CLEANING UP THE ACT
It would be lovely if being on holiday at home meant that you didn’t have to lift a finger but, sadly, there’s no such thing as a “no maintenance” home.
Dean Herald from Rolling Stone Landscapes says unless you want to spend your precious leisure time cleaning — or you want to hire the staff to do it for you — opt for materials that can stand up to a little rough and tumble.
“Everyone wants low maintenance, but that’s not the same as no maintenance,” he says.
“You will need to do some work to keep it looking good but you can make smart choices with things like slip rating considerations.
“If you are in a heavy cooking or entertaining area, don’t choose a porous surface that if you spill something, you will be reminded of it tomorrow.”
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, make sure you run the filtration system six to eight hours a day and clean the pool regularly so that it’s ready to go as soon as the weather heats up.
Check pH levels every couple of days to maintain correct chlorine levels.