The low down on Pools
Perth offers fantastic weather for relaxing by the pool and entertaining outdoors with friends and family. To ensure your investment is both visually stunning and functional, there are some questions you must consider when you’re looking to build a new pool or renovate an existing pool.
The first and most important step is to inspect the space you’ll be working with and choose a pool that is appropriately sized for the area and your requirements. While inspecting, keep in mind that you need to factor in living space and landscaping around your pool area. You need to consider not only the size of the pool itself but also if you will need an area for lounging, deckchairs and entertaining within the fenced pool area. The pool should make the most of the available daylight for natural solar heating and be placed at a distance from existing mature trees that may drop leaves. You also need to consider the location of the pool pump, cover and accessories for suitable storage. Your landscape architect or designer can cleverly design and incorporate these into the pool space so they fit seamlessly into the design.
Above-Ground vs in-ground
Depending on your site, ground conditions or sloping areas, this may steer you towards an above ground pool. Above ground pools are typically constructed of concrete and designed to minimise pool fencing and increase visual access and flow within the garden. Fibreglass pools have transitioned from the typical kidney shape to a more refined design style where with the right paving choices they can look just as striking as concrete. Ultimately, your design intentions, budget and pool location will drive your choice of pool type.
The most common reason for embarking on a pool renovation project is to reclaim space or update the shape and style of the pool. An old pool may show signs of fatigue and need a facelift to bring it back to life, or the pool may have been designed in isolation, not considering its relationship to the home or alfresco spaces.When undergoing a pool renovation the first step is for a qualified landscape architect or designer to assess the current pool to suggest modifications to provide a more aesthetically pleasing and functional pool. Cosmetic changes may include reducing the size to utilise space in the landscape, retiling, replastering or lining. The most important thing is to make the pool an asset within the overall landscape.TDL offers a wide range of pool refurbishment services. Our pool landscaping services are unique with high impact.
For new pool owners and renovators, landscaping around your pool should create an environment where you can entertain and relax. Here are a few things that can help you with pool landscaping:
Plant foliage adds beauty and cools the pool area. To avoid spending more time cleaning your pool than swimming in it, consider adding plants like Star Jasmine, Agave and Mondo Grass. Chat to your local landscape architect or designer and they’ll help you find plants that will compliment your pool setting.
It will keep you and your family safe and in some cases add an element of privacy. The type of fence you choose depends on your aesthetic preference. Fencing options typically include glass, aluminium and masonry walls. Glass has a luxurious feel that allows the fencing to disappear and showcase the pool as the feature. Aluminium and steel fencing is a more cost effective solution, and if placed correctly in the right garden can fit well.
Lighting within and around your pool is critical to its success. Not only does it create an atmosphere within the pool space, it adds to the feel of the whole garden and home, sometimes visually extending your home at night. For energy-efficiency, try LED lights. They are easy to maintain and are cost-effective to leave on for extended periods of time.
Shade and accessories
Whether it is a built form (alfresco style) or natural (trees), shade is important to the success of a pool space. Too much and you will have a cold pool, and too little and the time a pool can be used will be limited in the hottest months. Having a shade over the pool is often a consideration for those with young children, while a space to retreat to and relax by the pool in the shade is also important. Choosing and designing around your favourite piece of poolside furniture, or better still building in some poolside furniture can often drive the size and shape of the covered space. Also, consider a poolside shower or water feature to add to the pool design.
A well-located pool can add a month of swimming time either side of summer through passive solar heating of the pool. Unfortunately, this is not always possible and other supplemently alternatives need to be considered. Fully understanding initial and lifecycle costs of the various heating options (most commonly solar, gas and electric) and their size and space requirements are worthwhile prior to installing your pool. Screening and positioning of these along with the pool pumps and filtration away from your pool living areas and alfresco spaces is recommended.
The idea of pool landscaping is to create an environment that is comfortable for you to relax in and a showpiece to draw the eye. Pools and alfresco living areas are the hubs of outdoor entertaining, so enjoy the process and have fun.
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