Home may be where the heart is, but it’s also where the fun lives, too. Homeowners are now incorporating high-performance, high-tech systems to create incomparable entertainment spaces. From fully-equipped home theaters to multi-room music systems, it’s as easy as ever to entertain like a pro. Here are a few examples of spectacular entertainment spaces made better by the latest technology.
A poolside bar at Windsor Court in Purchase features a series of video screens and an outdoor sound system designed to keep both sport and swim fans satisfied.
A sophisticated AV and Lutron lighting system will delight guests at The Seasons in Armonk while the indoor/outdoor sound system is perfect for poolside parties. You can even hear the music from the golf green.
The ultimate entertaining venue has been created in Lionwalk‘s conservatory where a retractable screen and professional-caliber sound system transforms this Bedford space into an expansive home theater.
For more information on these special properties or any of our other luxury homes for sale, please visit us at www.houlihanlawrence.com.
It’s the time of year again! Don’t wait until its 100 degrees outside to prep your pool for summer. Houlihan Lawrence provides you with seven steps to achieve perfect pool preparation.
Clear debris surrounding pool. Clear away plant debris from your pool’s deck or patio. Clip hedges, plants or trees that hang near or over your pool.
Remove and clean pool cover. You never know when you’ll need a cover, so it’s important to give it a good clean the first time you remove it from your pool. For solid pool covers, use a small cover pump or leaf blower to remove rain and snow melt. For mesh pool covers, use a broom or brush to remove winter’s debris.
Remove freeze plugs and reassemble/reinstall equipment. Remove expansion or freeze plugs and put them in a small Ziploc baggie to store with your pool cover. Examine the pump, filter and heater before re-installation—if you observe no cracks or problems, proceed with reassembling any safety rails, diving boards and pool ladders (and spray bolts with a metal lubricant.) Now you can pump it up!
Clean pool walls and bottom. Once it’s filled with water, take a garden hose and bring your pool’s water level to the middle of its waterline tiles. Now you can skim the surface, clean the bottom and walls with a long-handled brush, and run a pool vacuum to decrease the load of your filter. Clean regularly to avoid algae and debris build up.
Power on. Now that you’ve cleaned and inspected your pool, power it on. This will be a tell-tale sign of whether or not you missed any cracks, leaks or split hoses that you may not have seen upon first inspection.
Let the filter run and preform a water chemistry test. Run the filter for at least 12 hours to mix up new and old water. Afterward, use a pool testing kit to check the water’s pH level, alkalinity, calcium hardiness and chlorine content. Add chlorine or shock treatment and let the pool run for another 24 hours. Check the chemistry again before anyone enters the pool.
Gone are the days when design focused exclusively on a home’s interior. Seamless indoor and outdoor living is a growing trend as homeowners are investing in extraordinary outdoor entertaining areas, including patios, porches and of course, pools. Here are a few standout outdoor spaces taken from Houlihan Lawrence‘s inventory of luxury homes for sale that will leave a lasting impression.
A waterside pool deck cantilevered over a sparkling lake offers a breathtaking backdrop for outdoor entertaining at Mystery Lake in Pound Ridge.
An outdoor fireplace, a vanishing edge pool with a spa and a pergola-topped dining area overlooking a picturesque apple orchard offer plenty of diversions at Stoneleigh in Armonk.
At The Mill House in North Salem, the rushing Titicus River serves as a memorable “water feature” edged by a handsome terrace and waterside pool.
The lush gardens, stone terrace, 60′ pool and hot tub at Reservoir Retreat in Cross River comprise a quiet haven overlooking the Cross River Reservoir.
The outdoor recreation amenities at Windsor Court in Purchase rival those of a luxury resort with a fully-equipped bar, outdoor video and sound system, two pools and a pool house with a full kitchen.
For more information on these homes or other luxury properties for sale, please visit us at www.houlihanlawrence.com.