2017 pool trends — what's hot?

27 March, 2017 by Josh Harrison, Harrison's Landscaping, on behalf of LNA Master Landscapers Association | Supplied by: LNA Master Landscapers Association

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 EnviroSlat Cladding Boards

21 March, 2017 | Supplied by: Futurewood

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.

The future of the backyard pool

27 February, 2017 by David Hatherly, Vee Design, on behalf of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

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.

Clever decking system provides low-maintenance solution for boutique apartments

20 February, 2017 | Supplied by: Futurewood

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 height-adjustable support pedestal

08 February, 2017 | Supplied by: Elmich Australia Pty Ltd

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.

Why outsource to a horticulturalist?

30 January, 2017 by Lyndall Keating | Supplied by: Garden Society

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.

Elmich VersiWall GP modular vertical greening system

08 December, 2016 | Supplied by: Elmich Australia Pty Ltd

The Elmich VersiWall GP Tray Planter is an easy-to-install and low-maintenance modular vertical greening system with a choice of mounting, planting density and growth media options to suit different wall conditions.

Elmich VersiPave height-adjustable paver support pedestal

01 December, 2016 | Supplied by: Elmich Australia Pty Ltd

The Elmich VersiPave height-adjustable paver support pedestal provides a solution for raised pavers with inconsistent or uneven thickness.

From little things, big things grow: how landscape designers and pool builders can forge healthy relationships

30 November, 2016 by Alice Richard

For our eleventh Industry Roundtable, we spoke to some landscape design specialists (both designers and industry representatives) to get their take on what makes for a harmonious working relationship with a pool builder, and what a landscape designer can bring to the table.

AILDM Landscape Design Awards attract highest number of entries to date

17 October, 2016 by Alice Richard | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers

AILDM has named the industry's top performers at the Landscape Design Awards. Held in Melbourne for the first time in the event's history, the awards attracted attendees from Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

Backyard utopia

03 October, 2016 | Supplied by: Utopia Landscape Design

The timber deck was designed as a spillover area connected to the rear patio when entertaining larger groups and as a retreat area to allow the residents to enjoy the shade in the afternoon or a sunny spot in the early morning using the stone and timber bench seats.

An oft misused word

26 September, 2016 by Alison Aplin, Timandra Design & Landscaping, on behalf of Landscaping Victoria | Supplied by: Landscaping Victoria

One hears the word 'sustainable' bandied around a lot. But how many people really understand what the word means? I want to be a leader in bringing about change in how we address landscape design for both domestic and commercial sites.

Plant it safe

07 September, 2016 by Claudia Crawley | Supplied by: Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers

Everyone is aware of the importance of appropriate fencing and gates to prevent drowning accidents, but less thought and knowledge is given to pool-safe planting, especially in the non-climbable zone (NCZ). Claudia Crawley from AILDM helps to clear up the confusion.

Letter to the Editor: An open letter to Paul Toole, Minister for Local Government

15 August, 2016 by Peter Glass | Supplied by: Peter Glass & Associates

In 2013 the NSW Government made an unauthorised change to the building code with regard to pool fencing. Not only did this change contradict the Australian Standard and make NSW the only place in the world where this law applies, but it compromised Australia's stringent pool barrier laws by making existing compliant pool barriers much easier for children to climb.

Amber Tiles Urban Surface stone-look porcelain paver range

11 August, 2016 | Supplied by: Amber Tiles

The Urban Surface range from Amber Tiles comprises porcelain pavers made for outdoor use. Durable, stain resistant and easy to clean, porcelain pavers replicate the natural look of stone without the difficulties inherent in stone finishes.

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