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RE: Is a 9.5' x 30' pool too small? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: brentr on 09.13.2012 at 06:19 am in Pools & Spas Forum

I am partial to small pools. Our pool is 10 x 20 and plenty big for us. We entertain every weekend and IMHO we wish we had more space around the pool for a bigger summer kitcken etc. Our pool is a Spool aka social pool as the deep end is 4.5 ft. It is plenty big for some volleyball and we have had 25 plus people in it. Small pools have many advantages. I would build a pool based on your preference and how you and your family plan to use it 90% of the time. Remember the bottom line is that you will have to pay to maintain it, not your friends. Hope this helps.

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Here is a link that might be useful: Our pool build in Jacksonville, Fl

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RE: Our New Pool Build in Jacksonville, FL (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: brentr on 06.09.2010 at 08:59 am in Pools & Spas Forum

Okay it is 10mths later and we now have green grass covering the sand and dirt and some landscaping. I thought I would post some pics. Thanks you for looking.


The bushes outside the screen are pineapple- guava bushes. They have the prettiest pink edible flowers and I am told that they will bear edible fruit. I put these in hoping for a privacy fence.

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DW has named this area as the Pump Pad Pub. She has a sign being made and we will hang it by the pool equipment. You might ovserve that We added solar heat to the pool in March to use as our main souce of heating with the heat pump as a back up to be used in the cooler mths. I am very pleased with it. It keeps the pool at 89 degrees during the week, and I turn it up to 94 degrees on the weekend as we like to swim at night. We love warm water and DW will not go in the pool unless it is 88 degrees or higher. What can I say, we got to keep the women happy :)

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This is another pic of the Dolphin Bar and Grill. The Flamingo Lounge is to the left of it. DW loves to name things :) I am considering building a more permanent outdoor kitchen here along with a bar to seat at least 6-8 people. I have to put a cover over the top screen first, so as to keep out the afternoon summer showers.

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I have the bubbler attachment in place of the glass bowl.


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Lots of green outside the screen which make a big difference compared to last years pics earlier in this blog

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Here are a couple of night time shots. The plants lit up are Majesty Palms and the lights are solar powered, $20 for a bx of 2 from Walmart. The dolphin/ mermaid statue is also lit up.
The girls enjoying night time swimming while drinking Champagne.

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Finished kitchen reveal (after 40+ years with the same kitchen)

posted by: MadsMama on 04.09.2014 at 09:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

First, I want to express my gratitude for all of the priceless information that is available on this site. You are all so generous with your knowledge and time. After two false starts, the third time was the charm with our kitchen renovation. I live with my daughter and mother in the house I grew up in. My parents built the house 40+ years ago, and the kitchen hadn't been updated except for a few new appliances over the years.

I recently had some photos taken of my daughter at our home and decided to have the photographer take a few shots of the kitchen as well. So, without further ado, here are the details and photos. I am happy to answer any questions. Thank you for looking!

Cabinetry: Crystal Cabinets full overlay (in Bisque and Cherry with Saddle Brown stain)
Counters: Caesarstone Piatra Grey (perimeter) and Calacatta Oro (island)
Backsplash: Artistic Tile (Veneto Bianco)
Faucets: Waterstone 5600 (Polished Nickel) and Rohl U4759 (Polished Nickel) - air gap/air switches are Waterstone & Rohl, too
Sinks: Blanco Arcon (main) and Blanco Rondo (prep)
Pendants: Currey & Co. Regatta
Refrigerator: KitchenAid Pro 36" CD FD
Cooktop: Bosch 800 induction
Hood: Vent-a-hood 600 CFM insert
Microwave: Sharp 24" drawer
Ovens: Electrolux Wave Touch
Knobs: Restoration Hardware traditional clear glass (PN)
Pulls: Schaub Northport (PN)
Hardware on cherry hutch: Maitland-Smith by Schaub (Dove knobs & Sunflower pulls)
Paint on walls: BM Pashmina
Trim: BM Aura matched to bisque cabinets
Counter Stools: Crate & Barrel Oslo

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Backsplash detail:
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Hutch hardware detail:
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And one "real life" shot taken by me... :)
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RE: what will you do different next year? (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: pixie_lou on 05.18.2011 at 09:30 am in Winter Sowing Forum

"I will take more pictures at regular intervals, and note how large the plants will be at maturity. Last year's plants are so big already! "

Last Fall I started what I call "The Monday Morning Photo Project". Every Monday morning, I go out with my camera and photograph my whole yard and gardens. I take full views of the different gardens, but close up of what is budding, what is in full bloom, and what is dieing off. Fall was an odd time to start, but it did get me in the habit and I did photograph every Monday, even throughout the whole winter.

I like the commitment I made to weekly photos. In the past I would just go out when things looked pretty, I didn't always get an accurate date of when flowers were in full bloom, and I never got the whole sense of how long the blossoms lasted. I could always tell you when my first daffodil bloomed. But I could never tell you when the last one died off.

Having the record for the full year will really help me next Fall when I want to plant more bulbs - I have made a point to photograph areas that were lacking in certain bulbs - so now I'll know where to plant them. And as I continue to photograph over the summer, I should have a great record of where I'm lacking color or blossoms at any time, and thus will help me with planting next spring.

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