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Pool fencing

The next task was for the pool fencing to be erected. The pool can't be filled until a compliant pool fence is installed and it is certified by a building inspector.

We decided to have a glass semi-frameless fence alongside the pool, with the exception of a short length of black metal fence over the easement. It can easily be removed.  The side gate, which can't be seen from the house, is also black metal.

We also opted for two gates in the glass fence.  Nearest the house is one which has two functions - a route past the pool to the side gate and entrance to our yard, and importantly, the shortest route to the deepest part of the pool in case of an emergency.

The other is down the yard, leading to the shallow end of the pool and the grass.

The posts and glass were delivered a few working days ahead of the installation date.  Remember to mark a space where you'd like the very heavy sheets of glass put - against a solid fence or wall, on even ground.  We didn't specify …

Poolside seat

To maximise garden space, we positioned the pool as close as we could to one property boundary, leaving a narrow garden bed along the fence. The pool is positioned 'square' to the house, and the house isn't parallel to the fence, so the garden bed gets narrow as you walk away from the house.

Our original plans were for bamboo, but Ned of DesertScapes by Design advised that the bed wasn't wide enough, and that when stressed, bamboo drops a lot of debris. That's the last thing you need right beside a pool.

Our revised plan was to put a painted treated pine sleeper as garden edging and to plant something else. Then I had the revelation of a seat the length of the pool.

The trouble with a seat against a boundary fence is the pool regulations and whether it might be a platform that aids a child to climb down from the fence.  We telephoned the building surveyor and were given the all-clear. We had to remain outside the regulatory 900 mm non-climbable zone (what the stand…

Synthetic turf

As the paving was finishing, Ned Bailey of DesertScapes by Design commenced laying synthetic turf at the end of the pool, and working on a bench seat the length of the pool.

The turf area will be a place where we can sit beside the pool. For us it is the furthest point of the garden from the house - over a wide sewerage easement that we couldn't otherwise use for the pool itself.

Synthetic turf is laid on a bed of compacted crushed rock, much like paving, so it requires the whole lawn area to be boxed out. Crushed rock is then bought in and compacted. The turf is laid across it and the joins glued. Clean sand is spread across it to weigh it down and to assist with holding the grass fibres upright.
The sand is brushed and washed into the turf. Gentle brushing of the fibres lifts them upright - we'll need to do that periodically.

The turf itself is about $50 per square metre, plus labour and materials (crushed rock, sand, edging).

We're planning to put an outdoor shower in t…

Bluestone poolside coping and paving

In our earlier meetings with Ned of DesertScapes by Design, he made recommendations for materials and finishes. That included bluestone paving as a pool surround, and drop face coping. An advantage of drop face coping is that when you are in the pool, looking at the underside of the coping, you can't see the thick bedding layer the coping is sitting on.  It also makes the coping look much thicker.

In fact, with anything to do with pools, also consider what it will look like from underneath - your head is below ground level when in a pool and you'll see things from a very different angle.

Our original budget didn't extend to bluestone and drop face coping - but we were convinced and we pruned back our plans elsewhere so as to get the best finish we could.

We were also advised by multiple people to ensure you use the same paving company for the coping and the pool surrounds. This is because if there is a crack between the coping and surrounding paving, and you've used tw…

Conduit and draw strings

With the in-ground plumbing completed, the pool equipment about to be installed and preparations about to commence for the artificial turf at the end of the pool, I decided to install conduits and draw strings across the landscaped area.  Our landscaper, Ned Bailey of DesertScapes by Design, had recommended it.
I had several lengths of 75mm PVC pipe, left over from when I dismantled a home water tank set up by the previous owner of our house. A trip to Masters was needed to buy a few extra one metre lengths, fittings and glue, as well as some nylon rope to use as a draw string.

From the location of our pool equipment, where there will be multiple power outlets, I placed conduit to the nearest garden bed in three directions. This will make it easier to use for low voltage garden lights, without having to disturb the turf.

Nylon rope drawstrings can't just be pushed through the pipe - it will curl up. I tied the rope around an off-cut of bluestone paving, held one end of the pipe i…

Waterline tiles

The tilers started work on our waterline tiles yesterday. Their work was cut short when it rained in the early afternoon, so we're expecting them back next week if the weather clears a little.

We've chosen a dark blue waterline tile, and a white Quartzon finish with flecks of blue (called Santorini).  Part of the reason is the cost - the more colour in the Quartzon, then the higher the cost.

We looked at a lot of photos of the colour of pools, in manufacturer's brochures and on Pinterest. This included pools with the same tiles but the water still appearing to be very different shades of blue. This is because how a pool actually looks in your garden will depend on factors such as the pool surrounds and landscaping, cloud cover and shade.

On Monday the paving company will also start work.  A concrete slab will be laid around the pool, tied into the pool itself with starter bars.  A strip drain will be laid along the wall of the house too.  The pavers will then be laid on to…