Signing off on a rental home sight-unseen is a gamble. Rarely is it going to have everything on the 'must-have' list. Arielle Vey and her boyfriend Bennett were living in a 1950s Oceanside, CA apartment just steps from the beach when they received a notice that they had 30 days to find a new apartment — the owner was turning their home into vacation rentals. Shortly after that, though, Arielle and Bennett received some good news: they could rent a one-bedroom apartment right across the s
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This "natural" outdoor hot tub would go great with my Japanese garden theme. It is almost like a hot spring. I'd get rid of the ugly fence in the background though and have a lot of flowers, trees, and bushes.
Natural landscape architect and garden designer Michael Littlewood of Somerset in the UK also has extensive experience in successfully designing natural swimming pools. In fact, he even wrote the first book in English on the subject, Natural Swimming Pools, Inspiration for Harmony with Nature, available on his website. Do it yourselfers can get help from Littlewood's guide Natural Swimming Pools, A Guide for Building.
With boulders embedded in the beach entry and plants that live in the pool water, you have nature at its best. Cattails, pickerelweed, water lilies, and American lotus grow in the regeneration zones next to the wooden deck and the far side of the pool. Energy-efficient ozone and ultraviolet light devices are also used to treat the water.