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Don’t cancel summer!

Just because most of 2020 was canceled doesn’t mean that lazy days spent at home have to be too. With vacations off the calendar this summer use that time to make your back yard a retreat. Creating an affordable water oasis is within reach with these brilliant ideas.

Stock Tank Pool

During the dog days of summer, having a pool is top of the must have list. There has been a run on above ground pools and installing an in ground version may be financially out of reach. You don’t need to resort to a plastic kiddie tub for your cooling fix though. Stock tanks have become a popular and inexpensive way to incorporate a soaking area in your yard.

Stock Tank Pool Authority

Plunge Pool

Regular-size swimming pools may dominate a smaller sized lot making a plunge pool ideal when space is at a premium. These pared down pools still follow the code requirements as their larger counterparts and much of the equipment is the same. Costs would be dependent on the finishes and ease of excavation.

Aqua Blue Pools

Inflatable Pool

An inflatable pool can be ready for water in fifteen minutes and is just a click away. Having a built in filter is critical as this keeps the water fresh for weeks though you may need to top off the water level due to evaporation once it’s filled. Best of all once summer is over it can be stored away until next year.

Intex

Man Made Pond

Unlike a traditional, chlorine-filled swimming pool, a natural pool is designed to mimic an old fashioned swimming hole. Natural swimming pools are filtered organically with a gravel filter or a plants that clean the water. While not an inexpensive option, a bio pool would blend into yard’s landscape adding value by giving your home a water view.

The Swimming Pond Company

Mr. H says: Every summer has a story-Enjoy!

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Poolside Perfection

Hot temps call for a cooling dip in the pool.  High style pool side “rooms” make for luxurious lounging.

A Charleston pool with a view

Charleston cabana

A classically inspired pavilion

             Photo by Northworks Architects + Planners 

A cool modern beauty

                   Photo by Dean Herald-Rolling Stone Landscapes 

Crisp blue and white stripes hits the right party note

               Photo by Terra Ferma Landscapes 

Zen like oasis

                    Photo by Distinguished Pools

Louvered roof has a Caribbean feel

Aristotle Design Group

A portable cabana can turn any spot into a refuge from the sun

Canopy deck lounger
North Cape

Even fido can relax in his private cabana

Dog cabana
La Lune

Try this summer sipper the next time you’re pool side from Southern Living

3/4 cup frozen raspberries              3 1/2 (12-oz.) bottles beer, chilled

1 (12-oz.) container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed

1/2 cup vodka

Stir together first 4 ingredients. and serve over ice.

Mr. H says: The weather and love are two things you can never be sure of-Enjoy!