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Pools and Cabanas  Provide Stay-at-Home Vacations does the legal and common sense need to keep things safe. Families bright blue postage stamp licked and stuck to the lawn? Time to recal- with young children or grandchildren might prefer to set the pool a bit culate. Pool expert Tim Nickerson aims to "blend the pool into the further from the back door, tucked safely inside its own lockable fence. existing land," with smooth transitions between landscape and hard- Next, seek heavenly guidance. Architect Patrick Ahearn says to ori- scape. He says to find the natural, most pleasing arrangement. ent the pool to maximize the best exposure to the sun. Sunlight will The overall feel and theme of your home should extend through. As lower heating costs and inhibit algae growth. Steering clear of trees gracious and cozy as your family room is, so should your outdoor minimizes the cleanup of fallen twigs, limbs, and leaves. family room be. Think about a patio or two for lounging, parties, and cookouts and a cabana in which to tuck away the rafts, nets, and furni- Architect Jan Gleysteen says that the most common residential pool ture for winter storage. Ahearn favors pergolas with electric sunshades size is about 20 feet by 40 feet. Determine the size of pool you want for sun-safe lounging in the summertime and architectural interest the and add square footage for decking and extras. rest of the year. Speaking of winter, give some consideration to what the complex Imagination will look like in January with a bleak dusting of snow across it, or in Imagine flying over your home in a single-engine plane, leaning out the mud season. Maybe you don't want to watch the jaunty little cardi- the window (maybe it's a biplane) and looking down. Do you see a nals pecking away at a plastic pool cover. A thick privet provides extra 47 s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e Now block off and walk the square footage to get an idea for size.

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