool decking should add to the overall experience of your swimming pool. It must work harmoniously with both pool’s aesthetic and how you intend to use it. When in doubt while searching the best decking to put around your swimming pool, consult experts to determine the deck that checks all your boxes.

At No Limit Pools and Spas, we use the finest materials juxtaposed against the stunning natural beauty of the Arizona landscape to turn ordinary backyards into luxury retreats with custom swimming pools. Contact us today to get started on your own backyard transformation.

We design and build the best decking that works for each outdoor space. We service Maricopa County, Arizona, including Phoenix, Scottscale, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, and far beyond.


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How To Achieve Desired Pool Water Color

How To Achieve Desired Pool Water Color

Let Us Guide You to Achieving Your Desired Pool Water Color

Venture Magazine lists the top 10 swimming pools in the world. Each has a unique or exciting feature that will make you feel like diving in!

It might be the enormity of San Alfonso Del Mar’s 66-gallon pool. Or is it the breathtaking view from the Hanging Gardens suspended pool in Bali? Unfortunately, chances are you won’t be able to replicate either in your backyard.

But there are simpler things you can do to make as big an impact. Choosing your swimming pool water color is one of them.

Did you think there weren’t any other options other than blue? Read on to find out how pool plaster colors can create a new look for your pool.


Factors That Determine Pool Water Color

Pools traditionally have an aquamarine color. This is due to light interacting with the pool’s water.

Although white, sunlight embodies various colors of the spectrum. These include blue, red, and green.

The water molecules absorb the red light on the spectrum. This results in a more blue/green hue from the light reflected from the water. It’s one of the reasons the color of your pool may seem different on an overcast day.

The objects or colors around your pool may also affect the water’s color. Trees or tall structures make the water appear darker. Colorful objects around the pool will also reflect off of the water’s surface.

Deeper pools also appear darker, while shallower pools or spas usually seem lighter. Water features can also play a role in pool colors. The movement of the water due to fountains or waterfalls can vary the color hues of the pool while adding depth.

Want a little more control over the color of the water in your pool? Simply choose the appropriate pool plaster color.


How To Achieve Desired Pool Water Color

Plaster Color

Pool plaster is one of the main factors that determine the color of a pool’s water. Administering pool plaster is the last step needed to seal an inground concrete pool. It’s a mixture of cement, marble dust, and additives that ensure your pool is watertight.

It not only protects your pool, but can also enhance the look, feel, and color of it. The dye used in the plaster is key to producing the desired water color.

White, gray, or blue plaster, will make your pool water look blue. White plaster creates a sky blue hue. The lighter the gray and blue, your water will be a softer or lighter shade of blue.

Conversely the darker the blue or gray, the darker the shade of blue. Green, black, brown, or tan plaster makes the water look greener. For a grey pool color, use dark grey pool plaster.


How To Achieve Desired Pool Water Color

Choosing Swimming Pool Water Color

If you thought you were stuck with blue water for your pool, now you know you’re not. The key to choosing your swimming pool water color lies in the plaster. Depending on the pool plaster color you choose, your pool’s water can be light or dark blue, green or even gray.

There are a variety of pool plaster colors to choose from. If the options seem too overwhelming, let an experienced pool company guide you.

No Limit Pools can. We can guide you in every aspect of pool installation or renovation. Contact us today to learn more!

We are a top pool builder serving Maricopa County and the surrounding counties. We continue year after year to be rated at the top among the best pool builders in Arizona and would love for you to join our long list of happy pool owners. Feel free to read our reviews and check out our extensive portfolio of work we have done.


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Guide To Pool Fire Features, Fire Bowls, Fire Pits

Guide To Pool Fire Features, Fire Bowls, Fire Pits

A Homeowner’s Guide to Pool Fire Features

Arizona has mild winters, but anyone who lives here knows that it can get pretty chilly at night. The party doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down.

Continue your backyard bash and keep guests warm with pool fire features.

Keep reading to learn more about them.


Pool Fire Features

There are a variety of pool fire features that homeowners can choose from. Fire features are a great addition to an existing pool or custom pool design.

Fire pits are common features you can add to your swimming area. They can enhance the beauty and elegance of your backyard space. Fire pits keep you warm in the winter so you can spend time outdoors year-round.

This feature comes in different shapes, sizes, and materials.

Fire bowls are growing in popularity because they can be incorporated into the pool’s structure. Pool fire bowls create unique lighting around the water and come in various designs to fit an aesthetic.

You can opt for a fire bowl that includes small waterfalls from the bowl, mixing fire and water. This effect will create a sense of calmness in your backyard and impress guests.


Guide To Pool Fire Features, Fire Bowls, Fire Pits


What Is the Difference Between a Fire Pit and a Fire Bowl?

The main difference between a fire pit and a fire bowl is the size. Fire pits are typically larger than fire bowls. Fire bowls also combine water with fire which most fire pits do not.

The materials of fire pits and fire bowls vary drastically and both can be customized to fit your outdoor space.

Although fire pits can be incorporated into the structure of the pool, this is seen more with fire bowls.

If you want a fire to casually hang around, a fire pit may be the better option for you. If you want to add fire features to boost the atmosphere, choose fire bowls.


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Can You Have a Fire Pit in a Pool?

You can have a fire pit within a residential pool, but homeowners tend to place fire pits near the pool instead. This is because there are a lot of factors to consider when installing a fire pit in a pool.

A fire pit has to be made of material that can withstand high temperatures and isn’t prone to water damage. Stone and brick are popular choices.

The area you place your fire pit in needs a lot of ventilation so smoke doesn’t get trapped. It shouldn’t be in a spot where it can damage any pool components.

If not installed correctly, a fire pit could be a drowning hazard. It’s important to get the opinion of a professional on whether or not a fire pit in your pool is a good idea.


Hire No Limit Pools & Spas

Whether you need a new pool build or want to add pool fire features to an existing pool, we are here to bring your ideas to life.

Pool fire features are a great way to cozy up in the backyard and improve the overall atmosphere.

Contact No Limit Pools & Spas to learn more about your pool design and fire feature options.

We are a leading pool builder in Maricopa County, AZ and beyond. We proudly serve the areas of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, and far beyond.


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5 Steps to a Flawless Sunless Tan

5 Steps to a Flawless Sunless Tan

5 Steps to a Flawless Sunless Tan

So, you live in Arizona and want to fit in with your friends but do not like to bake in the sun. Well, we have a solution. Follow these simple steps to a great summer glow in just 24 hours!

Using a quality sunless tanning product is only half the battle. Avoid that tell-tale orange color of sunless tanning products by using these five steps to a flawless sunless tan.


Shave and Exfoliate


Shave and exfoliate for 6 hours before getting ready to sunless tan. Make sure you don’t moisturize before the next step. This will allow the perfect conditions for your skin to absorb the tanning product.


Be cautious about sunless tanning directly after showering. Pours expand during the bathing process. If you sunless tan too soon after showering, your pours may pick up excess product. Allow at least 6 hours after bathing but try not to wait more than 12 hours. After 12 hours, oils on your skin may prevent the product from absorbing.


Apply Lotion


Use lotion on key body parts first. Which body parts? Any place that you tend to have to over moisturize. These parts are usually kneecaps, elbows, soles of your feet, back of your heel, and your palms. Lightly moisturize these areas first to avoid excessive absorption of the tanning product.


Use a Mitt, Towel and Brush


Use a mitt, towel, or brush to even out the product on your skin. While the glove usually works the best, soft towels, microfiber cloths, and even foundation brushes work well to blend the product into your skin. This is especially important when doing your hands and feet.

Avoid getting product on your palms or soles of your feet. Instead, blend the product on the tops of your hands and feet, and make sure to get in between your fingers. Make a claw with your hand, and be sure to get into the cracks of your knuckles.


Keep Product On Skin


Keep the product on for at least 6 hours. However, most products claim to be effective after one hour. Try to keep it on as long as possible before showering. Most products contain a bronzer which is just a temporary color to show you where the product has been applied, but after the product has been absorbed, it’s meant to be washed off. The product will continue to develop over the next 24 hours.


Some bronzers look horrible when first applied. If, after using your sunless tanning product, you aren’t happy with how you look, fear not. Most products even out after being rinsed off, and the developed tan looks much more realistic than the initial bronzer.




Moisturize after rinsing. Directly after rinsing the bronzer off, you should moisturize heavily. This will help seal in the product and give you the longest-lasting streak-free tan. Avoid showering excessively for the duration of your sunless tan. This will keep your tan looking good for longer. Instead, continue to moisturize after showering until you are ready to re-apply your tan.


Most products will start to “streak” as they fade. This refers to the uneven color that can result from fading. Try to plan your tans around social events. Your tan will look best 24-48 hours after using the product and fade from there at a rate depending on your showering and swimming schedule. Exfoliating helps streaking fade quickly.


By following these simple steps, you should get a great tan from even sub-par sunless tanning products. In addition, avoiding the palms and soles of the feet will keep your skin from turning that tell-tale orange color that is the dead giveaway for a sunless tan.

Now Are You Ready For The Swimming Pool?


Now that you are going to get that beautiful, flawless, sunless tan that you have wanted without baking in the sun, are you ready for the swimming pool? But do not worry custom designed covers can keep you out of the sun and still look fantastic with your new sunless tan.


If interested and want to learn more contact No Limit Pools & Spas. We look forward to speaking with you about all of our backyard outdoor living services.



Pool and Fence Lighting Ideas

Pool and Fence Lighting Ideas

Creative Pool and Fence Lighting Ideas

Outdoor fences around backyards are not only for privacy; they keep unwanted guests out of our swimming pools while also providing security, comfort, and safety, especially as we have mentioned if you have a pool.

Do you have an existing fence, or are you considering putting one around your swimming pool? If so, let us help you make your decision one step further to enhance visibility and nighttime relaxation by illuminating the pool and fence.

First, we discuss color and how it affects our moods. Then, we will explain the types of lighting, followed by creative fence lighting ideas and topping it off with pool lighting ideas.

How Lighting Color Affects Mood

Do you know that colors evoke emotions? Blue, purples and greens evoke feelings of peace and calm. Red, oranges and yellow evoke excitement, happiness and sociability, while green evokes nature, healing and freshness. In ancient cultures, colors were used to heal. And today, color is used in some holistic practices.

Since color plays a vital role in affecting our emotions and influencing our thoughts, imagine sitting amongst the perfect color lighting to set the mood you want to achieve. Invite your family and friends over for an energetic, cheery party and set the tone with reds and yellows. In contrast, for a relaxing evening with a book in hand, visualize yourself at your favorite tropical resort and set the tone with greens and even browns.

Now that we have discussed a bit about how color can set our mood, let us begin offering you a few lighting ideas, from lighting accents spread across your fence line to the pool area and its interior. Let’s take your imagination to the next level and reap the rewards of a beautifully illuminated backyard.

Lighting: Solar vs. LED Electric Lights

Solar Lights

Solar lights are easy to install, especially since they have no wires to deal with. However, their duration of light output is based on the current charge and the condition of the batteries.

Generally speaking, most solar lights only last up to 6 hours, based on getting enough sun during the day to charge them. You may find that you only get a couple of hours out of them each night, depending on the quality of the light and the location they are placed. You will find some manufacturers that claim up to 10-12 hours of performance, but that is the maximum potential the light offers. It is not realistic in most situations and applications.

With that in mind, lighting performance can be different from one light to the next. Slight variations in construction from the manufacturer can also alter the results. Of course, the batteries can vary too based on their internal composition from the factory. The last important thing to note is that performance also depends on the number of batteries the light requires, as well as the lumens (similar to wattage) it delivers.

LED Electric Lights

Electric lights require a power source, such as a distribution center or power stakes, to plug the cords into. Additionally, the underground wiring is the best option and requires little maintenance over time, but it does require a lot of work to install. Underground wiring is definitely the safer option.

In any case, electric outdoor lighting provides consistent illumination for any amount of time, and each light usually delivers the same lumens to provide an even lighting scheme in your backyard.

We recommend using outdoor LED lights as they are much more efficient and last longer than traditional light bulbs.


Types of Fence Lighting

Accenting your fence with outdoor lights depends on what you would like to do. There are many options, such as color emittance, power type (solar or electric), directions of illumination (spot, flood, 360-degrees) and more. You can easily combine more than one to create a unique look, mix colors or go for that clear appearance that many homes include.

Solar/Electric LED Spotlights and Floodlights

Add some flair with spotlights that install on the ground and shine upon the fence panels. You can get creative with colors, as we have discussed above or make it clear to provide a more neutral look. Why not alter their positions to have one higher on a panel and one lower on the next? Your entire fence line will look dazzling, and that will also “highlight” your artistic abilities. You can even overlap the spotlights to form a new appearance on the fence. Aside from spotlight options, you can use floodlights to deliver a broader spread of light.

Post Top Lights and Deck Accent Lights

Post-top lighting is another option you can explore. However, this option is only available in solar unless you run cords up the post and use a different type of light. 

In addition, solar deck accent lights are typically used for deck edges, railing, or stairs and can also make great fence decor for nighttime beauty. A cup light is designed with a half-dome structure that projects light out of the open half in the direction you desire. Right-angled accent lights mount on the top edges of the fence post or panel to project light downwards and have the solar panel on the top half.

Another common type of accent light mounts/screws directly on a vertical surface and shines light downward or outward. They are available in many designs and appearances, but bring a home-comforting look to your backyard.

Cup lights and right-angled accent lights are small, so they do not look bulky on a fence. Vertically mounted lights are more noticeable but don’t really affect the fence’s appearance during the day. All three options are solar, but other similar lights can work as an alternative. You will just have to accept the visibility of wires unless you find a way to conceal them safely.

Hanging Solar Lights

Aside from spotlights, floodlights, post tops, and cup lights, there are other types of solar and electric lighting based on design. Hanging solar lights are one prime example. They can be found in various styles, such as circular, square, and oval. The windows on these lights usually vary in design too. The lighting disbursement is typically 360 degrees, so it will not only light up your fence but also the yard. It is an excellent way to accent your fence’s landscaping, too, if you have mulch and/or flowers. Hanging solar lamps typically offer the same purposes but have different looks to explore. One good advantage here is that you can move them if desired.

Rope Lights

Rope lights have become a popular way to decorate outdoor landscapes and are perfect for fence lighting. They are commonly used on railings, porches, and even ceilings. They can be installed on your fence to bring new life to your outdoor space. “Hook them up” anywhere you desire, such as across the panels in a straight fashion or as a drip design. You can even wrap them around end posts if there is a gap between the posts and the fence.

Rope lighting also provides appeal through wavy effects, circular patterns, or even zig-zag designs. With that in mind, clear lights will deliver an even appearance, while colored rope lights will add attractive appeal. In the colored options, you can find them in multi-color and single-color selections. Why not “draw” up your fence design with various rope lights in various colors? Some homeowners have created flags, stars, and other innovative works of art using several rope light colors. You can too!

Overall, fence lighting creates beautiful, appealing works of art that can suit any backyard. You don’t necessarily need a fence to enhance your landscape, but a fence is a panel of creativity you can take advantage of and make your neighbors jealous.

Pool and Fence Lighting Ideas


Types of Pool Lighting

What Types of Lights are Used in Pools and The Surrounding Pool Area ?

By adding pool lights within the pool and around the pool area, you are not only making swimming and walking safer but increasing the overall ambiance by adding a dramatic dimension. As the technology in the pool lighting industry continues to expand with the newest, brightest and energy efficiency, there is an option to meet everyone’s needs; however, knowing the comparisons is essential

There are three types of lighting used for the pool today, LED, incandescent and halogen.

The incandescent bulb, once the popular choice, is no longer as it can be more costly. Like the incandescent bulb, halogens were once popular; however, they are much more expensive than the old rivals and have a shorter lifespan.

Today the preferred pool lighting is LED. They are brighter, use a small fraction of energy vs. incandescent and halogen and are the longest lasting.

Lighting Types In The Pool

For underwater lighting, there are flush-mounted pool lights and surface-mounted pool lights.

Flush-mounted lights are in line with the pool’s wall. They are installed directly inside the pool’s wall so as not to stick out.

Surface-mounted lights are excellent for lighting up the entire pool. Since they are not flush and within the wall, they are easier to install and replace. The downside is that they do stick out a bit.

Lighting The Pool Area

Lighting around the pool area has no limits as long as you choose a company with no limits, such as No Limit Pools & Spas. As our custom inground swimming pools have no limits, neither does our additional work. 

As choosing the right lighting for a pool area can be challenging and a daunting task, we advise you to consult with our pool lighting experts. We have been designing and installing fantastic lighting for many years. We are not going to get into too much detail here as to the kinds of lighting we can offer, because as we have stated, we have no limits.  

We perfectly light up niches in waterfalls, laminar jets streaming from the decking into the pool, install up lighting to trees, low lighting to focus on beautiful plants, and how about the spa, oh how wonderful the ambiance can be under the stars.


Pool and Lighting Ideas with No Limits. Get Started Today

Contact No Limit Pools & Spas today or simply fill out our contact form to get in touch and learn more about all of the creative and unique ways we bring incredible lighting to your swimming pool and entire backyard landscape.

We service Maricopa County, Arizona including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and far far beyond.







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Scottsdale AZ Small Backyard Pool Landscaping Ideas

Scottsdale AZ Small Backyard Pool Landscaping Ideas

Scottsdale, AZ Small Backyard Pool Landscaping Ideas

There is no doubt Arizona’s summer heat can be intense. This year is no exception. Dangerously hot conditions usually lead to excessive heat warnings.

When these occur, you’ll probably choose to spend a lot of time in your pool. But did you know your pool landscaping can help keep you even cooler? This added touch is even possible if you don’t have a lot of space.

If you’re wondering, How do I landscape my small backyard? Read on for answers to this and more, including What should I landscape around my pool?

So let us get started with some Scottsdale, AZ small backyard landscaping ideas, but first, “what is pool landscaping?”

What is Pool Landscaping?

Pool landscaping is the design or layout of the area around your pool. It encompasses several elements including:


Some of these Scottsdale AZ small backyard pool landscaping ideas can increase the functionality of your pool while keeping the area cooler. They also enhance your backyard and can increase the value of your home. The key lies in incorporating the right elements suited to a smaller pool and backyard area.

How Do I Landscape My Small Backyard?

When starting your pool landscaping project, there are many factors to consider. Pool landscaping ideally should complement swimming pool designs.

It should include backyard pool features that work well in the space. But before deciding on any of these, determine your pool landscaping budget. Once you do, here are some ideas you can consider:

A Decorative Wall

A decorative wall provides a level of privacy as well as shade. It can also help keep kids safe. Simply choose a material that complements the architectural design of your home.

This could also include a “wall” of bushes or tall hedges. It’s a perfect solution if you love greenery and want a more natural look.

A Gazebo or Pergola

Either is great when creating a dedicated shaded area. Added touches such as mosquito netting or drapes can make it extremely functional and cozy.

When the backyard space for pools is quite small, an umbrella can be a great substitute. Any of these options can also provide a place to entertain your guests.

A Water Feature

Who says you can’t have a water feature with a small pool? It’s a great way to keep cool when temperatures start rising.

Consider a fountain, waterfall, spray, or something even more creative. An experienced pool company can seamlessly incorporate any of these elements for you.


Lighting can make a small backyard look amazing. But it takes the right skill to get it done right. Clever ideas can dramatically transform a dull space into an incredible one. You can spotlight focal points with upward to downward lighting on trees, shrubs, garden statues and more. Lighting under the top ledge of retaining walls will undoubtedly offer a beautiful effect.

And as for the small pool in your small Scottsdale, AZ backyard, you can rest assured that this will amaze you by choosing the right company.

Scottsdale AZ Small Backyard Pool Landscaping Ideas, pergola, lighting ideas

Plants and Shrubs

Check out this article on the best shrubs to put around your Arizona backyard pool and unique plants for pool waterfalls.

How Do You Landscape Around a Pool?

Now you no longer have to wonder, How do I landscape my small backyard? You should also now know that pool landscaping is possible, even for smaller areas.

But when starting your pool landscaping budget you must keep the design of your pool in mind. Incorporate features that complement this. These should also blend well with the design of your home.

An experienced pool company can do this. They’ll use these elements to transform your backyard into a private sanctuary.

Do The Extraordinary with an Extraordinary Scottsdale AZ Small Backyard Pool Landscaping Company

For the best Scottsdale AZ small backyard pool landscaping ideas and installation choose a top Maricopa County AZ company that’s been doing this for years, No Limit Pools & Spas. One that continues to rise above its competitors.

No Limit Pools & Spas specilizes in transforming Arizona backyards into something extraordinary. Why not make this a summer to remember? Contact us to get started!


Phoenix Small Backyard Pool Landscaping Ideas

Phoenix Small Backyard Pool Landscaping Ideas

Phoenix Small Backyard Pool Landscaping Ideas

Did you know that the size of Phoenix, AZ, backyards have gotten smaller? This is because the homes are getting bigger while the backyard is shrinking in size. An example is the Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix.

When real estate prices began to skyrocket, this neighborhood, with modest-sized ranch homes on one-acre lots, began to change. The developers saw an opportunity to tear down the small houses and sub-divide them into oversized lots. A single home on a one-acre lot now became four. As this change happened in Arcadia, it has also played out in other Phoenix neighborhoods.

So now you are the happy owner of one of these homes with a much smaller backyard. However, since the weather in Phoenix can get quite hot, you want the custom inground swimming pool you have desired for a long time. How are you going to do this with such a small backyard?

Do not worry! Do not stress! You have come to the right place, where there are NO LIMITS. The pool builders at No Limit Pools can design and build a pool in any shape and size. A custom inground swimming pool that will fit beautifully within the limits of your backyard.

Building a custom inground pool in your backyard will come at a cost but is an excellent investment, especially if you, your family and your friends will be spending a significant amount enjoying the tremendous benefits.

When you have restricted space, it’s crucial to have an expert pool and landscape design team that can create a practical, original, beautiful and inviting poolscape.

We list a few Phoenix small backyard pool landscaping ideas that can easily make your small backyard pool and landscape attractive, look larger and without losing functionality.


Add Depth

A small pool in a small backyard can be amazing when you liven up the landscape. By creating depth, you would be amazed at the fantastic effect of making the area appear larger than life.

Did you know that colors have a unique way of interacting with the human eye? Cool colors such as blue, purple and green have a calming effect and make objects appear smaller and further away. Whereas warm colors such as orange, red and yellow provide a feeling of excitement and energy, resulting in objects appearing bigger and closer.

Add color to the garden areas surrounding the pool decking to generate depth. By incorporating cool and warm plant colors, you will be creating the illusion of a larger space. Since the warm colors will appear closer, place warm-colored plants in the front and the cool color plants in the back. The cool-colored plants will act as a beautiful backdrop. 


Add Texture

While adding depth is an excellent idea, consider adding texture as well. The combination of both will truly enhance a small backyard and pool area. 

When we speak about texture, we refer to what can be seen and felt. Plants offer texture through their bark, fruits and flowers, with the foliage being the primary component.

The texture of foliage ranges from fine, to medium, to course. By combining all three foliage textures, you will add depth to the landscape. Consider contrasting textures if you want the landscape to be bold, creating the most drama.

Fine-textured plants are similar to the cool-colored ones as their relatively small leaves will make the garden appear bigger. In contrast, the coarse-textured plants mostly have large leaves, making them bold and dominant. Using them sparingly mixed with the fine-textured plants will add a stunning ambiance.


Add Natural Stone

Another excellent Phoenix small backyard landscape idea is implementing natural stone.

Natural stone is an excellent material to use around the pool and landscape. Paths and walkways through the garden, perhaps leading to a gazebo, are always an excellent idea. Another option is to build a retaining wall with natural stone for a tiered look around the pool. How about placing rocks around the pool with planters and fire bowls? When it comes to natural stone ideas and working with an expert in pool design and landscaping there is NO LIMIT to what can be done.


Let There Be NO LIMIT!


With No Limit Pools & Spas, there is NO LIMIT! Whether you have a Phoenix small backyard or large one, there are NO LIMITS when choosing our team to design and build your custom pool and landscaping.

Contact No Limit Pools & Spas today.


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