7 Celebrity Pools From Architectural Digest That Have Us Craving Fun In The Sun (PHOTOS)
From Huffington Post
Americans love their celebrities. Shows like MTV Cribs, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, etc. fulfill the voyeristic tendencies of americans to take a peek into the amazing and sometimes ridiculous lives of celebrities. One area that these A-listers don't skimp on is their outdoor living spaces. This post from Huffingon Post shows just how luxurious the outdoor spaces of Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone, and Cher actually are.
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24 Amazing Pools You Need To Jump In Before You Die
Screw you, ocean. These pools are where it's at.
There are no shortage of lists in cyberspace. The 10 best this and the 20 most amazing that. Swimming pool lists are no exception, but this particular list is an exception. This is a truly amazing compendium of some breathtaking swimming pool designs. Call it a bucket list for swimming pool vacationers!
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HOW TO COOL OFF WITH OUTDOOR MISTING SYSTEMS
From Luxury Pools
Obviously, when you have a swimming pool, the best way to beat the summer heat is to take a cannonball-type plunge into the soothing waters of the pool. However, when there are areas of expansive decking, especially darker colored areas, the heat that is generated can not only make you and your guests uncomfortable, touching certain heated areas can literally cause injury. This phenomenon is not limited to pool areas, but any outdoor living space. The automatic misting system, which uses micro droplets of water to create a cooling phenomenon, is a great way to solve these issues. These systems can be used around Bluestone or heat absorbing decks, around pergolas, inside umbrellas or eaves, around fence lines, etc. to cool the inhabitants significantly. This article from Luxury Pools gives some great information about misting systems, their design, and the installation options.
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Is this quarry the most beautiful backyard pool in America?
From Yahoo Homes
What makes a pool beautiful? Obviously, the Las Vegas style, over-the-top light and water show type environment will appeal to some, and the elegant, understated richness of other designs may appeal to others. Whether this swimming pool, cut into the side of a Limestone quarry in Massachusets, appeals to you or not, you would have to agree that it is one of the most unique backyard swimming pool environments in the world. The images have been appearing in cyberspace over the last couple of months, but Yahoo Homes was able to get the background story on the design and the principles involved in the design and construction of the project.
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Outdoor Dining Rooms
8 ideas for creating the ultimate outdoor dining area
From Landscaping Network
Dining Al Fresco, under the stars, can be one of the great pleasures of the summer. Those with Outdoor Living spaces that have been properly designed and constructed can enjoy this unique experience even better. There are many ways to configure and outfit an outdoor dining room, and some special considerations that make this outdoor room different than others. In this posting from Landscaping Network, 8 beautifully designed outdoor dining rooms are presented and analyzed for your creative evaluation. Hopefully there will be some elements within these designs that will inspire your own designs.
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Minimalistic Swimming Pools [10 Photos]
From The Roosevelts
Those of us that are in the custom swimming pool design business are used to the sublime. We try to design the backyard swimming pool enviroment and outdoor living spaces with extravagance. We incorporate fancy lights, fire bowls, complicated edge treatments and over-the-top, Bellagio-type water features to dazzle our clients. In this post from The Roosevelts, these artistic shots of Olympic Swimming pools illustrate the intrinsic beauty of the most austere iteration of our craft--the Olympic Swimming pool. There is a certain grandeur in these shots, and a powerful strength of character in these swimming pools, don't you think?
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5 Unsung Benefits of Owning a Swimming Pool
From Pool Pricer
Most people realize what they are getting when the purchase an inground swimming pool. The benefits are fairly obvious: regular exercise right in your backyard, increase of your home's value, a gathering place for your family to build lasting memories, etc. There are some benefits, however, that are often overlooked, and are no less beneficial. This article from Pool Pricer outlines these somewhat hidden benefits, which include better sleep, relaxation, increase in intimacy for your social group, and many more.
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Why There's Sand in Your Pool and How to Get it Out
From Swim University
Anyone with a swimming pool that has a sand type filter will have experienced this problem at one point or another. There is nothing more annoying that having that pesky sand in the bottom of the swimming pool, and not being able to remove it. Something so simple can really ruin the swimming experience for your family and your guests. In this article from Matt Giovianisci from Swim University, he examines this problem at length, including troubleshooting for the cause of the problem, some false positives that may not actually be sand (and how to deal with those), and finally how to propertly and completely remove the sand from the bottom of the swimming pool.
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5 Things Every Pool Patio Needs
From Pool Pricer
With all the myriad design choices that come into play when designing an outdoor living space that includes a swimming pool, it is easy to understand how certain aspects of the swimming pool deck design could be overlooked. The most common mistake made by homeowers is that they greatly underestimate the amount of space that they actually need to accommodate their desired usage patterns. Things like the furniture layout, the shaded areas, traffic patterns, placement of grills and/or outdoor kitchens and the location of towel racks, toy storage, etc. can all affect the amount of square footage required for the total deck/patio design. This article from Pool Pricer gives you a great guide to visualizing the space, with some essential things that have to be considered when building every swimming pool deck or patio.
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9 Deck Building Tips You Must Consider Before Getting Started
From Shadefx Canopies
Spending lazy summer days out on the deck or patio is one of life's great pleasures. Decks can provide a gathering place, or a jump off-point to the backyard oasis. Building a deck can be a daunting task, as there are many things that must be considered. Size of the deck, materials choices, access from the house and to the yard, safety, privacy, and coverage are just some of the issues that must be addressed to ensure the best possible experience. This article by Shade FX Canopies takes you through the design and construction process to ensure that this project is well-thought out, properly designed, and built to provide countless years of relaxing pleasure for your family.
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