Jump to content

Pimp my pool -NEW PHOTO
Bright ideas wanted.


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 More than a Mother

Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:02 PM

So we're now at the 'making it look attractive' stage.

To the right, you can see the filter. The pool blanket and roller will go next to the filter.

Firstly, I’m on a budget. The fence is the main issue, being pretty horrible.

I want to build a box around the filter in treated pine, and a box for the pool blanket roller that I’d like to also use as a bench. I thought the light colour of pine would look better next to the fence, rather than dark wood.  

I’d originally thought of using two of these panels suspended on the fence http://www.outdeco.com/Screens.html, so they would bookend the planters.
But now I think they'd be too dark.

This is how it looks now;



While I hate the fence, it looks so light and spacious. My original ideas of wooden screens to cover the fence will loose that sense of space. I've bought 3 fibreglass cube planters to go along the left hand fence, which I plan to paint - colour suggestions?

So what would you do to keep the sense of space, but disguise the fence?

Edited by ssorrrento, 10 May 2012 - 10:52 PM.


#2 Amanda_R

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:54 PM

I think you've got some good ideas.  I can't see any problem with any of it, except maybe not painting it green unless you get something that works with the blue in the pool.  You could go for a dirty orange to tie in with the screens, it would contrast nicely with the blue in the pool too.  It's a great idea though, either the three with the screens or two larger ones (or two pairs of two) and the screens in the center.  

You could paint the boxes you want to make instead of having the plain treated pine, but there are timbers out there that are a bit more durable than treated pine and aren't as dark in colour as the usual Merbau etc.  

You have some great ideas, the screens will look fantastic, really creative idea with the planter boxes.  Go for it!

#3 BenevolentDictator

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

Instead of or as well as the mondo along the longer fence, you could put some fasteners into the fence and do a cross hatch pattern using chinese star jasmine.  It doesn't drop a lot, and smells gorgeous.  It does however get vigorous so only do it if you're prepared to give it a haircut once a month.

#4 More than a Mother

Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:42 AM

QUOTE (Amanda_R @ 17/04/2012, 10:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You could go for a dirty orange to tie in with the screens, it would contrast nicely with the blue in the pool too.  It's a great idea though, either the three with the screens or two larger ones (or two pairs of two) and the screens in the center.  

You could paint the boxes you want to make instead of having the plain treated pine, but there are timbers out there that are a bit more durable than treated pine and aren't as dark in colour as the usual Merbau etc.  

You have some great ideas, the screens will look fantastic, really creative idea with the planter boxes.  Go for it!


Thanks for the feedback. I was expecting someone to tell me I was being ridiculous. I like the idea of the orange. I've so many ideas that I'd love to put into practice - I just need an outlet  biggrin.gif .

QUOTE
you could put some fasteners into the fence and do a cross hatch pattern using chinese star jasmine.
I'd thought of something like this - we've just ripped down something similar with native climbers to put the pool in - the climbers had seed pods that exploded in the heat, so weren't suitable. original.gif

Edited by ssorrrento, 18 April 2012 - 10:43 AM.


#5 credence

Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

Hey I've got that screening at my place and absolutely love it. It's about $100 per panel FYI.

I've also got lime green painted behind it and it looks fab. It's such a loud colour, but actually, in context of a garden, it blends in rather nicely with other greenery that we have. I'll take a photo tomorrow and post how it looks.

#6 More than a Mother

Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:15 PM

Ooh - yes please, Credence. Is it in full sun? Have you had it a while? How is it wearing? Is it heavy?

#7 Queen Yoda

Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:08 PM

PO Box Designs do some great designs for outdoor screening.

Love your ideas - sounds like it will look fabulous!

#8 More than a Mother

Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:56 PM

Love some of those designs, Yoda. I don't even want to think about how much they are. I'm strictly on a budget, hence me wanting to do it myself.

#9 Queen Yoda

Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:55 PM

QUOTE (ssorrrento @ 22/04/2012, 02:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Love some of those designs, Yoda. I don't even want to think about how much they are. I'm strictly on a budget, hence me wanting to do it myself.

Yes, they are on my "If we have money to splash about ' list.  Unfortunately, I am not actually allowed to use that list ....  cry1.gif  

We're using the 'Essentials on a budget' list, although my interpretation of that list is slightly different to DH's ....  laughing2.gif

#10 credence

Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

Sorry I didn't come back sooner, but here is what that screen looks like in our backyard.



It's literally a lime green, but it doesn't look to loud in context of all the green foliage we have. It has enough 'pop' though.



#11 More than a Mother

Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:40 PM

That looks great, Credence. Thanks for posting. It's the pattern that I'm leaning towards too.

It looks pretty easy to put up. And from the photo's it looks like there's plants or something else green behind it.

We get the limestone and fence in next week, so then it's time for the fun bit.

#12 credence

Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

It's fairly straight forward to install. In our case, we built a simple frame that we attached to the fence. Then we painted it the lime green colour, then simply nailed the panels straight onto the frame.

I will say, the panels are smaller then you imagine they will be. You should go out and have a look at some in person. They are very light weight, like a particle board. You don't have to finish it with anything, it's perfectly weather proof as it is, but you have the option of spray painting it a different colour if you so wish.

I'm really happy with it. Everyone who has seen it has been really impressed by it.

#13 More than a Mother

Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:16 PM

I've added a photo now the fence and limestone are finished, and edited my original post - I still don't like the fence, but like how spacious it looks.

How do I disguise without losing the light and airy feel?

#14 credence

Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:55 AM

I'm thinking you should create a bench seat along that whole back wall using decking, then run the decking all the way up the fence on that side as a screen. I don't think you'll lose the light and airy feel. I think that comes from the light coloured flooring and the glass fence, not the colourbond!






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.