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5 Reasons Why Your Home Needs a Swimming Pool

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These days, it isn’t unusual for a home to have an outdoor (or indoor) swimming pool. In many countries, swimming pools are a common accessory and in states like Florida, even smaller homes have swimming pools in the backyard. But if you don’t yet have a swimming pool, you might not be convinced of the merits of spending money on having a pool installed. So here are five reasons why installing a swimming pool is definitely money well spent.

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Outdoor Entertaining

Swimming pools look great and when the weather is good, you can open up your home to admiring guests and party all weekend long. Everyone loves a pool party on a hot day. Rather than just lazing around, melting slowly, you can cool off with a dip in the pool followed by a nice, cold beer. At night, with underwater lighting installed, pools really come to life, so you and your guests can party all night long.

Add Value

In warmer climates, a swimming pool will add value to your home. If the installation is carried out by a reputable contractor and the end result is stylish and in keeping with the property, you can easily expect to recoup the cost of installing the pool. Indoor pools are more suited to cooler climates, but with the right cover and heating set-up, there is no reason why an outdoor pool can’t be used all year round.

A Selling Point

If you are selling a larger, more substantial property, buyers will expect to see a swimming pool, either in the garden, or somewhere inside the house. Larger properties in London often have pools in the basement. Buyers paying several million dollars for a home in an upmarket area of London will expect nothing less. But even if you live in California, where pools are more common than palm trees, a well-designed pool will still be a selling point that makes your home stand out from similar properties for sale.

Personal Fitness

A swimming pool is great for general fitness purposes and twenty minutes of brisk freestyle is a good cardio workout. Swimming is a non-load bearing exercise, so you can swim even if you suffer from joint problems or reduced mobility. Even small gardens normally have room for a small rectangular pool, which is idea for laps. And if you are short on space, look into the possibility of installing an endless pool, where you swim against a current rather than doing laps up and down.

Keep the Kids Entertained

Swimming pools are wonderful when you have children. Kids can spend their free time swimming, playing and enjoying the water. However, you do need to be very careful if your kids are very young or they can’t swim, but a secure fence around the pool area should be enough to keep them safe.

Regular maintenance is important, so don’t forget to book an Anthem pool service at least once a year, so your pool stays clean and fully-functional at all times.


The Best Remodels You Should do in The Winter

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Generally speaking, summertime is the best season for outdoors projects. Painting the exterior of your home, adding a new room, or major lawn design should all be done when it’s bright and sunny out. But there are numerous tasks that can be performed in the colder months. If they aren’t outright remodeling jobs, then they’re planning those jobs.

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Remodeling the basement

One of the first areas to start is down below. The immediate benefit of basement remodeling is that it’s all indoors. Consider your different options. Add a bar to your house. Throw in a wooden room to establish as a man cave. Waterproof the cement. Whatever your goals for the basement could be, you can be sure to achieve. You won’t have to worry about the biting cold unless your basement isn’t properly insulated, which brings us to the next project.

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Insulate your home for the cold

Weatherization can sometimes be an overlooked part of homeownership, especially with older homes. There’s no better way to get the money spent on home improvement back than with energy efficient features that pay for themselves in a few years. Start with the attic and work outwards. The attic is important because the top of your home is where all the heat ends up traveling. To keep the warm air downstairs where you live, most homes use rolled batts as insulation. Bare in mind that energy approved windows and doors are equally as important. An energy efficient home is a real saver on the monthly bills.

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Install that hardwood flooring

If you were thinking about getting new hardwood flooring in your room, winter is the perfect time to do so. Not only is it indoor work that won’t involve the cold, the climate is ideal for hardwood installation. Dry winter air helps cut down on boards with a tendency to gape apart. Also, a lack of humidity means that water damage won’t occur. All in all, the drying time for the board adhesives used will be cut down significantly. So the winter weather is really a bonus when it comes to hardwood.

So don’t let them tell you that nothing can get done in the snowy seasons. There still plenty that you can accomplish. It just a matter of figuring out your budget and what you want to do with your home. If time if a factor, keep in mind you have all winter. So get motivated this winter season.

Article written by Sean Mahan, also a writer for homeyou.com, a company that connects homeowners to reliable, affordable and professional contractors for their home improvement projects. Check more on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.


Domestic Building Work You Need to Get Right the First Time

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Any type of domestic building work is expensive. You have to pay for services, materials and other expenses that mount up during the lifetime of a construction project. There are certain parts of a construction project that are more important than others. Once you’ve identified them, it’s vital to ensure that high quality materials are used and the standard of workmanship is top notch. If not, serious problems can occur in the future. These are some of the most important construction-related tasks you need to get right first time.

Foundation

The ground beneath a new building, extension or renovation project has to be solid and secure. If it’s not, the whole building you construct can be affected and result in a wide range of structural problems down the line. The creation of a foundation of any building should be supervised by an expert such as an engineer. The materials used to create a foundation should be of a high quality, so that the building created is as sturdy and secure and possible.

Roof

The roof of most homes is one of the most important features. It’s even more important in places that experience extreme weather conditions. For example, if the place you live in gets heavy rainfall, you want to be certain your roof does not leak and let water into your home. Roofing a home is an extremely specialized skill, learned over many years. This means you should only use the services of established, reputable roofing companies who will ensure that there are no problems in the future.

Electrics

Most homeowners take electricity for granted. However, this is an important feature in the majority of modern homes. Electrical faults can have devastating consequences for everyone in a home. This is why it’s important to hire an electrician or electrical company who will safely and professionally wire your home.

Plumbing and Heating

One of the biggest concerns in homes is problems with plumbing. Burst pipes, broken heating systems and leaks are just some of the problems homeowners face. Calling out a plumber on a regular basis is expensive. Poor quality plumbing during the initial construction of a property is often the cause of these issues. Once again, hiring a plumber or plumbing company that provides a top quality service will prevent problems in the future.

Windows and Doors

Windows and doors serve many important purposes. They provide security, make a home more comfortable, let in light and increase the energy-efficiency of a home. However, not all windows and doors achieve all of these things. Some are made from substandard materials or they’re poorly constructed. In other situations, windows and doors are fitted badly which compounds the problems associated with these features of a home. Choosing high quality window and door manufacturers and installers ensures that these features will remain in your home for a long time to come.

The features above are the main parts of a home you need to get right first time when you’re constructing a building. Once these features are dealt with, you can start to address the other features in a building.