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Garden with swimming pool

Garden with swimming pool

A restored antique gate provides an attractive entrance to the garden

View form the sunken seating area

Miscanthus grasses provide informal screening

Wide grass steps lead to the pool

This saltwater lap pool stretches 14 metres in length and allows two people to swim side by side

Corten steel edging with its rich rust patina sits well with the brickwork and gives a more contemporary feel

Hand made clay pavers laid in a classic herringbone pattern form the sunken terrace

When one seating area is in sun, the other is in shade

Architectural planting by the sunbathing terrace

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Garden with Swimming Pool


For this family of keen swimmers, a 14 metre lap pool was number one on their wish list and to get maximum enjoyment they wanted plenty of space to relax and entertain.


As the garden is relatively small, I was concerned that such a large pool would predominate and there would be insufficient opportunity for to soften the hard-landscaping with planting. The design was further constrained by the sloping site and access difficulties; we wanted to keep as much soil as possible but the project demanded major excavation works.


The pool construction is an insulated block work shell with a tailor- made PVC liner chosen to give an inviting aqua appearance to the water. A remote-controlled heat-retaining cover is cleverly concealed under the paving at one end.


To blend the pool with its surroundings, access is restricted to 2 main entrances and planting is close to the perimeter with architectural evergreens and softly swaying grasses. The three terraces and landings are paved with hand-made clay pavers chosen for their warm rich tones and the feeling that they’ve been there forever. Lawn borders are edged with corten steel to complement the paving and a restored antique wrought iron gate provides an attractive entrance to the garden whilst affording added safety for children and pets.

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