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  • We didnt have much of a spring this year at least not one that was up to par for me, or anyone I know, for that matter. It was windy, chilly and it rained a lot not untypical for spring in the Columbus area. But, then it rained some more. Im not sure how many wet days we had, but I know the local weather forecasters were keeping count.

    Thankfully, by the time this issue of Central Ohio Home & Garden reaches your doorsteps there will be less than a week left of spring and well have the whole summer ahead of us.

    If you have children, summer is the time of year most families take vacations. My family and I recently returned from a trip to Hilton Head Island, where we attended my nieces wedding over the Memorial Day weekend. We extended our stay throughout the week and enjoyed many wonderful days at the beach and pool with family and friends. It was hard to come back.

    Some central Ohio families, however, need look no further than their own backyards for vacation-like days. In this issue, we put the spotlight on luxurious swimming pools (see Dive In on page 8) and putting greens (see Just Putting A Round on 14).

    For these homeowners, every day is like a summer vacation as they splash around, soak up the sun and practice their short games. This putting green, in the photo above, doubles as an ice rink during winter months.

    Whether you are planning a trip or staying close to home this summer, I hope it is filled with sunshine and lots of laughter.

    See you in the fall.

    Rebecca WaltersEditor

    04 Central Ohio Home & Garden SUMMER 2011

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  • 06 Central Ohio Home & Garden SUMMER 2011

    ContentsSummer 2011

    ON THE COVER Dive in 8Homeowners take the Plunge

    DEPARTMENTSInspiring Ideas 14Just Putting A Round

    Best of Home 20Stairways to Heaven

    Great Outdoors 49Made in the Shade

    At Home With 56Bill Nicholson of Nicholson Builders

    By Design 60 Scratching the Surface

    Our Backyard 668

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  • On the Cover

    8 Central Ohio Home & Garden summer 2011

    stOry by JEFF THITOFF PHOtOs by JOHn knOuFF

    DiveInQuality Pools designed this pool in Powell. It features classic lines

    and a river-rock aggregate surface, which gives the water its deep blue tone. Its heated as well, so the family can enjoy it during late

    spring and early fall.

  • Families typically travel during summer. Their destinations usually involve a beach, pool or water park. But for some central Ohioans, the trip to a watery oasis doesnt require a plane, train or automobile as the family vacation is just steps away in their own backyards.

    Home pools come in all shapes and sizes and serve numerous purposes from executing the perfect cannonball to host-ing elegant gatherings to simply relaxing poolside.

    With your own pool, you are going to attract a party, especially when the tem-peratures soar. If you enjoy entertaining, then a pool is going to give you a reason to do more of it.

    The ultimate goal in a home pool is to stay cool, but if you add some extra touches you also can be cool to neighbors, friends and family even when you arent in the water.

    There is nothing more exciting than building someone a pool, says Matthew Ray, president of Columbus Leisure Pools.

    Kitchens are cool and room additions are nice, but there is nothing like the emotion that goes with their new vacation in their backyard.

    Todays pool areas have become true outdoor living spaces.

    Water features, like water shears, cul-tured rock formations and rock waterfalls are becoming more predominant now in owning a pool, Ray says. Only half the time is it used for swimming, while the other half is (spent) enjoying a glass of wine by the pool and relaxing.

    Jeff Sidwells concrete pool was fine years ago when his children were growing up. Over the years, however, the elements took their toll and it was time for some seri-ous repairs.

    Instead of fixing the old, Sidwell had Leisure Pools install a new fiberglass pool that includes a rock waterfall. Leisure Pools is an authorized dealer for Rico Rock, a company based in Orlando that creates rock formations made from fiber-reinforced concrete.

    My kids grew up, and now we have grandchildren coming over, says Sidwell, who lives just south of Zanesville. I want-ed some kind of waterfall, and I wanted something that was new.

    The pool is great, but we also get a lot out of the area around the pool, he says. Leisure Pools completely reconstructed the area, which includes a bar set and grill. Its a comfortable place to hang out. You still get the atmosphere with the rock and waterfall, and just hearing the water.

    Last year, Quality Pools installed an 800-square-foot pool for a Powell hom-eowner with twins who will turn 10 this summer. The homeowner wanted a pool large enough for the children to play vol-leyball and basketball.

    When it comes to pool accessories and gadgets, the quality and durability has im-proved greatly, says Quality Pools General Manager Brian Miller. If a person wants a slide, for example, the options are limitless.

    The manufacturers used to have plas-tic stuff that would last just one season and then need to get replaced, he says. Now theres stainless steel, with a nicer finish and more durability.

    Her childrens safety was also a major consideration, so the Powell homeowner requested that the pool be positioned a good distance from the house and that a surveillance system be installed.

    The first thing that popped into my mind was someday well have teenagers

    Whether splashing around or taking in the view, homeowners are lapping up the luxury of their pools

  • On the Cover

    10 Central Ohio Home & Garden summer 2011

    here swimming, she says. I made sure that we built this pool far away from any roof not that any of my friends did that in high school, but you never know with kids.

    A security camera runs 24 hours a day and microphones allow sounds from the pool to be heard from inside the home.

    Some pool alarm systems can alert owners if something or someone enters the pool, and they can differentiate a child from an object such as a basketball or tree limb.

    In addition, Quality Pools incorporated a patio area and fire pit into the outdoor living space.

    Its really turned out to be a fun family event, and we can have adults come with their kids and we can cook out, the homeowner says. Every day becomes the Fourth of July.

    Although nothing tops the fun factor of having a pool, having one that is easy to maintain is just as if not more so important.

    For that reason, Leisure Pools deals almost exclusively with fiberglass because of the ease of maintenance. The surface is nonporous, similar to that of a car finish, so algae cant harbor and take root in

    the material.Once you set your water

    chemistry, you shouldnt have to worry about much else, he explains.

    We tell our customers they should expect to work on their pools for about 30 minutes per week, but most end up only spending five to 10 minutes, Ray says.

    And when youre not using the pool, automatic covers make life easier, and they are safer than a fence, adds Ray.

    Last year, 48 percent of our customers put automatic retractable covers on and it al-most takes the maintenance of the pool to nothing, Ray says. It keeps the dirt, kids, leaves and animals out.

    Its really turned out to

    be a fun family event Every day becomes the Fourth of


    Jeff Sidwells grandchildren are enjoying this fiberglass pool, which features a rock waterfall. Leisure Pools

    completely reconstructed the area, which includes a bar set

    and grill.

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  • The 2011 mens U.S. Open Cham-pionship started June 13, but some people are holding their own tournaments both real and imagined right in their own back-yards.

    Away from the hassle of tee times, crowded courses, wayward drives and inconsistent long irons, central Ohio

    residents are working on their short games in a much more relaxed atmosphere. Although some setups are more elaborate than others, the goal is the same: Knock the little white ball into the only somewhat larger hole.

    Each homeowner is on a different path, but all are enjoying a similar course when it comes to personal putting greens. There

    are the grandparents who installed a green for their grandkids. There is the father who wanted to give his son, a high-school golfer, the opportunity to practice at will. And, theres a family that has a golfer and a hockey player, so they designed a dual-purpose green that could be converted to a miniature ice rink in the winter.

    Then theres the guy just trying to

    Inspiring Ideas

    14 Central Ohio Home & Garden summer 2011

    stOry by JEFF THITOFF PHOtOs by JOHn knOuFF

    Homeowners are taking their own course of action to improve their short games and unite the family


    This six-hole putting green at the Wicks Upper Arlington home includes

    two chipping areas.

  • Chris Perry practices his short game on this 1,500-square-foot putting green at his home. The PGA golfer is

    hoping to make a comeback on the Champions Tour.

  • make a comeback. Chris Perry finished in the top 10 in 14 PGA Tour events in 1999 and finished 10th in the PGA Championship. Injuries to his left hand and wrist in 2001 caused him to miss a number of tournaments and large chunks of seasons.

    His last PGA tournament was almost five years ago, but now the 49-year-old former Ohio State golfer is readying for a

    comeback on the Champions Tour after he turns 50 in September.

    Professional gradeFive years ago, Perry had Southwest

    Greens of Ohio install a large green in his yard in Powell, complete with nine holes, a sand bunker and a pair of chipping areas. The green is more than 1,500 square feet and is designed like a horseshoe.

    His son used it in recent years to hone his skills for his high-school team. Perry likely will use it more now in his pursuit to get back into competitive golf.

    I put it in so I wouldnt have to go anywhere to work on things, and its nice to look at, Perry says. And now my focus is to prepare for the Champions Tour. Its part of my job. So if I can have it at home, its beneficial.

    Southwest Greens owner Rick Dodson says his greens are extremely durable and that he can adjust...