Outdoor Living

Successful pros today don’t limit themselves to pools and spas — they embrace the entire backyard, including outdoor kitchens, patios, furniture, lighting, grills and more. To learn more about outdoor living, from selling it to building it, check out these stories.

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The Real, Scientific Benefits of Swimming

What people don't know about the benefits of swimming could help them.

Lessons in Light

Learn the principles of landscape lighting by the water’s edge.

The Grill Market is Heating Up

Pool and spa retailers who enter the growing grill market lean on vendors for customer support, lead generation and more.

All Fun and Games

A dazzling billiards-inspired swimming pool highlights a game-themed vacation property in central Florida.

The Real Estate Connection

The pool industry’s relationship with realtors is one worth investing in.

Rise of the Tanning Shelf

Tanning shelves carry significant implications for pool design and function. But they also come with a surprising list of specific decisions and a handful of technical challenges. Here's your guide.

Throwing Shade in Outdoor Spaces

Shade structures offer the protection homeowners need to utilize their outdoor spaces year-round.

Isn't it Good, This Norwegian Wood?

Kebony is a strong hardwood that has the convenience of composite material.

The Whole Experience

Here's what to keep in mind when expanding your offerings to address the entire backyard experience.


A basic pool is transformed into an extraordinary remodel by installing unique light installations throughout existing landscape.

The Backyard Is Open for Business

Learn how dealers can take advantage of the increased interest in the outdoor kitchen market amid a post-COVID environment

Add Excitement and Stir

Spice up the backyard with slides, waterfalls and diving boards.

Outdoor Living in the Cold

The high demand for comfortable outdoor gathering space is driving a surge in heater sales

Evolution of the Fiberglass Pool

The sunken living room continues the evolution in fiberglass design.

The Hard Truth About Hardscapes

It may be time for builders to double down on the hardscapes game.

'Every Vessel Should Be a Water Feature'

Designer Skip Phillips shares the secrets — from easy tricks to elaborate planning — in creating purposeful elements of aquatic design.

Pool House Potential

In the wake of a pandemic-boosted backyard renaissance, homeowners are buying pool houses.

Inside-Out: The Latest in Outdoor Living

We discuss rising trends and new materials in decking, as well as a shift in the direction and function of backyard design.

More Than a Pool: Redefining the Outdoor Living Space

The homeowner’s view on what they want from their backyard environment has changed.

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