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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

Salt water Swimming Pools pro’s and cons

Choose the right Pool Sanatiser for your Swimming pool

Lets clear up one thing right from the start… Salt water pool does actually create its own chlorine to sanatise your pool.. The advantage for the pool owner is the pool doesn’t actually required added chlorine (in most situations), and less irritation for people who are sensitive to the added chemicals. Salt water tends to be much softer than chlorinated water, so it’s much more pleasurable to swim in, and is much less harsh on your skin. In addition, a salt water pool usually has a much lower concentration of chlorine than a chlorinated pool.

Running costs are reduced as bagged salt currently is more economical than liquid chlorine that is injected into your pool. Just to be clear though, Salt water pools do in fact use chlorine to sanitize and the water. So if you are not adding chlorine tablets or shock, how does that work?

It works because of the chemical composition of salt, which is made up of chlorine and sodium. Within the salt water system is a unit called a salt-chlorine generator, which uses electrolysis to generate chlorine by separating the sodium and chlorine molecules in the salt you add to the pool. As the generator unit separates out the chlorine, it’s returned to the pool, where it keeps the water clean and sanitary.

A well-maintained salt pool is an absolute delight to swim in, with softer, more comfortable water that doesn’t irritate. It doesn’t taste salty, either, as you might think, because it has such a low concentration of salt that it’s officially considered to be fresh water!  In the ocean, the salt concentration is between 20,000 to 35,000 parts per million, whereas in a salt water pool, it’s just 2,600 to 3,200.

Finally, don’t be fooled into thinking that a salt water pool maintains itself. It doesn’t. You still need to check PH levels and carry out other maintenance tasks. However, you’ll benefit from lower maintenance costs and a more enjoyable swimming experience, which definitely makes it worthwhile.

ORP Chlorine & acid injection controllers actually vary the input of both chlorine and acid into the pool according to the bather load and weather conditions. The control unit continually tests the water at pre determined times during operation to modulate the inputs to reflect the pool use. Where as a Salt water pool chlorine production is controlled simply by manual control of the timer to estimate the time required to accomodate the seasonal changes & bather load. Its quite simple really but worth considering when you are building a new pool.

Call in and discuss your needs at Lifestyle Solutions centre, 78 Mt Perry Road North Bundaberg.

Wrong way to build a Spray Concrete pool ..

I noticed a photo of a guy spraying a concrete pool. I was stunned to see what the photo showed…. let me explain !

When constructing a spray concrete swimming pool there are some key principals which must be followed precisely..

1/   you must spread a layer of filter gravel to provide a drainage layer for seepage under the pool… depth of this   filter gravel varies depending on the plasticity of the ground where the pool is being constructed… this site would appear to me at the very least clay based yet there is no drainage layer…

2/  steel reinforcing required minimum 65mm coverage to avoid steel rusting as a result of water penetration. For this reason steel chairs are used to hold the steel cage away from the floor. Astonishingly this builder has used a few old bricks that will without doubt leave considerable voids where the steel will remain open to attack from water on the underside of the pool, where you will never see until the rust starts exploding into the pool.

Its imperative to know your pool builder had the expertise to understand why every process must be completed correctly in the construction of your new concrete pool.

You will be glad to know the Lifestyle solutions pool and landscaping in Bundaberg follow the engineers design completely. Compare for yourself in the images attached to clearly show the difference in the construction of our pools. http://www.lifestylesolutions.net.au

custom designed spray concrete pool at bargara

Custom design for this pool creates an impressive look and feel to the home from the entertaining area. Choosing a soft grey 600 long coping paver is a different look to the average pool…and the cascade splash water feature providing a unique and relaxing effect.. paving to start tomorrow which will make the difference… the owners dog causing grief at present stomping all over the unsealed pavers. might need to lock him up for a few days so we can complete the project

spray concrete infinity edge pool, Bundaberg

Now thats a home with Infinity edge pool

Big advantage of choosing to use a Spray concrete method to build your next pool is the flexibility in design to allow you to build virtually any shape or style pool. These clients have chosen a 15 m lap pool with an 8m infinity edge to be viewed directly from the entertaining area of this stylish new home at Moore park.

The pool was built first to allow the reuse of the spoil from excavation of the pool in the building platform… the home is incredible also…almost ready for us to start work again on the pool now that the home is closer to completion..

Pool construction..walls collapse, Bundaberg

Hello again, this week had been rather painful as the delaying in being able to spray this pool because of the persistent rain has created lots of stress. Yesterday the team went down to the site and found the shoring on the walls of the excavation had bowed from the pressure the rain sodden material put on the wall. Shoring is place to support the concrete when spraying and to cover voids left by large rocks and collapsed material…

Pool construction reinstate walls after collapse

Yes it was painfull but the team got stuck into the job in hand to remove the slop and slug, untie the S12 bars, remove the shoring and do it all again. That took five men around 4 hours to complete the work.. great work guys couldnt have done it without you. Then the next step is to remove the silt form the filter gravel to allow good drainage under the shell and then use a scrubbing brush and a hose to wash down the steel so that the concrete binds to the steel. Once complete pump out the excess water and its all good to go… Concrete spraying team arrived and 5 minutes after this was all complete…. check them out in action, just as tying the steel is an art (thanks Bruce) so is the spraying cutting and shaping of the concrete.

Lets hope we have a few dry days so we can clean away all the rubbish….its so sloppy at present but we dare not bring a machine in yet.

Keep an eye out for the progress of the pool in the coming weeks…

Custom Pool design and construction, Bargara

Another custom pool design for clients at Bargara.

This pool is tucked into the corner of the back yard to allow some grass to remain when the pool area is complete. The pool will include a Cascade Splash water feature, some glass fencing and Stone Directions, pavers and Bullnose coping.. The access was super tight and all the material from excavation was run to the street with our Positrak.

Bargara pool construction, getting started

Pool excavation, Bargara

Bargara pool construction underway

Right in the middle of excavation one of the tracks decided to let go so it was a mad dash to grab anew set. Then the fun began fitting the thing. What a mission that turned out to be. Its all good now with pool excavated and the pool steel is almost complete ready for spraying on Monday.

Its always great to custom design pools to provide our clients with a unique pool design not just a duplicate of another project. Stay watching and see this pool area being constructed at Bargara.

Giant pool shade umbrella, bundaberg

Ever had the children not wanting to apply the sunscreen, while playing in the pool and wish you could give them some shade so they can enjoy swimming as long as they wanted… this is the answer a giant umbrella with a radius of 5.5m and that means 11m across the diameter.

You can have one of these installed to swing out over the pool, then rotate around while you have a bbq.. so easy to rotate, almost anyone could do it. The umbrella requires a footing 1.2m deep and 450mm square so its got a great footing, and you will need council approval.  The engineering for the footing detail is provided and the umbrella can be installed  the day after the footing is poured within a few hours. So it doesn’t matter if its boiling hot in summer or in the middle of winter you can get burned just as easy..

Did you know the darker colours actually provide a higher level of UV protection that the softer colours..so black is the best I believe.

Drop over to the Lifestyle Solutions Centre at 78 Mt Perry Road North bundaberg to check out the umbrella we have on display, give it a go and see how it works. I have attached video so you can see how easy it is to use…look forward to seeing you…

 

Pool construction, water feature, Bundaberg

Thought of giving the entertaining area a facelift… these clients just purchased a great looking home in Coral Cove near Bundaberg and found the Fibreglass pool looking average, not class or style….They wanted to add a waterfeature and LED lighting to lift the appeal of the pool at night, a change in style to reflect the  home’s modern theme.

So that’s the challenge and here is what happened…check out the images and follow the progress as we get started on this complete overhaul of the the pool area… Brad and Donna have some great ideas and within a few weeks they’ll be swimming again

Spray concrete pool construction, bundaberg

This pool is nestled around this stylish and ultra modern home at edenbrook estate in BUNDABERG. The large 500 x 350mm bullnose PAVERS provide an excellent contrast to the exposed agg… Must have expansion joints at all pressure points around the pool and ableflex between the pool and exposed agg… This allows for expansion and contraction in this “h” class soil type..