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    A Small Pool Can Still Make An Impressive Statement

    It doesn’t have to be grand to impress. Sometimes pools of the large variety can visually overtake the surrounds. And then there’s the cost factor. If you think about it, and of course it depends on the space available, a courtyard pool can be just as impressive, even more so when you surround it with tasteful landscaping and special design features.

    Courtyard Pool
    Courtyard Pool

    Let’s face it; the outdoor garden space is becoming smaller, which means there’s less space to put in a conventional swimming pool. That’s why the team at Albatross Pools has created The Courtyard Series. With this pool series there’s a real emphasis on aesthetics, practicality and costs. The Courtyard Series can work as a beautiful, tranquil feature as well as a great centre point for entertainment. And cost? Well it can be reduced. The simple thing is that the courtyard pools are extremely easy to maintain and heat all year round, so naturally your costs come down.

    Now with an outdoor space, naturally everything varies. There’s also the functionality and the look of the pool to consider. Albatross Pools have that part of the equation totally covered. They have three unique pools that are specifically designed to work within the parameters of confined outdoor spaces. So they’ve cleverly designed The Petite, The Classic and The Grande, all made of pre-engineered steel. They’re rectangular in shape, range in size and feature a wrap-around purpose built comfort seat in the shallows. A range of seat designs are available along with a fantastic collection of colours. They also include some excellent options like CleanAssist, Ionic Fresh Water Purification, Swim Jets, heating systems and a whole lot more.

    Now with The Courtyard Series, there are some really special features. They all have energy efficient pool pumps that are complete with a water efficient cartridge filter. Your filtration costs can be reduced even further if you choose to upgrade your standard pool pump to an eight star energy efficient variable speed pump. Quiet operation enables off-peak filtration and the three speed setting delivers optimal flow rates for your pool.

    Due to the compact nature of The Courtyard Series, together with significant advancements in pool equipment, they require very little maintenance which gives you one less thing to worry about. However if you require a virtually free maintenance option, Albatross Pools have developed CleanAssist which have two dirt removing base drains together with a series of strategically placed jets designed to sweep the pool floor.

    Here’s a good idea. If you’re looking to improve your health and fitness, you could install a swim jet system. Quiet in operation, it delivers adjustable smooth water flow which allows you to set your own pace and swim great lengths. For effective efficient operation, a minimum pool length of 4.5m is ideal. And that’s The Classique and The Grande.

    Small pools can be a brilliant addition. If you want to know more of how perfect they can be for your home, speak to our friendly Albatross Pools team. We’ll give you the best advice in the business.

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    Be in the Swim All Year Round With an Indoor Pool

    What a luxury this is. Being able to take the plunge any time, all year round. Just think. You can turn a ninety day swim season into a 365 day pool party. Any type of pool – concrete, fiberglass or pre-engineered can be constructed indoors and the installations can be as simple as a lap pool or something more elaborate. Some people like to add something more. Like changing rooms, showers, exercise facilities, steam rooms, saunas, wet bars and other amenities to their indoor pool installation to create a health spa atmosphere. When you look at it, the possibilities with an indoor pool are only limited by imagination and budget.

    Indoor Swimming Pool
    Indoor Swimming Pool

    The best time to plan for an indoor pool is during the design and construction of a new house. However with the right help, it is possible to seamlessly add an indoor pool to an existing home. Either way you need an expert to guide you through the whole process. The main difference between an outdoor and an indoor pool is the pool deck. An indoor pool is designed with a slope towards the pool to keep water away from walls.

    When it comes to indoor pool ventilation, it’s important to get it right. The humidity level should be maintained at 50 to 60 percent, either by exchanging humid air for fresh, drier air, or by installing a dehumidification system. Any system should be designed to make sure that air is not forced across the pool surface which can speed up evaporation. The air should be evenly distributed over the outside walls to prevent condensation. To reduce evaporation and improve better comfort, the air temperature inside the enclosure should be kept two to four degrees above the water pool temperature.

    As for the pool water, when using chlorination it can be very pronounced and tricky to get the right balance. A much easier solution is to use an ionic fresh water system.

    Windows, skylights and sliding doors are a brilliant way to create a feeling of openness. It’s a good idea to have skylights or high windows that open to let hot air escape. With lots of sliding glass doors you have the delightful opportunity to treat your indoor pool like an outdoor pool in summer. Another option is to contain your pool within a retractable pool enclosure. These telescopic ‘domes’ are built around your outdoor pool and can offer protection during inclement weather or be fully retracted to leave your pool open on warm days.

    At night you naturally need indoor lighting to provide sufficient and highly attractive illumination. The lighting should be subtle – just enough to create the perfect ambiance. And here’s a tip; avoid overhead lights. The bulbs are just too difficult to access when they need changing. Best to consider using fiber optic cable fixtures which use remote illuminators that are easily accessible.

    As with the construction of an outdoor inground pool, council fencing regulations must be adhered to when designing an indoor pool. This can create some unforeseen challenges due to the pool being contained as part of a structure. We recommend consulting your State regulatory body to clarify pool fencing regulations in your area as the issue may not be as straightforward as it seems.

    If you want to know more about the ins and outs of an indoor pool, come and talk to us Albatross Pools. We’ll show you the best way to go about installing one.

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