Take the Plunge! Pool Days are Coming
4/1/2019 2:00:00 PM

Pool Days

We are fortunate to have early springs in Southwest Louisiana. While some parts of the nation still struggle with winter weather conditions, our azaleas started blooming in March and everyone’s thoughts have turned to outdoor home improvements. 

Because of our extended summers, swimming pools are a big deal in SWLA. Whether you already have one and want to upgrade, or you’re considering making this investment, there are a number of things you need to know.

Beth Frey is a Sales Specialist at Sabine Pools, Spas and Furniture, a Louisiana company that has been in business since 1975. She says homeowners today know what they want: high-end materials and exquisite design for an outdoor live and play area that’s as well thought-out as their interior spaces.  

"There is still a market for pre-fab vinyl or fiberglass pools that are just dug and set in the ground, but we find our clients really want to use larger spaces with top-of-the-line hardscaping and gunite pools custom-designed for that space,” Frey says. Gunite pools use a rebar framework that is sprayed over with a concrete and sand mixture. The method is preferable over a traditional poured concrete pool that requires a wooden framework to hold the shape of the basin. Gunite is exceedingly durable, so swimming pools made of this substance are built to last.

 "Infinity edge pools and beach entry pools are extremely popular right now. For each new design, we create custom, unique water features, like waterfalls, fountains, and spillovers to really bring out our homeowners’ personal design styles.”

Frey says that saltwater pools are not necessarily more popular than chlorine.  "It depends on the setting and environment around the pool,” she says.  "When we come out to measure the backyard and start the design process, we discuss the options with our homeowners.  There’s a misconception that pools are either chlorine or salt, when in fact, salt is simply being used as the chlorine source.” 


When it comes to shape and size, it’s whatever works for your space and your home’s architectural and design style. "That’s what’s so great about a custom gunite pool,” Frey adds. "Whether it’s a large or small space; backyard, side yard or waterfront; sharp, modern edges, Roman or Grecian styles or freeform shapes; fun-play pool, lap pool, or architectural beauty pools, there’s really no limit to what we can do!”

There are also many ways to update your present pool. "You can modernize the hardscape area surrounding the pool, refresh or change your colors, update equipment and add automation,” Frey says.  "Because we’ve been building pools since 1975, we certainly do our share of renovations – as well as build new pools for repeat customers as they move to new homes over the years.”

Frey says hot tubs and spas are also still popular. "You can either include a spa in the pool, incorporated within the design with its own heater for year-round use, or you can get a stand-alone hot tub, which is filled with a water hose and also stays hot and ready year-round." 

Sabine Pools, Spas and Furniture, 3213 Common St., Lake Charles 70601, (337) 433-1193, www.sabinepools.com. For more information, contact 

Beth Frey at BethF@SabinePools.com.

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