[vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator css=".vc_custom_1545017480330{margin-top: 223px !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="The Perth landscape professionals weigh in: How to maintain your pool in winter" font_container="tag:h1|text_align:left"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It goes without saying that for most pool owners, the pool sits idle in the backyard during the winter months. While Perth winters are mild and we don’t have to protect our pools from freezing temperatures, taking care of our pools in winter can save money and ensure that when swim season is once again on the horizon, the pool is quickly back up and running. Here are 6 handy tips for maintaining your pool in winter: Keep it clean - sounds simple right? A scoop of leaves from the pool water and a quick vacuum or sweeping of your wading area can easily avoid the buildup of leaf matter and potential algae growth. Cleaning up organic matter also stops the plaster or fiberglass surface from staining.  Make sure it’s covered - pool blankets are much more cost-effective these days, so there’s no excuse not to cover your pool in winter. They help to:  Trap heat, which in turn helps to stabilise the water chemistry and reduce power consumption if your pool is heated  Keep debris out of your pool for less maintenance during winter and less work when summer comes back around  Rebalance your pool chemicals - when your pool isn’t being used, it often gets the ‘out of sight out of mind’ treatment, however, it’s very important to keep your pool chemicals balanced all year round. This prolongs the life of your pool's surface as an unbalanced pool can quickly affect the pool plaster. Don’t forget about filtration - while Autumn is a beautiful time of year with tree foliage changing colour, this also means leaves will drop into your pool and collect in your skimmer box or filtration. Our advice it to empty your pump filters and flush out your cartridge filters regularly. Test, Test, Test - with all the rainfall, your water will become unbalanced quickly. Ensure you test your pool water regularly. Stick to a maintenance schedule - Routine will help you to keep on top of your pool maintenance. If you are time poor, contact your local pool shop and they can provide the details of a pool technician who can take care of everything for you. Get ready for summer now and install a pool! Believe it or not, winter is the best time to install a pool. The busiest time of the year for pool installation runs from September to December, with lead times blown out across the board. Pool company construction times, engineering, drafting and council approvals also slow down during these busy months.  As the entire pool planning and build process can take 3 to 4 months, getting a head start in winter is a huge benefit. Avoid the summer waiting game and get the process started in winter so your pool is ready to go for Christmas! Our pool construction process The Principal Pools + Landscapes process starts with a site consultation and conversation between our director Cullen Long and yourself, where we discuss your wish list, pool options, seating and wading areas, water features, heating and more! From here: A pool and surrounding landscape design that ticks all your boxes is created. Seamlessness is imperative and a good design will achieve that, rather than the old ‘plonk a pool in the backyard and hope for the best’ strategy.  A detailed and itemised quote is provided nd once approved, your project will be booked in. The planning stage involves drafting, engineering and preparation for council approval (which can take up to a month).  Things get really exciting once council approval comes through - site construction commences and Cullen will discuss material selections such as tiling, coping, plaster colours, lighting, equipment and heating options.  When your pool is nearing completion, your pool safety barrier will be installed prior to the pool being plastered and filled with water. Then you can dive, bombay or slip into your new pool and enjoy for years to come!   Onsite consultations within Perth metro are free of charge and our results speak for themselves; awarded Residential Landscape Designer of the Year in 2018 by industry body LIAWA. We're proud of our achievements and look forward to creating many more beautiful gardens and pools to enhance our clients’ lifestyles. Get in touch today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator css=".vc_custom_1545017480330{margin-top: 223px !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="Small Garden Design"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Garden design for a small space can be challenging. If not carefully planned, the space can end up cluttered, uninteresting and a poor use of space. The best place to start is to compile a list of your requirements. What do you want featured within the space? How do you plan to use the space? Which materials and colour palette do you like?  Your list might include a barbecue or outdoor kitchen, a dining table or somewhere to sit and relax, a water feature, some greenery and garden lighting. After you have established your wish list, the fun part starts- design! For small spaces, the key is not to 'over design'. Over-designed spaces can look cluttered and make an already small space look even smaller, they can also clash or compete with your home.   Start by positioning cooking facilities ideally near or beneath the alfresco to enable close proximity to your kitchen and dining area. This may mean the incorporation of an extractor fan to service your barbecue. The exception are pizza ovens which are best positioned further from the house for smoke reasons. By doing this, they also create a hub to gather around during the cooler nights- a perfect gathering for cooking not only pizzas but a roast or even toasting marshmallows with the kids. Just ensure the oven is positioned so that smoke doesn't affect your neighbours! Storage for cooking facilities is also important- even a simple cupboard or drawer setup can create storage for cooking utensils and keep benches or tables uncluttered.   Next, consider how you will use the space and the type of furniture you will have. Decide whether you want to use the space for dining and entertaining, relaxation or both (if you have space). Outdoor dining settings are best positioned close to your kitchen or barbeque. Relaxation lounges or daybeds can be positioned in a corner of your yard further away from the house to draw you out and create a quiet corner for reading a book or magazine. Built in seating is a great idea for a small space. Some spaces are so small there may be no room for dining or lounge furniture so a built in bench seat, daybed or L-shaped seat to one corner of your yard can maximize space and functionality. A custom built seat can also be a feature in itself- picture some nice cushions, a Travertine stone top with contrasting Blackbutt battens to the face. When combined with lighting they can create some wow factor for your small space.   Flooring and walling is best kept simple. Small spaces always benefit from a simple material palette- choose one material and stick with it. You may choose honed aggregate for flooring which will provide a seamless look and help to open up your space, large format paving around 600x600mm will do the same, or wide board decking ideally in a lighter colour- Blackbutt or Pacific Teak are ideal. Avoid smaller pavers or dark colours as they tend to make a small space look even smaller. Boundary walls or fences are best kept simple as well- white or neutral light coloured rendered walls will provide the illusion of more space and light coloured fences will do the same. Cladding walls or screening fences with a light coloured timber can create a nice feature to be viewed from your home but be careful not to overuse timber as it will have less of an impact if overused. Dark colours can look good in larger spaces but avoid using in a small area. Wall art or a water feature on your boundary can also create a focal point and draw your eyes out. Just be careful when selecting a water feature and choose something that is quiet and has a slow trickle- keep in mind water noise can echo in a small space.   Small enclosed areas can often get hot, so consider a shade option during the planning process. Something simple like a shade sail or something more structural such as an extension of your alfresco roof or a freestanding roof structure. Steel or timber posts are a good option, especially if cantilevered off the fence- they will have minimum impact on the rest of the yard. Avoid using brick piers as they will take up too valuable space.   Greenery is an important component for any garden and especially a small one. People often think a small space would benefit from no gardens and maximum paving- wrong! By carefully positioning even the narrowest of gardens 200-300mm wide around the perimeter of your yard, it will enable you to incorporate some narrow planting such as bamboo or even creeping Ficus which will attach itself to your boundary wall. Any type of greenery will help soften your small space and create a vibrant area. Raised planter boxes are also great, not only creating a raised garden but also doubling as seating.   Lighting will transform any space but particularly a small one- garden lighting creates a lovely ambience and brings your space to life at night. It creates more of an outdoor room feel by providing definition to the area.   Depending on your budget, a small spa can also create a great place to relax year round and will draw you out to your space during the cooler months. 2x2m spas can slot into most small courtyards with ease and offer a great alternative to a pool if you don't have space for one. Having said that, even pools if carefully designed, can sit against your house if engineered and constructed in conjunction with a new home, maximizing your surrounding space.   The key for a small space is in the planning- plan it well and the results will speak for themselves. If you follow these tips, you can't go wrong![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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