Five years ago I had never even heard the term pool cage. Then, two years ago we began looking at homes in Florida and I knew that if we were going to have a pool down here we would definitely want one of these enclosures. Fast forward again to this summer and I am now researching the pros and cons of replacing or refurbishing an existing cage.
This was how our pool and the cage appeared in June of this year.
We bought this home about a year and a half ago but the house is fourteen years old - just old enough that it is requiring some added maintenance.
We started updating this part of the house last fall when we resurfaced the pool and replaced the tile.
We knew the cage was starting to look tired but we had turned our design thoughts and dollars toward renovating the kitchen. We thought the cage could wait another year. Then, a couple of weeks ago, a storm blew through and we were left with a sunroof in our pool enclosure.
The simple fix would be to have someone come out and repair the missing screen but the more we thought about it, the more we realized that this is the part of the house we enjoy the most. The cage had several small tears and we had noticed more bugs recently. The aluminum structure was also looking faded and a number of the support screws were rusted. Maybe we needed to think about more than a simple repair.
So we started scouring the internet for pool cage specialists in our area. We will be going with Gulf Coast Aluminum. It was interesting that they were able to give us an estimate using Google Earth software without even coming out to the house. The software zeros in on our house, the pool and lanai area, takes measurements and figures the estimated cost. Wow!
We were given two options. We could either tear down the existing cage and replace it with an entirely new structure or we could have all the screening removed, rusted bolts and screws replaced with aluminum non-rusting screws, repair and repaint the existing aluminum cage and then rescreen with new no see um screening for a little over half of the cost of a total replacement.
We went back and forth for a bit. This is one of our favorite places to relax so we want to be happy with the end result but we also want to spend our dollars wisely.
There are some options in the new cages, like these picture window size openings that I would love to have.
Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Aluminum
But, we will be returning to our coastal home in about a month and we would like to be able to use the lanai. We really don't mind the existing structure. It just needs some TLC.
I am one of those people that mosquitoes just seem to be drawn to, so a pool without a cage or an enclosure with a gaping hole is not an option I want to think about.
News of the Zika virus, while perhaps overblown, is an added concern. Totally replacing the cage would require building permits and it would be about three months before the project would begin. Whereas repairing, repainting, and rescreening can be done within the next two weeks. Cost is always a concern but for us, timing is everything and we will be going the restoration route.
Interestingly enough, the biggest cost of either starting over or rescreening is the screens themselves. Maybe because we are going with the no see um option which is a finer, more bug- resistant screen.
I hope this company pulls through for us. They are very well rated on the various social networking sites and with the BBB.
I will follow up as this project moves forward.
In the meantime, I will be staying inside or bathing in DEET.
I'd been coveting this towel rack from Frontgate for quite a while. I saw it last year but the $199.00 price tag was a bit daunting when we needed so many other things for our new home. A year later and we are starting to add some of the ancillary items that make our house feel like a home and help to keep us more organized. So, when I saw that Frontgate's Memorial Weekend promotion included their bronze towel rack at 25% off AND free shipping it was all the convincing I needed to add one to my cart. I'm so glad I did. If you have been on the fence about purchasing one of these beauties I would whole -heartedly recommend it. It has a beefy weight and a tasteful design that works with any furniture style. I was pleased that the rack was so much larger and substantial than it appears in the photo. It easily accommodated our oversized beach towels without them having them drag along the ground.
If you have a pool this is the product you are looking for. No more wet towels scattered over the pool deck or draped on the backs of the outdoor furniture. There are two finishes available white or the bronze finish that we chose.
Assembly could not have been easier. The item arrived well packaged and Frontgate's customer service is second to none. I am not being paid to endorse this product in any way. I just wanted to share my experience with this company and this towel rack in particular.
It's been over three months since we closed on our home. Some days I'm amazed at all the things we have accomplished, especially considering we aren't living here full time. Other days, I am overwhelmed with how far we have to go. What ever my budget was I feel like we are rapidly approaching it and will ultimately blow right by it. So I am struggling with pacing myself. I try and buy things on sale and as a result I add things here and there but I don't have any one area that I could even begin to call complete. That said, one of the first spaces we wanted to concentrate on, because it is our favorite spot in the house, is the lanai. This is where we spend the most time and I am hoping to keep moving forward with this part of the house.
One of our first purchases was a sofa and two chairs from the Tommy Bahama Island Estate grouping. I loved them in the navy and cream palette but we were worried about that light sofa so we opted instead for the khaki version. Still, I needed color. The outside of the home is a terra cotta coral and the pool is blue so pulling those colors in as accent colors seems like a natural.
I like the idea of getting some color from the accent tables. One affordable option would be a garden stool in aquas, corals or cream. Throw pillows are another easy way to bring in some surges of color. The biggest element of color could be the rug. I go back and forth, pool, coral,or khaki?
I love using Polyvore. I add in the images of items I have already purchased and then pair them up with different rugs, accessories or background colors that I am considering. I think it is helping me to avoid a lot of costly mistakes. I like to think of it as paper dolls for decorating. :D
As a Midwesterner that has recently relocated to a coastal state, I am inspired by color and elegant but casual coastal design. I'd love to have you follow along as we update our home one colorful project at a time.
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