Great outdoors – at home THE Collison family, of Munno Para West, have joined a trend by South Australian homeowners towards outdoor living projects and entertaining at home.
They recently installed a pool at the new home they moved into last year.
“We moved here from England about 13 months ago – we wanted to live the Australian lifestyle and be outdoors a lot,” Melissa Collison said.
“Now that we have the pool we entertain outside and we are about to put in a veranda.”
The demand for inground pools in Adelaide is booming as families choose to entertain more at home.
Australian Outdoor Living managing director Colin Kuchel said while sales were strong across the metropolitan area, 30 per cent of the pools installed in the past 12 months had been in north and north east.
“I think people have been taking advantage of the greater equity they have accumulated in their homes and they are enjoying it by putting in a pool,” he said.
“With the water restrictions they are replacing lawns with pools, decking and synthetic lawn.”
Mr Kuchel said the demand was mainly from families with young children, with most spending about $30,000 to put in a pool with solar heating.
“I think they also see it as a good investment – increasing the value of their home.”
He said larger block sizes available, particularly in the north and northeast, made it easy to accommodate a pool.
“You could say that business is booming.”
“We have put in 200-plus pools so far this financial year. The demand has been quite staggering.”