A watertight solution
This new build private residence in Indooroopilly, a Brisbane suburb, consisted of nearly 1200 m2 of construction including a pool, spa and water feature. Skilled designer Owen Rentoul helped in the creation of the project design and Tim Stewart Architects was engaged to assist with the project drawings. 1200 x 600 mm large-format marble from SNB Stone and 40 x 40 mm glass mosaics from Trend Mosaics, which were new to Australia, were used on the pool, spa and water feature. The installation of these tiles required above-average application technique. With the award-winning skills of Sam Gardener Tiling and LATICRETE solutions, the completed project delivered exceptional quality and ease of mind for the home owner.
Gardener faced a few challenges throughout the installation of the pool, spa and water feature. The position of the pool was a big challenge as it was located on the second level above the main bedroom, so ensuring it was watertight was of the utmost importance. Perspex was used at one end of the pool and in the spa. The challenge was to find a product to seal against a non-porous surface.
Lastly, there was the issue of making the air blowholes in the spa waterproofed. This was discussed and then addressed by chiselling out a channel, then waterproofing below the PVC pipe to situate the air being used through the seat above the membrane for movement and water.
After attending a specialised Profit Through Knowledge industry training day at LATICRETE, Gardener locked in LATICRETE tiling solutions. These proved to be beneficial to the project, visually and technically, and are guaranteed to perform for years to come.
Gardener had to ensure the air blowholes in the spa were watertight, so he used a HYDRO BAN waterproofing membrane to ensure this.
For the project, Gardener selected a full LATICRETE installation system; 226 Thick Bed Mortar and 3701 Mortar Admix was used for the render and bedding for the substrate preparation. 211 Crete Filler Powder and 4237 Latex Additive was used for the bond coat in the pool. HYDRO BAN was used for waterproofing all the areas. Gardener had selected 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive White, knowing it was suitable for immersion and would give the partly translucent glass tile a more even, consistent look.
LATAPOXY 310 Stone Adhesive was used to bond the 1200 x 600 mm marble slab, nominally 50 kg/m2, to the protruding face the of the pool. Gardener was impressed with the result, which was a flat finish, and was reassured knowing it will hold. SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout and LATASIL was used to finish it all off.
“The Profit Through Knowledge training seminar I attended with Fred Gray and Mitchell Haw answered many questions that I had. This helped in my decision to choose LATICRETE and also gave me the idea of using marble in the submerged part of the pool and spa,” Gardener said.
Both Gardener and the home owner were happy with the end result of the project. Gardener said that without the confidence in the application products and the knowledge of the LATICRETE technical team, it could have been a far different outcome.
“There are no leaks, and I sleep easy with the product warranty that comes when using LATICRETE. I would like to thank Mitchell Haw for his involvement throughout the project and for introducing my team to LATICRETE,” Gardener said.
“Sam’s drive for perfection consumed him on this project. We had many conversations about the pool finishes and it always came back to using LATICRETE products so he could turn it into something truly spectacular. He is a true craftsman and deserves the accolades for his effort,” the home owner said of Gardener’s work.
Gardener did indeed receive accolades for his work, with the Master Builders Association naming him the 2017 Residential Trade Contractor of the Year in both Brisbane and Queensland.
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