Keeping Cool in Your Backyard Pool

Posted: July 21, 2020 | Categories: Communities | News | General Info | Design and Decorating
By Highland Homes

Backyard Pool - Photo courtesy of Griffin Pools
 Photo courtesy of Griffin Pools

Imagine your personal backyard oasis. Is it a screened-in tropical paradise, full of colorful lavish plants, with a small cascading poolside waterfall? Or, is it fenced in, with minimal flora, and plenty of space for lounge chairs and sunbathing? Either way, it’s your backyard poolside oasis. When you’re designing this landscape there are many possibilities to consider, plus all the benefits that accompany adding a pool to your home.

Enhance your quality time

A personal pool helps cool you off during the extremely hot Florida summer months. But, a Florida home with a private pool also provides you with year-round access to personal and homeowner benefits. With a backyard pool, you have immediate access to:

  • a mental and physical stress relief outlet,
  • a suitable low-impact workout venue, plus
  • the option to teach the kids in your life how to swim and have fun, and
  • according to money management expert Dave Ramsey, a pool has the potential to increase your home’s value by 7%.

Personalize and accent

Backyard pool view with large planters - Photo courtesy of Griffin Pools
Photo courtesy of Griffin Pools

When it comes to designing your poolside oasis, where do you start? Small, medium or large? Spa or no spa? Rectangle, free form or grotto-style?  Including a pool in the building of your new home, means you work with the builder to incorporate the features that fit your lifestyle and preference. Several of our new home communities have swimming pool suitable backyards, so if you’re thinking island getaway with an extended pool deck, or small and cozy, either one is possible.

Your selection of accessories, accents and finishes, convert your outdoor living space into a unique sanctuary with simple or complex features such as:

  • large external or in-ground planters for giant leafy plants or flowers,
  • minimalist style with no plants and a small waterfall,
  • a decorative storage space that’s part of the landscape, or
  • a plaster, quartz, or pebble style finish.


You may think owning a pool is a costly or time-consuming investment. We are here to bust a few of those myths. Did you know that running your AC could actually cost more than running the pool pump? Also, today’s technology has made pool maintenance virtually stress-free, another wallet-friendly benefit. Companies like Griffin Pools, now use construction materials that are more durable and help extend the life of your pool, prolonging the need for future restoration. Energy-efficient pumps can save you money on energy bills, and automated systems for chemical testing, filtration, and heating conveniently let you schedule cleaning cycles directly from your smartphone.

Today instead of tomorrow

Backyard Personal screened in pool view - Photo Courtesy of Griffin Pools
Photo courtesy of Griffin Pools

Choosing to include a pool when you start to build your new Florida home today versus tomorrow, you  

  • can include the cost in your mortgage,
  • don’t have to worry about uprooting your landscape, or rebuilding fencing later,
  • don’t have construction noises disrupting you and your loved ones for several months after you move in!

We expand more on the construction options in our blog post Planning Your Pool Paradise when Building a New Florida Home. But, if you’re picturing your poolside oasis as a future add-on to your Florida home, our partners at Griffin Pools, a knowledgeable family business, are ready to answer your pool construction and design questions. Griffin Pools has been building pools for 45 years, and their team of experts knows the ins and outs for Florida pools and outdoor living throughout Polk and Hillsborough counties. Not only are they an industry leader, but an award-winning company for their custom pool design and construction and exemplary customer service.

At Highland Homes, we are dedicated to building quality affordable homes designed for your life and have many communities with pool friendly backyards. We are ready to work with you to discover your pool construction options and invite you to browse our community list, to find the location of your new Florida home. Call or email to connect with a Florida New Home Specialist!

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