Resort-style poolscape for outdoor entertaining

Poolscape by Rolling Stone Landscapes with large swimming pool, spa pool, stepping stones, weir water feature, outdoor kitchen
Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Danny Kildare
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This pool pavilion has a wood deck that protrudes out over the water, enhancing the sense of connection. With a bathroom and fully equipped kitchen incorporating a sink, barbecue, refrigerator and dishwasher, the pavilion is virtually self contained. Other features include a wood fire and wall-mounted television. Pool terraces provide plenty of additional places for relaxing there is also a shallow triangle in the pool so the owners and guests can lounge in the water. The landscape is by Rolling Stone Landscapes.

Scale and proportion are just as important to landscape design as they are to architecture. And when a house is large and contemporary, the landscaping needs to follow suit.

Landscape designer Dean Herald of Rolling Stone Landscapes was involved in this project right from the start when cows grazed on site.

"It's a very large 2ha site, well suited to the resort-style setting the owners wanted," Herald says. "A consistent gradient down from the street meant we could position the house, pools and a pavilion on the upper level, and step the landscaping down to a tennis court below."


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This home's landscape was designed by Dean Herald of Rolling Stone Landscapes. It features a series of pools, a tennis court and a pavilion with an outdoor kitchen.

As with all Herald's designs, integrating the landscape with the architecture was paramount.

"We even introduced water to the house right at the entry, with a long reflection pool that creates a line of sight out to the landscape beyond. Small fountains, or bubblers, add movement and sound, and help direct the eye. Water flows beneath stepping stones to cascade over a wet edge into the swimming pool. From here it falls over another weir at the other end of the pool, so the water is constantly moving."

The pavilion echoes the contemporary design of the house, and features a similarly large overhang with a chimney element. A wood deck cantilevering over the pool reinforces the resort look. The pavilion, which is also positioned to overlook the tennis court, provides a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, dining and lounging areas, a fireplace and stone-clad chimney, and a bathroom.

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A large date palm balances the scale of the architecture of this house, and helps to keep the size of the pool pavilion at right in perspective. The palm is underplanted with Alternanthera dentata. Elsewhere, agaves within beds of stone add a sculptural element. The swimming pool is heated by solar panels on the roof of the pavilion. The landscape is by Rolling Stone Landscapes.

The tropical theme is further enhanced by a large date palm on one side of the pool. Herald says the height of the palm helps to keep the size of the pavilion in perspective.

"As soon as we put in the palm, everything fell into place the proportions were perfect."

Oct 29, 2012

Credit list

House architect
Urban Harmony
Pool builder
Splish Splash Pools
Cladding on pavilion
Lugano Italian granite from Eco Outdoor
Paving
Ecolight porcelain tile in Floor Gres Echotech from Di Lorenzo
Outdoor kitchen
Kastell Kitchens
House builder
Gremmo Homes
Landscape contractor
Rolling Stone Landscapes
Outdoor furniture
Tribu sofas from Cosh Living; Nullica day beds with stainless steel frame from Eco Outdoor
Gates and fencing
Glass, with stainless steel spigots
Fireplace
Heatmaster B Series wood firebox from Dragon Wholesaling
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