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I have had people ask me over the years about my garage doors. I have solid wood carriage style doors and I believe from the feedback I get that they make a real impact on a home.
(I really dislike when the doors face the front of the house, but unfortunately mine do, there really isn’t a reason why as I have a wide lot which could accomodate side entry but that’s what they were building when my house was constructed. To cure the ugliness of it I added quality wood doors with windows and hardware. )
I just happened across a website that has great pictures and ideas to put barn style doors inside as well which many of my friends have now as it’s very in-style.
Take a look at their website and consider upgrading your doors if they are visible as I think it will add value next time you go to sell your home. I custom ordered mine at Home Depot, but it seems there are lots of speciality places now.
Thanks to The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Nashville for including my listing at 980 Hawk’s Nest Court in Ball Ground in their post about homes and estates in the Sotheby’s International Realty network that feature in-home recording studios!
You know when you hear a great tune and you can’t get it out of your head? Nashville is like that – once you hear its song, you’ll never want to leave! Nashville is most notably known as a center of the music industry, earning it the nickname “Music City”. The promise of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau says it best, “The Promise of Nashville, where the music is inspired, created, recorded and performed, is to provide the ultimate musical entertainment experience, celebrated throughout our diverse cultural and entertainment offerings, and presented in an authentic, unique, friendly and unpretentious atmosphere.”
The truth of the matter is music can be made almost anywhere, especially if you have a professional recording studio at your fingertips. Below are homes in Nashville and throughout the Sotheby’s International Realty network that feature built-in professional recording studios.
While the summer is quickly coming to a close, the temperatures are still high in metro Atlanta. There are still many days left in the pool season!
Swimming pools are a fun amenity to have in a home and I have lots of clients each year looking for a house with a pool or considering to put one in their current home.
As with any amenity, location and type of pool, and considerations on how to reduce ongoing maintenance are key factors. I do believe a pool adds value, however that value is diminished if the location of the pool or features of the pool don’t fit the house, neighborhood or lot.
I may have a few appraiser friends that can add a statement here as to their impressions, but I’ve seen appraisals come in with as much as a $50k bump for the pool.
That being said, good sized pools with the right equipment, decking and landscaping can easily cost $100,000.
Many people enjoy their neighborhood pools and country clubs, but there’s still nothing like the convenience and beauty of one in your own backyard! In my own home, we thoroughly enjoy our pool as well!
Below are some comments I’ve taken from the advice of a friend combined with my own thoughts, experience and recommendations when considering having your own pool.
1 – Planning Your Pool
My suggestion would be to try and gauge how comparable the proposed pool would be to the pools located at homes that have recently traded in the target price point of your home.
For example, some of the things I mention below may not apply if you have a $300,000 home, but would be a must at the $1M price point. I’ll add a caveat here that many people get frustrated with their pool contractor, so check as many references as you can that are close in location to you.
2 – Kinds of Pools
A heated salt-water pool with an interior finish that is either pebble-sheen or pebble-Tec, along with some amount of useable and attractive stone flat deck space for lounge chairs, etc., as well as space for any safety fencing that may be required.
I also believe that having a rectangular pool with an automated cover will help in resale if the buyer has small children or really wants to minimize maintenance. The cover reduces evaporation, reduces chemical usage and really keeps the pool clean of debris.
In terms of the interior pool finish, Pebble-sheen is the smoother variant of pebble tech but has similar optical properties in terms of interesting water color. Conventional white plaster shows every kind of dirt, so it’s tougher to maintain.
3 – Maintenance of pools
Mechanicals are important, and in terms of the heater, a +/-400,000 natural gas BTU heater at a minimum for pools 10,000 gallons or more is desirable, especially if there’s a hot tub.
Exploring feasibility of solar options for pool heating would be an excellent idea, especially given energy costs these days. A solar feature would certainly further distinguish the property.
I like the idea of having a hot tub separately as it takes a special design and eats up pool space to have one under the automated cover. Separate hot tubs are less expensive, more comfortable and easier to maintain.
In terms of maintenance, I love the Polaris automated cleaning robot. If they are configured correctly and maintained, they work very well.
Another popular but more costly option is the self-cleaning jets in the pool floor. I have heard nightmares about their repair and replacement and the cost may not justify the means. There could be some other self-cleaning technologies out there too that your pool contractor can discuss with you.
Maintenance costs of pools are so much less than they use to be. Having a saline/salt water pool requires next to no chemicals. Additionally, pool services aren’t really required if you have the cover and salt systems.
If you don’t have the desire to maintain your own pool there are many services that are under $50/visit and you can have them every other week. Chemical balance can be maintained very well through a salt-water pool’s automated chlorination catalyst.
Old pools can be remodeled to have the newer features such as: auto-fill feature, salt-water conversion, fountains, Polaris, automated covers etc.