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Low-Maintenance Pool & Patio

Entertaining space for a busy young family.

These homeowners wanted to turn their overrun English garden into an effortless escape, so they actually swapped their lawn for a flagstone patio. Meredyth Hilton of Artistic Gardens raised the hot tub so its edging could provide extra seating. Its warm water flows into the pool — an economical way to heat it — in a waterfall effect. Hilton chose local Credit Valley flagstone for the pool surround and patio because it has a slightly gritty finish to prevent slipping. The pool's Indiana limestone coping was carved into smooth, bathing-suit-bottom-friendly edging. Jets, operated by remote control, provide hours of amusement for kids, and a soothing water fountain sound for adults.

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