Pools with windows

Swimming pools with windows into basements create a great visual feature into the pool and also add light into the basement rooms that adjoin the pool. This pool has just been formed and now matches the basement walls where the window will be a feature in the bar cabinetry within the entertainment room.

Suspended Slab

When building a suspended slab its best to prepare as much of the services and penetrations as possible without having to drill through later. In the pictures below you can see pipes and duct work for plumbing, electrical and airconditioning.

Hydronic Heating

When setting up for Hydronic inslab heating it is important to do an accurate set out of the floor plan including all the walls and cabinets.

We had marked out with paint on the insulation board the future layout of the walls and cabinetry. The Hydronic contractor was then able to easily lay the pipes in the correct position to achieve a nice and evenly toasty warm floor.

The pipes are now hidden under the concrete floor ready to heat.

Insulating under slab

There are heaps of options to get your "R" rating up to save energy consumption for your home. One way of doing it is to insulate the underside of your ground slab. Here we have used Kingspan Kooltherm to help achieve a 6 star energy rating. The benefit here will be with hydronic inslab heating installed the heat will be fully radiated up through the top of the slab and not pass down into the earth.

Concrete feature walls

In this basement we are building an entertainment room and 3 of the 4 walls will be in situ concrete walls to create a concrete feature. The room will comprise a bar, wine cellar and lounge with a window that looks directly in the swimming pool.

Not only will the concrete be a feature but there is also a lot of other features built into the walls including LED back lit floating shelving a wet bar and a wine rack built with metal pins protruding from the wall. 

With the level of detail in the walls its important to set all plumbing, electrical conduits for lighting and power and any penetrations through the walls in the correct spot. You don't get a second chance once the concrete is set.

The steel work, formwork and bracing is complete with the concrete pumped into the walls and vibrated for a smooth finish.