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Deerfield Beach, FL -- In a season of giving, Rob Van Winkle “Vanilla Ice” and Van Kirk Pools have been moved to do something very special. They have stepped up and partnered with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to better two families’ lives by building two custom pools free of charge.

Happy Halloween!

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We celebrated Halloween last Friday (October 31st) and hosted our first costume contest! Our office was full of witches, bunnies, and a few superheros. After a delicious catered lunch, we tallied the votes! 

1st Place Costume- Minion (Janet, Middle)


On August 22, 2014, Van Kirk Pools & Spas took on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. Many of their friends, family, and coworkers have lost or known someone dear to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. As a family owned company, they have decided to take a stand and help raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease research. They have nominated Vanilla Ice, Chris Gamble, and Moss Construction to also participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge!

When the Branstetters came to the Van Kirk family to create a water feature for their home, we were curious. Their design incorporated a 5’ x 10’  Koi pond and a 3’ X 8’ waterfall wall with stairs to house a statue. The water feature had to be built on the North side of the property with the flow of the fountain to be moving towards the house. We got a little curious and started doing our own research.

The purpose of the customer’s water feature was to promote prosperity and good fortune in the Career Path/ Business section of their home. We needed to create a pond that could hold animal life as well as encompass the desired feng shui features our customers desired. The product: a magnificent fountain built as a shrine to the Yellow Dzambhala, bringer of wealth and prosperity; empowered by the Koi fish and North position. All of the components as well as the elements of the design were based on Black Sect Feng Shui practices. The pond runs parallel to the home and can be seen from the living room through a large glass door. Having this feature in front of a door with the water moving towards the home brings positive flowing energy to the Career Path/ Business side (North direction) of the house.

The Van Kirk Family has assembled some of your most frequently asked questions about your new Van Kirk Pool and we’re going to be diving into first topic, which is setting up your pool. 

Each newly built pool must go through a few startup procedures and cycling period to ensure proper water quality so your family can safely enjoy taking the first dip into your new Van Kirk Pool. 

Summer fun in the sun is in full swing and we hope you’re all enjoying the warm summer days by the pool with friends and family. But the fun doesn’t have to end there; Van Kirk & Sons are always developing ways to turn up the night in your own backyard. Among the array of products available to complete an evening, outdoor pool experience, we'd like to feature how Van Kirk's glow-in-the-dark tile was the perfect finishing touch to this Palm Beach oasis. 

Located in the heart of Cooper City, Florida, Monterra Jefferson offers residents luxury homes and bountiful outdoor living. This community pool by Van Kirk & Sons features a wet edge design, decorative pergolas, built-in BBQ stations and spacious sundecks for soaking up the sunrays. Go ahead and take a virtual dip for more photos and don't forget the sunblock.

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Ice is back with a brand new renovation! For a brand new season of The Vanilla Ice Project on the DIY Network, Vanilla Ice and Van Kirk kick down the doors of another abandoned neighborhood eyesore and turn it to an alluring mansion full of extravagance and style.

Since Ice teamed up with Van Kirk & Sons, they've developed an amazing dynamic with a dramatic and over-the-top style seen throughout their former lavish, lagoon style pool with a lazy river. On this project, located in Palm Beach, a 6,300 square foot, lakefront property lent Vanilla Ice and Van Kirk a blank canvas to let their imaginations run free. For what was once an unmaintained, messy backyard, has resulted in a majestic retreat of aquatic amenities. The pool design actually consists of three pools in one, joining a swim-up bar one side, a 25-person hot tub on the other, and an infinity-edge pool in the center. Adorned with fire pits to heat up the night and glow-in-the-dark tiles to mimic fireflies, the pool transforms into a swanky outdoor, poolside lounge minus the velvet rope.

And that’s exactly what’s expected from the former entertainer. His passion is translated throughout everything he touches. There’s no telling what they’ll think of next, but you can expect it will be “cool as ice.” Check out the video and photos below, and be sure to check out The Vanilla Ice Project and Van Kirk & Sons, airing on HGTV, DIY Network and on the DIY Network To Go mobile app.

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In the realm of outdoor leisure, "R and R" is the name of the game. But another 'R' is sometimes left out– renovation. With the evolving styles of homes and pools, owners may desire to transfer their aesthetics to their backyard staycation hotspot.

This South Florida home turned unused empty grass space into a tropical oasis with the addition of a new spacious, multi-level stone deck, splash wall, fire pit  and a hearty planting of lush landscaping. A little goes a long way. If you’re feeling as fatigued as your pool’s finishing touches, we suggest that it may just be time for a renovation. Summer's heating up, so feel free to lend us a call and let us handle the rest.

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Now that old man winter is behind us, some much-needed fun in the sun is approaching. And the great thing about creating a custom pool for your home is that they’re so many options to appeal to your aesthetics and lifestyle. This pool’s design states that the owners wanted to achieve a balance between form and function. 

With this particular design, the family wanted to create a space to cater to their at-home training and still be able to entertain their guests. As guests to this luxurious home, when stepping onto the backyard we take notice of the tempting sun shelf that is just deep enough for dipping our toes. The sun shelf then connects to a wide sparkling lap pool. With the two lanes marked distinctively with black lines, swimmers can focus on their strokes when they train. But when it’s time to relax and kick back, there’s ample space for that as well. To the right, a built-in grilling station is available, and to the left, a fireplace is nestled away by comfy sofas and lounge chairs. From healthy fun in the sun, to entertaining guests at night, this pleasant pool is just what the doctor ordered for a well-balanced lifestyle.

This is just one of many custom ideas Van Kirk & Sons has brought to life. Now that summer is just around the corner, what ideas do you have planned for your family’s upcoming summer soirees? 

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