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GOOD REMODELING DESIGN, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Solid remodeling design is essential when taking on a remodeling project.  Most homeowners need help making decisions about options and in determining what  is feasible in terms of the existing structure and the overall budget. If you  don't hire an architect or some other qualified remodeling design professional,  you may find that your remodel doesn't...


IMPORTANT REMODELING REMINDERS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

While it might not be so for a partial overhaul of your bathroom, for major projects and renovations the most overlooked remodeling step is likely to be an evaluation of your home's floor plan. Homeowners looking to build a custom home or planning a major remodel or addition could avoid critical and often costly design mistakes if only they spent as much time considering the floor plan as they do choosing paint colors, tile, light fixtures, or flooring. Too often, when homeowners hear the term "floor plan," they think of nothing more than square footage and wall dimensions. It's thinking like this that leaves huge gaps in the functional efficiency of a home and requires substantial and expensive remodeling in the first place.


SWIMMING POOL PUMPS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Pool pumps act like the human heart. They push vital liquid throughout a body of water, constantly circulating it in order to keep it fresh, healthy, and chemically correct. These small motors simply keep water in motion, which may seem like a silly job, but it's vital for proper upkeep. Circulating the water maintains chemical continuity and prevents it from becoming stagnant. By forcing fresh water from the filters and back into the common area, pool pumps help to remove debris that would otherwise buildup and increase the risk for disease, bacteria, or other health threats. So you need one, but which one works best for your needs? There is an overwhelming selection out there, so here are some tips when it comes to selection and installation.


WHEN TO OPEN YOUR SWIMMING POOL? BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Logistically, you can open your pool as soon as you're sure the temperature won't hit freezing and cause your water to freeze. Of course, few homeowners need their pools open this early, but wait too long and you're likely to miss out on that first sterling, 85-degree spring day. If you have a basic pool heater, you may even be ready for a dip at 75 degrees. Conventional wisdom suggests that you keep an eye on your extended weather forecast and open your pool about two weeks before you might expect to use it.


SWIMMING POOL FENCES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

There can be any number of reasons to install a swimming pool fence, but the primary one is safety (especially the safety of small children). Even the most responsible parents can lose track of their children for a moment, and this is often all it takes for the worst of tragedies to strike your home. It takes only 5 minutes under the water to cause brain damage and possibly death. This is not something you fool around with, and swimming pool fences have proved one of the most effective child safety features you can install.


SWIMMING POOL CHEMICALS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Much like the chemicals in a pool, hot tub chemicals are necessary to keep your investment in optimal working order. Hot tub chemicals are even more important in some ways because the amount of water is much smaller. Proper chemical maintenance will keep your tub clean and ensure that it is ready to go whenever you are.


SWIMMING POOL HEATERS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

If you decide to install a swimming pool, you are faced with many options today regarding size, shape and materials. You will also have to choose which type of pool heater to install.

Here is a basic guide to the different types of pool heaters available today:


SWIMMING POOL VACUUMS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Pools and spas create a wonderful luxury to your backyard and they can offer hours of fun and relaxation to any household. But they're an expensive purchase, and like any investment they'll need routine maintenance and upkeep. To make sure that these systems run properly and remain hygienic, you'll have to perform occasional clean-up tasks in order to remove any dirt or debris that will enter your pool.


TOP 10 UPGRADES, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

A sizable tax refund might be just the incentive you need to tackle some long-wanted home improvement projects.


GAZEBOS, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA

Every homeowner may have a different reason for adding a gazebo to their backyard. Gazebo additions are often used as a kind of covered patio area that allows you to enjoy the natural setting of your yard away from your house. If you have a gardening interest, a gazebo can act as a permanent structure that helps define the garden.

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