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Later Gator: 5 Features You Can Put Off When Building a Pool

From Pool Pricer

Okay, you've been scouring the internet on sites like Houzz, Pinterest, Google + and Facebook, and you have looked at swimming pool designs from all over the world.  You are an informed consumer!  You know what shape that you want your inground swimming pool to be, what features you want for your family, and you may have already interviewed and received proposals from your desired outdoor living design professional.  Now comes the part that you see the price tag, and you nearly fall over backwards.  

Fear not, prospective inground swimming pool owner.  The cost of your inground swimming pool can be driven by these very amenities that you desire, and while eliminating them from your outdoor living space is one way to lower the cost of your swimming pool, it is not the only option.  This post from Pool Pricer gives you the elements that absolutely need to be in place to get the project completed most efficiently, and the options that could be phased in at a later date.  This might be the most important article that you read this year if you are planning an outdoor living or inground swimming pool project this year!

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Planning a pool is all about sorting and juggling a million different priorities – from the design, to financing, to hiring and scheduling. While some people revel in all the details, most find the process stressful or even overwhelming. On top of the many decisions you have to make throughout this "journey," there's the ever-present concern of how to pay for it all.

Rather than just diving in, you might want to step back and consider which features have to be in place when you plunge into your pool for the very first time, and which can wait until later. Rolling your pool out in stages is much easier on your cash flow, allowing you to afford more of the features you want. But even if your budget isn't uncomfortably tight, thinking about your pool this way is a classic approach to project planning – starting with the essential, and working down to everything else.

What you'll quickly find out is that many aspects of your pool installation really do have to be determined early on if you want a harmonious design. However, there are a handful of features that – while important – can be postponed for months or even years if need be. Here are five pool features you can safely put on the back burner until you have the time and money to deal with them.

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Swimming and Pool Trivia To Share with Friends

From swimmingpool.com

Did you know that a vigorous hour of swimming in your inground swimming pool can burn up to 650 calories?  Not only that, the same hour of swimming will work all of your major muscle groups, prevent injuries, strengthen the heart and lungs, and actually burns more calories than biking or running.  This post from Swimmingpool.com gives you these useful facts about swimming and swimming pools, as well as some very interesting obscure trivia about pools.  Here are just some of the amazing facts in this post:

  • Ancient drawings and paintings found in Egypt depicting people swimming date back to 2500 BCE.
  • The Deep Eddy Swimming Pool, built in 1915, is the oldest known concrete swimming pool and was built in Texas.
  • The first recorded swimming races were held in Japan in 36 B.C.
  • The oldest known concrete swimming pool — the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool — was built in Texas in 1915.

And many, many more!  Click here to read more of these amazing facts

The Ultimate Guide for Choosing Outdoor

From Shade FX

The final touches are all in place.  The decking is down, the inground pool is full and heating, and the sun is shining.  The kids are out of school in a few short weeks, and Summer is about to get kicked into high gear.  Now you have to make your outdoor living space comfortable for all of the activities that you planned for your space.  It is time to pick out the couches, seating, tables, and other furniture that will make your outdoor living space a true outdoor extension of our indoor space.  Enter this guide from Shade Fx.  From structural materials to fabrics to shade planning, this guide will give you the base of knowledge that you will need to make prudent decisions about your outdoor living space, and will make the time that you spend with your family sitting around your inground pool and outdoor kitchen much more relaxing and enjoyable.

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You've planned, paved, landscaped, and trimmed your way to a perfect outdoor area. Now it's time to furnish... and you have a wide range of options in front of you in today's marketplace. Outdoor furniture has become as complex, stylish, and high-quality as any top-notch indoor furniture. While this gives you some great items to choose from, it can also create a confusing purchasing process. Fortunately, with a few tips you can zero in on what you should be considering when choosing outdoor furniture for you and your outdoor space.

Identify Your Goals

Your first step when choosing outdoor furniture is to determine your goal in setting up your outdoor space. Do you want it to be an enclave, a place to lounge, or are you looking for a place of active engagement? Installing a chaise lounge, for example, instead of a more structured armchair-style seat in your outdoor area can define it as an entirely different space. Start small, considering whether you want things casual or formal. From there, begin weighing the nature of the engagement you want in that space. Visualize your ideal event in the space, imagining yourself as the ideal host or hostess, and identify how you want your guests to participate and engage.

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Swimming Pools 101

Considering an in-ground swimming pool? Here's everything you need to know about style, type, maintenance, safety and cost.

An inground swimming pool is the ultimate recreation amenity.  Once only the purview of luxury hotels and exotic resorts, the swimming pool is becoming the central feature in America's growing and accelerating outdoor living trend.  While a swimming pool and waterscape will add years and years of precious family memories, the thought of starting to plan a project of this magnitude can be a bit overwhelming.  Enter this post from Bob Vila.  The king of DIY gives you everything that you need to know about planning and building a custom inground swimming pool, right down to the different construction methods and cost.  

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An in-ground pool is the ultimate in backyard upgrades. If you've always wanted one, now may be the time. Prices have fallen during the recession by up to 30 percent. Nevertheless, it remains a big investment, so it's important to make smart choices with regard to size, shape, site selection, and type.

Size and shape depend upon your needs, budget, available area, and design wishes. Swim spas are small pools (some only 10 to 14 feet long) that produce a manmade current against which you can swim in place. Lap pools are typically narrow but require a sizeable yard. Some are as long as an Olympic pool (25 meters) and are meant for training or exercise. Recreational pools are usually shallow at one end and deep enough for diving (9 to 11 ft.) at the other. Typically rectangular, they come in many sizes. Freeform shapes are also available and are often preferred because they blend well into the backyard landscape.

Many pool owners prefer to install their pool close to the kitchen or family room. That provides ready access to the house and makes it easier to bring food and drinks out and to clean up afterwards. It's also easier to keep an eye on the pool from the house. That said, a somewhat secluded pool has the feel of a vacation getaway—without ever pulling out of the driveway. As long as the pool is connected to the house with a smooth, well-lit path and has a sizeable pool deck around it for outdoor furniture and a grill, no one will complain. A pool cabana, of course, allows for nearby dressing and showering.

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Gerard Butler, Katy Perry, Chelsea Handler, Miley Cyrus, Julianne Moore, Steven Tyler, Heidi Klum, and other A-listers reveal their dream pools

It's easy to watch the Oscars or the Golden Globe awards and see if the biggest celebrities in the world have the same taste in luxury clothing as you do.  It might even be easy to do the same by watching the tabloid televition shows or picking up the tabloid newspapers to see if your favorite celebrity has the same taste in expensive automobilies as you.  This post from Architectural Digest will give you a unique opportunity to see if your favorite celebrity has the same wish list on their very own dream inground swimming pool.  

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Onlookers swooned as Scottish actor Gerard Butler, wearing a crisp tux at the Hollywood Domino and Bovet Pre-Oscar Gala at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, described his dream body of water. "It would be as organic as possible and surrounded by all kinds of tropical plants, so it wouldn't really feel like a pool. It would feel like you'd just come across a lagoon in Jamaica."

Pop princess Katy Perry was perusing an exhibition of Italian fashion designer Miuccia Prada's costumes for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby when she declared, "Oh, it would be heart-shaped. For sure." At the Beverly Hills Hotel for Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood lunch, LaLa Anthony, wife of New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony, also insisted on heart-shaped. "Just for love and fun," she said. "I've never seen one, and that's why I want to do it."

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