Pools

A swimming pool turns the backyard into a mini resort. Get info on putting in a new pool or renovating an old one, plus follow our guides on keeping the water crystal clear without calling in the pros, what to plant poolside, how to lay paving as a surround and installing a safety fence DIY.

What To Plant Around A Pool
A swimming pool is often on the wish list for the backyard but may not be on the reno budget for several years. If you’re landscaping from scratch and you would like a pool in your backyard down the track, make space for it as you lay out the garden...
Essential Swimming Pool Care
Swimming pools are a summer essential, providing fun for the kids and relief from the heat. But they have to be regularly maintained for hygiene and safety. Left to its own devices, a pool becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and algae, w...
Clean And Paint Concrete Around The Pool
The large palm trees and lush surrounding gardens give this pool area the feel of a tropical oasis with a delightful ambience. But the poolside concrete had been left in its natural state by the previous homeowner. And while it was practical, the...
How To Lay Pool Pavers
Upgrade the surrounds of a backyard swimming pool with new paving.  There’s nothing better than enjoying a long, hot day by the water, but old and dirty paving can make relaxing by the pool much less appealing. Surrounded by pavers that had los...
DIY Beach Towel Rack
Kids love to play in the pool with their friends during the summer, but it does mean lots of wet towels just get dropped on the ground. The solution is to build a simple towel rack from high pressure pipe, elbows and T-joiners, attaching them to...
Repair Pool Pavers
Fix sunken and lifted pavers to save money and eliminate trip hazards on a wet surface.  A swimming pool is the source of hours of family fun and lots of splashes. But often, it’s this water splashing over the paved pool surround that can lead to...
How to improve pool safety

With innovative safety features, the G8Safe TriLatch prevents children from gaining access to the pool area.

Sponsored article The backyard pool is an iconic part of Australian culture, with many summer barbecues, pool parties and relaxing afternoons centred around this Aussie institution.   Owning a pool comes with a great deal of responsibility, as there...
Build An Open-Air Shower
Standing under an alfresco shower is the ideal way to rinse off salt, sand or chlorine after a dip on a hot summer’s day. Made from merbau decking with screens on three sides, this simple, attractive design is a desirable addition to any pool or gard...
Install Glass Pool Fencing
Install glass panels and mini posts to stay safe without blocking the view.  Gone are the days of the pool fence that fulfilled the safety regulations but did nothing to enhance the appearance of the yard.  Today’s pool owners want a safe outdo...
Put up a new fence around your pool that looks good and provides safety   Aluminium fencing is a popular choice for a pool surround, as it is low-maintenance, quick to install and very affordable.   This swimming pool previously had an unsi...
A backyard swimming pool paradise in Australia

Millions of Australians have swimming pools in their backyards

Australia’s dedication to the laidback, outdoor lifestyle means it’s no surprise we have the highest number of swimming pools per capita in the world.   That love affair looks set to continue with 13,000 pools built each year, according to Swimart Po...
A mini pool is created in a small backyard space

Small but brilliantly designed, this pool was built in a confined patch of the backyard

When Handyman reader Sharon Metzl came to redo the backyard, it was the realisation of a long-held plan. ‘After renovating the house, we didn’t have the cash to do what we wanted in the backyard. Nine years and two kids later, it was time,’ she said....