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Getting the right water feature for your garden
is almost as important as the right plants
Water is always a welcoming element in any landscape and incorporating pools
seamlessly into outdoor entertaining areas is a challenge many landscape designers face.
“One of the first considerations when designing a swimming pool is the fencing,” s ays
Carol Harper from Exclusive Pools. “ Unfortunately, there is no way of getting out of
having isolation fencing and it can inhibit the integration of the indoor/outdoor areas,
but there are ways of making it interesting.
“ Raising the pools to be above ground, with the pool walls acting as the isolation
fencing is a great way to save space. They can look quite bulky though, so by adding
glass panels or infinity edges they can also be water features enjoyed year round.
“ Lap pools are also very popular as they are able to maximise the space between the
boundary and house. By wrapping the pool around the house it brings the leisure area of
the pool closer to the house, which is also great for supervision of the kids,” she says.
Blake Willis, from Blake Willis Landscape Architects, also has many years of
experience in incorporating pools into attractive and functional outdoor spaces, and is
full of creative suggestions in this area.
“ When there’s a pool involved, it’s all about integrating the isolation fencing into the
space. So we try to give (the fencing) a use, like turning it into a bar. People want to
lose the feeling of a barrier between a pool and the rest of the space, and it doesn’t cost
much to, say, put in a post-glazed barrier and then drop a nice broad plank of timber on
top of it to turn it into a bar,” he explains.
This pool, designed by Jo Taylor,
integrates seamlessly with the
home and outdoors.
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