This 10 metre free form pool has been designed to give the appearance of a natural pond, in the midst of a suburban back yard. Its curved lines, generous spa and inviting waterfall appear irresistible.
The pool itself has been finished in gold and white pebble mix and features waterline tiles that are antique white in colour. The coping is of brick paving interspersed with outcrops of sandstone that occur in six places around the pool circumference. The sandstone serves to enhance the natural pond image, which is also created by the rock cliffs that have been created at the deep end of the pool. The brick paving extends around the pool and spa, forming pathways that wind through native gardens and lead between various parts of the pool. The paving also extends from the pool area to the steps which lead to the house and a small children's playground.
Entry to the pool is gained by means of an extended underwater ledge adjacent to the spa. This gives the impression of a beach at high tide, with most of the sand submerged. Next to the submerged beach is the spa, which has a shape reminiscent of a flattened circle. The spa itself is finished in the same tiles as the pool waterline tiles right down to the seat and is lined with gold and white pebble mix in the foot well. Water from the spa flows into the pool over a slate spillway. The spa coping is the same brick paving as the pool and as the spa is set at the same level, there is a strong visual link between the two, as if the spa was a smaller pool adjoining a larger pond. Equipped with gas heating, air blower and booster pump driving 6 spa jets instead of the usual 4, the spa provides a high degree of comfort and an enhanced spa effect.
At the deep end of the pool, a cave has been formed in what appears to be a sandstone cliff face. This entire area has been created in artificial rock, carefully coloured to match with the existing natural rocks on site. Entry to the cave can be gained through an opening that extends in height over half a metre above the waterline. The interior of the cave is one large underwater seat at a depth of half a metre. The cave ceiling is 1.5 metres higher than the waterline, forming a spacious and secluded retreat from the outside world, which is made more attractive by the addition of a specific underwater light for the cave and the inclusion of a stereo speaker system embedded into the walls.
The cave opening is covered by a waterfall that springs up from 3 metres above the pool, from on top of the artificial sandstone cliff that conceals the cave from prying eyes. Water bubbles up into a small pond that has been formed out of artificial rock and natural sandstone. The water then flows into a large pond on top of the cliff. This pond is quite shallow and has been set with large river pebbles to enhance the illusion. The water then drops into the pool nearly 2 metres below, over quite a large area, so that almost the entire cliff face is covered with the beauty and the sparkle of the cascading water.
The total effect is quite stunning. Surrounded by native plants, the combination of ponds, waterfall and substantial areas of rock outcrops only serve to suggest that this pool and spa are a naturally occurring secluded water hole. The addition of the cave completes the effect absolutely, so that the invitation for relaxation is enriched by the chance to retreat from the everyday cares of life.