Process of pool installation, Step wise

The following is a step-by-step guide on installing your swimming pool, from start to finish. When you meet with one of our designers for a free consultation and estimate, they may go through each stage in further detail.

Design

The pool designer will then take the information you provided and create a drawing of the pool in the area you specified on your property.

Layout & Excavation

This is the first step in the construction of your salt water pool The layout as well as the excavation are completed on the same day. The  construction manager and excavation crew will meet with you to plan the pool’s layout. They will begin excavating the pool after you have approved the location and elevation of the pool. This day will be used to remove any surplus soil that cannot be graded into the yard.

They will simply remove soil from the yard at this time. The location of your filter equipment and light junction boxes will also be confirmed by the construction superintendent. If you haven’t finalised your coping and tile choices yet, you’ll need to do so now to avoid any delays in  construction process. This is the day that your excavation instalment is due.

Steel Reinforcing

This is where your pool’s support structure is built. Our gunite shell gains structural strength from the steel setting. Once the steel is installed, the township will be contacted for a building inspection and a partial bonding inspection.

Gunite

It is at this point that the pool’s shell is constructed. For this part of the project, we’ll need to use your outdoor water supply. You may be required to stay for a few moments to approve the placement of any benches and your steps. This is also when the gunite instalment is due.

Plumbing

The pool plumbing and filter equipment will be installed and pressure tested on this day. This step does not require your presence because the equipment and light junction boxes were installed during the layout and excavation. If an electrician and a gas plumber are required, you are now ready.

Coping and Tile

It is now that you will see that your saltwater pool is getting finished. Your raised wall’s coping and tiling, as well as, if necessary, the facestone, will be installed. You do not require to be present for this stage once again.

Electric and Gas

The electric and gas lines must be connected after the pool filter equipment has been installed.

Decking

The decking installation can be planned after the electric and gas connections have been examined.

If you hire your own decking contractor, it is your decking contractor’s job to ensure that the decking is not completed until all necessary inspections have been conducted, such as gas and electric trenches, and bonding. It is also your concern that the installed decking does not surpass or impact on any township setbacks or limits and that the amount of decking does not exceed any lot covering totals. Backfilling any ditches that may be in the way of installing the deck is the responsibility of whoever is performing the decking.

It’s also crucial that the decking system, concrete, or pavers have adequate expansion, with at least a 12″ x 4″ ethafoam expansion connection between the deck and the pool coping and shell. If you don’t get this installed, you risk damaging your pool’s coping, tile, and gunite shell, which won’t be covered under warranty.

Fencing

After the decking is finished, the fencing around your saltwater pool should be built. They can’t start filling your pool until the permanent fence is in place due to local building laws. They request that one portion of the fence be removed so that They can access the saltwater pool to plaster it.

Plastering

This is the right time to start planning your pool party. This is the last step in the saltwater pool construction process. We leave the pool to fill with your water supply after the plaster is done. DO NOT end the water from filling the pool during the filling phase. Where the water was turned off, a stain or ring may appear on the pool plaster surface. Stop filling the pool after the water reaches the centre of the tile and call the office to schedule the start-up. This is the moment to pay for the plaster.

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Weekend Reading 10.24.21

Weekend greetings! I’m sitting in my little studio listening to the rain on the street, it’s been storming for a few days and of course we need the water but I find the sound is so comforting too.

Fall activities are filling our calendar, we had two homecoming dances this past week, there’s an upcoming Halloween soiree, and I volunteered to host Thanksgiving. We traveled last year so I’m looking forward to staying home and cooking in my own kitchen. I can’t believe November is next week. Here we go right into the holiday season!

Favorite links from the week:

The best trees to grow in pots on your patio.

What a gorgeous shade of jade green in the den in this family home.

Wow what a view! Also love the hood in this kitchen.

From dated to mid mod: this impressive kitchen remodel.

Ideas for filling empty corners of your home.

So cute: the new Lego Home Alone house.

The trick for keeping lemons fresh in the fridge for months.

These tested 700 songs are the ones that give people chills.

I’m already missing Italy reading this travel guide to all the regions.

Fall Flavored Apple Cinnamon Cocktail

Can you feel it, the holidays just around the corner? It always feels like a race through November to get ready for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, to decorate, buy gifts, and recreate traditions. But I’m still enjoying the feeling of fall for a few more weeks!

To kick off the weekend, how about a fall flavored cocktail? This adult beverage is made with just three liquid ingredients, and the cinnamon sugar rim gives it extra flavor. The preparation looks best in a coupe glass because of the sparkling prosecco but you could also use a lowball glass for the mixture.

The ingredients in this fall flavored apple cinnamon cocktail are prosecco, cinnamon whiskey, and unfiltered apple juice or cider, paired with rim sugar made with 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 2 tbsp sugar, and honey. Apple slices make an optional garnish.

 

 

Recipe for two cocktails:

In a cocktail shaker, pour 4 oz cinnamon whiskey and 4 oz. unfiltered apple over ice and shake to chill.

 

To create rim sugar, make a circle of honey on one plate and a circle of the sugar and cinnamon combined on another. Dip the top of the coupe glass into the honey, then dip the honey rimmed glass into the cinnamon sugar mixture.

 

Strain the whiskey and apple juice mixture into the coupe glasses, then top with another 2 oz. of prosecco per glass. In total each cocktail is equal parts 2 oz. whiskey, 2 oz. unfiltered apple juice, and 2 oz. prosecco. If you like cocktails a little more sparkling add and extra ounce of prosecco.

 

The perfect fall flavor in a glass!

 

If you’re wondering about the coupe glasses, mine are a set of four eve coupe glasses from CB2.

The coupe is similar to the old fashioned champagne glasses used in the golden years of Hollywood before flutes became the norm. The coupe is a throwback shape and is available in so many cool shapes and colors for entertaining.

These are a few coupes that have a bit more flair beyond basic clear glass. Time to stock up for your holiday festivities!

 

smoke champagne saucer (three colors) / faceted crystal

tropical tikishort smoke

 

curvy wolcottwaterfall coupe (three colors)

fiorella coupelong stem camille

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Fall Flavored Apple Cinnamon Cocktail

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Fall Flavored Apple Cinnamon Cocktail

Ingredients

prosecco>cinnamon whiskey>unfiltered apple juice or cider>sugar>cinnamon>honey>apple slices for garnish

Instructions

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Pasta e Fagioli

The day after I get home from an international trip I always take the day off. I’ve found the best way to recover from jet lag is to not jump right back to work but instead take a full day off to rest, do my laundry from the trip, and eat healthy food. I found out on my journey home from Italy that it would be raining for a week back home in Northern California so I made up my mind to recreate an Italian soup to help with my recovery.

‘Pasta e Fagioli’ means “pasta and beans” and it’s an Italian soup made of meat, beans, vegetables, and pasta. ‘Pasta e Fagioli’ is the Venetian dialect but in the US, it’s also referred to as ‘Pasta Fazool’ from the southern Italian dialect. Sometimes made with pancetta, I made mine with ground beef like the one I had in Venice.

It’s tasty, hearty, and a perfect winter soup that’s ready to eat in one hour. I made this last night for dinner for my family, delicious!

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 yellow onion (finely diced)

3 garlic cloves (finely diced)

1 lb. ground beef

1 32 oz. low sodium broth (vegetable or chicken)

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 15 oz. can kidney beans

10-12 diced baby carrots

1 cup small pasta shells

4-5 chopped fresh basil leaves (or 1 tbsp dried basil)

1 tbsp oregano

¾ tsp garlic powder

ground parmesan cheese (garnish)

To prepare: Dice the onion and garlic and soften for 2 minutes in a large soup pot on low heat in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Add the ground beef to the pot and stir until it’s cooked. Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced carrots, kidney beans, and pasta shells and bring mixture to a boil.

Boil on medium heat for 10 minutes until the pasta shells are cooked. Add the basil, oregano, and garlic powder and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with garlic bread and a nice Italian or red wine!

Makes 4 servings.

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Pasta e Fagioli

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October 20, 2021by Kate RileyCuisineItalianCategory
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Serving Size 4 bowls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Pasta e Fagioli

Ingredients

2 tbsp. olive oil>1/2 yellow onion (finely diced)>3 garlic cloves (finely diced)>1 lb. ground beef>1 32 oz. low sodium broth (vegetable or chicken)>1 15 oz can tomato sauce>1 15 oz. can kidney beans>10-12 diced baby carrots>1 cup small pasta shells>4-5 chopped fresh basil leaves (or 1 tbsp dried basil)>1 tbsp oregano>¾ tsp garlic powder>grated parmesan cheese (garnish)

Instructions

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Weekend Reading 10.17.21

I’m leaving Italy tomorrow after a week of beautiful scenery and great weather and lucky me this was a great time to visit.

There was some additional paperwork and tests needed to get here and fly home but it went smoothly since I budgeted extra time for that. I came with two of my best travel mates and we had a great time. Of course I’ll share my experience on the blog soon!

Now it’s back to real life! I read it will rain this week so I’ll be catching up on work and making favorite homemade soups. 🙂

Favorite links from the week: 

I especially love the design of the built in bookcases in this home.

Bravo: this mural wallpaper is stunning.

Ideas for childproofing your home without sacrificing style.

100% agree: the best brand of paint for refinishing cabinets.

Loved reading the process of this glass artist.

So clever and fun, this geometric wainscoting.

Eww, I mean cool! How fun for Halloween: Jello blood worms.

Recommended plants for bedrooms.

Her underwater dances are impressive.

Martha is the queen of indoor Halloween.

Stanley Tucci reflects on how Julia Child changed his life.

Vacation rental of the week: this villa in Sicily.

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DIY Upholstery Tips for Beginners

Have you got some beloved furniture that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away? Whether it’s an old chair that needs a new seat, or you’d like to give a piece of furniture a bit of a revamp, having a go at DIY upholstery could be your best bet.

However, if you’re new to the upholstery world you might not know where to begin. This article will go over some of the top tips for DIY upholstery to help you make a start on your new project. From which upholstery nails to choose from to checking the inside of your furniture, here’s everything you need to know about upholstery before you start.

Get your tools right:

The first tip may be one of the most important, as without the right tools, there’s no way you could do a decent job! Having the correct tools will not only make your life easier, but the finished product will also thank you for it. Your final results will go from amateur-looking to professional level! Here are the most important tools to get right:

Upholstery gun: There are three different types of upholstery guns, the most popular being the pneumatic staple gun. This type will make the job much easier and quicker, so don’t just go for the cheapest option, as you might regret it!Upholstery nails: You can choose from a range of upholstery nails to add a final touch to your product. Not only can these disguise any staples on show, but they can be used as decoration to give the furniture a certain look or style. You’ll need a hammer for this!Fabric scissors: Good quality fabric scissors are essential for getting straight lines and avoiding tearing to the fabric.Marker: You can use anything from chalk to a pencil to mark where you want to cut the fabric, this will help you make more accurate measurements.Staple remover: For all beginners, you’re bound to make a couple of mistakes. Having a staple remover on hand will allow you to fix those errors swiftly.

Don’t forget the inside

When you first start upholstering, you only want to focus on updating the outside. With this in mind, you need to check to make sure the insides are in good condition. If not, this will be a job for a professional. 

You can check the insides are working correctly by testing how sturdy and solid it feels when you sit on the furniture piece. If it feels rock hard or you sink deep into the seat, these are signs that there are a few problems that need fixing and you should leave that piece to someone who knows what they’re doing!

Be picky with fabrics

You don’t want to put loads of effort into upholstering a piece of furniture for the fabric to only last a couple of months (or to rip whilst you’re working on it!). If you choose a fabric that won’t tear easily and is heavy-duty to withstand years of rubbing, you could give the chair or sofa a new lease of life for years to come.

Thin fabrics might be cheap, but you’ll just have to re-do the covering not long after! Heavy hemp fabrics and cotton twill or denim are all good choices for long-lasting upholstery.

Start small

It’s great to be optimistic, but if it’s your first time trying to reupholster a piece of furniture, it’s probably not the best idea to start with something expensive, large, or pieces that are important to you. It’s best to get your practice in first until you feel confident enough to tackle larger projects.

You don’t want to start with a large piece of furniture as this might be so difficult that it puts you off upholstering for a long time. Have a go with something small like a footstool as your first attempt to get yourself comfortable with the process. Buying something cheap will also put the pressure off getting it right first time, that way you can have more fun with it and any mistakes won’t be a big deal.

Practice makes perfect!

As with anything, skills take time to develop and the more time you give to it, the better you will get. Follow these top tips when tackling your first upholstery project and you should feel confident enough to make a start.

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8 Days in Italy: What I Packed

It’s been a few days I’ve been in Italy, visiting Venice, Florence, and Verona. In the past ten years I’ve visited a lot of European countries but I haven’t been back to Italy in almost two decades so I’m thrilled to return! If you follow my stories on Instagram, I’ve shared some images of what this week has been like so far.

I’m not a fashion blogger, I travel for the experience and to take a lot of pictures of the landscapes and scenery. I value comfort but I don’t want to look sloppy either so I will bring clothing that make me feel good while I walk around town. I travel light, wear layers, rewash and rotate my outfits. I stick with classic styles but I prefer to mix feminine and edgy.

Today take a peek at some of the separates I brought with me on my trip to Italy and the travel gear I bring with me too!

 

long sleeve swing dressfaux leather jacket

black camo leggingsred lace camiblack combat boots

mustard crewneck sweaterlace trim topstretch ripped jegging

satin leopard print skirt (similar heregold sneakers

marble leggingsblack v neck sweaterblack sneakers

tie dye sweatshirt  / red midi skirt (similar

packable puffer jacketlightweight moto jacket

black floral blouse (similar) / black jeggings/  black stretch rayon dress

I brought clothing that can be mixed and reworn in different combinations. Comfy leggings or jeggings, a few dresses and skirts, patterned or colorful tops and super comfortable shoes!

 

samsonite spinner / this lightweight duffle (sale price here

jewelry bagblack crossbody (night)

marble cosmetic bagssmall backpack (day)

 

A few tips that I follow that help me pack super light:

1. Roll instead of fold your clothing, it’s amazing how much this saves space!

2. Stay in a vacation rental with a washing machine mid way through your trip so you can wash and rewear clothing. Keep in mind some places only have a washer not a dryer so budget 24 hours of time for clothes to dry.

3. Try every outfit on! I’ve skipped this step before and realized I’d gained or lost a little weight or I brought the wrong version of something and smacked my forehead not doing this. Especially since comfort is so key!

4. Stick to a basic color palette, mix in one or two patterned dresses and a few colorful tops/sweaters/skirts.

5. Shoes: comfortable is essential but cute is important too! I like leather sneakers plus a pair of boots in colder weather or sandals in warm weather. The one thing you don’t want is blisters so break in any shoes before you leave, but bring blistercare gel bandages just in case.

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I’ll be in Italy a few more days! I’ll share the regular weekend post on Sunday and back to blogging when I get back to the States next week.

Ask any questions you have and I’ll get back to you in the comments. Ciao!

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3 Historic Buildings You Should Visit for Design Inspiration

A lot of buildings that have beautiful interiors and exteriors are older houses that have withstood the test of time. There is a huge variety ranging from Tudor dwellings to modernist masterpieces, all of which could be very helpful when it comes to giving you inspiration for your own home. This list will discuss these buildings in more detail so you can go visit and start getting inspired. 

Adlington Hall 

There is a long history that surrounds Adlington Hall, which is why people from all over the country head there to visit on group tours. It started its life as a simple Saxon Hunting Lodge, which acted as a base for Earl Edwin and his men. During the Norman conquest, William the Conqueror threw Earl Edwin off the land and took it for the Normans, who held it for years until it was eventually passed onto the crown in 1221. 

As well as it’s interesting history, another reason why they go to visit is because of its sheer beauty and magnitude. Thanks to its enormous gardens, gorgeous exterior and moving interior, Adlington Hall truly is breath-taking, which has, and will continue to inspire decorators for years to come. 

2 Willow Road 

If you are looking for something that is a little more modern then you will absolutely love this gem of a row of houses which is located in Hampstead. It was originally designed in 1939 by Erno Goldfinger, who upon completion decided that he wanted to make No.2 his place of residence. This home has been furnished by Goldfinger and still contains a lot of his original possessions, such as his furniture and artwork. 

The home is now owned by the National Trust and so can be visited by everybody. It’s really surprising that a home that was decorated so long ago can still look as modern as it does. There really is nowhere else that you could get some inspiration for your own interior design. 

Eltham Palace 

Two styles that you will be surprised go well together are art-deco and medieval splendour, but Eltham Palace proves they were always meant to be. This palace is somewhere that will appeal to history buffs as they will be able to dive into the back story of the fantastic history that surrounds this area. The interior design of this palace truly is something to be marvelled at as there is a series of different art-deco pieces that were built by both Stephen and Virginia Courtald in the 1930s. Not only this but the palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and has a nice tea shop. As such, this makes for a great day trip and great inspiration for your own home. 

Conclusion

There is such a huge array of trends that come and go in the realm of decorating your property and as such it can be difficult knowing exactly what you should be doing. If you are looking for some inspiration, visiting historical houses can be a great way that you can work out what you want to do moving forward. 

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10 Tips for Moving to a New State

Moving out of state is exciting, but it can also be hard. When you buy a home out of state, you can expect to pay more to move and jump through extra hoops. If you’re moving to a new state, here are 10 tips to help you out.

Sell Your Current Home

You know you want to get out of your current state, which means if you own a home, you’ll need to sell it before moving (unless you plan on being a snowbird) – because we’re assuming you’re moving to a warmer state. Although traditionally selling your home can be a long drawn out process, there are new home buying companies that will provide you with an offer on your home, generally within less than one day. 

Make a plan

First and foremost, you need to have a plan before you move out of state. Plan out specific dates, including the date you plan on starting your move and the date you need to start your new job when you get settled. Another big part of this is planning the drive to your new home, know the route you want to go so you don’t get lost, have the GPS setup and many of those also inform you of any construction sites along the route. 

Downsize (Get rid of Stuff!)

Throwing things away is hard, but it’s a great way to simplify your out-of-state move. Put anything that may not fit in the moving truck up on OfferUp or Facebook Marketplace to offload old furniture, large tables, bed frames, and other items you might not need or want to move to save time on your move – and also make a quick buck to help with moving expenses in the process. Once you get to your new house, you’ll know what items you will need to purchase that didn’t make the cut.

Finding a house and a job

Before you move to another state, make sure you’ve got a house and employment secured. The last thing you want is to be stranded in a new state with no job or no place to live, so get that figured out before moving. If you’re stressing about finding a job, head over to a job site like Career Monster or Indeed – you can upload your resume and blast it out to a large number of companies that are hiring in your new state.

Moving Truck Rental or DIY

You can rent a truck and move on your own, or you can use one of the several out-of-state moving services. While you’ll typically save money by moving everything on your own, you can save precious time by hiring movers or using a moving storage container. Companies like Penske and U-Haul rent moving trucks for one-way moves, which will allow you to make the move and not have to return the truck back to the original rental facility. 

Make a budget

Moving can get expensive fast, so make sure you have a budget you can stick to. A budget keeps you from spending too much money during the move, which means you’ve got enough for bills and other moving expenses.

Pack an emergency bag

You never know when you’re going to need a first aid kit, hygiene items or food and drink when you’re on the road. Pack an emergency bag with all the essentials, that way you’ve got what you need even if you have to spend a night in your car.

Getting a new license

When you move to a new state, you have to get a new driver’s license. Take care of this as soon as possible to avoid tickets and ensure you have an ID with a current address. 

Update addresses & accounts

Speaking of addresses, you’ll need to do a change of address on any accounts that have your old one. It may be easier to make a list of all the accounts you need to update, that way you can simply check them off your list.

Keep your receipts

Moving expenses can be written off on your tax return, so keep all your receipts so you can write them off at the end of the year. If you’re not interested in tax write-offs, keeping your receipts isn’t a priority.

If you need help finding your dream home or moving out of state, there are lots of resources that can help. Make sure you take advantage of all the available resources to make your next move as simple as possible.

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