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Lifestyle Solutions centre – Landscaping and Outdoor entertaining areas, Bundaberg

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It’s  great new innovation right here in Bundaberg at the Lifestyle Solutions Centre 78 Mt Perry Road, North Bundaberg.

You can see great landscaping ideas, artificial rock waterfalls, composite timber decking, Giant 5.5m Shade umbrellas, Aluminium slatted screens, Lifestyle Spas, synthetic turf putting tees,  rugged looking Slab Furniture… and  the list goes on.

synthetic turf

synthetic turf in Bundaberg

There is so much you can see here all under the one roof… In fact if your business has products or services sought after by discerning clients you could well benefit from positioning your business in the large display area available to a select group of innovative businesses that share a passion for delivering to a market that appreciates quality and innovation.

Share in targeted marketing strategies to minimise your investment while targeting the market where you product is highly sought after by genuine buyers. Cross marketing is  huge plus for partners in the centre, where everyone can benefit the moment anyone walks into the centre.Image

A multitude of online strategies in various levels of participation are there for you to select to give you the right exposure four you situation. Call 4155 5500 and speak with Kellie,Tatia or Catherine  to arrange an appointment for an obligation free personal guided tour of the centre’s opportunities and talk with existing partners, where over 30 qualified leads provide Barefoot floors with great opportunities for work in their business.

SO whether you are building a swimming pool, water feature or landscaping the entire property or just adding on outdoor entreating area, its all here under the one roof at http://lifestylesolutionscentre.com.

Look forward to seeing you here very soon..

Peter Moller

Managing Director

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synthetic Turf for landscapes in Bundaberg

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Synthetic turf is fast becoming popular with residents in Bundaberg. Often choosing to use synthetic turf in shady areas, areas where normal turf just wont handle the traffic, or tired of mowing the lawn every week or two. Then your … Continue reading

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Architects of your lifestyle

SO much going on at “Lifestyle solutions centre” in recent times to enhance the experience clients receive when they visit the Lifestyle Solutions Centre. Only last week  on site cooking demonstrations with “Woodfire Ovens” were planned on a  soon to … Continue reading

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Top 5 Rules for Professional Looking landscaping in Bundaberg

Top  5 Rules for Professional Looking landscaping in Bundaberg Planning a new  landscape or adding an outdoor space to the  design or style of your home its important to make the theme flow from inside to outside. These are to … Continue reading

LED pool and landscape Lighting, Bundaberg

Led lighting has changed the way we look at pool and landscape lighting. So many reasons to choose LED when you consider the energy efficiency often using 90 % less energy to operate, quality lenses’ life expectancy of 15-20 years, and when being low voltage makes their use far simpler for easy installation.

Another great advantage of LED lighting is operating with very little heat, great to use around all the family, pets and wildlife all make good sense. Often overlooked is the fact LED’s do not emit UV light  ever annoying insects are not attracted to light fittings .

LED’s are available in white, warm white, blue green, cyan, amber and red to cover most lighting requirements, lenses are also waterproof for use in many applications. LED’s can also be wired to 12/ 24 volt Battery systems, even Solar panels or mains power through transformers.

Just to summarise, there are so many ways LED’s can be used in a wide range of situations and the energy efficiency provides long term savings to reward your investment. There are also range of positive sealing jointing systems that provide positive and waterproof long term connections, remote controls and touch pad controls provide a complete & efficient lighting solution.

So when you are designing your next project remember the advantages of LED lighting in your project.

by Peter Moller, Lifestyle Solutions Centre, 78 Mt Perry Road, Nth Bundaberg. http://www.lifestylesolutions.net.au

Retaining walls, Lifestyle Landscaping Bundaberg

Build a retaining wall by Lifestyle Landscaping Bundaberg

When constructing a retaining wall there are a number of factors you need to take into account when choosing the right retaining wall for your situation.

1.    what is the likely load to be placed on  the wall from the retained material

2.    Is there a continual seeping of water from the bottom of the wall

3.   what is the catchment area for surface water likely to effect the wall.

4.   How solid is the ground where the wall is to be constructed …. does it need to be excavated and stabilised.

There are many more questions you need to ask for specific situations that require unique solutions, however answering these questions will allow you to choose the most appropriate retaining wall for the situation. There is one simple rule in constructing a retaining wall and if you follow this rule many of your headaches will be avoided.

NEVER allow water to wash over the retaining wall… water must always be drained away to prevent washing over the wall.

If you were to ask what is the single most important factor that effects the long term stability of a retaining what would it be…

Simply  DRAINAGEprovide good drainage and you are well on your way to building a retaining wall that be serve you for years.

Chosing the right type of retaining wall… most often used in and around Bundaberg

1/     CCA treated sleepers/logs

2/    Concrete link block , both vertical stacking and offset blocks

3/   Boulder rock walls.

4/  Concrete block retaining wall with engineered foundations…  often rendered and painted.

CCA treated sleeper or Log walls. _ you must seek independent engineering advise before constructing a wall using this method.. this information is generic in terms.

General specifications are available for constructing walls up to 1m high. With CCA treated timber walls your posts would best be 200 x 75 CCA treated hardwood and as a rule of thumb will be the same depth in the ground as out of the ground with hole diameter of 400mm. Post spacing will vary according the wall height and width of timbers…. often we use 200 x 50  x 3.0m  for rails with posts at 1.5m centres in walls up to 1.0m high. When placing a fence on top of this wall you will need to obtain independent advise as to the necessary modifications to sustain the loads imposed.

When posts are concreted into place leave dry for the day then fix the horizontal timbers with 12mm galvanised  cup head bolts with nuts and washers…must be hot dip galvanised.  All fixing points top and bottom must be fixed with these bolts and all intermediate points fixed with galvanised batton screws to keep the timber in place while under construction.

Ok, so now your posts and rails are in place, you will need to fix geofabric filter cloth to the back of the wall and another layer to be placed from the base of the wall return to the face of the cut , and up the front of the cut . Then allow sufficient cloth to easily return back to the wall.  Filter gravel must be placed 200-300mm wide behind the wall  to the full height of the wall , less say 100mm, then, fold the excess filter cloth over the top of the gravel and back to the wall to prevent later siltation into the drainage layer. This will retain the filter layer in a free flowing condition and prevent excess load being placed on the wall. In some situations a 100mm layer of clay based material is placed on top of the cloth to prevent any possible penetration into the drainage layer as run off. This run off is to be shaped into a spoon drain and directed away from the wall face. Follow these procedures and you will have a long term solution for your retaining wall challenge. Please call the Lifestyle Solutions Centre on 4155 5500 for personal advise for your situation.

Concrete link block , both vertical stacking and offset blocks.

GB masonry Link block terrace wall

GB masonry block wall by Lifestyle Landscaping Bundaberg

Link block walls are becoming very popular with a wide range of colours, styles and finishes. Boral, Hansen, GB Masonary and Bundy Blocks to name a few have a range of blocks that all can be used for situations generally up to 1.2m and beyond with specific advise from the manufacturers. They are simple to lay and while most advise a simple compacted crusher dust or road base base is all that’s required, we recommend pouring a concrete footing (depending on the height of the wall) say 100mm thick  x 400mm wide. This will also avoid the potential for  unstable ground under the wall being an issue. This is often caused by trenches crossing the yard from stormwater, sewer or electrical. Once the base is poured, use a laser level to establish the heights and bed the base course into the moist bed of concrete. Using a 300mm long spirit level ensure the  block is level in both planes. Should you not achieve this the result will cause the wall to till as the error is magnified as you rise further up the wall. In some situations the core of the wall is filled with filter gravel as well as behind the wall. Geofabric filter cloth is to be placed from the base of the wall return to the face of the cut , and up the front of the cut . Then allow sufficient cloth to easily return back to the wall. Filter gravel must be placed 200-300mm wide behind the wall the full height of the wall , less say 100mm, then, fold the excess filter cloth over the top of the gravel and back to the wall to prevent later siltation into the drainage layer. This will retain the filter layer in a free flowing condition and prevent excess load being placed on the wall. In some situations a 100mm layer of clay based material is placed on top of the cloth to prevent any possible penetration into the drainage layer as run off. This run off is to be shaped into a spoon drain and directed away from the wall face. Follow these procedures and you will have a long term solution for your retaining wall challenge. Please call the Lifestyle Solutions Centre on 4155 5500 for personal advise for your situation.

Link block retaining wall by Lifestyle Landscaping Bundaberg

Link block retaining wall by Lifestyle Landscaping Bundaberg

Boulder rock landscaping wall.

Using natural rock boulders allows for a softer effect allowing plants to be placed in the voids between the rocks. Start building the wall by ensuring a spoon drain is shaped around the top of the wall to prevent erosion caused by water washing over the wall. Stagger the placement of rocks to avoid rocks being placed directly on top of the other rock… in effect using smaller rocks in the voids fills these voids and makes for a more solid wall. Walls need to be laid back at a slight angle to avoid the wall toppling over and soil settles. Often topsoil is placed to bed the rocks and as a medium for later planting… SPECIAL TIP.. use a ladder to plant the plants… call us to explain how easy this is to build a rock wall in your back yard…. some link blocks require capping tiles to finish the top of the wall, so watch out for that and others are best laid straight.

Boulder rock wall by Lifestyle Landscaping Bundaberg

Boulder rock wall by Lifestyle Landscaping Bundaberg

Concrete block retaining wall with engineered foundations…  often rendered and painted.

Block wall requires drainage behind the wall

Block wall requires drainage behind the wall

Block retaining walls require specific engineering and is critical to be certain this is followed to avoid later cracks and ultimate failure. Soil tests are required to allow the engineering to be designed to the specific soil type, so this is obviously the most expensive method of construction. Often block walls are chosen to suit the building type and because the wall can be constructed vertically. Sometimes the footings can cause an issue and the toe of the footing can extend 1m or more depending on the wall height. The same procedures must be followed for placement of drainage gravel.

Call the team at the Lifestyle Solutions Centre on 4155 5500 for personal advise for your situation.

bought to you by Lifestyle Landscaping Solutions, 78 Mt Perry Road and written by Peter Moller

Lifestyle Solutions centre Bundaberg…new display

Recently opened in Bundaberg the “Lifestyle Solutions Centre” to showcase the services and products available when you are looking for something special, something different and definately all quality. For years people in and around bundaberg have travelled to the big city to locate these type of products. This is no longer necessary as you will see in the coming weeks and months we will focus each week on a different topic to clearly explain why using the products from the suppliers to the Lifestyle Solution centre will enhance any project. Projects from landscaping, waterfeatures, automatic irrigation systems, select pavers, feature stone and tiles, infloor pool cleaning systems from Polaris, LED lighting for both pool and landscaping, sealing products for pavers, tiles, grouts, granite, sandstone, tiles, Glass & aluminium & even timber and bamboo pool fencing. Compositive and regaulr timber decking, artifical turf, correct plant selection, landscape maintenance, link block, sleeper and stone Retaining walls, creative step designs…there is so much to include. with over 35 year experience its difficult to include everything we have experienced. Give me your requests for topics you’d like to be explained and we’ll include those in blogs in the coming weeks.