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SIZE AND DEPTH
When it comes to determining the size and depth
of your swimming pool, it helps to narrow the
selection down by asking yourself a few questions.
“Gone are the days when we just design a pool that
is 1200mm deep at the shallow end and 1800mm
deep at the deep end,” says Ryan Healy, managing
director of Newforms and director of Phase3. “It
all starts at the initial consultation and with asking
the client how they anticipate they will utilise
their pool – do they want something they can
lounge and entertain in? Do they want something
they can do laps in? Is it for the kids to run and
jump? Do they want an area in which they can
introduce their young children to water? Is it all of
the above? Or is it purely for aesthetic value?”
While a recreational pool may simply require
a shallow and deep area in any shape, a pool for
athletic purposes would best suit a long, straight
section for laps. Alternatively, for those with
limited space, a swim spa is a good, compact and
Next come the different options for ledges and
steps. “The advantage of concrete pools is their
flexibility and the ability to customise the shape
and ledges, but the client must be aware that the
more intricate the pool steps and ledges, the more
the cost increases,” says Ryan.
With higher-density living becoming the norm
and accompanying smaller lot sizes, the need to
maximise usable space has also opened the doors
to a style traditionally seen in luxury resorts – the
plunge pool. However, Ryan is also seeing
a resurgence of the desire in Generation X to hark
back to what they grew up with – namely, a decent,
larger-size pool that kids can run, jump and play in.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE GETTING STARTED
• Who will be using your pool, and for what reasons?
• What are you able to commit to financially for the design, build and long-term maintenance of your pool?
• How does the size of your outdoor space determine the shape of your pool?
“Often the best pools are the simplest,” says Ryan Healy, managing director of Newforms and director of Phase3. “ T he
question for the designer is, ‘How can we deliver the client’s requirements with the least amount of complication?’ That’s
when design prowess – in combination with an understanding of construction method – comes to fruition.”
Three simple words – get started early. You may have been thinking about your dream pool for
a while, but the truth is that the planning of it is likely to be a long and convoluted process.
When building a new home, the outdoor space is sometimes an afterthought: it’s imperative to
get it right from the beginning. Get familiar with council and legal requirements before any design
decisions are made. When it comes to plumbing, pool footings, electrics and water-treatment
systems, making assumptions can be an extremely costly exercise in terms of retrofitting.
If you’re working from a blank canvas, get your landscape designer working with your architect
and builder. There’s nothing worse than a beautifully constructed pool that misses the mark when
it comes to the design, or vice versa. Providing an explanation of the reasons behind every design
decision is the difference between an average designer and one worth their salt.
It’s also important to not fall into the trap of treating the pool and the outdoor space
as two separate design challenges. Ultimately they need to complement each other.
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