Going Home for Vacation
Nov01

Going Home for Vacation

A vacation home can let you get away without being away By Annette Brooks   Now that autumn is in full swing and winter is fast approaching, do you find yourself feeling nostalgic about all those fun getaways with family and friends? What if you could buy a place in your chosen destination so the memories and enjoyment never end?   Whether it’s a condo on the beach, a cabin in the mountains, a lakefront cottage, or a hideaway in the...

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Empty Nest
Oct31

Empty Nest

    By Mimi Greenwood Knight   How to adjust when it’s time for them to leave Something happens to me each day at about three in the afternoon. I suddenly panic, thinking I forgot to pick the kids up from school. Then I realize “the kids” are down to one and that beautiful boy got his license and car this summer. He’s not waiting for me in the school carline. He’s pulling out of the parking lot with a cute blonde in the passenger seat...

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Life Among the Mountains
Oct31

Life Among the Mountains

  Lodgepole Retreat, near Allenspark, Colorado   PROJECT BY AND COURTESY OF Arch11 Photos by Raul Garcia BUILT by J.A. LONG CONSTRUCTION COMPANY About the architects: Founded in 1993, Arch11 is recognized for precision, craft, and a modern sensibility that anchors buildings to their sites, heightening the experience of materials and place. They design solutions specific to place, purpose, and client, and are continuous learners,...

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A House in the Woods
Oct05

A House in the Woods

  UPDATED EXTERIOR This mid-century original underwent a comprehensive renovation for its new owners, both to respect the home’s roots and reflect the owners’ aesthetic and lifestyle. Every inch of the space, interior and exterior, was redone.     CUSTOM Kitchen The entry wall wraps to form the interior custom walnut cabinetry inside, both at the entry gallery and into the kitchen, part of an open concept living space.   LAID-Back...

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Rightsizing Your Residence
Oct02

Rightsizing Your Residence

Is the home you bought still the home that fits? By Annette Brooks     Once the kids have left home, what’s the point of hanging on to a big house? The extra bedrooms are probably seldom used, except for an occasional overnight stay. And if you were a younger, kid-free couple when you bought your smaller place and a little time has passed, maybe you’re wondering whether it’s still such a good fit. Instead of sinking money into a place...

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When it’s Winter
Sep04

When it’s Winter

  Though it might not feel like it now, winter is right around the corner—and like so much Texas weather, it’s impossible to predict what it might have in store. But even if we don’t see any snow, cold temperatures are worth paying attention to. Get your home cold-weather-ready with these simple steps. Tune Up Your Heating System A professional technician can inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good...

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Updating A Houston Classic
Sep04

Updating A Houston Classic

  About the Designer: Founded in 1991 by principal Jay Baker, Jay Baker Architects is Houston’s premier residential architecture firm known for harmonizing form and function. For more than 25 years, the firm has designed new homes, renovations, and additions throughout Houston and Southeast Texas, leaving an indelible mark on the architectural tapestry of the region. The firm has committed itself to providing a uniquely engaging and...

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Fixture Upper

Ah yes, the often overlooked yet completely essential faucet. We all have them—and many of us have two, three, four, five? Close your eyes and think for a moment. Can you picture what a single faucet in your house looks like, specifically? Would you like to be able to? This month we’ve rounded up some faucets that you’re sure to remember, whether they find themselves differentiating a bathroom or kitchen. Would you like to be able to?...

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A Rediscovered Residence
May09

A Rediscovered Residence

Designed to be a constant center of activity where the owner—a single professional with grown children—can enjoy hosting her family and friends, the interior spaces in this extensive renovation were completely reorganized. The master bedroom, bath, and closet have no doors separating them, and are open to the ocean view. The entry sequence was designed to create privacy from the street—a mature olive tree sits in the entry courtyard...

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The Outdoors Inside
Apr11

The Outdoors Inside

Bridge the gap between nature and nest Whether it’s the smell of pine trees, the sound of crashing waves, or the feeling of grass beneath bare feet, the natural world has the power to calm and refresh us. It’s what Henry David Thoreau called “the tonic of wildness.” In Japan, the practice of forest bathing—reconnecting with nature by spending time in the woods—is even part of the national health program. While there’s no replacement...

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Quick and (not so) Dirty
Mar13

Quick and (not so) Dirty

A simple spring cleaning list Spring, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: Sunny days, birds singing, April showers that bring May flowers, the anticipation of summer… oh yeah, and spring cleaning. While it might not seem like the best thing about the season at first, it’s a necessary event that will leave your home fresh and inviting. Here are some cleaning tasks to get done this season. Bedroom: Rotate mattresses to help...

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Perfectly Perched
Mar13

Perfectly Perched

The approximately 2,580 square foot Perch Haus rests in the heart of East Dallas on the shore of White Rock Lake, bordering the popular 9-mile trail that encircles it. A grand “vanishing point” entry stair opens itself up to guests, leading to a steel-tiered landscape and a front door roughly 12 feet above street level. The pronounced second floor cantilever commands the attention of the hundreds of cyclists and runners that pass by...

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Saguaro Oasis
Feb06

Saguaro Oasis

A desert vacation home for four generations of family From the outset, this private residence in Scottsdale, Arizona was sure to be a unique one. Paramount were the applications of visually taking in the nearby mountain ridge to frame the vastness of the views, and providing comfort in shade from the sun. The central common space extends and connects to the exterior, blurring the definition of what’s inside and what’s outside. “It is...

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Love it and List it (…or not)
Feb06

Love it and List it (…or not)

Getting your home ready to show—even if you’re the only one looking “Are you getting ready to sell your place?” More than one neighbor asked me this when my home’s hardwood floors were being refinished and the interior painted. The truth was that I simply wanted to care for the place I call home. Too often we wait until we’re thinking of selling to give a little TLC to our frequently-neglected abodes, only to be struck with a pang of...

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Doorway to Heaven
Feb06

Doorway to Heaven

Focusing on the portal to your home’s personality It’s more than the entrance to your home. Your front door keeps you warm and safe, and makes an important first impression for visitors as well as neighbors. It should have a look and feel that fits your home. Consider the Material What your front door is made of adds appeal to your front-yard motif and sets a tone for your interior décor. Steel/Iron One of the more secure options for...

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Your 2018 Renovation Hit List
Jan03

Your 2018 Renovation Hit List

You may still be getting used to writing “2018” on documents, but it’s the perfect time to plan your home renovation to-do list for the year. Planning the projects you would like to tackle in the new year now gives you time to budget, schedule contractors, and choose building materials so you won’t get overwhelmed when the time comes to take the plunge into home remodel. Take the Inside Out! Don’t wait until summer to create an...

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Into the Blue
Jan03

Into the Blue

The sea plays a focal role in Ashley Maddox’s home in Cape Town—and not only because it features a 180-degree view of the ocean. Each of the upstairs rooms has been painted to match the spectrum of blues and greens seen in the sea. “When we bought the house, it was all white everywhere—very stark with big, white, shabby-chic couches. You can create so much personality just with color,” says Ashley. The cerulean shade in the couple’s...

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Perfect Potpourri
Dec04

Perfect Potpourri

Natural niceties for the holiday season They say that of the five senses, the one most connected to memory is the sense of smell. A whiff of lavender and spices, for instance, might whisk you back to your grandmother’s house during the holidays. That nostalgic scent could have very well been a blend of her potpourri—and maybe some of that delicious home cooking! My childhood potpourri scent memories include those connected to herbal...

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Catching Fire
Dec04

Catching Fire

Most of us have a trusty fireplace, but how many of us use them? A roaring fire in the fireplace is a definite crowd-pleaser around Christmas time. But if you haven’t used it in a while (or ever), the thought of firing it up might have you seeing smoke. Easy enough—just check out some of these simple pointers before you kick back and relax. If it’s been a while since you had a chimney inspection, it probably wouldn’t hurt to contact...

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Winterize!
Dec04

Winterize!

Prepare your home and car for the cold Winter is on the way, and with it the possibility of freezing temperatures, ice, and possibly snow—all of which bring specific hazards worth considering. With a bit of thought and preparation, this could be your safest and most comfortable winter ever. You might even save a few bucks. Your home offers many opportunities to upgrade safety features, increase comfort, and save money on monthly...

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They’ll Be Floored
Nov01

They’ll Be Floored

Ways to enhance your floors before holiday guests roll in Looking for a way to brighten and refresh your home before the surge of guests? Look down. Nothing sets the stage for a fresh, new look in any room like new flooring. And there’s plenty of time to make it happen before friends and family are knocking at your door. A Floating Floor Wood flooring adds warmth to any room. A floating floor can give you that warmth without having to...

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The New Holiday Essential
Nov01

The New Holiday Essential

Surviving the season with the benefits of essential oils With the holidays upon us, lots of preparations are underway to bring family and friends together. It can be a hectic time for those hosting out-of-town guests, as well for those travelling away from home. Essential oils can help ease the stress and make the holidays more enjoyable for everyone. What are essential oils? There’s a lot of buzz around essential oils right now with...

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Holiday Houseguests
Nov01

Holiday Houseguests

Ready or not, here they come For many of us, the holidays are synonymous with houseguests. This can be a mixed blessing. When we allow ourselves to get so bogged down in the details of hosting that we forget to enjoy our time with our guests, the typically joyous occasion can become seriously stressful. But with a little forethought and consideration, you can get your home houseguest ready—then kick back and enjoy every minute you...

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A Night in at the Movies
Nov01

A Night in at the Movies

How to pull off the theater feel in your own home Just the thought of having a home theater can be exciting. All those action packed movie nights with friends and family. As exciting as it may seem, the setup process can be dreadful. If you don’t plan properly your theater will more than likely not perform at its optimal level. Ensure the Room is the Right Size The reason why the living room is ideal is because it tends to be bigger...

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Cozy Up to Danish Hygge
Nov01

Cozy Up to Danish Hygge

The simple art of feeling content, happy, and comfy Long before I heard of the Danish word hygge (pronounced almost like “hyuu-guh”), and before hygge became a global trend, I was longing for life pleasures that encouraged a sense of contentment and well-being. Nothing on a grand scale, mind you—just the little things that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Slipping on a pair of cloud-soft aloe-infused socks on a cool evening,...

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Your Healthy House
Oct02

Your Healthy House

Take care of it, and it’ll take care of you We all know the expression “home is where the heart is.” And our home is usually the place where we feel the safest. But in reality, many of our homes are not all that safe—and can potentially make us sick. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that many American homes have unhealthy conditions and hazards that include the following: 1 in 16 have high radon levels. 1 in 10 have water...

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Floating Around the House
Aug28

Floating Around the House

Trends in sleek, modern, space-saving furniture Whether you want to optimize space or update a room with a contemporary look, floating furniture offers sleek, functional, modern living. Attaching furniture to a wall results in a clean aesthetic, creates the illusion of more space, and gives you innovative ways to make your home more livable. Designs and finishes vary, fitting into nearly any décor. Materials, which can be mixed,...

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The Texas Touch
Aug28

The Texas Touch

Tips to make your home feel like Texas After traveling the globe over the years and living in various states, I’m sure of at least one thing—Texans are darn proud of Texas. We’ve plastered the state outline on billboards, signs, home décor, and heck, even beer bottles? It’s a thing, y’all. If you haven’t added a little Texas flair to your Texas home, we’ve got some expert tips and fun selections for you to consider. If you’re...

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Home Improvement Movement
Aug25

Home Improvement Movement

This time of year is a great one for showing your home a little TLC Renovations With Return Most homeowners have a daydream or two about an improvement we’d like to make. Last year alone U.S. homeowners spent $326.1 billion renovating our homes. If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are a few changes that offer a good return on investment. Paint A simple coat of paint either interior or exterior can provide dramatic results with a...

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The New Art of Xeriscaping
Aug25

The New Art of Xeriscaping

Climate-coordinated, minor maintenance If images of wide expanses of weedy, white gravel and withered grasses come to mind when you think of xeriscaping, it’s time to open your thinking to a new wave of Texas landscape architecture. Xeriscaping doesn’t have to be dated, old, or out of style. It can provide natural beauty that is harmonious with the climate in fresh and new ways, while saving water, encouraging a native habitat, and...

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Induction Cooking
Feb08

Induction Cooking

If a kitchen refresh or remodel nestles nicely into your homemaking horizons (and it probably does), there may be no better place to start than by looking into induction cooking—a futuristic kitchen technology that’s actually been an under-the-radar option for home cooks since the early 1970s but is rapidly becoming more available and affordable. Magnet-tech Induction cooking works by creating a magnetic field between the range and...

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Right Under Your Feet
Feb08

Right Under Your Feet

Your stairway has major design potential Was 2016 the year of the stairs? Some designers say that focusing on stairs was a definite trend in 2016—and one that probably won’t go away any time soon. “Stairs take you up or down, from one floor to another. But when stairs are transformed into a design focal point, beyond merely a mode of transportation, then you lift your renovation to the next level,” says Gillian Lazanik, a Houzz...

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Punch Up Your Pool
Feb08

Punch Up Your Pool

To own a pool is to have your own personal stay-cation just outside your back door; a spot for relaxation, exercise, sunlight, and family fun.Whether you’re gathering ideas for a future pool or considering a new look for the pool you have, here are some ideas to make your family’s backyard paradise pop. To Infinity and Beyond! A great way to set your pool apart and create a seamless, modern look is an infinity pool. In an infinity...

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Fresh Fences
Feb08

Fresh Fences

Nothing beautifies quite like a new fence Fences aren’t just for privacy and pets, especially here in the Lone Star State. The right fence can be a decorative work of art that defines more than just the boundary of your property—it can define your tastes and style. Whether it’s time to replace your existing fence because of weathering or deterioration, or simply to bring your property some extra curb appeal, now is the best time to...

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Financing Your Renovation
Feb08

Financing Your Renovation

6 great ways to make plans into reality You can close your eyes and see it. That gleaming new kitchen. That spacious new bathroom! But if you’ve been fanaticizing about home improvements, sticker shock might yank you back down to earth. The average kitchen upgrade costs nearly $20,000. The average bathroom comes in at $9,000. The right renovation can add value and comfort to your home—the trick is deciding on the best way to finance...

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Wannabe Gardener?
Feb08

Wannabe Gardener?

Give some unkillable plants a try So maybe you’re not the best gardener. And despite your best efforts, the plants in your home and garden end up shriveled or diseased. You toss them out, cursing your non-existent green thumb. But hey, don’t beat yourself up. Knowing what to plant, where, and in which season, takes practice. Thankfully, there are beautiful “unkillable” plants that will boost your confidence and brighten up your home...

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Preparing to Buy or Sell Your Home
Feb08

Preparing to Buy or Sell Your Home

It’s time to get started If you’re in the market for a home or want to sell, the coming months may be your best bet. That’s because spring and summer are the ideal times, according to Barbara Lane, a real estate guru from San Antonio. “More people tend to move around the end of the school year so you have the most choices when it comes to homes on the market,” she explains. Lane suggests starting your search three to five months prior...

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It Lasts How Long?
Feb01

It Lasts How Long?

Facts are facts—nothing lasts forever. This is an especially true statement when it comes to your home! This month, we’re looking at some average lifespan estimates for various parts of your house when it comes to durability, style, and use. If you’ve noticed something that might be on the way out, it could be time to get it replaced. Your house (and family) will thank you! Windows, 15-30+ Years You’re more likely to replace things...

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Trending: Terracotta Tile
Dec30

Trending: Terracotta Tile

Terracotta tiles have been used around the world for thousands of years, but are recently enjoying a resurgence of popularity—for very good reasons! These tiles are made from natural clay that is fired to become a porous ceramic with warm reddish tones. The distinctive color of terracotta comes from the iron in the clay, so there is a wide array of products and tiles available that reflect the unique properties of the clay used. One...

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New Bathroom for the New Year?
Dec30

New Bathroom for the New Year?

Ah, the bathroom: a spa-like escape, a personal sanctuary, and a little respite from cruel, real-world responsibilities. As a Realtor, I can tell you that it’s one of the first things a prospective home buyer is going to want to see on a home tour, and for good reason. Admit it, we’re all a little busier than we really ought to be; so when we’re ready to relax, we want (and deserve) to do so in style. And for many folks (myself...

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Your Hot Water Heater
Dec30

Your Hot Water Heater

It’s easy to forget what a luxury a hot bath or shower is until the water coming out of the tap seems to have been piped in from Antarctica. With temperatures outside rapidly dropping to match, there’s no better time than now to make sure your hot water situation is squared away. The average hot water heater has a lifespan of somewhere between 10 and 15 years, so if it’s getting up there, it’s probably time to replace it. But if...

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The Quirky Kitchen Gift Guide
Dec02

The Quirky Kitchen Gift Guide

For the family foodie that has it all, the classic stand mixer or imported chef’s knife might feel a little too… expected. Why not whip up something a little more unorthodox this year? Who can say no to a charming new piece of kitchen gadgetry? For the Aspiring Artisan If you’ve ever longed to watch family or friends furiously whip up a batch of homemade butter right in their very own kitchen, the Churncraft butter churn has you...

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Hostess with the Mostest
Dec02

Hostess with the Mostest

Being the best holiday host you can be, while retaining your sanity There’s no place like home for the holidays! If this year it’s your turn to welcome everyone to your place, you’ll want to ensure that the holiday season goes smoothly for both you and your guests. When you’re the host of a family get together, keeping your life simple and organized is almost always the key to a successful holiday, and being an accommodating host...

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Vacation Home Value?
Nov02

Vacation Home Value?

The pros and cons of owning a second home Many of us dream of owning a second home, whether it’s a cozy lakefront cottage, a rustic cabin in the mountains, or a posh condo in a private coastal enclave. We envision a place where we can invite family and friends to relax and share special moments, as well as a personal retreat where we can escape the frenzied world, unwind, and create lifelong memories. Like most things in life, there...

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Don’t Get Holi-dazed
Oct04

Don’t Get Holi-dazed

Stay safe when decorating your home When planning holiday decorations, it’s easy to laugh at Clark Griswold’s mishaps in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. In the 1989 cult classic, accidents span from Clark’s fall from the roof to electrocution, power outages, and fires, all for the sake of making the house look nice. We all know it’s not necessarily easy to get your home holiday ready, but by taking a few extra moments to plan...

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A Breath of Fresh Air
Oct04

A Breath of Fresh Air

Following the American Lung Association’s failing grade for Dallas-Fort Worth in its 2016 State of the Air report, people are becoming increasingly concerned with air quality. There may not be much we can do about outdoor air quality, but we can take action to improve air quality in our homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, EPA.gov, Americans spend as much as 90 percent of their lives indoors. It’s easy to...

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What’s Cookin’?
Sep01

What’s Cookin’?

Tips and trends to transform your kitchen Tired of your outdated kitchen? Try these insider tips on the latest tech and trends to transform your space into the kitchen of your dreams. Make storage more efficient and organized. Save space with newly designed appliances. And while you’re at it, freshen up the counters! Acquire a cleaner look in your kitchen that can last the test of time. Maximize high efficiency. Talk to your kitchen...

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Winterproof!
Sep01

Winterproof!

This fall, prepare your lawn for winter and turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of your lawn. In fact, fall is an important time for your lawn, and if you do the right things at the right time, you can ensure you’ll have a lush, beautiful lawn come spring. Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry. We asked the experts to share some easy, helpful tips....

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Roofing Rules
Sep01

Roofing Rules

Texas weather can be unpredictable at best and disastrous at worst. If you’ve lived here a while, it’s probably not outside the realm of plausibility that at some point you’ve woken up after a big thunderstorm to find trees down, hail damage to vehicles, and of course, roof damage. The roof is the first layer of protection between the elements and our houses, which also means it’s often the first thing affected by high winds, hail,...

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Pool TLC
Sep01

Pool TLC

Take it from “meh” to magnificent again If your pool was installed 10 to 15 years ago, you’re probably starting to notice discoloration and mottling in its plaster. You may see tiles coming loose or movement and uneven areas in your deck. You might have leaks or spots where the gunite is visible. All of these issues are normal as a pool ages. But they can make your once fabulous poolscape look tired and dated—and just plain blah! The...

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