Life is about the experiences you create, the memories and moments that define the quality of your existence and work you put into it. One of the ways people create memories is making a house a home. There is a stark difference between buying a house and creating a home. A house is merely a shelter you purchase, as is or as designed it is merely a structure. Once you move in and begin to decorate it with touches of your personality it starts to become a home. The events that go on in that house, the birthdays, the family dinners, parties with friends; this is what makes it a home. In the Conroe area we are fortunate to have many recreational options available to us year round. With this being the piney woods area, camping, hiking and outdoor life is abundant and beautiful. Many people though want a more tropical experience and while Galveston is not too far away, it does lack the crystal clear waters you imagine when you think “tropical retreat. Many Houston-area residents who want to take advantage of the warm climate we are blessed with take the next best thing; they invest in a custom swimming pool. You’ll be very hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t find a sparkling pool alluring on a beautiful summer day or even a steaming hot tub on a chilly winter evening. There is something calming about water in general, many people use the sounds of the ocean to assist with sleep or to wind down or the sound of rainfall. It is evident that there is a connection with humans and water, an unexplainable connection so to speak. That being said if you don’t have a pool in your backyard to enjoy with your family; what are you waiting for? As if you need any more reason than the ability to step outside your back door and into a relaxing pool, let us tell you why you should be asking Santa for a custom pool this Christmas.
1. Pools Encourage Family Time
If you ask anyone who grew up with a pool in their backyard, they will recount hundreds of special memories around the pool. Independence Day cookouts, birthday pool parties, long talks about life in the hot tub. A pool is a natural gathering point much like your kitchen is. Whether it is teaching the kids to swim, having friends and family over for weekly parties, the pool draws people to your home and your family together. Instead of going out to eat where everyone stares aimlessly into their phone, imagine a pool party, playing water volleyball or Marco Polo. Interacting with each other in the age of the smartphone and social media has become very rare and difficult. When you have a pool you give family and friends an environment that encourages interaction without phones, without Facebook. A great idea for family pool time is to set aside an evening every week that is designated pool night. You all get together cook a nice meal then head out to the pool and play some type of watersport or sit around and talk. You will be surprised how much closer your family bond will be when you have a swimming pool to congregate around.
2. Instill Water Skills In Your Children
How many times have you seen the news about someone nearly drowning in Lake Conroe or Lake Houston? Even once is too many and most drowning cases are a result of poor swimming skills and instincts. When you have a pool in your home it makes it much easier to instill aquatic instincts in your children and make them accustom to swimming and being in the water. Confidence in the water is the biggest factor in a person’s ability to navigate in the water and not drown. When panic sets in and someone doesn’t have that confidence they flail and that actually makes it even harder to get above water. If your children have daily access to a pool just outside their door, they are more likely to be very confident in the water and will have that instinct in case of trouble. Also, having a custom pool allows your child to develop a love and passion for swimming. Swimming is one of the healthiest forms of cardio, working the entire core. Children who swim often tend to be healthier and exercise more, not to mention it could open doors for them in athletics. Consider that most top US swim team members grew up with easy daily access to a pool, including Michael Phelps.
3. A Custom Pool Is The Perfect Retreat
Taking a trip to a tropical retreat is no doubt an awesome experience. Taking in the sights of Hawaii, Bora Bora or Tahiti is a breathtaking experience that one should encounter if possible. Let’s be honest though, what would you rather have? A once in a lifetime retreat that is nerve racking preparing for, expensive, and the knowing that it will end quickly once you arrive? No, most people when you put it like that wouldn’t want that. They want to create something at home that while is not the ocean and the waves, but is easily accessible and affordable. Think about it, when you take a trip to a tropical retreat, it costs thousands, is hectic getting there, so hectic that once you arrive, you plop on the hotel bed and take a nap. In some cases, the flight is so long you are jetlagged, so yes it is fine for a once in a lifetime experience, but having a custom pool can give you a similar feeling all year long. You can design your pool with features like zero degree entries that mimic the shore of the ocean, natural looking rock formations and water features such as grottos and more. Your backyard can be made to be just as enticing as a tropical paradise; it all depends on what you are willing to invest in. In the long run, building a custom pool can be more affordable than taking a yearly tropical retreat. Not ignoring the fact that a pool adds great value to your home, you literally can escape the daily grind every evening after work in front of a relaxing pool. We have even seen some that design it just like a coastal lagoon complete with ocean sounds piped in through speakers hidden in the rock formations. If you have the vision, we can build it.
4. It Increases The Value Of Your House
Want to increase equity in your home instantly? Add a custom pool. A pool not only is a fun and relaxing addition to your backyard, it is also a great investment that adds instant value to your home. If you ever decide to sell your home it will give huge boost over other listings. Just imagine instantly increasing the worth of your home and boosting your equity as the value is increased. Pools are surprisingly very affordable to build, easily financed and are not expensive to maintain. Keep in mind that pool maintenance technology and equipment has come a long way so pools are more efficient than ever and maintenance is reasonably affordable. From spending time with the kids teaching them how to swim, to family cookouts by the pool making memories, a pool is an investment that’s value far exceeds its cost.
5. It Encourages Exercise
As mentioned before, swimming is the best cardio you can do, hands down. The nature of movement in swimming works every muscle in your core which no activity in a gym comes close to making that claim. When you swim you are not only keeping your heart rate up and getting a great cardio workout, you are relieving pressure on joints as well. Low impact cardio is very important for those with arthritis or other bone and muscular issues, including the elderly who might be susceptible to falling. Having a pool right outside makes exercising convenient, less painful on joints, and does not require a trip to the gym. An average family of four would have to spend 140 a month or more for a membership to a nice gym with an indoor pool. Your own custom pool can be financed for as little as $100.00 a month, which is an investment that gives you something in return, that you own. You never have to share a lap lane, never have to worry if the pool is open or not, and you don’t have to waste gas driving to the gym on their schedule. You swim when you want how you want and you spend less than a membership.
Check That List Twice And Call Us
We just gave you a list of five out of a million reasons to ask Santa for a custom pool this Christmas, you really only needed the first reason. Pools increase family time, and at Mitchell Custom Pools we are all about family and centering around that core. Call us today to start making memories around your own custom pool.