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Pool Slides: What’s Possible, Who Can Build It and What It Will Cost

I was recently meeting with clients to discuss a rear yard landscape plan, and their 7-year-old son was sitting in. To keep him busy, they cued up Houzz on their iPad and let the boy’s imagination run wild through a photo search. What was he looking at? Pool slides, of course. The kid in me got my mind racing, too. Who doesn’t love a good water slide? But while a slide is every child’s fantasy, it’s the adults who will be the ones with a lot to consider before incorporating a slide into their pool project. Design: If all these […]

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Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals

Summer’s heat is not far behind the bursting of spring blooms and windy rains. This summer imagine yourself cooling off by floating in a backyard pool that feels immersed in nature. Natural swimming pools use plants or a combination of plants and sand filters to keep the water clean and clear without chemicals. They were developed in Austria and Germany in the 1980s and have since grown in popularity worldwide. They can be designed in a multitude of ways: Some look like natural ponds; others may be disguised as standard tiled pools. Whatever look you are trying to achieve, the […]

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Pools Overflow With Finish Options

Long gone are the days when plaster was the only pool finish you could get. While plaster has its benefits, new technology has given pool owners a wide variety of other choices. An abundant number of aggregate finishes and glass tiles gives homeowners more options with distinctive looks and an endless array of customizable features. Upfront, these new finishes may be more expensive than plaster, but their longevity and style can outweigh price concerns. Read on to learn about the pros and cons of each of these finishes, and discover which one is right for your pool. Pebble Tec is […]

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Pool-Friendly Patio Materials

Today’s advancements in pool patio materials have eliminated the plain concrete patios so many of us grew up with. Now, a pool patio can dramatically improve your home’s landscape design. The choices are endless, but I’ve covered some of my favorites here. Each has pros and cons, so talk with your contractor or pool designer beforehand so you know what works best for your backyard. Natural Stone While natural stone is a very luxurious choice for patios, you can cut costs by choosing stone from a local quarry. The native Oklahoma flagstone here was hand cut to match the travertine […]

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Find Your Perfect Pool Shape

Creating a balanced shape is the crucial first step in designing a pool that fits your home’s taste and enhances your backyard. Spacing elements, shape, scale and style are often used to complement what already exists in your landscape. If you want to know why finding the right shape for your pool is so important, ask yourself this question: “How often will I use my pool?” You may not know the answer at this moment, but most of my clients respond the same way after a season of pool ownership: almost every single day. Whether you simply glance at it […]

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How to Keep Kids Safe Around Pools and Spas

Photo by All-Safe Pool Fence & Covers – Look for home design pictures Teach Kids to Swim We often think of swimming as good exercise for children or a fun way to pass the summer. But the real benefit is that it can save their lives. Kids who don’t know how to swim have a 70 percent higher chance of drowning, Pollack says. “Also, it’s important that if a child is missing, the pool or spa is the first place to check,” she says. Designate a Water Watcher No safety measure should be considered a replacement for adult supervision. Pollack […]

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Enjoy Your Pool Long Past Labor Day

When the weather starts to cool down, most homeowners believe they need to shut down their pool until summer starts to heat up again. But today’s pool products and accessories can push your swimming season from early spring through the fall — and put energy savings in your pocketbook during the summer too. Consider the investment you’ve made in your outdoor living space. Products that allow you to enjoy your pool a few months more every year can give you a better return on it. Snow-melting cable systems can be installed fairly easily underneath patio areas to keep outdoor areas […]

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Montgomery County Students Will Have Improved Access to New Socks and Underwear through United Way!

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas — Montgomery County students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have improved access to new socks and underwear through United Way of Greater Houston’s Project Undercover. Studies show 1 in 5 children don’t have access to clean clothes, often because their families are unable to provide these items due to financial constraints. Students without clean clothes often choose to miss school, which can become a leading factor in high school dropout rates.   Approximately 41 percent of students in Montgomery County come from economically disadvantaged families. Project Undercover makes it possible for lower-income students to wear brand […]

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15 Inspiring Swimming Pool Decks w/Stone & Pavers!

  Thi Click here to see examples! Let me know what you’d like designed & built today!   This fantastic article was shared with you by #1 Rated Pool Builder of The Woodlands – Roy Burden @Pools-by-Design!

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