Making a splash

Fab fun: Pools are great for all ages and can provide hours of entertainment at your home. Photo: Shutterstock.
Fab fun: Pools are great for all ages and can provide hours of entertainment at your home. Photo: Shutterstock.

While many people focus their time and resources renovating inside their house, improvements outside can also provide many benefits. Revamping the exterior of your property can transform your home, while adding value if you are looking to sell.

A pool is a great option with many benefits and come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your needs and your budget. A pool can make an amazing play area for children, a stylish setting to entertain guests or simply a place to cool off. When choosing your pool it's also important to think about maintenance as traditionally they can be a lot of work.

Ultimate relaxation: Whether it's after a hard day at work or weekend out playing sport, a spa could be the perfect addition to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.

Ultimate relaxation: Whether it's after a hard day at work or weekend out playing sport, a spa could be the perfect addition to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.

Mineral pools are becoming increasingly popular given they use less chlorine and are a more natural way of keeping a pool clean. They help save water and can lower maintenance costs by up to 80 per cent while having the added bonus of being more healthy for you.

It's also important to make sure your new addition complements your home with some pools highlighted by sleek contemporary styles that make a statement, while others use soft curves and natural colour palettes to create a relaxing oasis.

Wise Investment: Adding a pool or spa can add much needed value to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.

Wise Investment: Adding a pool or spa can add much needed value to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.

For those who have limited space, spas make a great alternative to a pool with the advantage of being easier to install and cheaper than most pools. Spas can be ideal for entertaining friends with new models featuring built in Bluetooth stereos, WiFi control and LED lighting, or the perfect spot to relax and sooth those sore muscles and joints.

Spas can also provide the perfect place to exercise with swim spas creating currents for users to swim against, increasing your fitness through a style of resistance training.

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