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Enjoy Warm Days Poolside with Family and Friends

CJ Kortes - Saturday, March 31, 2018

As the hot summer months are approaching, it's time to start thinking about how you want to spend it. You could, of course, go on a vacation for a few weeks and lounge by the pool soaking up the sun, or you could have a pool installed right in your backyard. Here are five reasons you want to consider installing a pool right where you are. 

1. Keep the kids close, but not indoors

For decades, it has been challenging to get kids away from TV screens. Portable screens on modern electronic devices have made this battle more difficult than ever. While you may not be able to keep them from occasionally glancing at their phone or tablet, a pool is a great way to keep your kids close but get them outdoors. By creating a place your kids can all bring their friends, you can also keep them close to home while giving them plenty of activities to enjoy. 

2. Entertain family and friends

There is little more enticing in the hot summer months than a poolside barbecue or luau. If you want your home to be the entertainment hub of the neighborhood and your extended family, installing a pool can be a great way to make sure you never lack for an abundant guest list. 

3. Create a backyard oasis

Modern pools are more than just a giant hole in the ground filled with water. Today, you can work with a pool builder to create a backyard oasis complete with water features and even lush landscaping and greenery. Enjoy your morning coffee or a Sunday brunch poolside with your family in your private oasis. 

4. Enjoy a weekly mini-vacation right at home

Of course, you'll want to take a summer vacation to some exotic locale, but having a pool right in your backyard can make every weekend feel like its mini-vacation. Even when summer activities are in full swing, starting your day with a leisurely breakfast poolside or even a quick cup of coffee can help get your busy day off to a great start. 

5. Great for physical fitness

With obesity rates on the rise, a pool in your backyard is better than having a gym in your own home. Not only is swimming and playing in the water loads of fun, but it also burns more calories than almost any other form of exercise. Whether you are just splashing leisurely in the pool, swimming laps or doing other strenuous water activities, a pool can give you a full workout and help you stay in shape. 

No matter what size of property you own, there is a pool that is right for you. From lap pools to swim spas, a custom pool builder can help you design just the right pool to fit in the space you have. They can also custom design your pool to blend perfectly with both the architecture of your home as well as the surrounding landscape.

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Don't spend another summer without the pool of your dreams!

CJ Kortes - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How many times have you found yourself staring out at your big, open backyard, thinking, "it sure would be nice to have a pool back there." But then, you go on with your life, and before you know it, another summer has come and gone, and you still don't have the pool you've been dreaming of. Don't let this summer be like every summer before it. Make this the summer you finally have the pool of your dreams installed.

Don't just have any pool installed, though. You deserve a custom-designed and built pool that perfectly meets your family's unique needs. With the help of an experienced pool builder, you can indeed do anything you can imagine when it comes to your pool. So, get started today so you can fully realize the amazing benefits of having a custom pool in your backyard.

A Pool for Your Family
Your family is different from every other family, so why shouldn't your pool be different from every other pool? You may have young children; older children may enjoy more adventure activities or more relaxing. You may experience a more modern style, or enjoy more rustic, naturally-inspired elements in your decor. Whatever the case may be, you deserve a pool that reflects these unique characteristics to ensure everyone enjoys the new pool as much as possible.

If you have young children, for example, you may want an area that is more shallow to allow your children to safely enjoy the water without having to worry so much about the risk of drowning. If you have teenagers, on the other hand, a waterslide element is a perfect way to wear off some energy and provide a centerpiece of fun for neighborhood get-togethers. If you choose a stock pool design, you'll have to fit your family to the needs of the pool. With a custom pool, you can adapt the pool to the needs of your family.

First Steps
Something which may be keeping you from having the pool of your dreams installed merely is not knowing where to start. You want to spend your money wisely, but all the information about different options for your pool can be overwhelming. As an experienced pool builder, we pledge to provide you with quality information so you can make informed decisions every step of the way. 

We also pledge to include you in the process to ensure you understand what's happening and can give feedback or even make changes as needed. We provide free, no-obligation estimates, so you can get a clear picture of the time, money, and resources that will be required to build the pool of your dreams. A hint: it's probably easier than you think.

Limited Time
Time, especially if you have children, is a limited resource. Your kids won't be kids forever and every summer you spend not getting the pool your family deserves is another summer you'll never get back. Make your home the place your kids want to be as they grow older, so you can spend those extra few moments with them that you'll cherish forever. If you don't have kids, summer still only comes once a year. Don't take your summers for granted and see what we can do for you, today.


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Is Your Pool Ready for Summer?

CJ Kortes - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

As the Texas winter slowly draws to an end and brings the warmer weather of spring and summer, you are undoubtedly thinking about the great times about to be had around your outdoor pool. With the approaching opening of your pool for the season, contacting your local Rockwall, TX pool builder Hopkins Custom Pools is in order to ensure that your pool is properly serviced and maintained to extend its life and well-being.

A properly serviced and well-maintained pool ensures that you, your family and your guests can enjoy their days in the water are met with safety in mind. In Texas, your pool winterization like meant pulling the plug and draining the water level down to the bottom of the pool. To get you back up and running for warmer months, Hopkins Custom Pools can help open your pool back up by filling it to the proper level. When filled, we can ensure that the pool has the proper pH balance, correct chlorination levels and they can add algaecide to your pool as well. Pools that are too acidic will corrode the equipment and can cause irritation of the skin in your swimming guests. Pools that are too alkaline will scale on the surface. Hopkins Custom Pools can ensure the correct pH balance between 7.2 – 7.8. A great swim starts with the water itself, and we can help in safeguarding your pool’s water when preparing to open it back up for the warmer months ahead.

On top of the water, proper maintenance of the equipment on your pool is imperative as well. Beginning with the ever-important pump on your pool, it requires regular cleaning of the strainer basket. The O-ring that seals the pump housing should also be inspected and replace if beginning to deteriorate. The filter on your pool also needs regular cleaning and potential maintenance to help ensure clean, clear water in the pool. Pool heaters also require maintenance, whether they run on gas or electricity. The tubes in the heater can get built up with calcium over time, requiring the heater to be disassembled and cleaned.

Regular, routine care is super essential to the life of your pool and safety of your family and guests that go for a dip in your pool. Your friends at Hopkins Custom Pools are not only your local expert custom pool builder, but they are also ready to help ensure that both your water and your pool equipment are set to go for the summer so that you can worry about the more important things in life.


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Don't wait for summer to build your dream swimming pool!

CJ Kortes - Sunday, December 31, 2017

When you look at your backyard today, you may see a wide open space that is ideal for a pool builder to install a gorgeous pool and perhaps even a hot tub. Custom pools can transform a rather boring and even unattractive space into a resort-like experience. With a new swimming pool installed in your yard this summer, you can enjoy quiet time floating in the pool on your own, relaxing with your family or even partying with your friends. You might think that it is too soon to start contacting contractors to design and install a custom pool, but this is not the case. Now is the perfect time to get started. 

The Timeline for a Pool Installation Project

At first glance, the installation of a new swimming pool may seem like a project that can be completed rather quickly. However, everything from the creation of a pool design and clearing the land to the actual installation of the pool and even the landscaping around the pool must be completed before you can enjoy using your pool this summer. A realistic timeline for all aspects of the installation of custom pools may be two to three months in some cases. Remember that you may also need to account for weather-related delays when estimating the timeline for your pool installation project. 

The Availability of Pool Builders 

Many homeowners like you throughout the Dallas metro area also share the same belief that they should wait until closer to summertime to install a pool. This means that a typical pool builder will get swamped with projects to complete in the months leading up to summer and even throughout the summer season. The last thing that you want is to experience a delay with your pool project because your preferred builder is booked solid. 

The Enjoyment of Your New Pool All Summer

When you make the effort to design a new pool for your backyard and to find the right builder to hire, it makes sense that you would want to enjoy your pool all summer long. The reality is that temperatures can rise into the 90s on many days even in April and May in the Dallas area. These are days when you could be lounging by the pool and watching the kids splash and play in the water. Why would you wait until July or August to enjoy a completed swimming pool in your backyard?

If you have decided that this is the year when you will finally turn your dream of having a swimming pool in your backyard into a reality, there is no better time than right now to start the process. With a consultation from a reputable pool installation company, you can begin the design process. By taking this effort today, you may be able to start enjoying your dream pool with your family and friends on the first warm day of the season.


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Custom Pool Trends For 2018

CJ Kortes - Monday, November 27, 2017

Each year, designers come up with new pool trends. People are becoming more creative with the ways that they enjoy their pools. Create countless designs for your pool area using any color and material that exists. Create a solid plan long before you contact pool builders Dallas TX companies. Here are 5 trends to look forward to in 2018.

1. Themes 

A pool theme visualizes the ideas and hobbies that you enjoy most. Building a tropical paradise is a popular theme that can include a mini cabana and palm trees in the yard. Another idea is an ocean theme with the pool being shaped as a fish.

If you have kids, the idea of using themes seems perfect. The pool is the ideal place to host a birthday party or any special event that occurs during the year. In addition to the pool, include decorative patio chairs, tables and floors. With the help of custom pools Dallas TX designers, enhance the look at every angle.

2. Sun Shelves

Sun shelves are the most shallow parts of the pool where you sit comfortably in lawn chairs. Enjoy the water without worrying about getting too wet. It's an area for relaxing, working on suntans and socializing with others in the pool.

3. Small Pools

Small pools are suited for people to avoid the strenuous task of swimming. The pool can be made into any shape with different colors or themes. Build it around a garden or fountain. When designed right, the style surpasses the size.

4. Firelight

Everyone enjoys the warmth and splendor of a fire. Replace torches with fires lit right next to the pool. Use fire pits or bowls that provide illumination all through the night. Nightlights and fire-making devices are common products included with pool builders Dallas TX services.

5. Custom Features

The best Dallas TX pool builders will build your pool using custom-made materials or designs. Using tile, create mosaic pictures that show people, places or things. You can design using tiles that vary by shape or color. 

Some pool owners add stones or pebbles to the floor. Another idea is to add reflective materials like glass tiles, which is enhanced when sunlight reflects off of the finished surface. Custom pools Dallas TX designers have used hundreds of different materials and finishes. They know which ones will best suit your yard.

Many pool owners refuse to settle for generic designs. They want to add more elements to the pool area, such as fire or beach sand. Like them, pay attention to the new trends that are coming out next year. Work with Dallas TX pool builders to enhance the look of an existing pool or build one to your liking.


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Is your spa ready for winter?

CJ Kortes - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Okay, winter is here, and it is the absolutely right time to get your spa ready for the season. Why? Simply put, you do not want to miss that cozy warm spa during such a season. And that is not all. 

An uncared for spa whenever the weather starts to cool off is a sure recipe for unhygienic water conditions. Over time, water starts building up algae and debris and windy conditions will blow in dead leaves and when left to settle will become a problem removing. 

Some of the best ways to get your spa ready is by: 

• Balancing the water- As the PH levels should be between 7.2 and 7.6, it is important to ensure that the water has a balanced level at all times during this winter. 

• Checking the chlorine levels 

• Checking the functionality of your pump and filters 

Ensuring that your spa is spruced up and ready for the season will guarantee you a great time in the bubbling warm water all season long. Before switching it on therefore, it is important to ensure that algae, bacteria, and viruses that thrive in warm water are permanently eliminated. 

Hopkins Custom Pools
All this and much more can effortlessly be done by your local Hopkins Custom Pools, an experienced pool builder in Dallas. Offering a wide range of designs to choose from, you will be assured of great, stylish and custom made pools and spas that will surpass your expectations. Be it natural stone and rocks, geometric and angled to curvy and sloping and much more, you will be spoiled for choice. 

They are the premier home for custom spas that will ensure that your winter is sparkling warm and cozy. Build to your desired specifications with a flair for quality and durability, your custom spa will be delivered in many different styles that span into the many years of experience that the Hopkins Custom Pools has gained in this arena of outdoor prowess. With a team of builders that are conversant with what Dallas homeowners need in terms of quality and stylish designs, you will be assured of great value with the full intention of bringing your vision to life. 

Indeed adding a custom spa to your already existing backyard swimming pool would be a great idea at this point in time. Or maybe you could let the team handle all the work if you do not have one already. So you will not have to worry about the whole process from plumbing to roaring your spa into life. 

Or maybe you have a spa that you would wish to be remodeled and spruced up with a touch of class and expertise, we have you sorted. Whether a stand-alone or next to your swimming pool, the team will ensure that your renovated spa is ready for the season. Plus you won’t have to overly worry about your budget as the team of builders will look for materials on your behalf that match your exact budget while still handling the timelines just fine.

So if you are thinking of designing a great spa or renovating your existing one, this team is ready to give you an unmatched service this winter season.


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Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Area For Fall

CJ Kortes - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As summer in Texas is drawing to a close, so is pool season. That pool that you had installed by a custom pool builder Dallas Texas is about to shut down for the season. Just because it is a little too chilly to take a dip in the pool does not mean you have to hide out indoors until spring. You still have plenty of sunny afternoons and starry nights to witness. The weather is not yet too cold to invite people over for a get-together on the patio. Here are some ways to update your outdoor living area so that you can enjoy the outdoors a while longer.

Fire Feature

Autumn is a great time to gather around an open fire. Cool evenings make a warm fire desirable. You can roast marshmallows or hot dogs or just sit with a glass of wine and have a conversation with friends. There is no wrong way to do it. What you will need, however, is a place to house the fire like a fire pit or an outdoor fire place. Not only will an outdoor fire feature allow you to keep a fire, it will.

Outdoor Kitchen

Another great space for entertaining well into the autumn is an outdoor kitchen. You can grill out or prepare full meals for friends and family all while watching the sun set. Pull out the flat screen and watch the big game under the stars while cooking up a big pot of chili. An outdoor kitchen can be as large or small as you want it to be. It can just have a grill and some counter space, or you can have a full chef's kitchen complete with an oven, farm house sink, refrigerator and storage space. 


Chances are good you have appreciated that pergola all summer. Now that fall is here, why not wind some white string lights around it and serve hot cocoa while you sit on your outdoor furniture set and chat with company. Or, if you are in the mood for a little solitude, how about a good book? 


Your patio is just as functional in the autumn as it was in the summer. Reset your furnishings with some fall inspired cushions and pots of chrysanthemums. Set pumpkin coasters and napkins on the table. Add a few throws to your couch or chair to snuggle up in while you watch the falling leaves. 

There is no right or wrong way to enjoy your outdoor living area. A few minor changes can take it from summer time fun to a mellow fall gathering place. If you are looking to make some real updates, though, check out Hopkins Custom Pools. Not only are they the premier custom pool builder Dallas Texas, but they can also create a custom outdoor space for your home, too.


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Premier Pool Builder in Dallas Texas

CJ Kortes - Thursday, July 20, 2017

A pool is a wonderful addition to any home. Pools make it easy to go swimming right in your own backyard. Swimming is great exercise. A daily swim can help burn calories quickly and allow you to build muscle while reducing fat. Swimming is also a great way to build cardiovascular fitness. Not only that, but swimmers typically have lower resting heart rates and better overall fitness. Swimming is also a form exercise that is less risky than other kinds of exercise and easier on the body's joints. One of the best ways to get in a swim at least several times a day is to put a pool in your backyard. 

Adding a Pool 

Adding a pool to your backyard has many advantages. In the first place, a pool can serve as a great space to entertain. Many homeowners love being able to throw a party and invite guests over for a swim. The pool can serve as the center of attention during the party. Guests can use it while mingling and eating in a safe and protected environment. The homeowner can use it anytime they like from very early in the morning to late at night for a moonlit swim right before bed. 

Creating Your Own 

As a homeowner, you can work with Dallas pool builders. As the premier custom pool company in the area, they build custom pools for their clients. Each client is given the opportunity to speak to them and create a pool according to their own personal taste. With their help, it's easy to get the pool you want. Working with them means working Dallas pool builders who have been designing custom pools for outdoor living for many years. With their assistance, it's easy to determine the kind of pool you want in your own background. 

The Details 

Each pool they build is designed with each customer's personal taste in mind. Sitting on a hot summer Texas day can be exhausting. Kids and adults alike love having a pool in the yard for a fast dip and a longer splash. The homeowner can pick from all kinds of details that will create a finished product that looks great and allows any homeowner to kick back and have fun even when the thermometer begins to climb. With their help, you'll discover the many possibilities that exist when it comes to pool design. 

Fabulous Water Features 

Any custom backyard pool should be something truly special. This is why those at this company offer amazing water features designed to make the pool truly a place of wonder and fun. You can turn your yard into a getaway from the ordinary. Features like a water fountain, your own personal waterfall, slides with unexpected turns and shooting jets help make the pool special help you get even more use of your pool. When paired with features like an overhead arbor, an outdoor kitchen and a fireplace for colder nights, you'll have the ideal backyard for you and your guests.


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Need to remodel your swimming pool?

CJ Kortes - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Is your swimming pool costing you too much time and money to maintain? Would you like to cut your time and cost and have a better looking and more luxurious pool? Our experts at Hopkins Custom Pools can help. We specialize in pool remodeling services that you won't be able to compare to anyone else. Our dedicated team works alongside the customers to ensure that they get everything they want in a pool. Our desire is to make you feel like you are in paradise in your own personal backyard. We customize it the way you want and you choose all of the features. Our pool builder and pool remodeling service include: 

  • Design modifications to shape, depth, and style 
  • Custom tile, stone, brick, and masonry 
  • Slides, diving boards, and exercise swim jets 
  • Expert deck repairs & replacement 
  • Gunite spas, pools with waterfalls, fountains, and lighting 
  • Resurfacing with resilient color quartz finish and so much more. 

The choice is yours how you want your swimming pool. With Hopkins Custom Pools you can renovate your backyard pool or spa to feel like a resort and you will never have to leave your own backyard to feel like your in paradise. The features and customization that you can include are endless and gorgeous to look at. You will be bragging to the neighbors and having a pool party at your house just to show it off. Our pool builder will customize your pool to fit the style you and give the perfect look and size for your backyard. We can renovate your current swimming pool to meet your needs for anything you desire whether it be leisure, an easier kid-accessible pool or even athletics and diving. We do this by following an efficient four-step process: 

  1. Capture the dream: We work with you to make sure you get the pool of your dreams by discussing all of the features and design aspects that you want in your pool. 
  2. Design it: We will show you a set of computer generated images of before and after photos, so you can see exactly what your pool will look like before it is built. 
  3. Engineer it: We will create a step by step plan for the building process according to the complexity of your custom pool design. 
  4. Build it: We will follow a set of steps and processes to create your dream pool. We will go through all, or most of these steps depending on your design.
    a. Demolition of unwanted materials (typically tile, plaster finishes and/or decking)
    b. "Cut-in" any new features or options (water features, In-floor cleaning, etc.)
    c. Install new features and finishes 
    d. Fill it with water and start swimming and enjoy your brand new, redesigned pool. 

Our experts at Hopkins Custom Pools will ensure that you get the pool you have always wanted and guarantee you will be satisfied with our service. We are a private family owned company out of East Texas who is dedicated to our customers and attentive to their wants and needs. Most of our employees have been with us through the years as our business has grown and we love to see the joy on someone's face when they finally see the pool that they have always wanted. We work with you to make sure you get exactly what you want and offer many different types of swimming pools. So beat the Texas heat and enjoy the weather with your brand new backyard escape. Bring the vacation to you and cherish the memories you will make with family and friends with your newly remodeled pool. 

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Which Renovation Installations Do You Need?

CJ Kortes - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer is fast approaching and your pool is the piece de resistance of the season.


There’s no better way to enjoy the warmer days than a dip in the pool with friends and family. You can’t, however, just re-open the pool after months of hibernation. The long wait for summer might have resulted in a mix of greenish water, broken tiles, and leaky slides. 

Before you send invites for the first summer party of the season, consider a pool renovation first. 

Every pool will need some major work done sooner or later. Doesn’t matter if it’s for practical reasons or cosmetic ones; an element or two will require replacements for better enjoyment. Also, it enhances the value and beauty of your home. 

But what kind of renovations does your pool need? 

Pave the way for a better summer by installing the following must-have remodeling features:


There is nothing better than having a fully functional slide for the young ones and the young at heart. Slides are excellent installations that add doses of fun to swimming pools. Some backyards already have a good one, but if there’s still room for renovation, always welcome change. 

Pool builders provide slides of different shapes, colors, and sizes to complement the home’s landscape design. Chat with your builder to ensure the installations seamlessly integrate with your backyard. 


Proper lighting is essential in most pool renovations. Lights enhance the pool’s aesthetics and safety, making it easy for swimmers see during the night. Make your nighttime dip even safer by installing underwater LED lights.

Planning for summer parties or barbecue blowouts by the pool? Deck lights are ideal for evening gatherings and selfies for the memories. 

Water Features

Transform your dull pool into a tranquil and gorgeous oasis with water features. This summer, liven up the pool with waterfalls and laminar jet installations. The former, for example, is perfect for achieving a completely natural look that promotes relaxation. If you’re looking for a more contemporary style, choose sleek and modern installations. Laminar jets, on the other hand, are perfect with colorful light filters for that “rainbow” effect.

No need to worry about falls or jets compromising the current landscape design. Pool builders can customize these features to suit your backyard and personal style. 

Sun Shelf

Sun shelves are flat, shallow areas in the pool that come with different names: tanning shelf, Baja shelf, or tanning ledge. These installations were once exclusive to high-end resorts and hotels, but who says regular homeowners can’t have them?

Sun shelves are perfect enjoying the sun and water at the same time. You and your family can recline comfortably while you enjoy a good tan. It is also ideal for younger children to acclimate to the water for their first swim. 

Your pool is the star of the show this summer. Make it even better by considering the installations above. 

For more renovation ideas, contact the experts at Hopkins Custom Pools. Serving as THE premier custom pool builders in Dallas & East Texas, our team can transform your pool into a personal oasis. Take that first step and call us today for a free estimate. 


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