Constructing Swimming Pool for More than 30 Years
Natural Pools have been designing and constructing quality in-ground concrete swimming pools and spas for 30 plus years. Funded by Frank and Kay Morden, Terry and Jenny McCartney now hold the rains, although Frank is still an integral member of the Natural Pools team. With more than 60 awards to their name, Natural Pools is a leading builder of innovative and quality inner city, Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula pools.
The striking pool is situated in the under-utilised front yard of a narrow inner city block. Its chic contouring replaces a poorly located and out of scale existing swimming pool. The pool’s owner wanted the area to be integrated with their home for entertaining. Due to limited space they envisioned a sleek, minimalist look with a contemporary Asian influence.
The square-edged pool has full width steps for easy access and generous seating. The incorporation of a swim out along the length of the pool maximises use of the available space. The pool is tile in 25mm square black ceramic mosaic tiles, once submerged in water, thine a magnificent slate blue in daylight. Two blue lights give a vibrant, stylish contrast to the surrounds at night, contrasting with the neutral colour palette of the courtyard. For a difference effect, the black tiles create a mirror-like surface when the pool lights are left off.
Focal elements have been used sparingly in the design of the pool and courtyard to create a restful area and also given the illusion of space.
A low feature wall maintains a subtle waterfall that is lit when an up-light from the pool. The soothing sound of water is heard through the garden, masking the noise from the outside street. A beautiful stone Buddha is gently bathed in light at night. The service area, located behind the feature wall, is clearly disguised behind a custom fabricated steel frame, clad with blue board and finished with rust paint. This pool has gas heating which allows for comfortable swimming all year round.
The colour of the large format Anston pavers was specially mixed to complement the colours of the house, pool and perimeter fencing. The large format pavers were used to reduce the lines of grouting and create a feeling of space. Strips of Mondo grass soften the expanse of paving and a screen of bamboo obscures the neighbouring residence. Stepping stones link the entrance gate to the front door.
Featured in: Melbourne Pool+ Outdoor Design – Australia’s leading pool and outdoor magazine.
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