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Outdoors & Gardens | Perfect pools
Art of layers
The owners of this home had already engaged
a pool contractor prior to enlisting the help of
eScape Landscape Architecture. The aim was to
create a contemporary native garden with a series
of passive useable spaces that connect to the main
alfresco area, pool and spa. During excavation,
however, a significant amount of rock was
uncovered; as a result, the pool was put in above
ground to minimise costs.
During the design and construction of the pool,
however, this same rock proved useful. The levels
and angles of the retaining walls were planned to
incorporate the existing natural site features and
geology into the design. Also, the pool equipment
room was now able to be tucked under the deck,
to save space and avoid high screening walls.
Materials such as jarrah timber decking,
alpine dry-stacked cladding, Australian porphyry
cobbles, Summerstone Fines, travertine paving,
honed in situ concrete, ACO strip drains, and
gabion baskets with laterite rock were selected
to enhance the design themes, and for their
ability to improve over time.
The challenges encountered during this
project highlight the importance of hiring
professionals, particularly for the initial
planning stages of the pool design process.
eScape (08) 9201 2772, www.e -scapedesign.com.
What better way to reflect the ambience of
Bali than with a beautiful, resort-like pool
surrounded by exotic plantings? Working closely
with Matthews Architecture, who designed the
new outhouse building, Newforms Landscape
Architecture and Phase3 Landscape Construction
created a striking pool, spa and outdoor
While blade walls were used to create depth and
interest in the garden, a combination of sandstone
and fire-engine red was used to invigorate the
space through contrast with the dense foliage.
One of these walls sits on the pool edge
and forms a water feature, defining a small
deck for entry and exit to the pool. To create
the look and feel of a natural rockpool, it was
colour-coated a deep blue.
Frameless glass fencing was used to ensure
views of the beautiful pool area from the house were
not compromised. Design: Newforms Landscape
Architecture (08) 9331 7911, www.newforms.com.au;
Construction: Phase3 Landscape Construction
(08) 9337 6985, www.phasethree.net.au.
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