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Integral to the design of a new home, this pool frames one side of the home and provides a visual connection to the river beyond
Story by: Frederique Gulcher
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Exterior view of house and spa pool area with glazed walls and paving.

Many an architect and designer relishesthe creative freedom to incorporate the outdoor area of a house when setting out the floor plans, as this ensures spatial planning and style is carried through.

When architectural designer Greg Young designed this family home beside a meandering stream, a lap pool was the natural choice for the narrow site.

"The swimming pool fits snugly between the house and stream, so that the owners can now look from the living room to the pool and river beyond," he says.


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View of the pool tiling and paving.

L-shaped, the swimming pool frames the northern corner of the house. This is the shallow end and entry to the pool, accessed via a patio which connects to the kitchen, ideal for children with wet feet. To maintain symmetry, a spa pool was placed at the other corner of the house, in the formal entertaining area. Access to this formal patio is via the dining room.

As well as responding to a tight site, Young had to find a creative solution to meet pool fencing requirements. The house is wedged into a slope, with the eastern side above ground. Some digging work was required to form the deep end of the swimming pool, and a retaining wall provides it with a hard edge.

To prevent swimmers from sitting directly on the retaining wall and to meet the required fence height, a low glass edge was installed along this side of the pool. The glass also improves the view through to the stream. The homeowner specified a self-clean shielding glass that prevents chlorine build-up, ensuring a flawless, almost invisible pool edge.

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View of the outdoor fireplace framed in schist stone.

Honed marble terrazzo provides a non-slip surface outside and matches the polished terrazzo flooring inside. The light colour palette is carried through in the choice of white outdoor furniture.

Mar 11, 2009

Credit list

Project builder
Andrew James
Landscape designer
Ben McMaster, Inside Out Design
Furniture
Belle Interiors
Spa and swimming pool builder
Pioneer Pools
Gates and fencing
Pilkingtons
Flooring
Honed marble terrazzo from Insitu
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