Gold Coast Pool Design
During our initial consultation, Built Pool Constructions, experts in Gold Coast pool design, will conduct a thorough site inspection and discuss your ideas with you. We will discuss overall design and shapes that are available, closely piecing together a working profile. We come armed with samples and photos of previous work, ensuring you have a solid overview and complete feeling of being in control.
There are a lot of products available for both internal and external pool surrounds and construction, and we strongly recommend gathering photos of designs you have seen and would like to achieve.
Things to research:
- Pebble Crete vs Fully Tiled Pool
- Coping options: Natural Stone, e.g. Sandstone, Granites or Concrete/Clay pavers
- Pool Surrounds: decking, tiling, natural stone or paving
- Pool Covers
- Pool Heating: Solar or Powered
- Chlorine vs Natural Minerals
The more information you have, the more detail can be provided in the quote. Built Pool Constructions want to design and build your dream pool!
More detail on the pool design process
Pebble Crete vs Fully Tiled Pool
A primary area of thought towards the final decision on a pool interior surface is its aesthetic look and how that compliments the pool’s surroundings and the design of the home. What also carries importance and often overlooked is:
- the maintenance program and water chemistry required
- the lifespan and cost for renovation
- the feel underfoot
- its ability to keep the chemicals in the water and not absorbed through to the concrete shell
Ideally, every pool owner wants their pool looking the same as it did the day they first had it constructed. So thinking through about how often one is prepared to maintain and look after the pool on a weekly basis is worthwhile.
What type of use is the pool likely to experience? What is the forecasted budget you have for ongoing maintenance and renovation costs?
Pebblecrete, a mix of pebbles and cement that is either water blasted or acid etched to expose the pebbles, is said to last about 15 years. Its textured finish is thought to be less slippery. Having said that, it does depend on the size and character of the aggregate used. The feel underfoot is not for everyone, and it is worthwhile personally experiencing the texture and the slipperiness-when-wet before proceeding with an installation.
As an option, pool owners have sometimes used the Pebblecrete render across the interior shell and run up to the underside of a waterline pool tile that compliments the pool surroundings.
Ceramic or glass tiles, manufactured in any colour or print, are expensive in the initial outlay but deliver a lengthy lifespan. Commonly thought as the premium finish for a pool they certainly can give your pool that high-end look if you choose to have your pool fully tiled.. Maintenance is required to keep the algae growth away because tiles are indeed more slippery than Pebblecrete.
Owners of Pebblecrete surfaces will testify that it is crucial to be unwavering on pool maintenance. It is a difficult task to restore a pool after the water chemistry has been neglected. The alga spores can burrow into the porous surface and will keep coming back, and the solution will most likely be resurfacing. So be prepared for consistent pool surface TLC and immediate response to any cracking, stains, or algae attack to avoid earlier than expected resurface projects.
Those who prefer an easy to clean surface may prefer pool tiles. At the least, impervious waterline tiles, which come in frequent contact with waterline dirt, are easier to look after. The decision to fully tile a pool usually comes down to the design choices that mosaic or glass tiles offer and the silky feeling underfoot. A successful installation that will last you a long time requires specialised expertise and no cutting corners on the quality of the adhesive. So be prepared for a higher cost proceeding construction.
When comparing a glass mosaic with a traditional ceramic tile, some give preference to the design options of glass mosaics that can offer mother-of-pearl, gold, marble or crystal effects. The design option of a custom blend of colours in a glass mosaic has been on trend recently. Ceramic mosaics are more traditional and cheaper to buy and install. Choosing a 20mm mosaic has resulted in the grout lines being less visible.
‘Coping’ refers to the material used to cap the pool shell wall or may be used for pool steps. When used at the top of the pool wall it will often overhang the wall and act as an anti-splash edge to help keep the water in the pool when waves occur.
Choosing a paver with a nonslip surface and smooth bullnose face has been a popular option for those wanting to prevent scratching the skin when people are pulling themselves out of the pool. The paver option has also been an advantage to the owner when needing to locate and fix a leak as opposed to an aggregate finish.
Aesthetic design is often paramount on the final decision for an owner as to which way they go with pool coping. Impervious solid stone coping has been a preference to those who have a rocky garden landscape surrounding the pool.
Pool Surrounds: decking, tiling, natural stone or paving
A pool deck can work alongside an in-ground or above ground pool. The edge of the deck can be built to run up to the coping, sit flush with, or hang over the water for a more seamless look. The deck itself will experience the pool’s water being splashed across it, so rust proof screws and nails are essential. Decking requires ongoing restorative measures to keep the wood looking rich. Having the willingness to attend to these measures when needed through one’s own time or paying someone to sand and oil the deck is worth considering.
A tile that used to surround the pool needs to be fit for the purpose of foot traffic. It must also be resistant to the pool chemicals and the freeze-thaw effect of water, which could lead to concrete degradation.
A natural stone paver is a preferred choice when the owner wants to connect the earthy feel of the garden right up to the water’s edge. There is a vast range of size, colour and texture options available to make any paving project unique and impressive.
An owner may choose between a solar, automatic or thermal pool cover to cut down on maintenance costs, keep debris out of the pool, and prevent water evaporation. A solar covering has the bonus of heating the pool’s water but require extra precautionary measures and will not prevent evaporation as effectively as thermal coverings.
Pool Heating: Solar or Powered
While solar heating proves to be cheaper because you are harnessing the free energy of the sun, it will only be as effective as the amount of direct sunlight that your panels experience. Unlike a heat pump or gas heater, solar heating can not take place overnight, and the heating process takes longer with solar. The size of the pool is another factor; the larger the body of water the more work is required of the heater whether it be solar, gas, or a powered pump.
The heat pump, equipped with a fan, sucks in warm ambient air from the surrounding atmosphere. The air passes through a piping system to the heat pump. Their installation is usually more simple than a solar system and is, therefore, lower in cost for install. The cost is more so in the ongoing use, and this amount will vary depending on pool size. The heating process while quicker than solar is slower than gas.
Heating the pool does not necessarily have to be a choice of one or the other. Owners sometimes will choose a hybrid system that can opt between two methods of heating. A system can be designed to get the most out of the sun at the time it directly hits the panels and then switches to gas at all other times.
Chlorine vs Natural Minerals
During the quote phase, we are happy to discuss with you the pros and cons of chlorine and natural mineral pools.