Ultimate Pools is teaming up with Atlantic Water Gardens

We’re always looking to evolve at Ultimate Pools and work with products that will add to your swimming pool and backyard experience. That is why we’re teaming up with Atlantic Water Gardens to bring you products such as colorfalls, wall spouts, spillways and lighting to make your water features even more luxurious.

These products will be on display in our demo pool at our Magnolia office, but we’re sure you want to know what these products are. Well, you’re in luck, as we’ll delve into the products below with the help of Kyle Weemhoff, the Western Regional Sales manager at Atlantic Water Gardens. So lay back, get comfortable and enjoy this article about advanced water features.

What is Atlantic Water Gardens?

Before getting into their products, I’m sure you want to know a little bit about the company itself. Atlantic Water Gardens is based in Mantua, Ohio, and was founded in 1988. The company wasn’t affiliated with swimming pools originally, devoting the majority of its resources toward artificial ponds and waterfalls. But it underwent a bit of a shift 6-7 years ago, according to Weemhoff.

“We decided to get into the hardscape industry, which involves pools,” Weemhoff said. “We wanted to work with water and walls, bring some new designs, then we introduced our colorfalls and wall spouts.

“One of our slogans is ‘Illuminate Your Evenings,’ and swimming pools are a great way to do that. We are looking forward to working with more pool companies and contractors and getting more into that market.”

Along with the colorfalls, sheer descents, wall spouts and LED lights that we’ll discuss, Atlantic Water Gardens also designs fountains from basalt and rock columns and colored vases to help add some flavor to backyard areas.

Colorful products

Now that we got the intro out of the way, here are some of the main Atlantic Water Gardens features that will be available through Ultimate Pools. These can be combined to create eye-catching spillways like the one below:

LED lighting: This is the foundation for what the company does, as the lighting is what gives the backyard flavor. Whether you’re looking to illuminate your deck and outdoor patio areas or looking to add some flavor to your water features, these lights will do the trick. They are available in 48 colors, giving you an array of options based on the type of vibe you want to project.

But the most attractive aspect of their LED lighting is the simple do-it-yourself installation of it. The Atlantic Water Gardens lighting is basically a “plug-and-play” installation which is fairly painless for the customer.

“It’s extremely simple for the homeowner,” Weemhoff said. “You don’t need to have any lighting experience to put it together. Just put the cords into splitters which are connected to transformers and you’re good to go.”

The LED lights can also be hooked up to automated pool systems such as ScreenLogic so they can be controlled remotely.

Colorfalls and wall spouts: Now that you have the LED lights, you can make beautiful scenes with them. One of the best way to do that is with a colorfall. The LED lights, with their 48 colors, can allow your sheer descents to stand out in the crowd, as you can use several combinations of lights to create the perfect scene.

“You can combine multiple sizes of light to illuminate your sheer,” Weemhoff said. “You can use five 36-inch lights to illuminate a 15-foot sheer or whatever you want to do. With all the colors we have, the options are endless.”

The lights change the water colors by pushing water out through the light, allowing the water to retain that light as it exits the descent and falls down. It turns what looks like a regular sheer descent during the day into an exciting night-time display.

All linked and embedded pictures are courtesy of Atlantic Water Gardens.


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Ultimate Pools has been a leader in pool building and outdoor improvements in Magnolia, The Woodlands and Southeast Texas since 1991, specializing as a pool builder since 1999. From pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, decks, outdoor kitchens and outdoor improvements, Ultimate Pools will provide the highest of quality and customer service to you. Surf our website, send us an email, give us a call at (936) 321-9632, or visit our offices at 5170 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354 today!

Pictures of home kitchens, gazebo roofs

Readers of this site know that we work with Well Done Building Projects frequently when it comes to constructing home kitchens. We detailed our work with Well Done Building Projects and Jeff Thayer in this article, but we also dabble in some home kitchens of our own.

Here are some pictures from projects we’ve worked on recently. Enjoy the photos of the gazebo roofs and give us a call if you’re looking to add these features to your backyard oasis.


Discover Ultimate Pools

Ultimate Pools has been a leader in pool building and outdoor improvements in Magnolia, The Woodlands and Southeast Texas since 1991, specializing as a pool builder since 1999. From pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, decks, outdoor kitchens and outdoor improvements, Ultimate Pools will provide the highest of quality and customer service to you. Surf our website, send us an email, give us a call at (936) 321-9632, or visit our offices at 5170 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354 today!

Home kitchens are a nice touch alongside your pool

While swimming pools are the bread and butter of Ultimate Pools, they are just the start of the services that us and our partners can provide. We’ve recently gotten into home kitchens, complete with the help of Jeff Thayer from Well Done Building Projects. An outdoor home kitchen, complete with a grill, sink, seating area and entertainment, makes your pool a great place for a “Staycation.” Therefore, Thayer has joined us to talk about the elements and the essence of home kitchens.

The last decade has seen a huge rise in the popularity of these kitchens, as homeowners are increasingly looking to add value to their home instead of buying a new one. While swimming pools are part of this process, a home kitchen increases property value and home enjoyment that much more.

“It started right around the time of the recession,” Thayer said. “Instead of spending 200 (thousand) on a new home, why not spend 30, 40, 50 to make your current home a better home? The last few years have seen people investing in their home and updating their home.”

According to Thayer, new homes are starting to adjust to the home kitchen trend. Many houses that are being built come with provisions for outdoor kitchens and similar additions, making the job easier. That job can be done either with a detached kitchen with a gazebo roof or with a kitchen that is attached to the house. Pool houses are also a popular request. When paired with a swimming pool, it creates an outdoor paradise that homeowners don’t want to leave.

Thayer works with our customers to draw up the ideal plans and with decorators to provide the best look.

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Elements of home kitchens

Gazebo roof and detached walls: Just because the home kitchen is outdoors doesn’t mean it’s completely open to the elements. Gazebo roofs protect your kitchen, porch, and seating area from the elements, be it hot sun or rain and wind. The detached walls also provide a bit of a separation from the main house. The roofs have a stained cedar column foundation with wood colors that match the house.

As for the walls, those are variable to the customer’s needs. Some want their kitchen completely enclosed; others want it completely open. The usual design is for 2-3 detached walls — made of cinder block or brick — with some open space.

Grill: You can’t have an outdoor kitchen without having anything to cook on, so let’s start with a grill. According to Thayer, the default grill is 36 inches, but larger sizes are available for an increased fee. Larger grills can go five to six feet long. Most customers request a sideburner, which is good for boiling crawfish or making sides to go along with the main course.

Most grills come with affixed storage areas for utensils and sinks for after-dinner cleaning. Some homeowners also request an area for a mini-refrigerator or freezer. All of these elements are typically stainless steel, making them resistant to elements and easy to clean. The stainless steel grill is built into a greater kitchen area that is made primarily of cinder, brick or cultured stone. These stones are picked to match the house so the kitchen and home are an external match.

Porch: One of the fundamental elements of home kitchens are a porch. These porches are constructed with a variety of veneer stones, tile or travertine and provide a surface for your seating area. Having a nice walking area, and an area for tables and seating, is essential.

Seating areas/perks

Whether you want a classic kitchen table or a living-room environment, seating areas are important. These areas, also known outdoor living areas, create a home outside the home that’s visible from your house. That provides an attractive area for you to relax and unwind in.

These areas are also where homeowners can get creative with their home kitchens. Here are some popular perks.

Televisions: Roughly 50 percent of customers want a television outside in their home kitchen, so the kitchens are designed it to incorporate such a thing.

“We go through the TV companies on stuff like that, because it’s an entirely separate industry,” he said. “We’ll work with DirecTV or the cable companies when it comes to that.”

Either way, home kitchens can turn into home entertainment centers. You can watch the game, grab a beer from the outdoor fridge and ice from an icemaker. It’s not a bad way to live.

Fire pits and fireplaces: These add to the vacation feel that is essential to a home kitchen. You can sit around a fire pit and cook s’mores or cuddle around the fire as if you’re at a ski lodge. Fireplaces can be built into the benchwalls of the outdoor pavilion to create a classy ambience.

Light fixtures: Wiring lights around your home kitchen not only allows you the ability to work outside at night, but also allows you to change the vibe. If you’re looking for romance or to party, light up your outdoor pavilion in style.

* Linked and embedded photos courtesy of Jeff Thayer and Amanda Oldham at Well Done Building Projects


Discover Ultimate Pools

Ultimate Pools has been a leader in pool building and outdoor improvements in Magnolia, The Woodlands and Southeast Texas since 1991, specializing as a pool builder since 1999. From pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, decks, outdoor kitchens and outdoor improvements, Ultimate Pools will provide the highest of quality and customer service to you. Surf our website, send us an email, give us a call at (936) 321-9632, or visit our offices at 5170 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354 today!