Take The Time To Find The Right Pool Design

Private swimming pools were once the toys of the very rich, but as households in Australia became more affluent, the pool market expanded. Today, it is common for backyards in many suburbs to include a pool. The first pools were typically rectangular, but now, there are shapes and designs to suit any sized space and any budget.

Pool Safety Laws are First Priority

If you are at the start of your pool-planning journey, first consider the pool laws in your area. The design you choose must comply with the relevant regulations as safety and security should always be a priority. Installing the right type of pool fences and child-proof gates, for example, may influence the size, shape and location of your pool.

A Choice of Materials

Once this is taken into consideration, you then have the choice of three types of inground pools, with concrete the most durable. Fibreglass is quick to install but choice of sizes and shapes is limited, and vinyl is the most cost-efficient but requires the most maintenance.

From our point of view as the company that performs excavations, any of these options are suitable, depending on the space available for the pool. At Dee Gees Bobcats, we have a range of equipment suitable for manoeuvring in small spaces, as well as larger machines for bigger projects.

Modern Pools are an Extension of the Home

While some homeowners with plenty of backyard space still prefer a large pool set away from the house with an under-cover outdoor area and barbeque, the current trend is for a pool that is an extension of the home. Close to the living areas and smaller in size to fit on the small blocks so popular with busy families, these pools use all the modern automatic cleaning equipment, making them a breeze to maintain.

Don’t Dismiss the Humble Lap Pool

Lap pools are still popular where the only available space is a long narrow ribbon along a boundary fence. The users don’t need to be Olympic athletes to enjoy a lap pool, especially in January in Queensland. At this time of year, any body of cool water, regardless of shape, will be irresistible to anyone looking for relief from the heat and humidity.

Get the Best Use of Your Space

Where space is at a premium, consider the pool surrounds and allow enough space to enter and exit the pool with comfort. It may be tempting to put an over-sized pool into a small area, but the finished product will look cramped and limit the landscaping features, which are a key part of the overall ambiance.

Visit displays at pool centres, talk to pool designers and take the time to get the perfect pool that suits your situation and lifestyle.

Make an Environmental Statement With Your New Pool

A backyard swimming pool is part of the Australian lifestyle, and with our summers getting longer and hotter, our love of a convenient cool-off right outside our back door is not going to wane any time soon. However, we have also become conscious of the negative environmental impact many of our favourite pursuits have had in past years, and many pool owners are now looking for alternatives.

Eco-friendly Methods Popular with Pool Owners

Pool builders report that customers are expressing interest in techniques to preserve the environment at the start of the planning process for their pools. They want eco-friendly methods included in the pool build, rather than trying to adapt something to suit later.

This is no surprise to us as we are already working on pool-building projects, even though summer is still a few weeks away. At Dee Gees Bobcats, we do the excavations and any associated drainage trenching that may be involved. Because we are on site right at the start of a pool build, we see the different approaches to creating an eco-friendly pool and surrounding environment.

Salt Water Pools Use Fewer Chemicals

While some people prefer chlorinated pools, many clients are opting for salt water as an alternative, to reduce the amount of chemicals needed to keep the pool clean. There is no chlorine odour as the process used creates natural chlorine, which is dispersed into the water evenly and consistently. This keeps the water from getting cloudy and prevents the development of algae.

Fresh Water Sanitising System Uses Natural Minerals

Another alternative is a fresh water sanitising system that utilises natural minerals and oxygen, and requires no additional chlorine or other chemicals. It has a similar taste to drinking water, and swimmers find it does not irritate the skin or eyes. Pool equipment and swimwear last longer, and because it requires less maintenance than other systems, running costs are considerably reduced.

Pool Water Safe to Use in the Garden

While these attributes all benefit the environment in some way, another plus for this system is that it can be back-washed into the garden without needing to be diluted. As there are no harmful chemicals present in the water, the pool owner can use this water to maintain an eco-friendly garden that is kind to birds, lizards, frogs, possums and other wildlife.

Specialist Plantings around Pool

We have also noticed that pool owners are creating eco-friendly gardens around the pool perimeter. By using specialist plantings of trees and shrubs that use little water and benefit each other via natural pest control, there is no need for fertilisers and pesticides that eventually wash into the water catchment.

Every pool owner who opts for an eco-friendly pool in their backyard is saving money on running costs and also protecting our precious environment.

Want a Pool in Time for Summer? Best Start Now!

With everyone still rugged up against the chill of winter, this is not the time you would typically be thinking about putting a pool in the backyard. Getting into a skimpy swimsuit and voluntarily plunging into cold water is unlikely to be at the forefront of your mind, but if you intend to install a pool for summer, this is the time you should be making plans.

Supply and Demand Applies to Swimming Pools

Pool installation is just like any other commodity in the marketplace. It is driven by supply and demand, so if you wait until peak demand, that is, the beginning of summer, the work may not be finished for weeks. If you are lucky, you may have it completed by early autumn, and if the heat lingers you may get a few weeks of use before next winter.

Don’t Wait Until Summer to Order a Pool Build

There are several reasons for this. One is that every pool company in the state will have full order books, placed by customers who started their planning early. Another is that getting the necessary approvals and permits from the relevant authorities takes time to process. A third is the shortage of labour and equipment, with every available pool builder already working to capacity.

The Building Development Approval Process

As far as approvals and permits are concerned, all new swimming pools constructed in Queensland require a building development approval. This involves your pool builder drawing up plans and specifications for your approval, then lodging the documents with your local council, a private certifier and the relevant statutory authorities.

You will also require sewerage and water supply approval, also arranged by your pool builder. Before any approvals are given, your local council or private certifier will require information from the pool builder that the finished pool will be structurally sound. If the site is a difficult one, this may require structural advice from a qualified engineer.

Pool Builders Use Excavation Companies They Trust

As swimming pool excavations are a significant part of our workload, we welcome these busy times. At DeeGees Bobcats, we work regularly with many pool builders who value our professional approach to the work, knowing that when we excavate a site, it will be done according to the plans and specifications given to us.

Building a pool is a team effort, with many different trades and specialists involved, from the drawing of the final plans to getting the final approval to fill the pool. As you can see, the planning, the approvals and certifications take time, so if you want your pool to be ready for summer, the time to act is now.

Installing A Swimming Pool – The Good, The Bad And The Indifferent

So, you are thinking about installing a pool and are wondering which way is the better way to go. Do you get in a contractor or try and build your own?

There are plenty of success stories out there from people who have built their own pools. There are also plenty of flops.

David Gardner, founder and owner of Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd has seen them all. The good, the bad and the ugly of pool building. David and his crew have vast experience in the excavation of a swimming pool or spa and have loads of tips and tricks to use.

Combat Gardening at its Best

The one thing they stress is that you must realise you are in for a bit of combat gardening until the job is done. It’s going to get mighty messy.

You will need to have patience and not stress about the grass and the garden as the excavator and truck roll in to dig up and take away the soil and other matter from the hole.

Specialist Pool Builder or DIY

Employing a pool building specialist takes all the stress and thinking out of the game. The only time you need to use your brain is to decide all the fun stuff such as where you want the pool, do you want a slide, and what style you are looking for. A builder will do the rest.

They will sculpt the earth, install the framework and concrete, they will finish off the surface and clean up as they leave. Some will even organise the landscaping as well.

The obvious reason for deciding to DIY a swimming pool is the fact that you will save a good portion of your cash. This cash can be used to maintain the pool once it is finished.

The downside to DIYers can be huge. You need to know the bylaws surrounding pool construction for your local shire. You need to know exactly what is required to build a pool and ensure that you get that from each contractor at each step.

Afterwards, it will also be your job to conduct the cleanup and install any gardens and landscaping you desire.

As you can see, one way you pay with your wallet and the other way you pay with your time and energy. Choose what works for you.

Digging your Own Pool

Christmas is fun for the whole family but it can become a little difficult to buy the perfect gift for your loved ones. In the end, the “socks and smellies” route is probably the safest but, after a while, these types of gifts all blend into one. Do you remember what you were given last Christmas?

Break the cycle of mundane Christmas gifts and give your family a gift that they will never forget. Give them something that they can enjoy year after year for a long time to come – a swimming pool.

The DIY Route

Building your own pool is surely not that difficult – just dig a hole in the ground, slap on some cement and your pool is complete, right? Wrong! The only type of pool you should install on your own is the type that you can inflate.

DIY is not the way to go here at all. Get Dee Gees Bobcats in to do the heavy lifting for you.

Clearing the Way

For starters, the area that you need to excavate is going to have to be cleared. This could involve moving heavy rocks and trees and means some serious work.

Then, of course, there is the digging itself – ever notice how big a pool actually is? You will, if you have to dig the hole for it. Think of all the Saturday afternoons of back-breaking work and then decide whether or not you want a professional to help.

Get Help from a Professional

Professional earthmoving experts will bring in their own machines and will have the ground cleared and the hole dug in no time flat.

They will also be able to give you advice on what to watch out for when digging – do you know where your water, sewage and gas lines are? Did you even consider these items when deciding where to place your pool?

They will also look at the placement of your pool in relation to the external walls of your home and fences – are you putting the pool too close to the house or walls? Doing so could damage the integrity of these structures.

When it comes to the digging itself, you want Dee Gees Bobcats on your team. Each machine is accompanied by a highly trained and experienced operator. They are trained to deal with many different situations and soil types – digging through clay, for example, is very different from digging through shale and, therefore, different procedures need to be employed.

A professional will also do a job that will hold up to the test of time and will give advice on possible problem areas in the soil itself. For instance, the pool may need to be reinforced more in certain areas, due to different soil types.

For more information on excavations, visit http://deegeesbobcats.com.au/.


Why Get a Professional to Demolish Your Swimming Pool

There are good reasons why a swimming pool is demolished or removed. First, there will come a time that the swimming pool will reach the end of its useful life. With old swimming pools, all sorts of problems crop up, including water leakage and tile cracking. At some point, the owner will have to decide whether to demolish or replace the swimming pool.

Second, a swimming pool is not simple to maintain. Regular repair and maintenance costs money. If a swimming pool is no longer being used as often as it used to, the homeowner may decide to just demolish the pool rather than spend on maintenance for something that is no longer being used.

The cost of demolishing a swimming pool is generally determined by the type of pool (above ground versus in-ground pool), the pool size and method of pool removal. There are two methods of swimming pool demolition: complete demolition and removal, and partial demolition and removal.

Complete Demolition and Removal

This method involves the complete removal of all the concrete and other materials, such as pipes and decking, from the swimming pool and the yard. The hole is filled with dirt and then compacted to bring the area back to its pre-pool state. This technique is ideal for a homeowner who has future plans to build on the area where the pool used to be. The cost will include the removal and hauling of the pool materials, as well as the amount of fill dirt.

Partial Demolition and Removal

This technique involves the demolition of the top few feet of the swimming pool and placing the soil in the bottom of the pool. The old concrete is not removed and is covered up with fill dirt. There are two types of partial demolition. In top layer swimming pool demolition, the top tiled layer of a pool’s wall is removed.

The holes dug into the pool’s floor and the entire swimming pool are filled in with dirt and compacted. Two-foot demolition involves the demolition and removal of the top two feet of the pool’s wall. The holes punched into the pool’s floor are filled in with dirt and gravel.

Whatever method is employed, earth excavation will be involved. It is best to employ the services of a professional earthmoving company to carry out the excavation aspect of the swimming pool demolition. A professional will meet with ou to discuss the process of removing your pool. All the excavation and removal work will be carried out by a reputable professional in accordance with environmental regulations. Lastly, a professional will have the required equipment to get the job done. Find out more information about swimming pool demolition services here.



Swimming Pool Excavations

Summer is fast approaching. One of the best ways to enjoy this season is to cool down in beaches or swimming pools. If you have a lot that is big enough to accommodate a small or medium sized swimming pool, it would be a good idea to make one. You will have your own private pool that you can use any time you wish, or you can invite friends for a pool party. Building a swimming pool is not a simple project, however. There are many things to consider, including the design, taking into account the structure of the soil to be excavated. A huge part of the project has to deal with the excavation for the pool.

If you are planning to build a swimming pool in time for the summer season, it is best to hire the services of a reputable earthmoving company to handle the excavation for the pool. The lot that will be designated for the swimming pool will have to be cleared of any trash, trees and shrubs before it is even excavated. Some people falsely believe that the digging is simple enough that they try to do it on their own to save on money. But hiring a profession earthmoving service will actually be less costly since the company will be fully equipped with the right machine to perform the excavation work. The excavation service will likely use excavators and dump trucks where they will put the soil that will be removed from the ground. Doing the digging by yourself would mean hiring big machineries, aside from doing such difficult labour.

Prior to the actual excavation work, the area that will be used for the swimming pool has to be prepared. There should be enough room for the earthmoving service to move around to work. Make sure to remove anything that might get in the way when the excavation team comes in with their backhoes and dump truck. These machines must have enough space to move in and out of the area during the excavation process.

The excavation process could take a long time if less than a professional earthmoving service is asked to do the work. The work for the swimming pool, however, can be shortened if the excavation is done by a fully experienced company. Afterwards, the design and the actual building of the swimming pool can start.

Building a swimming pool in time for the summer can be a great project, a fulfilling one especially once you see the good results. To ensure that the project will be done on time and in time for the season, get the services of a professional earthmoving company for quick, quality work.