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No. 54

Poolside showcases the most beautiful swimming pools Australia has to offer, with photographers who are the best in the business of providing stunning images that captivate readers. As well as featuring amazing Australian pools, this publication also focuses on the creative philosophy of the builders and designers and their attitudes towards pool building. With more than 100 individual designs featured in every issue, this magazine informs its readers with design issues, maintenance questions, new materials and stylish poolside accessories.

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editor’s letter

This issue features some of the most remarkable and inspiring pools from all over the country to help you plan your own pool paradise. From outdoor family-sized pools to covered courtyard plunge pools and everything between, this issue has it all. Our expert advice section answers some of your frequently asked questions together with some of the latest products and trends (page 50). A selection of the NSW SPASA award-winning pools, with clever designs and the highest-quality workmanship (page 40), will have your jaw dropping. Do yourself a favour and flick to page 100 to see one of the most standout pools in this issue. It’s a complete circle 3.5m pool with a negative edge. It sits above the ground and the round external walls have been fully adorned with beautiful Ezarri mosaic…

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a world of instant colour

Aqua-Quip’s InstaTouch Smart Lighting Controller changes the colour of your LED pool lights at the touch of a button. InstaTouch is Australian-made and easy to use and install, and can be fitted to new or existing pools. InstaTouch makes the operation of multi-coloured pool lights simple, quick and easy, with instantaneous colour control. How does InstaTouch work? Simply choose from seven fixed colours or five colour shows, or use the colour select option to pick your own colour. InstaTouch offers the greatest range of any pool lighting controller with a range of a 70m line of sight. As InstaTouch offers zones, you now have the ability to make your pool and spa two different colours. InstaTouch offers a dimming function so that light output can be adjusted to four different levels of…

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design files: mosaic tiles

Gone are the days when mosaic tiles were only used around the waterline of the pool. We’ve profiled some of the best uses of mosaics, from shimmering spill-over edges to unique blends of blue. Iridescent, pearl-white tiles adorn the inside of this elevated spa and spill over the edge, covering the exterior and turning it into a sparkling feature wall. Cantilevered floating steps allow for easy access into the spa from the paved pool level and add a contemporary, sophisticated look to the project, without taking attention away from the 20mm glass feature tiles. This converted location, with its sweeping views of the Georges River, warranted an equally spectacular pool. Designed by Greg Harris Constructions, the pool and outdoor area make the most of the riverside setting with an expansive patio, blue…

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design files: above-ground pools

Whether designed to better suit a sloping block, fit into a small space, or to avoid excavation, these above-ground pools are super stylish and cleverly designed When landscape architect John Storch of A Total Concept Landscape Architects and Pool Designers first inspected this site, he saw the potential to create something unique, while three other landscape designers were baffled. The brief from the clients was to incorporate a new swimming pool for exercise together with an entertaining area in an extremely limited space left over from excavation works between their new home and an adjacent rock ledge. What I really love about this project is the challenge to get the design right,” says John. “Everything must be perfect. Large spaces are forgiving in poor design, but flaws and imperfections can’t be hidden…

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inspirational, award-winning pools

The SPASA Awards of Excellence showcase achievements in construction, design, manufacturing, supply, products, retail and service. Below is a snapshot of some of the standout gold, silver, bronze and highly commended projects from both the NSW/ACT and National 2019 awards. NSW POOL OF THE YEAR AND POOL & SPA COMBINATION — CONCRETE Gold: Urban Escape urbanescape.com.au NSW COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR AND CONCRETE COMMERCIAL POOL UP TO $250,000 Gold: Suncatcher Pools suncatcherpools.com.au NSW FREEFORM POOL UP TO $100,000 Gold: Suncatcher Pools NSW ENCLOSED / INDOOR POOL Gold: Local Pools & Spas NATIONAL POOL LANDSCAPE DESIGN Highly Commended: The Other Side Landscapes NATIONAL LIGHTING FEATURE Gold: The Other Side Landscapes NATIONAL CONCRETE POOL OVER $100,000 Highly Commended: Graziani Pools & Landscapes…

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swimart’s allweather pool care tips

After 37 years, Swimart’s pool experts have seen it all. But even the most experienced of the company’s water technicians agree there wasn’t anything quite like last summer! Drought conditions to dust storms in a matter of weeks, hailstorms to downpours in the same season — Australia’s unpredictable weather saw pool chemicals flying off the shelves and swimmers struggling to maintain healthy conditions. “It can be tricky to sustain correct water chemistry when faced with unstable weather and environmental conditions, especially when using different products or buying chemicals from outlets that don’t have pool experts on hand,” says Swimart executive officer Rick Graham. While we tend to focus on the look of the pool water during the peak swimming season, Rick says it’s important that we continue paying attention to how fluctuating water…