Australia's top landscape designs have been named at the 2017 AILDM National Landscape Design Awards. The winning entries were announced on 26 August at the National Art School in Sydney.
Sculpted from a durable, UV-resistant material, the Pentair MagicBowl Water Effects with FireFX LED lights is an attractive addition to a poolscape. During the day it is a water feature and at night it resembles a flowing bowl of fire.
Liaising with a designer in the early stages of a project ensures time and energy are used most effectively by everyone. It is worth developing a relationship with a few designers you can call on for ideas and inspiration. Different designers will have varying approaches to a job and will offer a variety of services.
If you're choosing which material to use for a pool surround, your first thoughts are probably options that have been on the market for years. However, while materials like travertine are popular, they don't drain water very efficiently, which can lead to slip hazards. If safety is one of your top design considerations, then permeable paving should be on your list.
With council laws across the nation requiring property owners to have pool fences, the balance between legal compliance and great landscape design is becoming increasingly difficult to strike. And it's important to get it right. After all, our clients can potentially lose thousands of dollars in property value if they install a pool fence that detracts from their outdoor aesthetic.
Marsupial Landscape Management noticed it had become impossible to prove to customers that staff had turned up to their site. The company sought out Fleetmatics GPS vehicle tracking to support its claims and help eliminate disputes.
I think of AV holistically — as a way to further blend the indoor and the outdoor and create exterior rooms. Providing sound, television and even video projection to the mix prompts us to consider what happens when someone moves through the landscape and how they intend to use their aquatic spaces.
Pool design is currently going through a renaissance as pool owners look for a more refined, simple design. The days of flashy glass windows and swim-up bars are behind us.
Futurewood's EnviroSlat Cladding Boards can be used for decorating as well as weatherproofing, both for interior and exterior applications. They require very little maintenance compared to timber and are made from environmentally friendly material which won't rot, cup or crack.
We, as landscape architects, are adapting our skills in the design of public parks to include innovative and robust ways to include water, and we need to team with other specialist aquatic experts to help us deliver the public parks and playgrounds of the future.
Hutchinson Builders were given some free rein to find the right solution for pool decking at the boutique Jade apartments in Albion, Brisbane. FutureWood was chosen as the right company for the job, and met the brief using a solid CleverDeck 138 x 23 mm decking board in Saltbush colour.
Elmich SpiraPave pedestals are engineered to provide a cost-effective solution to support raised pavers and timber decking. They provide a cavity for services to be concealed, improve heat and sound insulation and facilitate rapid surface drainage while allowing services to remain accessible.
A lack of plant knowledge needn't stop you from creating a stunning poolscape for your client, rather than focusing just on the pool. Engaging a specialist to take care of the horticultural side of things means you can deliver a complete solution for your client's backyard.