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Featu re | Pools of the future
The advantages of high-density living
in urban environments bring with them
a need for superior design to ensure
outdoor living space isn’t compromised.
Many homeowners still strive for
a multipurpose outdoor space that includes
a pool, however there is a growing
awareness of the fact that for an average
family there are really only a few years
where the kids might want space to
play pool games, run and dive, and race
each other up and down. The rest of the
time will be spent either on the steps
when they’re very young, or relaxing on
benches and seats as young adults. For
these reasons, smaller designs are not only
becoming more popular, but also the norm.
At the design stage, familiarise yourself
with council and legal requirements before
any decisions are made. When it comes to
plumbing, pool footings, electrics and water-
treatment systems, making assumptions
can be an extremely costly exercise in terms
of retrofitting. Get a detailed timeline from
your pool installer so that you can see day-
by-day, week-by-week, how the progress is
going in relation to the estimated time.
If you’re working from a blank canvas,
get your landscape designer working
alongside your architect and builder.
There’s nothing worse than having
a beautifully constructed pool that
has missed the mark when it comes to
the design, or vice versa. Getting
an explanation of the reasons behind
every design decision is the difference
between an average designer and one
worth their salt.
It’s also important to not fall into
the trap of treating the pool and the
outdoor space as two separate design
challenges. Ultimately they need to
complement each other.
“Often the best pools are the simplest,
like most things in design,” says Ryan
Healy, ma naging director of Newforms
and director of Phase3. “The question for
the designer is, ‘How can we deliver the
client’s requirements with the least amount
of necessity to create complication?’ That’s
when design prowess – in combination
with an understanding of construction
method – comes to fruition.”
While limited by the size of the yard, this po ol still inco rpo rates a deeper en d, ledges for sitting an d
conversing, a nd a con cealed space adjacen t to the pool fo r storing the po ol blan ket and toys.
“ The initial brief was to design a po ol for the back ya rd but also retain so me external space
outside of the fenced-off pool area,” says Matt Hu xtable of Phase3 La ndscape Con stru ction . “ We
wan ted to make su re that the material choices co mplemen ted the style of the ho me but also created
a clean , modern feel fo r the landscape space.”
Because of the smaller space, the pool was pushed against the neighbour’s boundary. “Pools of this
nature require careful planning and care in construction to ensure there are no issues with adjacent
structures,” says Matt. “This was located in relative proximity to the house, so temporary propping of
the house verandah was required, as well as management of the laneway outside the rear property.”
Pool pumps are a nother trick y compon en t to deal with in a small space, ho wever this was
addressed by locating it behind a timber screen adjacent to the vera ndah.
Phase3 La ndscape Construc tion (08) 933 7 6985, phasethree net.au .
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