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A Beautiful Backyard Wonderland

Dallas Backyard Wonderland

The cooler temperatures and sometimes frigid conditions of the Dallas winter may be enough to chase some people indoors. However, with proper preparation and planning, your backyard can become a winter wonderland that’s your favorite place to enjoy the Christmas season. With a few tips from the Dallas pool builders at Riverbend Sandler, you’ll be enjoying your swimming pool and hot tub area all winter long.

 

Dallas Outdoor Living

We believe there is no such thing as bad weather – just bad attire choices. (Well, most of the time, barring those particularly wintry North Texas days.) With the right outer wear to keep you warm while out and about, you can discover just how fun your Dallas outdoor living space can be even on the chilliest of days.  There might even be some days when all you need are long pants and a light sweater. Either way, might as well get outdoors and soak up the cold while you can!  

 

Custom Outdoor Fireplaces

Along with the right clothing, there’s no better way to stay warm than with a roaring fire. Our Dallas custom pool designers can create a beautiful designs to incorporate almost any kind of fireplace, fire pit, and/or fire features around your swimming pool, hot tub, and outdoor living space. With the right outdoor seating and patio furniture (which we can help with too) you’ll be looking forward to days cold enough to get the fire started.   

 

Heating Your Dallas Swimming Pool

A pool heater can make your Dallas swimming pool warm enough to swim pretty much all year round. Today they have very efficient models that are both wallet and eco-friendly. And, of course, the spa or hot tub is always inviting on colder days. Here are some tips to make sure your water is swim-friendly:

  • Start heating up your pool a couple of days in advance
  • Set the temperature between 75 and 80 degrees
  • Use a pool cover to retain heat
  • Heat spa water to between 100 and 102 degrees

Custom LED pool lighting will further set the mood, while also increasing the safety of your poolscape.  And who doesn’t love Christmas lights? Consider stringing white or colored lights around seating areas and other backyard features.

 

Custom Dallas Pool Builder

For more ideas on how to get the most out of your outdoor living area this winter, talk with one of the custom design professionals at your premier Dallas pool builder, Riverbend Sandler Pools.

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Outdoor Holiday Decorating Inspiration

When you have a Riverbend Sandler backyard, you can’t help but invite friends and family over for a lovely winter soirée. Set up the lights, prepare some hot cocoa, light the outdoor fireplace, and prepare to host the winter party everyone will be talking about.

To give you some inspiration, here are some incredible ideas to help make your Riverbend backyard even more spectacular! You’ll find all the outdoor decorating inspiration you need!

With these ideas from Traditional Home, you can make your outdoors look as classically inviting as your indoors. Rustic and beautiful, these ideas are sure to make your Dallas area home stand out.

Dallas outdoor decorating

Don’t miss these great ideas from Southern Living. They have some gorgeous ideas for all over the home, including turning your outdoor living space into a festive, yet understated Christmas celebration.

Dallas outdoor decorating

We know that having a beautiful home starts with a beautiful welcome. These gorgeous outdoor Christmas decorating ideas from Better Home and Gardens go from the front door all the way around to create a complete look.

Dallas outdoor decorating

Christmas is the time of year for celebrating the important things in life. By creating an inviting outdoor space you’ll bring family and friends together for love, laughter, and memories. With a Riverbend Sandler backyard, it’s even easier to do it all year round!

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and ongoing support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Create a Resort Style Pool in Your Dallas Backyard

Fire bowl water feature

Think you need to give your backyard a huge overhaul to replicate the beautiful pools in some of the world’s finest resorts? Think again. We can help you create a resort style pool in your own backyard with just a bit of creativity, design skill, and these 4 custom pool design features:

Water Features

Waterfalls and fountains are the easiest way to instantly create a resort style pool. The sight and sound of falling water are synonymous with fancy hotel pools. Fountains can easily be added around the pool or patio area, and if you want even more luxury, adding a waterfall will add natural beauty to your custom pool design.

Fire Features

Can you go wrong with the combination of fire and water? Adding fire features to your custom pool design creates a beautiful and dramatic ambiance. Watch the dancing flames come alive at night, making for an attractive focal point in your backyard space. Your senses will delight as fire turns your backyard into all-night party space.

Rock Features

Most resort style pools are quite naturalistic and feature a number of “natural” pieces, such as large rocks, grottos, and natural stone decks and patio surfaces. Many of these features can be incorporated along with the waterfalls and fountains you choose to add to your space. We’ve designed and built hundreds of rock features and know how to make your backyard remind you of your favorite vacation.

Pool Features

One of the most highly sought after custom pool design features in pools today is a wading area. Far shallower than the standard 3 to 4 feet, these areas are incredibly versatile. They can be used as a tanning ledge, as a play area for young children, or as a splash pad for your pets. The varying depths of your pool can create several different areas for you to enjoy your pool in different ways.

Whether you have a big backyard or a small space to work with, we can bring resort living to your everyday life. You’ll be able to escape to your private retreat year-round without even having to get in the water. Dynamic sights and sounds will create an atmosphere that carries you away to another place without ever leaving your property. Your new favorite vacation will be right outside your backdoor.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and ongoing support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Host the Perfect Summer Pool & Garden Party, Courtesy of Riverbend Sandler Pools

Summer Garden Pool Party

A Texas summer pool & garden party will always go down as being one of the season’s most memorable affairs. The fresh air, the open space and the lush setting creates a natural and relaxed atmosphere, something which does not come so easily for indoor events.

A Plano pool & garden party can range from a simple get-together to an elaborate affair. No matter what the reason for your celebration, a well landscaped Riverbend Sandler backyard is the perfect setting for your next summer pool & garden party.

More Than “Just” a Dallas Pool Builder

Riverbend Sandler may be known as being an award-winning Dallas pool builder. But did you know that we can also help you throw the most memorable (and enviable) pool & garden party?

Design Your Dream Pool & Garden Party

Our accomplished team here at Riverbend Sandler are experts in designing beautiful summer-ready backyards that suit the needs of every homeowner’s lifestyle and budget. We work with our clients to put together perfect backyards that you and your loved ones will love for years to come.

  • Professional and Immaculately Tailored Landscaping

Forget spending the weekend laboring over weeds, scrubbing, mowing and mulching. Our landscape architects and designers will take care of every step of the process, from discussing your vision for your outdoor living space to choosing the right materials and plants that will be sure to impress all year long.

  • Functional and Modern Outdoor Living and Cooking Areas

Blending landscapes into hardscapes can be a challenge, but it’s one our Frisco outdoor living design pros are certainly up for. We design and construct fully customized outdoor living areas, dining areas and kitchens that are perfect for entertaining groups from small intimate get-togethers to massive block party cook outs.

  • All of the Finishing Touches You Could Hope For

Create a cool, comfortable space during the day with a patio cover or a gazebo, or unwind with friends at night by your outdoor fireplace. Whatever it is you need to create the right setting for your summer pool & garden party, Riverbend Sandler can help!

Here in Texas, we have the privilege of being able to throw a summery pool & garden party at nearly any time of the year! Make the most of our fantastic local weather and design the perfect outdoor spot for fun and entertainment with Riverbend Sander and call (972) 596-7393.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and ongoing support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

 

How to Host a Summer Kickoff Pool Party in Your Backyard

Tis the season to throw a great party! Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to break out the games and invite over friends and family. But, before you send out those invitations, you need to make sure you’re prepared to host a summer kickoff party in your backyard!

Take advantage of the three-day weekend this year and throw a Memorial Day party in your backyard. Memorial day marks the beginning of the great summer party season! Also included in this party season are the multiple graduation parties that will take place. Celebrate those grads by hosting a party in your backyard with friends and family! Summer provides plenty of excuses to party in your backyard with family and friends.

How to Create the Perfect Summer Kickoff Pool Party Setting

First and foremost, if you have a pool, make sure that it is open! Take off those covers and check the chemical levels to make sure that your guests will have the best time in the pool! Also be sure to check all of your equipment and if it is still safe to use. Grab those backyard games and toys so that everyone will have entertainment during your party! You should always clean and maintain your pool regularly, especially if you plan on hosting many parties during the summer.

Does Your Backyard Need a Facelift Before Your Guests Arrive?

If you have missing or cracked tiles, those should be replaced to keep your guests safe and your pool looking sharp. Take care of any landscaping issues that may have developed during the winter months. If you’d like to enhance your backyard before it is time to host a party, you can add some water features, LED lighting, or even an outdoor kitchen! Or maybe it’s time for an entire renovation of your outdated pool? There are numerous options out there for you to choose from that will turn your backyard from drab to fab in no time!

Be the envy of your neighbors this summer by hosting a summer kickoff party in your backyard. Summer is a time of fun and relaxation with friends and family doing what they love the most. Bring your friends and family together this summer in your backyard oasis! Keep your backyard looking great by prepping before the beginning of the party season or give revitalize it with some new features!

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Begin the New Year with a New Dallas Backyard

Dallas is known for its inclement weather, with some nights dipping below freezing while daytime temperatures may soar up to 80 degree or more in the dead of winter.  You can make sure that no matter what the weather is outside, you have a cozy and comfortable outdoor living area to enjoy.  All it takes is making some changes and adding features to create a new backyard.

Use Lighting to Add Pizzazz to Your Dallas Backyard

A dark outdoor area is foreboding and unwelcoming, while one that is well lit exudes a sense of warmth and togetherness. An inviting backyard will have friends and family grabbing their jackets and heading outdoors no matter how chilly the weather may be.

The first and most exciting way to incorporate lighting to add excitement and enticement to your outdoor living space is to add fire features.  Outdoor fire features like fire pits and fireplaces can be operated through the use of natural gas burners, or you can have natural fire wood log burning units installed.

LED pool lighting is another way you can transform your outdoor living space while also enhancing your family’s experience in and around the pool.  Not only does LED lighting create sparkling effects on all of your night-time water surfaces, but these lights add vibrant colors which can set an alluring tone for your new backyard.

Ideas For Incorporating Fire and Light

When adding fire features to your backyard, make sure that there is also comfortable seating nearby.  You may want to have two or more fire features set in different areas of your new backyard to create more than one spot for friends and family to chat and relax.

LED lighting in and around the pool can be used in a number of ways, including:

  • To illuminate backyard and pool features such as fountains, spas, and baja shelves
  • To enhance poolside safety
  • To add beauty and mystery to your poolscape

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Create Your Own Backyard Wonderland

Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Environment

The cooler temperatures and frightful winter conditions other areas experience at this time of year may be enough to chase some people indoors.  But with proper preparation and planning, you can create a backyard wonderland and make the most out of your outdoor living space this holiday season. Here are a few tips from the professionals at Riverbend Sandler to make a Texas winter wonderland.

Follow the Dress Code

As those who spend a lot of time outdoors during this time of year will attest to, there is no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothing choices.  If you have the right attire to keep you warm while out and about, you can discover just how fun it can be outdoors on even the chilliest of days.  Here in Dallas all you may need on an average wintry evening is a sweater, a blanket and a pair of mittens, but with temperatures easily dipping below 40 degrees on the coldest of evenings, be sure to bring a jacket with you.

Stoke Some Flames

There is no better time to get a roaring fire going than in the wintertime.  Place comfortable seating around your fire pit or outdoor fire place and enjoy classic fireside activities like making s’mores, cooking up hotdogs and grilling up some corn on the cob.

Heat up the Pool and Spa

If you plan on having guests over for a swim, make sure that the pool is heated to a swim-friendly temperature and that your spa is warmed up.  Here are some tips to make sure that your water is bather-friendly:

  • Start heating up your pool a couple of days in advance, with the temperature being between 75 and 80 degrees
  • Use a pool cover to retain heat
  • Heat spa water to between 100 and 102 degrees

Turn on any in-pool lighting to set the mood while also increasing the safety of your poolscape.  Also consider stringing white or colored LED lights around seating areas and other backyard features.

Enjoy a Cocktail or Two

Nothing warms the body faster than a shot of cinnamon whiskey or another delicious adult-friendly beverage, which your friends and family are sure to enjoy.  Experiment with new and festive drinks like a retro rum punch or a holiday cosmopolitan.

Have a Warm Meal Waiting

One of the best parts of spending time outdoors is knowing that when you step inside you will have a hot, stick-to-your-bones meal waiting for you inside.  You can easily make a number of winter classics in your crock pot including a pot roast, chili, and pasta.

For more ideas on how to get the most out of your outdoor living area this winter, chat with one of the pros here at Riverbend Sandler Pools.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

 

Irresistible Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

gingerbread-hot-cocoa

Nothing says Christmas in a cup like a mug of gingerbread hot cocoa.  As Erika, the creator of this sumptuous beverage who runs the blog The Hopeless Housewife says, this drink is like “drinking a chocolate gingerbread cookie.”

Creamy, chocolatey, and absolutely decadent, this is the perfect drink to warm up with while curled up under a blanket by the fireplace on a cold wintry night.  Treat your friends and family to something new and delicious this holiday season, and give this recipe a try!

Servings:

4 servings

Preparation and Cook Time:

8 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 C milk (any kind)
  • ½ C cocoa powder
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C white sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Whipped cream

How to Make Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

  1.   Heat milk in a medium saucepan over low heat.
  2.   While the milk is being warmed, combine your favorite cocoa powder with the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger in a small bowl.
  3.   Whisk the milk until it is hot, taking care not to overheat or scald it.
  4.   Pour the cocoa into each mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Quick Notes

Serve this drink with miniature gingerbread men to make it even more fun and festive.

You can sprinkle nutmeg on top instead of cinnamon.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Area in the Fall

Thinking of ways to get the most of your backyard this fall?  Whether you are considering revamping your existing outdoor living area or are planning to build it from scratch, these tips below will help you create the perfect fall-friendly outdoor living space.

Invest in your Furniture

Your outdoor furniture is going to take a beating.  Sun, snow, rain and wind can quickly make inferior quality outdoor furniture look weathered and worn.

When exploring your outdoor furniture options, look for basic sets which are made from heavy and durable materials.  You can dress up this furniture with less expensive elements to make it look more engaging, such cozy blankets and soft, supple pillows.

Create a Cover

Covering your outdoor seating area will not only provide you with much needed shade in the summer months; it will also help you keep in the heat when the temperatures start to drop.  A cover such as a pergola or a large and sturdy umbrella will go a long way in keeping you comfortable while outdoors this fall.

Heat Up the Night

Apart from having comfortable outdoor furniture, nothing will tempt you to embrace the cooler evenings and encourage you to venture outdoors than a fire feature.  Fire pits are one of the most popular fire features as they are versatile and can be custom built to suit the atmosphere of your outdoor living area.  Other popular fire features include:

  • Fireplaces
  • Fire bowls
  • Fire lanterns
  • Fire cauldrons

Consider a Kitchen

If you are planning on doing a lot of outdoor entertaining this fall, consider going beyond the barbeque and having an outdoor kitchen built.  This not only encourages guests to stay outside and enjoy your beautiful backyard, but it expands your living space.

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, hi

Heating Up the Outdoors

Fire Pits

A little fire goes a long way, and incorporating fire pits and fireplaces into your backyard space creates an inviting, and warm, space for family and friends to gather around on crisp autumn evenings.

Fire pits and fireplaces are two popular outdoor features often used to create a warm ambiance in your outdoor living area. While there are some similarities between the two, there are also some important differences that need to be considered in deciding which one will meet your needs.

FIREPLACES

  • Limited seating and usually in only one direction
  • Usually has furniture such as chairs, tables and couches which can be an additional cost.
  • A larger structure that may be considered a positive for hiding areas, or a negative by blocking pretty views
  • Creates a sense of privacy from neighbors
  • More expensive
  • May require permit or inspection depending on local code
  • Becomes a feature point of your outdoor area

FIRE PITS

  • Seating for more people and usually in a circle so facing each other
  • Can build benches as part of area or use lawn chairs easily
  • Smaller structure
  • Less expensive
  • Come in multiple shapes

Look into local ordinances when deciding. Some communities don’t allow outdoor wood burning so you may want to consider other heat options for your fire feature.

No matter the type of fire you decide it incorporate, it will be perfect as the soft and warm glow of the fire embers will sure calm your soul.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.