January 15, 2015 by Home My Heaven As we approach the summer you may well be looking forward to enjoying the hotter months of the year. In preparation, you might consider doing some work on your house. You might even think about putting in some changes to prepare for the hot weather, such as a summer house or a swimming pool. Having a swimming pool at your home has long been considered a luxury, but if you are serious about it then it is something you can achieve. Swimming pools are great for a social aspect but can also improve your health, fitness, and active lifestyle. So there are many positive reasons to get a pool installed on your property. But if you are going to do it then you need to make sure you do it right. Because if you don’t then there will be a lot of negative outcomes as a result. Putting a pool in is a massive job and one that you need to take seriously. You can get years of enjoyment and fun from a swimming pool as well as knowing that you’ve added some luxury to your home. But it’s important that you take all the necessary steps to ensure you complete the process properly. Here are some important factors to take into account if you want to install a swimming pool: As with any large jobs you will want to make sure that you do the relevant planning before commencing any work. You should draw up plans and blueprints for how you want to design the pool. You will need to account for shape, length and depth of the pool and all the other important features involved. Remember that your plans will determine the eventual outcome of the pool so you need to be sure that you get them perfect. The design of your pool is vital. You are going to be stuck with this for a long while once it’s installed. You’ll have it for years, perhaps even decades so it is important that it looks great. There will be a lot for you to take into account with the design, such as the size and shape of the pool. You might also want to visit www.cementtiles.com to find some tiles to go with your design. The colour and style of tile can have a huge effect on the outcome of your pool so you should spend time on this process. You will also need to account for the space you have available. You don’t want your pool to be too small but at the same time it’s important that it isn’t too big. This will lead to all sorts of problems later on. Cost will be a big factor that you will need to take into account when planning for your pool. Getting a swimming pool installed is not a cheap process. In fact, the average cost has been estimated at upwards of $20,000. This is a huge amount of money and as such it is important to be sensible. Try to cut down on costs where you can but make sure you don’t cut corners. You will end up paying for it in the long run in both the literal and figurative sense. Categories Swimming PoolLeave a comment May 19, 2014 by Home My Heaven Many people in the UK are awaiting glorious weather conditions that are forecast for the approaching summer but only a lucky few of us will get to make the most of the summer in their own swimming pool. Having a swimming pool has always been regarded as a luxury, mainly due to the fact that they cost quite a lot to build and a substantial amount to maintain. What’s more, the general climate of the UK is often regarded as one that wouldn’t suit the requirements of a swimming pool, so it’s usually seen as an investment that just isn’t worthwhile.  So is there any possible way for those living in the UK to find the motivation to get a pool? Possibly, if they replicate what an Austrian man, Werner Gamerith, chose to do in the 1980’s. Gamerith was the first man to have a natural swimming pool installed in his private garden. It would signal the start of a worldwide craze that saw many standard swimming pools transformed into natural bodies of water still entirely fit for swimming and relaxation.

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Natural pools, or swimming ponds as they are often known, have become increasingly popular in the UK as they can be customised to suit the local surroundings. In addition, they provide more than just recreational value and can be constructed to look attractive and bed in with the natural surroundings. They were first introduced to the UK in 2001 during the Hampton Court Flower Show in Richmond, London. So how can you go about getting this kind of project underway without burning a serious hole in your finances? Many people presume that swimming pools demand plenty of attention and too much attention to become a worthwhile investment and natural pools are no different, although they do offer much more flexibility as you can get a lot of the work done yourself. It’s the ultimate DIY project of course and it may well set you back a bit of money and time in the process but it could prove to be a much more affordable approach. Here are some of the things you’ll need to consider when constructing your own natural swimming pool. At the end of the day, this is not a job for the faint of heart. If you choose to go DIY then you’ll need a team of at least four people who are prepared to take up the work. It’s also important to try and consider if you’ll be able to maintain the work and not take monthly breaks every now and then, as this can ultimately lead to you having second thoughts about the whole thing. Don’t waste time preparing if you haven’t already got approval from the council. For some this can be a real nuisance, so always check with the council to make sure that your work can go ahead. When digging the gigantic hole for your swimming pond, try and pick somewhere which would be convenient for servicing, drainage, access and general maintenance. It may seem obvious but it would be devastating to carry out such a huge job and realise you can’t assess the temperature without the risk of falling into the neighbours garden, or worse the pool itself! With everything else considered, it’s time to plan construction. There are plenty of construction methods available on the internet and you can even get in touch with natural swimming pool experts in your area to get some helpful tips on construction methods and the various pastoral features that work best with a swimming pond. Usually, you’ll have to do all the digging, surfacing and layering yourself, so be prepared for weeks of outdoor construction work. Of course, the final result will be more than worthwhile! Daisy Masters is a parent to 2 children and she is passionate about finding interesting yet safe environments in which they can play outside. She writes about home safety and home improvement issues for Quality Ironmongery, a supplier of DIY products. Categories Swimming PoolLeave a comment Post navigation