When the pool is an eco-friendly natural pool! Natural pools are a new trend in sustainable living, eschewing chemicals in favor of a self-cleaning, plant based ecosystem. Designers and proponents claim that maintenance costs are much lower and that the cost of installing the pool itself is not much higher than that of installing a standard swimming pool. HGTV has a gallery of this fascinating concept in action. Here are a few of our favorites…
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In our August newsletter we shared the craziest private pools that we could find…but not all of them! Fortunately, as there is no shortage of human creativity in this world, so there is no shortage of crazy pools. Check out this incredible offering, housed inside a New York townhouse…
Unfortunately, such a unique decorating style has proven difficult to move on the market and so while the pool garnered plenty of interest in the style pages, it does appear to have been updated along with the rest of the apartment in order to appeal to the masses. Check out the after and tell us which you would have chosen.
If your pool needs a makeover, but you aren’t ready to splurge on a full blown renovation, consider these small, budget friendly ideas that can make a big difference in your space.
Research low-maintenance plants and purchase from your local nursery.
Find low-cost furniture and planters on Craigslist or OfferUp and rehab with a coat of paint.
Build your own firepit and add some comfy chairs.
Rent or borrow a pressure washer to scour your backyard surfaces.
Create your own hammock for the perfect relaxation spot.
It's been 11 years since the VGB act was signed into law and public pools were required to replace old drain covers with new covers designed to prevent entrapment. Many private pool owners followed suit, but if you have moved into an older home with a pool, you'll want to make sure that your drain cover is up to date. How can you tell? Old drain covers are flat and create a powerful suction force that can snag hair or other body parts and trap children at the bottom of the pool, unable to escape. VBG compliant covers are rounded, unable to be fully blocked, therefore preventing that entrapment danger.
If you find that your drain cover is unsafe, we are happy to assist you with the replacement. Call our office to schedule the installation!
For the sentimental romantic, there is nothing more fun than finding hearts in nature...and they can be found just about anywhere! For the romantic swimmer, these naturally-formed, heart-shaped pools and lakes might just be the ultimate find!
Our newsletter this month is full of fun date ideas for your Valentine's Day, but you don't have to leave home for romance! Luxury Life Design has a gallery full of ideas for using your swimming pool to create that special ambiance. They range from simple to extravagant, but all of them are elegant. Take a look, get inspired, and then invest in some candles and flowers to surprise that special someone!
We're wrapping up our month of pool upgrade chatter with a little more design inspiration. Check out the 2017 Florida Swimming Pool Association design awards. Most of the looks are completely achievable in the average backyard and any of them would be a stunning place to spend the summer.
This month's newsletter was all about making minor upgrades for massive impact in your backyard pool. To get further inspired, check out this before and after montage of pools that have utilized many of the suggestions we put forward. Here are a few of our favorites...
Having a pool at your Orlando home would definitely provide endless entertainment for your family, especially during summer. However, with fun, comes responsibility-- installing a pool means you have to prepare yourself from the ever present danger of drowning and injury, especially if there are children in your home. These tips mentioned below, are just some of the ways you can childproof your pool.
Important Tips to Childproof Your Pool
Tip 1: Pool Alarms Can Be a Life Saver
Pool alarms should be included in the protective “layers” of your childproof pool. Wherein, the first alarm should be for the gate or door of the pool, while the second alarm can be an alarm for the around the pool area, so that you'll get notified whenever someone enters the pool. Aside from these, a lot of homeowners are also incorporating a third alarm for children that should be worn on the wrist, and sound will come out of it once it gets close contact with water.
Tip 2: A Rigid Pool Cover Will Lessen the Risks of Drowning
Aside from the alarms, rigid pool covers are also considered to be a must-have if you really want to childproof your pool. Unlike soft covers that could sink into the water because it's soft, rigid pool covers would stay strong and be able to support your child's weight, if in case he decides to climb on it.
Tip 3: Fences Are Very, Very Important
As a responsible property owner, swimming pool fences should be a part of your construction plan-- whether you have children or not. Not only will it protect your children, future children, and grandchildren from entering the pool, it would also keep your pets and any wildlife animals from drowning in the waters. Ideally, the fence should be at least 4 feet tall, and it should come with a self-latching and self-closing gate.
Tip 4: Nothing Beats Parental Supervision
Although this one may seem pretty obvious, a lot of parents still fail to follow this. Parental supervision is essential, most children, especially the younger ones, need constant monitoring at all times.
Other Childproof Tips to Consider:
You can protect your kids from drowning by making sure they won't be able to enter the pool without your consent, and here's how.
- Even if you already have a fence around the backyard, if you're living in Orlando, you'll also be required to enclose your pool with a fence that's at least 4-feet tall.
- By adding extra latches and locks to the exterior of your house, you'll be able to ensure that your child would stay inside the house unless you let him out.
- Make sure that the door alarms, as well as fence alarms are working properly at all time.
- For those with an above-ground pool, don't forget to remove the ladder when no one is swimming in the pool.
As a homeowner and a parent, you have to ensure that your backyard pool is completely childproof. In order to make the pool safe for children, the tips mentioned above are really worth considering. Through this, you'll have the peace of mind that no accidents will ever happen even if you accidentally leave your children unattended.
Today's article was submitted by Warner Quinlan.
Pool noodles are back in stock so it's time for a little DIY fun. Shelterness.com has some great ideas for everything from DIY solar heaters, to convenient floating trays, to handmade games. Pool noodles are the basis for most, though not all, of these fun creations, so stock up and get to crafting!
We've been hearing a great deal about leaks from the White House these days, and now, we have a theory. It turns out that the White House Press Briefing Rooms is built directly over Franklin D. Roosevelt's old swimming pool. The pool, drained during Nixon's era, now serves as storage space for computer servers, but still perhaps they should give Aaron's Leak Detection a call?
What if you could indulge a passion, help others, AND break a world record? A man in Aurora, Illinois is setting out to do all three by building the world's deepest warm water swimming pool The pool would allow for therapeutic scuba diving sessions and break the current record of 137 feet deep, held by a pool in Italy.
This house takes the concept of an indoor swimming pool to a whole new level...literally. A glass encased pool makes up the full second floor of the home creating a surprisingly tranquil atmosphere as the light flickers through the water making the library ceiling it's own work of art. Though we'd suggest the owners keep Aaron's Leak Detection on speed dial. Just in case!
An LA art show was recently submerged in a swimming pool and visitors viewed the gallery by swimming across it wearing goggles. Because, why not? The show featured 18 unique pieces, but our favorite was the pile of dishes because we're definitely going to try this with the dinner plates tonight! Nothing better than art with practical application!
Acrophobia is the fear of heights and aquaphobia is the fear of water or swimming. After swimming in the pool at Hotel Hubertus in South Tyrol, Italy, you may need a new term for the fear of swimming at great height! This pool towers 40' above the ground, supported by what appear to be enormous logs, and featuring a convenient window at the bottom so that you can fully realize this new, yet-unnamed phobia.
Proving that anyone can have a swimming pool with just a bit of ingenuity and effort (and thirst!), a group of Dutch men built their very own swimming hole using zip ties and beer crates. The project required 138 crates or 3,312 bottles!