This week work on our pool began. I’m told that if we built the house first, deeper footings would be necessary to accommodate the pool so close to the house. The down side is that the builders will have to work around the pool, and for that to happen safely, the pool will be covered by scaffolding. Tim Davies Landscaping (TDL) have designed the pool and its surrounds and have subcontracted Future Pools to actually construct it.
The bare facts about our future pool:
- 6.7 x 3.8 metres
- $45 650 (not including fencing or paving, includes TDL’s fee).
We went backwards and forwards with the concrete versus fibreglass decision. I’m not commenting on this debate because my findings on the subject were inconclusive. However, choosing a fibreglass pool of this size could have saved us $14000. In the end, we went with our “gut feeling”, influenced in part by the historical superiority of concrete pools and the wisdom of my Uncle, who’s occupation is servicing pools.
The basics are organised by TDL:
- Pool construction and finishing.
- Tiled deck.
- Gates and fencing – a mix of glass, aluminium “slats” and modutech screen. (The latter may be replaced at a later date by a “pool/sauna house”.
- Screen for the pool equipment.
We will need to organise:
- Pool blanket and somewhere to keep it when not in use.
- Heating (solar).
- Cleaning and maintenance.
I shall be leaving the finer details of that to he-who-wants-the-pool, however any pool dwellers out there with advice, you know I’m all ears… And while I’m at it, my favourite-neighbour-ever is moving to Perth (yippee!) and is in the market for a new pool. W.A. readers with recommendations for pool installers, please do leave a comment.
And just because I love to daydream about House By The Water, I made a pool mood board.
- Tiles: Marazzi “block” for outdoors in Grey and Silver.
- Finish: Duraquartz in “sky blue” (TBC).
- Trees: Pleached Lilly Pilly trees (or pears/olives/evergreen ash?) and a feature Frangipani.
- Outdoor lounge: Lujo sun lounge.
- House render: Dulux Grey Pebble (shown as background colour).
It’s looking good, if I may say so myself!