Intelligent design maximises space
Our clients had grown up children and wanted a space for relaxation and cooling off. They wanted a pool but had limited space. A small backyard was already used as an outdoor entertaining area. On the side of the house there was a deck leading off the living area to a relatively unused space of about three metres between the house and the boundary. We decided that this may be the best option for the pool.
To maximise the space the pool was designed at existing deck level. This helped overcome a few issues. By alleviating the need for steps, it enabled the pool to be an extension of the living area. It also meant minimal excavation was required which overcame any undermining issues. One issue was how to install the pool barrier and not have it cut the already small deck in half. Regulations were checked and rulings sought before the pool fence was installed in front of the French Doors leading onto the deck, inside the house. This allowed the clients to still open the doors to allow air in, while complying with current fencing regulations.
The pool was wedged between the house and boundary with all space available used. To overcome any overlooking issues a screen was installed on the boundary. The screen was made of glass with a decorative film installed to allow light through into the neighbouring property. A series of decorative timber beams were installed to break up the screen and provide an architectural element to the space.
The pool is fully tiled with German made 10mm x 10mm Jasba ceramic mosaic tiles. All corners to the pool are rounded which ensures a smooth surface with no cuts evident in the tiling. Stepping stones provide a link between the two deck areas with large entry steps encouraging swimmers into the pool while also providing a space to lounge in the water.
This design is an example of how intelligent design can be used to maximise space and overcome site specific issues to deliver a pool that is beautiful and functional.