Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

Lap Pool Cleanliness


If you're a keen swimmer and would like the convenience of a swimming pool in your home, then you might want to consider lap pool installation. These pools are specifically designed to allow you to swim longer distances and practice your lengths to increase your cardiovascular fitness;however, unlike regular home pools, they tend to be a lot longer and less wide. As with every pool, you'll need to maintain it to ensure that it remains hygienic and clean, and if you've never owned a pool before, then knowing how to do this may be difficult and a little bit daunting. Regular maintenance will increase the longevity of the pump, keep the water clean and provide you with many hours of enjoyment, helping to save you money at the same time. 


Removing debris frequently is essential to avoid rotting vegetation, which can increase the amount of bacteria within the water. Leaving debris in your pool can also clog up the water filters and pump which can cause the water to become cloudy and dirty. A pool net with a telescopic handle would be perfect for removing large bits of debris such as leaves, insect and twigs; however, debris that is much too small to see or that you might have missed should be removed after you backwash your pool. This is where the pump reverses the flow of water to clear any particles that have not been caught in the strainers and then attempts to cleanse the sand that is often used as the fine water filter. This should be done about once a week for optimum cleanliness.

Water Balance

Maintaining the PH balance of your pool is something that should be done daily and with caution. A PH balance of between 7.4 and 7.6 is optimum according to SFGate and should be tested using a testing kit that will contain PH strips. Adjusting the acidity can be done with special chlorine tablets, however it's important to mix any acids in a bucket of water separately before adding to the pool to avoid potential burns, whilst wearing rubber gloves and protective eyewear. 


Cleaning the tiles of the pool is simple enough and should be done whenever stains occur. The pump itself should reduce the risk of algae forming, however if it does then some pump maintenance is clearly required. A cloth attached to the end of a pole with a telescopic handle will be more than enough for removing stains and grime, and should not be used in conjunction with any cleaning products as this can unbalance the PH of the water. 


30 September 2016