Designing an idyllic recreation and entertaining setting around a pool can add value and deliver many lifestyle benefits. Yet the pool design itself is just one of several elements that need to be considered when planning an outdoor oasis. Fencing, paving, tiling and landscaping are all equally important and should not be tacked on as an afterthought.
Grey tones can provide a sleek and modern look for broader landscaping visions. The darker, neutral tones contrast with the earthy hues of timber decking or screening and the greens and blues of surrounding garden and pool areas. The finished look is visually interesting and allows the pavers to shine as a design feature in their own right.
I have just read Georgia Harper's article in the Sept/Oct 2015 edition of Pool+Spa, which contains advice on finding the right landscape designer.
Situated high on the hill of Palm Beach in Sydney, with 360° views over Pittwater and the Pacific Ocean, this 1930s house was once a jewel in the crown of the exclusive northern beaches suburb but had long ago lost its original lustre. Thankfully, through the vision and dedication of its new owners, the gem was saved from demolition and restored far beyond its former glory.
Just as a pool or spa is an asset to any home, finishing it off with a well-designed garden is what makes the job complete. While many pool builders have their own ideas about what makes the ideal outdoor space, some lack the design and horticultural expertise to take those ideas and adapt them to meet specific site, lifestyle and budget requirements.
Crave Stainless Designs supplies stainless steel water features, furniture and garden accessories. Crave's stainless frame (304 or 316 grade) and timber slatted or Future Wood tables are made from heavy-duty materials and come with an 8-year warranty on the Future Wood timber. The settings can be supplied to match customer decking or as frames only for the DIY enthusiast.
The days of a pool being a separate, stand-alone backyard feature are gone. Today's home owner demands a distinctive, integrated outdoor entertaining area that offers year-round usability and creates a link to existing elements of the home.
Creative Drain Solutions offers bespoke rangehood solutions that combine elegance with ease of maintenance. Presenting an aesthetically pleasing cover, behind the custom-designed rangehood is an industrial-powered exhaust fan that incorporates cut-outs for lighting and filter media.
The International Federation of Landscape Architects is calling for nominations for the 2016 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award. The international award recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture.
As California enters its fourth consecutive year of 'dry weather', focus is turning to swimming pools and their impact on the environment. Contrary to popular thinking, the California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA) is suggesting that a pool is a less water-intensive alternative to large irrigated lawns.
Let's face it: without lighting, even the most beautiful pool would not stand out at night. But even during the day, pools and spas in aquatic centres and water parks can look quite dull without good decorative and functional lighting.
Five lessons learnt as a landscape architect to the swimming pool and landscape construction industries14 July, 2014 by Shah Turner | Supplied by: Pitch Box
Pitch Box founder Shah Turner offers his thoughts on how the relationship between designers and contractors can be improved.