Category Archives: Landscape

Frankie Flowers Tuesday Tip of the Day!

Wrong soil:  That $1.99 bag may look like a good deal but if used in a container will kill your plants (from root rot).  For pots choose soils formulated for containers or potting soil.  However remember most container and potting soils are soilless mixes meaning you need to fertilize.

To read more tips on spring gardening from BT’s very own Frankie Flowers Visit here

Designing Spaces Master Pools Guild Interview with Ed Gibbs of Gib-San Pools

Looking to get started on your dream backyards this summer? This episode of designing spaces interviews Ed Gibbs, owner and operator of Gib-San Pools Ltd.  Ed gives some excellent tips on what to consider when selecting a design for a new pool and how to select a pool builder you can trust.

Gib-San Pool of the Month, May 2012 – Festival Tower Project

If a condominium could be compared to a film, Festival Tower would sweep the Oscars!

Festival Tower is no ordinary building.  It is an instant landmark on the Toronto skyline.  When architect Bruce Kuwabara was designing Festival Tower, he incorporated a number of design elements to reinforce its iconic status, “Let’s face it.  There are a lot of condominium towers going up around this city.  This one has to be special.”

On the outside, the building soars from its limestone-clad base into a tower sheathed in clear and sandblasted glass and crowned by an illuminated glass top that serves as a welcoming beacon to Festival Tower residents.  But it is inside Festival Tower where its “luxurious livability” really becomes apparent.  There is no such thing as a basic amenity at festival Tower and Gib-San was the obvious choice when selecting a pool builder to take part on this project.

The stunning Pool House features an elaborate swimming pool, whirlpool and a cascading floor-to-ceiling waterfall housed in a glass pavilion overlooking an exquisitely landscaped terrace.   The project took over 5 years from its initial planning to the final completion in summer 2011.

“This project is surely one of our most applauded pieces of work” says Ed Gibbs, “to see such a large project come to life surely goes to show you our commitment to ISO policies and procedures works!” “The Festival Tower Project was built using the same standards and procedures used on any one of our residential projects, and because of that our brand transcends the industry standard for quality.”

“Festival Tower is so unique, so special, and so incredible – it exists in a class of its own!”

Pool Possibilities Explorer by Pentair – Online Virtual Design Application

When building a swimming pool, the possibilities are endless. Whether you plan to create a relaxing sanctuary, an exotic oasis or a fun-filled gathering place for family and friends, use our tool to discover more about the choices available to bring your vision to life. When you’re finished, you’ll be able to print a reference guide of your selections to review with your Gib-San Sales Associate.

Select the link to start your design: http://www.pentairpool.com/pool-possibilities-explorer/#/home/eyJzY2VuZSI6W119

Gib-San Award Winning Pools 2011

Pool Maintenance Tip of the Week

Is the weather warming up sooner than expected in your part of the country? Avoid, and save time and money: open early this year! (CA)

Gib-San Pools & Homestars.com want to send you to the National Home Show with a complimentary ticket on us!

Visit the link below and write 2 reviews – good or bad – and earn a Free Ticket to the 2012 Toronto National Home Show from March 16th – 25th at the Direct Energy.  This year’s event is bigger than ever with the partnering of Canada Blooms.

Visit the link below to get started, and most importantly don’t forget to include Gib-San in 1 of your 2 reviews!

Here’s what you have to do (click to get started): http://homestars.com/contests/ticket-to-the-toronto-national-home-show-2012-in-toronto-canada-starting-feb-27-2012

**Once your reviews are approved, you’ll receive an email with link to print your ticket. This may take up to a day.

Swimming Pool Design Trends for 2012

Each year brings new trends for home and garden design, including swimming pools and spas. In 2011, exciting design and technology options helped create beautiful pools that were integrated into lush landscapes for a more holistic experience.

Residential pools embraced amazing features that added beauty and intrigue, and in the past could only be found at resorts. In adding these features it made the backyard pool experience more like a vacation or spa – allowing pool owners to enjoy their pools new ways.

We see these trends extending into 2012. Of course, there will be some new developments along the way, and we can’t wait to see them!

Celebrating the Elements: Water, Fire & Earth

More than ever, pool designs are incorporating water, fire and rock features …from fire pits and torches to stone grottos and waterfalls. Mesmerizing flames add dramatic flair to poolscapes, while water and rock elements can transform a backyard into any theme desired…from romantic hideaway to fantastic playground.

A Light Show in the Pool

Color-changing lights have been popular for some time, but with advances in LED technology light shows can be more brilliant and exciting than ever. Many systems allow synchronization between pool, spa and landscape lighting. Plus, this technology uses far less energy than any other.

Innovative Edges, Entries and Shelves

In the past, swimming pools had steps, a shallow end and a deep end. Today’s pools are incorporating many more features to multiply the way pools are used. Beach entries allow swimmers to wade in and eliminate the need for stairs or ladders. Infinity edges are perfect for pools with a view. Also, wading areas and shelves allow bathers to enjoy a new type of “shallow” end in their pool.

 

Colorful Tiling and Mosaics Make a Comeback

Brightly colored tile and mosaics were “out” for the last decade or so, but many builders are seeing this retro trend coming back in popularity. Glass tile is the most popular way to achieve this look. It comes in a rainbow of colors with unique swirls and bubbles, and can be used to create beautiful custom mosaics. Alternate materials can be used to create the same effect, while being a bit more affordable.

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Saltwater Pools for the Most Luxurious Water

Once you’ve swam in a saltwater pool, you might never want to get in a regular pool again. The water is only slightly salty, about one-tenth that of the ocean. The sensation is more of a soft-water feeling, plus the water does not sting your eyes like regularly-chlorinated water. The upfront cost is more expensive; however, the maintenance costs are much less.

Going “Green” in the Pool

Between rising energy costs, earth-consciousness and new technology trends, pool owners are looking for (and finding!) more energy-efficient ways to circulate their water and heat their pools.

What new pool design trends are you seeing?

http://poolfyi.com/profiles/blogs/swimming-pool-design-trends-for-2012

Pool FYI

 

Gib-San Pool of the Month, March 2012 – 109 Days to SUMMER!!

Frequently it is a “mad dash to the finish” to complete construction and have a pool and landscape project completed for summer.  The process can be difficult and stressful especially with the heat of summer lingering.  So now more than ever is time to get started!

With the cold of winter still in the air but whispers of spring in the weather forecasts let this month’s featured pool bring you back to the fond memories of summer 2011.

Peaceful and elegant the use of glass mosaic tiles and stone veneering make it a unique and impressive design.   With full Pentair automation, fiber optic lighting, and sheer decent water features this truly is a pool to be remembered!