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Multi-Level Pool Design Ideas

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sure, having a swimming pool is nice, while a wader for lounging on hot summer days is a treat. Soaking in a hot tub after work sure is relaxing, especially combined with the sounds of a nearby fountain. Why not combine all four? The multi-level pool lets you enjoy your water time in the manner that best suits your changing moods. Free Form Swimming Pool Free-form pools feature curves and arcs meant to resemble natural bodies of water. The shape of the free-form pool affords you the options of adding the multiple levels. These pools can be as big as standard varieties, allowing you to swim laps or lounge on floatables. According to About Home, stone is a typical material for the deck around the pool to enhance the natural look. Likewise, the free-form pool is especially attractive tiled in deep, lagoon blue. For the most cohesive design results, echo the colors of the stone and tile throughout the rest of the pool. Wading Pool A wading pool is essential if you have small children. However, wading pools are useful for adults as well since they provide a comfortable space to relax on a hot day. Either way, the shallow pool is especially elegant if accessed down several tiled steps from the main pool. A lip allows just a little water to spill over, while the steps afford you and your guests seating. For extra splash, include small fountain spouts spilling water into the pool. Elevated Hot Tub The second-highest point of the multi-level pool is the hot tub. This should be installed in a tri-corner with the free-form and wading pools. In fact, some of the fountain spouts can spill water into the wader from the hot tub. Hot tubs are typically more regular in shape than the other two pools. However, keep the design cohesive by selecting a liner similar in color to the pool tile, and ledge material close to the deck’s hue. For maximum comfort, have the ledge designed wide enough for sitting half-in, half-out of the hot tub. Stone Waterfall The element that that makes your multi-level pool truly unique is also the high point of the design, the natural stone waterfall. This water feature can be built into an island in the free-form pool or in the center of one side. The waterfall should be of the same stone, or at lease same color, as the pool deck, giving it the appearance of a natural outcrop. Plan to landscape around the stone to enhance the natural appeal. Imagine the soothing sounds of your natural waterfall as you play with the kids in the wading pool, soak in the hot tub or swim laps in the main pool. The multi-level swimming pool is a water-based entertainment center that adds value to your home. (For more information on swimming pools, contact a company such as Sunset...

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Repair And Resurface Your Asphalt Walkway

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If cracks and holes are present in your asphalt walkway, patch them and resurface the entire area with fresh asphalt. After applying a coat of blacktop sealer, your asphalt walkway will look as good as new and will be protected during inclement weather and from excessive use. Read further to learn how to complete the necessary repairs.  Remove Damaged Areas And Repair Them Remove damaged parts of the asphalt. Sweep up loose pieces. Clean the walkway off with a garden hose. Adjust the nozzle to a setting that will make the water come out at a higher pressure. Once all of the dirt has been removed, wait for the walkway to dry. Fill cracks and holes with asphalt patch. This product will seal the damaged areas and prevent further problems from occurring.  If a hole is deep, place a layer of gravel in the bottom of it and then fill the rest of the hole with the patch. This will reduce the amount of patch that you will need to use. Smooth the patch with the back of a shovel and then use a tamping tool to flatten down the patch. Press the tool down firmly to compact the asphalt.  Add A Layer Of Asphalt Over The Walkway Apply a thin layer of asphalt over the entire walkway. Add the asphalt with a shovel and smooth it down. Once you have enough and the entire walkway is covered, it is time to even it out. You can do this with the assistance of the tamping tool. An asphalt roller is another tool that will help even out the thickness of the material. It contains a large drum that will place weight on the material. If you do not own one of these tools, you can rent one from a tool supplier. Wait for the asphalt to dry overnight. Add A Coat Of Blacktop Sealer Brush blacktop sealer over the top of the walkway. Use a paint roller with an extended handle to do this. Use straight, even movements when applying the product. A thin coating is all that is needed to protect the area. Once the sealer is dry, your walkway will look as good as new. Reseal the entire thing every couple of years. By doing so, moisture-related damages will be prevented and the walkway will last for many years. You will be able to save money and won’t have to make large repairs.  If you need help with performing these repairs, contact a professional like Southwest Slurry Seal,...

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