Innovative And Portable Swimming Pool Design

Summer is in and now it is time to spruce up outdoors for hot summer days. What can be more refreshing than taking a plunge into the cool waters of your own swimming pool? You can lounge around whole day on your personal deck sipping Pina Colada. Gone are the days when only rich and wealthy people could afford a swimming pool of their own. Now even those who do not want to spend a fortune can afford their own swimming pool. While in-ground swimming pools may be costly to design and build, above ground portable swimming pools are within the reach of everyone. A wide variety of fiberglass or heavy gauge vinyl in-ground pools are also affordable. Portable pools are easy to install, low maintenance and as durable as walled swimming pools. They come in all shapes and sizes to fit in any space. Portable above ground pools are equipped with steps, built in seats and water features. They also offer custom decks and natural landscaping options. Beautifully designed liners give them a custom designed look.

Before installing a pool, leveling of the site is necessary. Spread a layer of sand on properly leveled site to give it a firm foundation. Next step is to assemble the walls and secure them with firm support. This gives the shape to the pool. Once framing of the pool is done, plumbing and installing electrical system takes place. And the last step is to install vinyl liner. Fix it in a proper way so that there are no wrinkles or air pockets. Fill up the pool with fresh water and it is ready to install ladders and filtration systems. Add some landscaping and do up the deck. Do not forget to install safety features and the pool ready to take a splash.

While selecting a portable swimming pool, make sure that it is in harmony with the surroundings. Whether your backyard is a big open space or an enclosed quarter, select a pool design that blends with the outdoors of your house. Keep some space to move around and also position the pool in such a way that it gives the best view. Color selection and lighting are equally important factors as they set the mood. By selecting right kind of colors and lighting you can create a sophisticated space that is relaxing and also perfect to invite your friends and entertain them. As per your style and personality, you can create your own private lagoon to indulge in.

Swimming Pool Design in White

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Swimming Pool Design with Stoned Deck
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Swimming Pool Design Surrounding Palm Trees
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Swimming Pool Design with Lounge Chairs
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Swimming Pool Design with Diving Board
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Swimming Pool Design Above Ground
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Courtyards for Gorgeously Lit Homes

With the increasing space crunch, houses are more congested and packed together with no open space around them. How to bring in more light into the house? Many a time there are no windows in some rooms and how to get some daylight? Open courtyards – interior courtyards can be the answer. With their open ceiling, they add to the beauty of the interiors by bringing in daylight directly to the interiors

Open courtyards are spaces open to sky – maybe with an optional partial glass ceiling – and with walls on all four sides. Some of them are designed with some soil beds in their corners for growing some plants, even some trees. Many of the homes use the corridor space or hallway space – spaces that will be otherwise extraneous or wasted – as the location to have the open courtyard.

Since they are open to sky, they bring sunlight to parts of house which would have been dark and stuffy without the courtyard. With a well-planned open courtyard right in the heart of your home, your living room, dining room, and even your bedroom can get a fair amount of sunlight effortlessly. Even if you do not happen to have a balcony or a patio, this courtyard will serve as an effective alternative for relaxing.

Painting the walls of the courtyard in complete white or all pastels may not give an idea of spaciousness. Deep shades may give an idea of depth and add character to the overall effect. You can think of planning for a vertical garden in one or more walls of the courtyard. You can think of wall fountains on one of the walls that will be a welcome sight with its soothing like music like water-trickle.

With complete glass walls – like floor to ceiling height windows, it will be possible to completely utilize the daylight streaming in via court yards; nicely lit wide open rooms adjacent to the yard with maximum sunlight. With windows open into court yard, there will be more cross ventilation within the rooms and the entire house.

If you are thinking of having an open courtyard in your home, you need to talk to your interior decorator. You may need building permission from the authorities and adhere to all safety standards and other requisition etc. Here are some of the courtyard images from Shinichiogawa. Just see how the entire house looks spacious and well lit!

Warmly Lit Wooden Dining Set

View of Living Room from Courtyard

View From Above

Open Yard Seen from Living Area at Night

Open Courtyard with Tree

Living Area with TV and Sofa

Light Filled with High Ceiling

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Brightly Lit With Light Streaming In

Blue Sky Seen from Inside

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Wonderful Looking Wicker Furniture for Outdoor Use

With fine weather, most of us love to spend more time outdoors. Whether it is relaxing after a stressful day at the office or holding a weekend entertainment for friends and neighbours, outdoor areas – like patios, pool decks or terraces are ideal places. Whether you have ample place outside with landscaped exterior with swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, huge gardens with shrubs and plants or it is a small size terrace, you need good sturdy outdoor furniture.

Two Accent Seats with Side Table

What kind of furniture you can use outdoors? Wood, metal or wood and metal combo or bamboo and cane are the materials that are normally used for outdoor furniture. Not all outdoor areas will have shelters always, so you need to have furniture that cans stand the weather when it turns rainy or windy. It is essential that not only the furniture need to be unaffected by weather, but it needs to look good too.

Synthetic Resin Lounger with Cushion

Stripes and Cushions

One of the most popular choices for outdoor furniture is bamboo or cane furniture. These are environmentally sustainable. Bamboo and canes are not like hardwood trees – taking decades to grow into an adult mature tree. They rejuvenate themselves very fast. Also a bamboo or cane is never cut off from root when harvested for furniture use. The roots are left and these grow within two-three years which can be again harvested.

Splendid Looking Seats and Ottoman

Bamboo and cane are good choices for outdoor furniture. Both can stand water and weather completely. They are light, and quite durable. They can be maintained easily. They can be treated with protection against mildew, frost and rust as well UV rays. They are portable and can be moved easily if need be. They are totally recyclable and also they are environmentally sustainable.

Semicircular with Coffee Table

Today there are synthetic resin products used for wicker furniture which look very much like original wicker made from bamboo or cane stalks. These synthetic resin wicker chairs are as sturdier as the original bamboo and cane furniture. The most popular option is to have aluminium frame work for outdoor furniture and use synthetic resin fibre for making the seats etc.

Semi Circular Lounger

Here are some wicker furniture pieces from Velago Patio Furniture. Look at the very pretty looking lounge set – no doubt your patio will look so pretty with that or with the two seater sofas. These are made of aluminium frames and resin wicker hand woven. Check what is your favourite for your outdoor use?

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Plain White Cushions and Wicker chairs

Dining Table or Conference Table

Complete Seating Solution in Wicker

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Wonderful Wicker Furniture Weaves Magic in Your Home And Garden

What is wicker furniture? How is it made? Is it any way different from the cane or rattan furniture? These are some common questions asked whenever the subject of wicker furniture or cane/rattan furniture is mentioned. While cane furniture is made of individual cane poles fixed to frames, wicker is made from weaving natural vines and barks wrapped around frames. Both are very popular choice of furniture – for outdoors but nowadays for indoors as well. Until recently both rattan and wicker furniture were made from totally natural materials. The frames were made of strong and sturdy natural canes bent to desired shape by heating it to high temperatures. In Asia, even today, wooden and cane frames are used and traditional natural fires from bamboo, cane, and willows are used for weaving and the wicker furniture is totally hand-made from 100% natural sustainable green products.

But today, almost all wicker furniture are made using sturdy high-quality light-weight aluminium alloy frames or in some cases heavier steel frames. And the wicker used to wrap around the frames is mostly synthetic. Recycled plastic/resin, vinyl or vinyl/resin is used for making synthetic wicker material. Resin synthetic wicker equals the wicker woven from natural fibres in looks but is sturdier and ages more slowly. It is also naturally water resistant. A good quality wicker weave should be tight, uniformly woven, close together without any visible gaps and have a smooth finish. It is flexible but quite strong. But it is advisable to keep the wicker furniture under cover in shade in extreme weathers. It is easy to clean; just vacuuming it lightly and wiping with a moist cloth should be sufficient. Occasionally a lick of varnish may help. If the cushions can be removed, the frame can be quickly washed with water and wiped dry to remove any spills etc.

Here are some beautiful and wonderful looking wicker furniture pieces from Pierantonio Bonacina. Look at the flowing chaise lounge in natural shade. How beautiful the ottoman looks? Don’t you think you would like the hanging chair in your terrace? The corner sofa set will add to the beauty and ambience to any living room! Comfortable, chic and highly sophisticated-looking wicker furniture is light, strong and durable; looks very beautiful and elegant and is easy to maintain. Coupled with contrast coloured or elegant white cushions, they are things of beauty giving joy forever. When properly taken care of, the wicker furniture lasts for long years giving excellent service. Don’t you think you would love to have some wicker furniture at your home?

Wonderful Looking in White Wicker
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Wicker Easy Chairs
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Portable Wicker Hanging Easy Chair
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Flowing Wicker Chaise Lounge
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Cozy Looking Wicker Cabin & Ottoman
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Corner wicker Sofa Set with Coffee Table
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Comfy Two-Some in Wicker
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Wonderful Wicker Ottoman in White
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Pair of Wicker Side Tables
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Outdoor Storage Benches Add Beauty to Your Garden, Porch And Patios

Now that spring is in the air, you will be spending more and more time outside. You would love to have nice seats to sit and enjoy the sunshine and cool breeze – enjoying some snacks and long cool drinks. But do you have enough space to relax in your garden? With gardens tools occupying more space and children spending more time outside playing, there sure will be a space crunch in the garden, porch and patio areas. Outdoor storage containers can do double duty as benches and ottomans for nice and comfy seating as well as to store things handy and ready. You can store garden tools, seeds, fertilisers and water hoses. You may keep seasonally used personal effects like raincoats and gumshoes, and children’s playthings and sports goods. Most of the times, they can be used as dumping place for whatever we think as clutter or extra inside the house.

What would you expect from outdoor storage benches/containers? Wet or warm climate, snow or sleet, rain or shine, they must keep the interiors dry and keep the stored things safe from elements and other hazards. They should serve as additional seats in garden looking pretty with low maintenance year-round. And these containers do that and more. These are usually manufactured out of sturdy but lightweight stuff and withstand the vagaries of weather. There are sturdy wooden containers – long or square; there are metal ones like of aluminium or iron, and there are durable and long-lasting plastic containers. But before deciding on what kind of outdoor storage containers you want, think of what are all the items you will be storing in those containers. All have the options to double as seats with or without cushions and withstand the rigours of 24/7 direct or partial exposure to elements.

Talk to your interior decorator and know what may be a perfect fit for your porch, garden or patio. See what will suit the outside decor and style. How the outdoor storage benches will fit into your landscape designs. How they can add to the overall ambience and in particular, enhance the beauty of the garden and attractions of the porch or patio. How it can help you to keep the house, porch, patio or garden clutter free and well organized. Here are some beautiful and highly utilitarian outdoor storage containers from HAYNEEDLE. Look at the regal looking bench with handles and lift-up lid. How nice the small wicker containers with detachable cushions on the lids! And those plastic containers are quite large and have very comfy seats indeed!

Are you ready to bring home an outdoor storage container/bench which will look perfect and be of great use in your garden?

Wicker Containers with Detachable Cushions on Lids
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This Storage Deck Box Sure Comes Handy
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Smart Looking Storage Box for Keeping Beverages
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Regal Looking Comfy Seat cum Storage Bench
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Handsome Looking Outdoor Storage Wood Bench
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Cool-Looking Comfortably Cushioned Storage Benchcool-looking-comfortably-cushioned-storage-bench

Awesome Sized Resin Wicker Deck Box
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A Sumptuous Storage Deck Box with Wheels
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Cane Dining Table-Chairs – Perfect Green Option for Your Home

Dining tables are now used more in the outdoor area as small homes and apartments are not keen to have separate dining room or dining area. Most of us use an open kitchen plan with kitchen and dining area planned continuously and this area opens into the living room area. Most of the times the kitchen counters or the island counters are used as dining table with bar stools or high bistro level chairs as dining chairs.

But all of us love to have a dining table set either in the terrace, or in the patio where we can sit out in the open area and have a relaxed time eating or partying. If you have a garden or front or back yard, you will love to furnish this area also with a dining table and chairs. These are more informal kind of dining area and we do not want heavy or ornate looking dining table sets.

Cane dining table and chair set is the best informal thing you can have for outside dining as well patio or terrace dining furniture. Other areas where you can use light-weight and informal kind of chairs tables are if you want to have a separate breakfast nook in the kitchen itself, but away from the cooking or working area – like the kitchen counters or island counters.

But there are some homes where they still want a dining area separate from the kitchen, even if it is not too big or spacious. Here we may find big and large-size wooden dining tables out of place and out of proportion too. A small square or a round cane dining table and chair set may be the perfect fit for this dining area seating. There are matching console tables or coffee tables also available that will make the set complete.

Most of the cane dining chairs comes with upholstered cushions and a few may have padded backs also. These are made of cane frames and fitted with wicker work which is done by hand and intricately done. But today there is furniture made of synthetic resin material which looks very much like cane is available which resembles original cane and wicker work greatly. Cane is a great green option as it is very fast growing grass-like material which is self-sustaining. Here are some beautiful looking cane dining chairs-table sets from Capri’s Furniture.

Stripe Cushioned Chairs and Glass Topped Table

Round Table and Round Backed Chair

Round Pedestal Table Chairs and Console All in White

Lovely Looking Console Table and Table Chair in Wicker

Handsome Bar Table Stool and Dining Set in Cane

Gorgeous Rectangular Table Chair Set in Cane

Cute Round Glass Top Table and Round Back Chairs

Beautiful Back and Seat in Coral Red

Cane Table Chair Set with Cream Upholstered Seats

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