A couple of former landscapers who decided to team up and start a pool building business in early 2018 are on Cloud 9 after winning statewide recognition for one of their first pools.
Rob Lewis, of Barrack Heights, and Glenn Heath, of Oak Flats, are celebrating winning their category art the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia Award of Excellence for a concrete pool costing up to $50,000.
Mr Lewis said the Gold Award for their Barrack Heights business Cloud 9 Pools was for a project they started in Shell Cove within months of starting their new business.
They had both worked in the pool industry before for other larger companies.
But prior to that the two qualified landscapers had each notched up 15 years in the landscape industry.
"We did the Shell Cover pool in July last year," Mr Lewis said.
"It was probably the third or fourth pool we did after starting our business in January 2018".
The site was a challenging one because there was limited space and a sewer line with an inspection hole near the back fence they had to stay two metres from.
So the two men with a wealth of landscaping experience put their heads together and came up with an innovative design that maximised the available space.
They also had to lodge a development application with Shellharbour City Council to locate the pool as close to a side boundary as they could to maximise the room.
"We had to design it with a 45 degree angle so it could go around the man-hole," Mr Lewis said.
"We shifted the pool up closer to the house. And where we had the 45 degree angle for the man-hole we mimicked that on the other side of the pool so that it matched.
"In coming up with such a unique design we decided we might give it a go for some recognition and entered it in the SPASA Awards for NSW and we ended up winning".
Mr Lewis said it was amazing to achieve awards success so quickly.
He said they are now looking forward to attending the national awards in August.
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