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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.

 

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

Hosting the Perfect Pool Party

Fourth of July is right around the corner, making your pool the perfect backdrop for an Independence Day celebration friends and family will love. So what does it take to be be a “Hostess with the Mostest?”  Here are a few tips to create a patriotic pool party everyone will enjoy.

Decorating 101

No need to run to the store, you probably have the perfect decorations right around your home. Grab a basket or large bowl, fill with sunscreen and bug spray, and place towards the entrance for guest to easily grab and apply as needed. Place a laundry basket filled with towels near your door letting people dry off before entering. Your kids small plastic pool makes the perfect cooler for drinks, while plastic pails are ideal for chips, salad and fresh fruit. Place some glow-in-the-dark sticks in empty water bottles to safely illuminate your pool after dark.

Poolside Dishes

When planning a menu, remember you want to have fun, too. Skip a large meal, instead opting for a  variety of appetizers and finger foods. Fresh fruit kabobs, chips and dip or salsa, veggie trays and finger sandwiches are filling and easy to grab. Lawn chairs, beach towels and inflatable rafts not only add a festive feel your yard, but also provide guests with comfortable places to sit and eat.   

Finishing Touches

Download a couple playlists from music apps such as Pandora, Spotify or Apple Music that can run consistently during the party, with a couple bluetooth speakers set up around the pool for the final touch of background music. Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun.

 

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.

Poolside Cocktails for Your Next Pool Party

Riverbend Sandler Pools, your best Dallas pool builders, provides some pool party cocktail recipes to make your next summer bash a fun one.

Whether you’ve had a backyard pool for years, or you’re about to customize your own pool for your Dallas area backyard, us here at Riverbend Sandler Pools, your best Dallas pool builders, believe a beautiful outdoor space is best when it’s being used for entertaining. With the days getting warmer, we’re just a month or two away from the beginning of pool party season. And what better way to ring in the summer than with a pool party and some festive cocktails?

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Regular Swimming

Read about some of the most surprising health benefits of regular swimming, courtesy of your custom pool builders in Dallas, Texas.

Swimming is generally considered to be some of the best exercise you can possibly get. Not only does it provide a great aerobic workout, but it can be undertaken by people of all ages to keep you fit, strong and functioning at your best. You don’t need any special equipment—just a body of water and yourself. There are, however, a number of benefits to swimming you may not know. Read about some of the most surprising health benefits of regular swimming, courtesy of your custom pool builders in Dallas, Texas.

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Stylish Ways to Accessorize Your Outdoor Oasis

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Now that you finally have the custom swimming pool and outdoor space that you have always wanted, brought to you by the best Dallas pool builders, it is time to create an oasis in your backyard. There are a lot of great outdoor spaces in the area, but the ones that really impress guests have one thing in common—perfectly placed accessories. Yes, accessories: the word that stops many homeowners in their tracks. How do you take your backyard from being simply functional to being something stylish? Don’t worry! Decorating your outdoor spaces is much easier than you might initially think.

These are the additions that really make a space standout. Whether you have a patio, porch, deck, spa area or outdoor kitchen beside the pool, it can be enhanced with beautiful accessories. With a few simple touches, you can have the backyard oasis of your dreams in your Dallas, Frisco or Plano backyard.

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Outdoor Cushions

You might be surprised by just how much matching outdoor cushions can enhance your space. Your lounges, chairs, ottomans and swings can all be brought together with this simple solution. The great thing about cushions is that they are perfect for showing off your unique taste. If you love bright colors, go all out with beautiful blues, greens and shades of orange or yellow—this will create the illusion of a tropical paradise.

Do you want to get festive during the many holidays throughout the year? Not a problem: simply switch out your cushions, and you are instantly ready to throw a party for any occasion. Don’t forget to grab some color coordinated towels to go with your set.

Lights

Christmas is not the only time that you can use lighting to decorate the outdoor spaces around your house. There are a multitude of elegant and stylish lighting options that you can purchase to turn your backyard into an enchanting scene. Lights can be made into virtually any color, and more advanced systems are available to create inspiring light shows or control the settings.

A Fire Pit

Many people are opting to have a fire pit as an addition in their outdoor space. This makes a great addition that is also very functional. Fire pits are perfect to use at parties or when you simply want to enjoy a relaxing night with your family. You can cook over a fire pit too, mimicking the feeling of camping under the stars.

Vintage Pieces

People are going crazy over unique vintage pieces these days, but they really do make excellent accessories. Stop by your local antique shop or thrift store and be on the lookout for items that might go well with your theme. Keep in mind that you might have to do a bit of refurbishing to whatever you might decide to buy. Some examples of great pre-loved accessories that are perfect for your outdoor spaces would include wicker baskets, unique glass containers and old lamps. Most things can be repainted to match your other accessories. This is a fun way to bring your space together.

Outdoor Plants

Fresh flowers are a great way to add a pop of color to any outdoor area. If your oasis is feeling a bit bland, bring it to life with a potted plant. Plants are also great centerpieces on outdoor dining tables, or the perfect finishing touch on serving bars, such as ivy, a plant that is both easy to care for and elegant when guided to grow down and around the right objects.

Clocks

Outdoor clocks are often bold conversation pieces that draw attention with their uniqueness. Many clocks that were meant for the outdoors are quite large, requiring a bigger wall to mount, but they are perfect for filling any empty space or making your outdoor areas look well put together.

Outdoor Accessories in Dallas, TX

Outdoor accessories will bring your backyard spaces to life and turn your dream of owning an oasis into a reality. If you would like more information on creating a beautiful outdoor space for yourself, your family and your friends, visit our outdoor living page or contact a representative with Riverbend Sandler Pools today.

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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.

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Outdoor Living Features to Keep You Cozy and Warm

You want to go play, but it’s no longer day. There’s a pool to enjoy, but it’s no longer warm. The chill is a pain and you need cozy features to entertain because, baby, it’s cold outside. The temperatures in Dallas, Texas might not reach frightful lows during the months of winter, but the evenings can get chilly. This can be a big problem if you like to entertain or sit outside at night during the winter. The solution is to add outdoor living features that will keep you warm and cozy on those cold nights. These investments will add charm to your backyard that you will enjoy for many years to come. Here are a few ideas for new, winter-friendly additions to your backyard.

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