Understanding the pre-construction process
Landscaping, pools and other outdoor building works
- Have an idea of what you want to achieve – look at websites and on-line forums for ideas. Television shows can also be a good starting point.
- Start a “scrapbook” – collect a range of photographs, cut out pictures from magazines. These can show elements that you really like or a total project that you would like to emulate.
- Have an idea of the budget you have to spend on the project.
- Depending upon the complexity of the project involved, you may wish to employ an architect or designer to assist with the planning of the project.
- Check with your local council to determine if you need planning and building permits.
- Have a written contract/quote with your builder, regardless of the size and price of your project.
- Before work starts, check with your home and contents policy insurer that you are covered for the renovations – you may need extra cover for Swimming pools and spas.
- You must have a building permit for: a swimming pool or spa deeper than 30cm (300mm), including above-ground pools and spas.
- Pool or spa safety barriers are required by law for pools or spas deeper than 30cm (300mm).
- For more information about safety fences for pools and spas, visit your local council and the Victorian Building Authority website.