This is an important question that we, as business owners or managers, need to know the answer to. Keeping statistical records per jobs and per trimester may help to cut costs and improve not only the margin, but also the reputation of the firm involved.
Looking to replace two skid-steer loaders after nearly a decade of constant use, a Victorian landscaping and construction contractor didn't need to look beyond the manufacturer of his first purchase.
This large family home had a spacious rear garden that was impractical and dysfunctional, with an oversized in-ground pool right in the centre that was never used or compliant. The family wanted a garden with maximised space for outdoor entertaining and activities while still incorporating a pool, but one that was practical and in proportion.
In search of a 'set and forget' water treatment system offering minimal maintenance, Queensland builder Nick Fowkes turned to Waterco's Hydroxypure sanitation system for his commercial-sized backyard pool.
An aesthetically pleasing and functional swimming pool and landscape can only be achieved by using the right people. It is vital that consumers employ an experienced professional to help them visualise and design a space that creates the lifestyle they dream of.
Pool+Spa editor Alice Richard spoke to Amanda Elboz, Principal Designer/Director at Space Landscape Designs.
Clients with sky-high expectations, an extensive brief and a difficult site meant that Steve Taylor of COS Design had his work cut out for him on this Port Philip Bay project. But his design firm nailed the brief and took out the prestigious Allan Correy Award for Design Excellence 2015 for its efforts. Taylor explains how the company went about creating this unique landscape.
Returning to an old project is like getting back in touch with an old friend. And that's exactly what happened when I was asked to incorporate a cabana into a space I designed more than 15 years ago.
When Abu Dhabi's Mushrif Central Park underwent a two-year makeover, the new design was intended to promote an active lifestyle to build a healthy society. In a city where 45° days are standard in summer, thinking outside the box was a must to get kids out of the air con and into the fresh air.
The view from a suburban backyard — which encompassed a commercial radio station, a surgery and a car park — was softened with a double-sided greenwall that improved the outlook for all parties.
Once you've got yourself a signed contract, from that time onward, everything you do will either make or break your chances of your clients offering a trust-loaded personal recommendation of your business to someone else in their network.
Attention, pool builders: would you arrange for an unlicensed plumber or electrician to work on a job you have put your name to? No chance. So why should it be any different for trade work when it comes to poolscaping?