Kitchen, Pool, Pavilion after 5 years of planning

goody222

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Feb 6, 2018
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Chesapeake, VA
Thanks all! Yes, I love my Sonos speakers. Like others, I now have a Sonos addiction. Haha.

Kimkats, I got mine on Amazon "Daybetter LED strip lights". Only $30! They have tape on the back, but one common complaint is that it will not hold it forever upside down. So every foot I put a dot of hot glue to hold them in place in addition to the tape. Been holding for a year now! it comes with a remote where you can select any color or blinking patterns.
 
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goody222

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Feb 6, 2018
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Chesapeake, VA
They are stainless steel framed. The whole kitchen came as a metal frame with cement board panels. I then had stone veneer applied. WAY cheaper than using full stone. I got the setup from Big Ridge Outdoor Kitchens.
 

bmoreswim

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That there is a beautiful backyard setup! Great place for spending more time at home. Have you opened yet and what is your pool temp? Still two months away from swimming in central MD with no supplemental heat.
 

goody222

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Feb 6, 2018
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Chesapeake, VA
Actually I kept it open the first winter. Not a problem weather wise (esp with auto freeze protect), but it was more work scooping out old leaves, running the cleaner, adding bleach weekly, paying an extra $20-$30/month to run the pump, etc. So its closed right now - recently made a post in the Pool Opening forum on how deep I need to measure to get the correct pool temp so I know when to open. 6" down its in the low 50s. I'd prefer to leave it closed as long as possible with all the pollen. Plus like you, I don't start using it until early May.
 
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SouthVirginiaPool

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Apr 26, 2020
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Chesapeake, Virginia
Beautiful setup! I'm planning my outdoor bar/grill area and love the lighting idea (I put similar ones in the bed of my Ford F150 pickup). What did you use for the bar top? Marble or granite? What would you recommend for easy upkeep?
 

goody222

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Feb 6, 2018
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Chesapeake, VA
Thanks! Well, we used granite, BUT you have to seal it multiple times (I've found) each year. Plus, oils and wine can stain it which are a pain to remove. If I could do it again I'd probably use Quartz which is bombproof and used in over 90% of all kitchens. Its just that the quartz may not look as nice.
 
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jimim

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I have granite also and haven't had an issue yet. It is sealed with miracle nine eleven which is awesome. i use it on all my granite in my house. never got a stain. my granite is under cover outside but gets crushed in the winter. i just cleaned it off and not a mark. a good sealer can last forever. a lot of companies scare people in the reseal thing. my kitchen granite hasn't been resealed in 9 years and it still beads up i have had zero stains. maybe see if you can get the miracle product. i think home depot sells it. i get mine from a local supply house where i have an account.