If you’re about to add a pool to your yard or garden, you’ll soon find that it’s a bit more complicated than picking out a rectangular shape and digging in. There are lots to think about if you’re going to make your pool a show-stopping central feature of your home rather than, well, a rectangular pit with water in. We spoke to the experts at Ecozen to find out their top five tips to get you started. For more, visit ecozen.com.au
- Plan to build the pool in a part of your garden that won’t section off a whole portion of the yard. It should flow with the home with matching levels, materials and features.
- If you have a smaller area, build the sides of the pool against your boundary so that you can use the boundary as part of the sides and/or fence. You don’t need to be able to get into the pool from all sides – you really only need one or two sides open to access.
- Everyone will congregate in the area where you can sit or recline in the water, so take extra care here and make the effort with steps and swim-up bench areas. If you’re including a spa or a set of steps, build them within the pool itself, or partly in the water.
- You should also situate the pool somewhere where it’s visible from the main living areas of the house so that you can always keep an eye on the children and also look out on it as a feature. Design and build with the kids in mind – when they’re grown up they’ll bring the grandkids and if you sell, your home will appeal to families.
- When people get into and get out of the pool they are usually coming from the house, so place the pool fence gates and steps in a line that leads towards the house door.
Extra Tip: Short on space? If you have a smaller yard, lap pools are ideal. The design also conveniently blends modern design with leisure and fitness.
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