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The pool area with a 'homemade' water feature

Here’s what 5 of the top pool experts in Australia have to say about the key considerations when it comes to building a new swimming pool.

Pool experts share their tips

pool experts
Bluestone Crazy Paving borders the pool of this contemporary Californian bungalow

1. Do Your Homework

“When planning a pool, it’s important to do your homework. The general life of a pool is 20-plus years so make sure your final finishes and products will perform well for that time. Sometimes it may mean spending a little more upfront, but it’s worth it and cheaper in the long run,” says Greg Fell from Aloha Pools in VIC.

2. Get Inspired

John Storch, from A Total Concept Landscape Architects in NSW advises: “Pool design is so diverse, take some time to look through books and magazines to find examples that work with both your lifestyle and design aesthetic. Keep copies of all the styles you like and clever ideas you would like to incorporate to discuss with your designer.”

The striking limestone of Dauville Project Stone is used here in the pool surrounds

3. Enjoy the Views

“Make sure the pool is visible from a key point in the house, such as the kitchen. This allows for easy supervision and peace of mind without disrupting your day as well,” reckons Will Marcus, of Argo Projects QLD.

Eco Outdoor Ravello travertine used as pool coping in a residential swimming pool application
Timber pool coping along with Ravello Travertine is used in this residential pool application

4. Make the Pool the Centre of Attention

“If you’re building your house and landscape from scratch, wrap your home around the pool. It creates a soothing-yet-spectacular centrepiece for your home and perfectly integrates the exterior landscape with the building’s architecture,” says Sarah Martin, Urban Oasis SA.

5. Think Beyond the Pool

Jamie Gough of J&S Creative Pools and Landscapes in WA explains: “When planning, make sure you consider your lifestyle and how you like to use your outside space and design a pool that complements these requirements. If you have young children that love playing on the lawn, replacing this with pool decking may not be the best use of space.”
Leading image: The pool area with a ‘homemade’ water feature and a Badger dry stone wall.

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