Here's some online resources that might help you prepare for your renovation, landscaping or swimming pool construction. We spent a lot of time browsing renovation and swimming pool magazines and books, and visiting home shows and the swimming pool and spa shows. We suggest that you look around, browse forums and ask people that have been through the experience. We also found many helpful tradies and builders who were only too happy to help if politely asked.
Two great forums for information and how-to advice are:
Renovate Forum: http://www.renovateforum.com/
Homeone Forum: http://forum.homeone.com.au/
If you are considering a swimming pool or spa then take details of your house and its access, including measurements and photos, to the Swimming Pool and Spa Show. Find the senior person on each display and start chatting. Make sure you listen and as soon as the conversation is over, record some notes so you don't forget.
If you take your children to the show, be very careful. It is full of water-filled spas without any safety fences, and on our last visit we saw plenty of children climbing steps to look into them.
Swimming Pool and Spa Show: http://www.spasashow.com.au