Benefits of a Pool Cover

A backyard pool is a bit of a luxury so you might wonder how purchasing a pool cover could prove beneficial. It’s simply this, a pool cover allows you more time to enjoy your pool instead of spending time doing maintenance. To sort through the various options and benefits we’ve gathered the following information and listed the good and bad of each one.

Bubble Covers or Solar Covers


Good for use on either in ground or above ground pools, bubble pool covers easily float on top of the water. Their ability to trap the heat when the pool is not in use reduce the cost of heating your pool saving you money and can extend the pool season. Cut to fit the size of your pool, they reduce electricity, cleaning costs and chemical loss. They are not a safety cover and anyone accidentally falling onto it could become trapped underneath.


Pin Down or Winter Covers


Manufactured in either mesh or vinyl they are secured to the pool deck at the end of the season. Primarily for in ground pools they can be used on above ground pools as well and their primary purpose is to be used winterize your pool and require installing anchors.


Solid Vinyl Pin Down Covers


When properly installed they act as a safety cover and in an emergency hold a person’s weight. While they reduce heating, cleaning and chemical costs a big drawback is too much water accumulation on top require using a pool cover pump.


Mesh Covers


A mesh pin down cover will keep leaves and other debris out of your pool and for this reason can hold a lot of weight. Any rainwater will leak through the mesh with no buildup, so can be a good winter cover. Once again they are not considered a safety cover as they are unable to hold much weight, add to that there is no savings on heating or chemical costs they may not be the best choice.


Automatic Safety Pool Covers
Widely recommended by professionals these covers check most of the boxes and are easy to remove with the push of a button or turn of a key. Ease of operation make theme ideal for everyday use plus the reduce evaporation and chemical loss and keep the pool cleaner. Acting like a solar blanket studies have proven they will pay for themselves within a few years. Along with the cost savings is the safety feature that when closed they are locked and prevent unwanted entry. Their ability to hold a large amount of weight ( think waterbed here ) qualify them as a true safety pool cover. The biggest drawback is the initial cost of $5,000 to $15,000 and any accumulated rainwater must be pumped off to prevent drowning risk. Made to work with rectangular pools the are not an option for most free form pools. Need more information, contact Katchakid for all your pool cover needs.

Tips For Designing Your Own Custom Home

Designing a custom home that will be your dream home requires careful planning. It’s an opportunity to design a unique space made just for your family. The six designer tips listed below will help as you create your dream home. Thanks to Lida Homes for providing these tips.

Start Simple

You don’t need any special software as you begin to design your custom home. Just a pencil and paper to list what features you would like and number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Even a rough outline of a floorplan with a list ideas you may have seen in a magazine before to get started.

Think About The Future

This home is meant to take you into the future so consider if you plan on having children or expanding your present one. Do you need a guest room. home office or a flex space of some kind?  Is it possible that aging parents might share your home or would an in law suite be an option. As you design your dream home consider how things could change in the future.

Showcase & Maximize The Lot

If you already own the property you plan to build on you may already have decided where to build the structure. Be sure to consider the topography, size and best features of the property. A location to take advantage of any views, naturescapes or being able to keep an eye of children at play need to be considered. A home that looks good on a sloped lot will look quite different on a flat piece of land.  

Prioritize Features

As you look over that list you made earlier of features you really would like it’s a good idea to put them in order of importance. With so many luxuries to choose from you can easily end up with a budget out of control, decide what your personal must haves are.

Consider Function And Flow

As you and your custom home designer in Victoria BC start to decide where each room should be located consider how the final design will flow and how each space will function for your family. An example might be placing bedrooms away from communal areas of the house. Kitchens can be a gathering place for families so an open plan with easy flow to the living room might be ideal.

Reflect On Light

Light or the lack of has a big effect on people, especially during winter months. For those of us living in the Pacific Northwest taking advantage of natural light in the home is a priority. The direction windows face and window size should be considered, even installing skylights allow natural light to flood your home. Taking time in the planning stages with the above tips in mind will have you enjoying your custom home for many years.

if you require a custom home builder in Victoria BC, contact Lida Homes to start the process of building your dream home.