Every year for the last decade or more, an average of 30 Australian children have drowned. What’s more, swimming pools make up the most substantial proportion of drowning-related incidents. With these sobering statistics in mind, it’s essential to always factor your children and pets’ safety into your pool design. Their danger sensors are not as refined as yours.
Pools can be a fun place to enjoy family time, but they can also be deadly. Take note of these design ideas, and consult your local landscaping expert for more.
Invest in Fencing
When you start looking at your pool design options, you might think that fencing is going to ruin your property’s appeal. Not all swimming pool fencing is the most attractive, but it’s a life-saving measure and a legal requirement. What’s more, some beautiful frameless glass options minimise the interruption on your landscape.
Before you install full fencing around your pool, find out your legal requirements. Any pool design expert should know them, but it doesn’t hurt to be aware of them yourself. Most states require pool barriers up to 1200mm tall, with a 1500mm self-closing and self-latching gate.
Try Splash Decks
If you want your children and pets to enjoy the water with you, then make sure they feel comfortable by providing a shallow area to splash in. A splash deck could fit this bill. A splash deck is a shallow part of the pool that lets you sit at the edge and dangle your feet. It’s also an excellent starting point for children and pets with full supervision.
Those who find themselves with sloped and hilly sections will probably be in no hurry to undertake landscaping. Instead, they’ll be glaring at their neighbours with envy, wondering why their yard looks so dramatically different.
Dealing with elevated sections, slopes, and hills are no easy tasks. It can take even the most experienced landscaping expert a lot of pencil-chewing to work out the best approach for managing them. If you’re in the same boat, then read on. Here are a few of the many things you can do when your property’s elevation or terrain is against you.
Build a Retaining Wall
A retaining wall can solve many problems. It can strengthen your slope, add aesthetic appeal, and also allow you to plant in the various nooks and crannies surrounding it. A retaining wall can also help reduce the risk of mudslides and land erosion in heavy rainfall.
If one, solid wall is not going to work for your terrain, then why not give terraces a try? If you have several short walls at various levels, you can create a tiered back yard that adds plenty of appeal and value to your property. One level could be for entertaining, while the others could contain an eclectic mix of plant and hardscapes for ultimate appeal.
For years now, generations in fact, people have imagined living in a beautiful home that has a garden surrounded by a white picket fencing. To some it’s the epitome of the trappings of success. If you already have your home, and the white picket fence is still in your mind’s eye, then you may want to work out how you will go about getting one done.
Like anything that will cost you money, planning is the key. It prevents stress and usually prevents loss of money.
Survey of your boundary, that is exactly where it is, not going by existing fence and property lines, is important. Check your title and if necessary, if there is a slight doubt, then have the property surveyed. Another item on the ‘to do’ list is to chat with your neighbour about your plans for a fence. When it’s fence erection time, access will be needed to their property. Don’t assume that just because they are good neighbours that it will be okay.
Digging Holes and Permits
Digging holes? Check where the utility lines are – water, gas, power and communications. There is usually a sign, but if you are unsure, don’t risk it. The relevant companies are able to come out and mark exact locations for you. What are the local council rules about building a fence? Do you need a permit? Better to check and make sure that you have the right to go ahead. If you live on an estate, there might be some fencing rules regarding style and type. Check. Assumptions can cost money, so in all these aspects, do your planning and do the legwork so you can go ahead without worrying.
Not all patios have floors, but you might want to floor yours so it can be used more like a room. Without a floor the base of the structure will eventually get wet, no matter how dry your climate is. This means that the furniture or anything else sitting under the patio will also get wet from the ground up.
Chair and table legs made of timber will end up rotting, while cupboards will the ruined, especially if they are clad with MDF, which absorbs moisture and expands, then falls to pieces. So what kind of floor will you have for your patio? Much depends on how you want to use it. If it is just to park the car under, there is no real need for any floor.
But if you want to use it during rainy weather or put furniture in it, then a floor of some kind is advisable. Here are 7 suggestions for a patio floor.
Pool builders will tell you there are many different kinds of pools and different types of building materials for them. If you are considering adding a pool to your backyard it’s important to ensure it is suitable for your children and this will depend on their age. If your kids are still toddlers, they won’t get much use from a pool that is six feet deep.
You may think that installing a deep pool now will at least enable you to have a nice swim, but how many times can you get outside without those little ones toddling along after you? Mum in the deep pool while toddlers sit and watch is an unrealistic expectation. It is far better to have a small above ground wading pool for the little ones and you can sit in it with them while they have fun. It will be enough to cool you off on a hot day.