A Pool at the Top of the World
To create the feeling of being on top of the world, this pool was built above ground level.
The pool was built the same time as the two-story home, positioned on the second floor so it would be the on the same level as the kitchen, dining and living areas, which open out to the pool terrace.
This was a challenging construction for the team at Natural Pools. Due to its location the entire pool and spa structure had to be fully formed and concreted approximately three metres above ground level.
It was imperative that the pool did not leak as this would create major problems within the house. Special waterproofing additives were incorporated in the pool concrete, water-stop seals were applied to all plumbing penetrations and the pool was given a waterproof membrane prior to tiling.
White ceramic mosaic tiles were selected for the pool and spa interior to provide a soft blue colour to the water. Decking and granite pavers were chosen for the pool coping and surrounds to complement the tones of the house.
The pool design integrated with the house and offers year-round panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. The use of Glasson the outside wall of the swimming pool was cleverly designed to create the illusion of the pool’s water and Port Phillip Bay blending as one. In keeping with the seamless design, a 200mm glass panel was installed to form the spillway wall between the pool and spa.
The pool is fully automated, with touch-panel control of all pool and spa functions from within the house. Gas and solar heating systems have been installed, allowing for the pool to be used comfortably throughout the year. A PCC2000 in-floor cleaning system, automatic chlorination and an automatic water leveller provide for a very low-maintenance pool.
The intricate lighting around the pool surround, which is fully automated for within the house, creates an inviting area for outdoor entertaining.
Overall, the swimming pool is perfectly placed, providing unobstructed views of the bay whether you are in the pool or in the house.
And what better way to unwind at the end of the day than relaxing in the spa while watching the sun go down.
Natural Pools – The Experts
Natural Pools was the pioneer of the “natural”-style swimming pool in Victoria. Natural Pools’ style has evolved over the past 35 years; having built swimming pools and gardens of every type and style, the company now tends towards modern-classical and minimalist designs that complement today’s architectural trends.
Natural Pools employs a team of landscape architects and offers a landscape design service to create beautiful outdoor living and entertaining area and garden for clients.
The company has always let through innovation. It was the first swimming pool company in Melbourne to recommend and install solar heating for pools. Similarly, it was the first to embrace salt chlorination and in-floor cleaning systems.
A major company highlight was the construction of arguably the biggest swimming pool in Australia. The wet-edge pool, which measures a remarkable 120m x 90m x 5m, was built for the filming of Noah’s Ark and Moby Dick movies.
Since 1985, Natural Pools has won more than 60 Awards, with three awards – a Gold and two Highly Commended – at the 2008 and 2008 Victorian SPASA Awards of Excellence and A Gold Award in the 2007 National Pool and Spa of the Year awards.
National Pools uses only quality materials and equipment, and the most highly skilled and professional tradesman.
Source: Poolside – Your complete guide to pools, spas & landscaping.
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