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Some of our more interesting pool projects

Here at Swimming Pool Warehouse we have helped in the construction of more than 350 swimming pools and spas over the years. Indoor and out. Residential and commercial. Large and complex to small and simple. We've also had a hand in the repair and renovation of many hundreds more pools and spas. In addition, we provide a regular service program for selected clients, where we clean and maintain their pools or spas along with attendant equipment.

We relish the idea of facing new challenges and developing innovative solutions to surmount them. Check out some of the recent pool projects that have kept us busy, and if there's something you've always wanted to do with your pool, why not Contact us.

Case Study No. 1 - Vaucluse, NSW



Problem - The owners here wanted us to replace a modest-sized swimming pool with a larger one that would serve as a centrepiece of their home and accentuate their view of the Harbour Bridge. Trouble was, very difficult access meant we were unable bring our normal excavation machinery to the site.

Solution - We dug the whole project by hand. Working from architectural drawings, we extended the existing eight-metre pool to one measuring 15 metres and encompassing a spa and baby pool. Along the way, we installed a 100,000-litre freshwater tank, 13 pumps, two gas heaters and a heat pump. All in all, a very sophisticated set-up.

Along with the architect, builder and various tradesmen, we also helped replace an existing tennis court with landscaped gardens and a distinctive waterfall feature.

Problem - The owners here wanted us to replace a modest-sized swimming pool with a larger one that would serve as a centrepiece of their home and accentuate their view of the Harbour Bridge. Trouble was, very difficult access meant we were unable bring our normal excavation machinery to the site.

Solution - We dug the whole project by hand. Working from architectural drawings, we extended the existing eight-metre pool to one measuring 15 metres and encompassing a spa and baby pool. Along the way, we installed a 100,000-litre freshwater tank, 13 pumps, two gas heaters and a heat pump. All in all, a very sophisticated set-up.

Along with the architect, builder and various tradesmen, we also helped replace an existing tennis court with landscaped gardens and a distinctive waterfall feature.

Case Study No. 2 - AEA Grand Hotel, The Rocks, Sydney

Problem - During the hotel's construction the spa air blower was installed in the plant room under the pool/spa. Unfortunately, this location resulted in continual damage to the spa blower due to water ingress and overheating. Also, the blower itself was not up to the demands of a commercial environment.

Solution - We had to relocate the blower to a site above the water-level of the spa but still out of sight...and hearing (blowers create something of a din). After extensive exploration in and around the crawl spaces and cavities of the under-coping, we eventually found a suitable spot beneath the ramp at the far side of the pool (green ring in the photo above). We then sited a new, heavy-duty turbine blower there (middle photo to the left) and replumbed back to the plant room and then the spa. The result: no machine noise, no water ingress and a much longer-lasting blower.

Case Study No. 3 - Seaforth, NSW

Problem - Located in a semi-raised courtyard surrounded by three walls of the house and a garage, all just 1.4 metres away, this pool was originally built with no provision for heating. Because sunlight penetration was limited, the owner want it to be heated. Rapidly.

Easier said than done. As the picture above shows, the pool was completely surrounded by expensive marble. We needed to find a way to lay new pipes without breaking out the marble. Or just walk away.

Solution - We began by carefully measuring the locations for the heater suction points and heater return point. Then, using a 1.2-metre drill extension, we core-bored right through the garage wall, under the marble surrounds and through the pool shell. Three times. This allowed us to install the plumbing necessary for the heater to work efficiently. It turned out to be a huge success.

Case Study No. 4 - Rose Bay, NSW

Rose Bay 3

Problem - Set among landscaped gardens with views over Rose Bay, this pool had been specially designed to showcase two bronze fountains sculpted by a local artisan. To avoid having any obvious openings along the side of the pool, the owner requested that the pool not have a skimmer box.

Solution - Working closely with the builder, we created a water flow especially for the fountains. In a unique design, the water circulates through suctions on the side of the wall, similar to how a spa system operates. We also installed a water-pressure cleaning system to help vacuum and clean the bottom of the pool. It would be fair to say that this pool serves as much more of a water feature than as a traditional swimming pool.

Case Study No. 5 - The Entrance, NSW Central Coast

Problem - Part way through building this pool and spa, the original contractor decided it was all too hard, threw up his hands and walked away. It could have been because it was located above a car park. Or that it was pretty big - 150,000-litre pool and 12,000-litre spa. Or that both pool and spa had to run independently and be as maintenance-free as possible. Or that each required overflow and self-filling capabilities, not to mention their own separate heating and chlorinating systems. Or that all plumbing had to be carried out from overhead scaffolding. In any event, the owners came to us...with an awfully tight deadline.

Solution - Because many pool and spa pipes that were set into the concrete had been cut during construction of the car park, we started by chiselling them out and repairing them. Then we did the thing that we do. As well, the owners asked us to plumb and install the necessary plumbing to run a large water feature in the the building's entrance way. They had one proviso: all equipment had to be located in a loft area of the underground car park.

We're happy to report that the pool/spa started up first time, as did the large heat pump we had craned in. The water feature, too, worked just the way it was supposed to. In all, a big success.

 

 

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