For most homeowners, a pool is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, notes Bret Wood, residential pool designer at Westport Pools. That's why a cookie-cutter design just won't cut it, he says. "I don't recall ever designing or building the same pool twice. Pools are as unique as their owners and the site."
Jack Breier’s University City garden is far from the typical suburban variety, where one might find a few well-manicured yews and flowering annuals in pretty pots. Rather, it’s more like the Missouri Botanical Garden in miniature.
Water Features in the Home Garden (Part 1 of 2)
Are you hooked on your smart phone? Do you take it from room to room, when you get out of the car, even if it’s going into the store for a two-minute errand? If you are, then you should want to know how to care for this most treasured companion.
• KEEP IT CONSISTENT. Many times, we're asked to do outdoor areas where we get involved with everything—fireplace, hot tub, outdoor kitchen… It's nice to have one designer or company design the whole thing. That way, you can use all the same stone for the entire area.
Beyond the purchase of your home, a swimming pool is one of the largest investments you will ever make, according to Westport Pools. That’s why its staff recommends only working with the most seasoned pool contractors to bring to life your version of a backyard oasis.
St. Louis natives have a strong connection to their city. So many a St. Louisan go off to college or accept a job elsewhere; but somehow, at some point in their lives, they return to their roots. Amy Lefton is one of those people.
You’ve spent a warm and sunny day relaxing at the pool. The cool water is refreshing—while you’re swimming. But when you get out, your hair is sticky and you reek of chlorine.
You’ve enjoyed your backyard oasis all summer long—but with the end of the swimming season a mere breaststroke away, what should you do be doing to make sure that pool is just as perfect next spring?
This Chesterfield family without kids wanted a space to entertain adult visitors and business clients. Liquid Assets’ John Jacobsen tells us about the features they used to achieve it:
Perfection takes time, this Ladue family moved into this home five years ago. Their garden has it all: a pool, dining areas, seating surrounding a fire, and a large lawn for the kids—all enhanced by beautiful plantings.
While it may not be swimming weather yet, the season of sunscreen and pool chairs is rapidly approaching. With a forecast of ‘90 and sunny’ undoubtedly on the horizon, pool owners need to take this last spell of cool weather to prepare their backyard oasis.
Amp up the style, functionality and overall enjoyment you get from your outdoor living space with upgrades to your pool/patio area. Experts share tips on how to get the most bang for your buck.
Summer is at a close—and if you’ve got a pool, that means it’s time to put the water toys away, stack the chairs in the garage and start closing down the pool itself. But even if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, Wayne George, co-owner of Westport Pools, says one thing you should leave to the professionals is the technical side of winterizing. “Closing the pool is best done by a professional company,” he says. “There’s no standard procedure for closing pools—every pool is a little different and you have to have someone who knows what they’re doing.”
More than just standard vegetation is being cultivated outdoors as al fresco spaces become an integral part of the home for entertaining and relaxation.
If caring for a large home and yard is taking up most of your weekend, maybe it’s time for a change. Instead of outside maintenance and lawn chores, imagine lingering over breakfast to enjoy the breathtaking view from your balcony, and then perhaps going for a casual bike ride along the Katy Trail.
Perhaps it’s the Louis XI antique armoire you found in the south of France, or an imposing tester bed inherited from a grandparent. You’ve spent a lifetime collecting beautiful furnishings for your home and every piece has equally beautiful memories. So what happens when you’re ready to downsize from that big house and begin living the lifestyle you’ve imagined for years?
American journalist and editor of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations Christopher Morley had a great quote of his own: There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Building a secure financial future involves smart planning and proactive strategies, and determining the types and amount of insurance you need is an important part of that planning process.
The ‘til death do us part’ vow seems to be losing its luster as baby boomers age: Census figures show that divorce among those age 65 and older has doubled since 1980.
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So you’re ready to retire the snow shovel, the lawn mower and that gutter-cleaning gadget that never really worked, and move to a luxury home outfitted with a wine cellar instead of a garden shed. Maybe you’ve been ready for a few years, but the troubled real estate market was hampering your plans. Now, with interest rates at historic lows, it’s time to consider the no-maintenance freedom of a gated community designed for a carefree lifestyle, according to Bill Cross, of Cross Homes & Associates.
These days you can create extra living space almost year-round by giving your outdoor areas the TLC they deserve. Decks and patios can be outfitted with all the plush comforts of indoor rooms, with mood lighting courtesy of Mother Nature. Create your bucolic space with tips from the experts.
What gives a house that elusive ‘curb appeal’? When it comes to the landscape, local experts say the key is cleanliness, cleanliness, cleanliness—and a pop of color from flowers or variegated greens in winter.