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POOL NO MORE
by Ritz Exterior Design
the original garden
e space was dominated by a pool the owners
didn't use often any more. With grandchildren
around, it was either install a pool fence that would
further isolate the bulk of the yard, or do awaywith
the pool altogether. Generally, the area was dated,
with pencil pines planted along the boundary wall
and a large water feature at the end of the pool.
the client brief
e client wanted to extend the living area outside
beyond the existing fixed patio but still wanted to
allow some light to enter the ground floor living
and kitchen area. ey wanted a pizza oven and
an area for the grandchildren to play.
Ritz Exterior Design director Guy Mouritz, wanted
to avoid one large, flat area with no definition of
space and limited area for furniture. e space also
needed to cater for a large number of people.
According to Guy, the preparation was the biggest
challenge during the project. e size of the access
tunnel was restricted by the width of the front
French doors, so a barrow was the best way the
team could get into the area.
Ritz had to jackhammer the entire top off
the pool's shell to allow for new decking and
walls to be built. Large holes had to be cut in
the bottom of the pool to allow for the water
About 40 cubic metres, or four truck loads,
of concrete, limestone paving and bricks from
the old pool and water feature had to be manually
removed from the area. Ritz had to barrow in
60 cubic metres, or six truckloads, of fill sand
that had to be compacted in layers to achieve
a stable base to build on.
A bobcat loaded barrows from the road and
three men on barrows (Guy included) brought
the fill through the tunnel.
Once the fill sand was in the pool, it had to be
levelled then compacted, which proved to be one
of the most physically challenging projects the
company has undertaken.
creating the look
To allow sunlight into the main internal living
areas while extending the area into the great
outdoors, Ritz Exterior Design created a flexible
The roof cover has rain sensors, which shut both roofs
automatically when rain is detected.
The pizza oven has preparation space in the granite
bench and a built-in drawer for wood storage, creating
a brilliant casual entertaining space.
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