Living in a country as hot as Australia, a swimming pool is more of a necessity than a luxury. Unfortunately, installing and maintaining one is expensive. The average backyard pool makes up a third of your annual power bill, using more electricity than a washer, dryer and dishwasher combined. Reduce these costs by choosing the right Brisbane pool builders to build or renovate your pool. Here are three ways they can save you money during installation.
The right pool builder will consider your budget and pool usage when offering you heating options. A small pool or spa heats quickly with gas, reaching temperatures as high as 40 degrees. Homes with a large, sun-facing roof can use solar pool heating, where sun matting the same size as the pool is placed on the roof, heat water before returning it to the pool. Finally, a heat pump is most cost-effective if you heat your pool year- round. Has your builder offered you a suitable solution?
When your pool isn’t a standard shape and has features such as steps and fountains, an in-floor cleaning and circulation system can be custom-engineered to your pool’s dimensions and design. This option is also useful if your family has allergies as this type of cleaner removes even the finest dirt and debris. A robotic cleaner keeps large leaves and debris from settling in your pool, skimming it directly from the surface. If your concern is silt or sand debris settling on your pool floor, a suction cleaner is best.
Sanitation systems keep your pool free from harmful bacteria, sweat, skin cells and algae by oxidising the waste and destroying it with chemicals. This is done using salt-water ionisation or chlorine-dosing systems. If you or a member of your family is allergic to these chemicals, then a MAGNAPOOL System is an excellent option as it won’t cause skin irritation and is also environmentally friendly as the water can be recycled.
The kind of pool that best suits you will be different from what your neighbors might need. The right Brisbane pool builder won’t offer a one-size-fits-all solution; they’ll tailor your pool’s design and size to your needs, saving you money and ensuring you get exactly what you envision.
Adding a pool to your home means that you’ll be faced with many decisions. Where you’ll want your pool placed and how big or deep your pool will be is something that most homeowners plan, but few have a think about what shape they want their pool to be or if it should be raised or ground level.
As Brisbane pool builders, we often recommend a rectangular, raised pool for sloping backyards. In addition to being fashionable, it also offers a number of distinct advantages.
Why choose a raised pool?
A raised pool is a pool that has its edge above ground level, extending downwards but to a lesser extent than a standard, ground level pool. It offers a number of unique advantages over standard pools that are well worth exploring.
The first thing you should know is that a raised pool operates and is maintained exactly as a ground level pool does and that you can add standard pool features to it with ease. The equipment needed to maintain it (pumps, filters and chemicals) are also identical.
This type of Pool Construction can be a more cost effective way to build where site access is very limited, as less soil needs to be excavated and removed. The tradeoff is that Form Working will need to be done to form the external walls of the Pool.
A second major advantage is that this type of pool construction can also minimise your need for Pool Fencing. If the finished height of the Pool is a minimum of 1200 mm above natural ground, this is then deemed to be acting as a part of the Pool Fence. It can be a great way to create a link to an existing Alfresco or Patio, without having to look through a Pool Fence.
Choosing your shape
A classic rectangular shaped pool is a perfect choice, as it’s easy to cover and fence and works well with most garden landscape designs. It is also ideally placed when you’re creating an adjacent outdoor entertainment area near the pool. It’s great in modern homes and properties, making it a perfect fit for Brisbane homeowners.
Having a pool is a beautiful addition to any backyard, but it can look a bit barren without anything around it. Many of our clients have been asking us what they can do about this, and we always recommend that the best option is to beautify your pool area with landscaping – in other words, with plants. Here’s what you need to know about the pool landscaping process.
Why landscape your pool?
There are many great benefits to adding plants to your pool area. The right arrangement or collection can enhance your privacy and also provide you with much needed shade and wind protection. When it comes to how your pool looks, your choice of plants could transform your pool into a tropical oasis or a rainforest basin.
Picking the best plants
The type of plants you’ll be able to use will depend firstly on whether your pool is saltwater or chlorinated pool. Saltwater can actually poison and kill species that are sensitive to salt levels, such as lilies, ivy, honeysuckle and primrose. A good choice here would be to choose plants with leaves that have a waxy, silver or furry appearance such as bromeliads, cycads, palms and hibiscus.
If your pool is chlorinated, you’ll need to choose plants that can withstand contact with chlorine such as those with less permeable and tough leaves. Ornamental grasses are a great choice here, as are palms and climbing flowers and shrubs.
The last thing you want is for your pool plants to create even more work for you or to alter your property foundation due to root activity. To avoid this, choose plants that require little to no maintenance, are very drought tolerant and that don’t require much pruning. Choosing a deciduous plant will mean you’ll spend months every year sifting plants out of your pool and extracting them from your cleaner and pump. You will also want to check and see how deep and wide the roots of your chosen plants go, as certain root systems can actually creep underneath your pool and cause damage to your pool wall and foundation.
It might take a little planning and preparation to pick the right selection of plants, but you’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying a beautiful, easy pool area all year around.
Imagine that overnight your sparkling-blue Brisbane swimming pool you just had installed turns green and unsightly. What could explain this sudden change? There is a culprit lurking everywhere, silent and ready to green your blue pool in no time – a seemingly harmless single-cell organism called algae.
Algae is not harmful to human beings even though the sight of it in swimming pools can be off-putting. There are various types of algae – green algae, mustard algae and the infamous black algae. Algae lives cosily in a swimming pool that is not set at the right pH level and can multiply seemingly overnight, affecting the look and quality of your pool water.
Although Algae in itself is not harmful, it can lead to other infectious organisms such as the potentially deadly disease E. coli. For this reason, it is essential you prevent and destroy all algae in your Brisbane swimming pool.
As the saying goes about prevention and cure, it is important to test your pool’s pH levels regularly so that it is maintained at a level of between 7.2 and 7.6. This is the perfect level that will prevent algae from breeding.
If you do find algae on the sides of your swimming pool or on the floor, give it a good scrubbing and disseminate the algae from its comfy living space. Or course, the scrubbing will not kill it, but will only displace it. Eventually it will settle, but won’t have a strong enough grip, yet.
At this point, preferably the next day, you should vacuum the Pool with the Filter set on waste. Now that the displaced algae will have settled, it is still not strongly attached to the sides and bottom of your pool, which will make it easier for you to suck up all the algae until most of it is gone.
Now it’s time for the chemicals to kill off any remaining algae and other unwanted organisms. Use an algaecide and leave it on filter overnight. This will kill off any of the algae that still wants to breed and continue to make your swimming pool a nightmare.
Leaving the pump on, you can also add a clarifier to ensure that your swimming pool remains sparkling clean. The blue will return and you will be swimming soon enough without that nasty, slippery algae in the way.
Now that you have the tips on hand, be sure to test your pH levels regularly. This is your number one defence against an infestation of algae in your swimming pool.
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So you’ve decided you would like a Pool, however where & how to start on your project, can be a confusing and frustrating time. Cold calling Pool Builders, setting up site meetings (hoping that the appointments are kept), absorbing the myriad of information, options & ideas from the various local pool builders, and then trying to make sense of the quotes with their different allowances and inclusions. Not to mention the vast array and options with pool equipment!!
However the process of obtaining an accurate quote doesn’t have to be difficult and can be achieved with a few simple steps. You will notice that most of these steps involve some time and thought from yourself, who better to make sure you get what you want!
STEP 1 – PLANS
As it is very difficult to see what is hidden under ground, having some plans of the house & site are extremely helpful to ascertain where a Pool may or may not be built. These can be obtained by contacting your local council and also “Dial before you Dig”. While “Dial before you Dig” will mainly show where council infrastructure is entering your property, it is a free service and can be very helpful. Your local council will charge for any plans, but at some point those plans will need to be purchased, so you may as well begin your project with the right information.
Below are some of the plans that will be needed –
STEP 2 – Pool Position & Design
Before getting any Brisbane Pool Builder to quote, give some time and thought into the points below. A great idea is to go to your local hardware and buy a tape & some line marking paint, then start marking out the areas in your yard where you would ideally like to place your pool.
If you have absolutely no idea of what you want to achieve, then maybe contacting a Landscape Designer or Architect would be a better place to start.
The idea of a “Free Quote” is great, but you should really have a basic design to achieve this. Designing takes time, and if someone is not getting paid for their time, then maybe the best design and result is not achieved.
Key Points –
STEP 3 – BUDGET
This is always a hard subject to broach between owners and builders, however it is one of the most vital. From a consumer’s point of view you are wanting to get as much as possible for as little as possible (human nature??). From the builders side, his company flourishes on providing you with value for money, and meeting your expectations.
No matter what your scope of works is for the builder, whether it is only the pool itself, or includes additional paving, pool fencing, boundary fencing etc, it is important for the pool builder to know the financial boundaries he is to work within.
STEP 4 – SITE MEETING & QUOTE
Now it is time to arrange your site meetings with the pool builder. Allow up to an hour for each meeting, as there will be plenty of questions (from both parties) to be answered.
Within the quote itself, look carefully at any “Allowances” that are included, as these can and will influence not only the overall costs, but also the finished quality of your pool.
Example of Allowances –
|This is mainly associated with the excavation of the pool, and with all earthmoving contractors charging the same hourly rates, beware of the lowest allowance, as sometimes it will not be realistic.|
|These are items like coping, pavers and tiles. There is a huge difference in quality of materials when you compare a coping P.C of $35 to one of $55 per lineal meter. On an average pool you might save $500, but is the trade-off for what may be an inferior finish worth it??|
Lastly, once you have received your quotes and compared them, it is always good to have a second site meeting with at least two of the builders you would prefer to work with. At this meeting any “grey areas” or alterations can be discussed further, with all parties going in the same direction with the same expectations.
Whether you’re starting your block from scratch, or already in an existing house, one of the biggest decisions you’ll face, after deciding on a new swimming pool, is where to put it.
I meet with new clients daily and there are so many things to consider. From privacy, sunlight and accessibility to existing trees or things like sheds, it can seem overwhelming. The good news is though, there are many many options to make your family pool the oasis you’ve dreamed of.
Here is some advice to take help you choose your pool’s position.
Take a look at what you’re working with. Where does the sun rise and fall? If you’ve got plenty of natural light chances are you’ll get more when you sell, and save on your power and heating bills, and pool will be that much more enticing if you sell down the track. Just like any outdoor area, north facing pools are generally more appealing.
I recommend looking below before you choose your shape. Check sloping land. Not a lot of blocks in Queensland are flat blocks these day. A sloping block does work though because with the right landscape and layout you can use the slope to your advantage.
Also contact your local council for any plumbing and sewage plans, especially if you’re renovating and adding a swimming pool to an older property. You want to know where your pipes are. And if you can, take note of underground rocks and roots.
What is underground can help determine if a cascading infinity pool, a tropical oasis or lap pool is going to work for you. Add to that too whether an in-ground or partial in-ground pool solution is right for the aesthetics and environment and the decision becomes easier.
Having a smaller space isn’t a problem, but it is important to consider that if the pool is close to your house, you want to make sure you’ve got room to move and laze around but still have a seamless connection.
If you’ve got more room, you’ve got more options. Either way, a small or larger pool set-up can be equally appealing. It’s about what suits your family, your lifestyle and your block.
I’ve always said at Eco Pools, we haven’t found a pool we couldn’t place, or a swimming dream we couldn’t make happen so hit us up for a site visit. Many happy customers have used us as their pool builders. We can help look at options that work for you. Also, check out our gallery and see the pool and landscaping solutions we have done for all different blocks.Read More
Step 1: Excavation –The digging begins
Step 2: Steel, Internal plumbing & concrete – The concrete pool will need to cure for 28 days & engineers recommend keeping pool shell damp for 14 days
Step 3: Fencing requirements & measurements – Who’s going to build your fence?
Step 4: External plumbing & solar installation can take place during the 28 days the concrete is curing
Step 5: Installation of power – Your Electrician can now install power points, pool lights & earth wire
Step 6: Coping & tiling – Can start after 28 day curing process is complete
Step 7: Installation & Certification of fence – Resuscitation sign must be attached to fence
Step 8: Cleaning of pool shell – Pool can be internally finished at this point
Step 9: Pool to be acid washed & filled with water within a 48-hour period
Step 10: Pool is finished
There are a lot of steps required to get a pool built. You can trust the team at Eco Pools (https://www.ecopools.com.au/) to get it right. We have been Brisbane swimming pool builders for many years and have a great track record.Read More