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The owners of this inner city home knew exactly what they wanted from their pool and landscape, functionality, visual appeal and easy maintenance. The design and build of this project, pool and landscape successfully combines all these elements.


The fully tiled swimming pool interior utilises a dark blue mosaic tile, giving the water an invitingly intense colour and unwittingly begging all to jump in. To keep the pool operating as efficiently as possible, Goldfish Pools ensured only the highest quality pool equipment was installed. An in-floor cleaning and circulation system eliminates the need for manual cleaning, while the reverse polarity salt chlorinator automatically adjusts the chlorine levels and in conjunction with an automatic ph controller ensures the pool is always sparking clear and ready for use.

The generous elevated poolside Merbau timber deck located alongside the pool that connects the outdoor Alfresco area to the pool and landscape, contains a raised timber platform to make a feature of the orbit love seat, which has been positioned between two granite clad cubes, that rise out of the deck. Clad in Granite ‘Nero Notte’ laid horizontally in a stretcher bond pattern, with selected granite spheres being placed centrally on top of the cubes to frame the love seat, while selected palms have been used behind to impact a tropical effect.

Large granite tiles laid in a stretcher bond pattern forming a path leads from the deck allowing access to the broad offset steps of the pool and other areas of the new landscape via extended bands of granite paving within the lawn area. At the end of the lawn area a Merbau timber clad day-bed rests on the edge of a raised rendered planter, creating a superbly located escape from the heat of the day.

A large format granite stretcher bond pattern path coming off the deck to the deep end of the pool leads to the outdoor shower alongside the pool. The walls of the outdoor shower have been clad in slim granite tiles laid in a horizontal stretcher bond pattern to match the Alfresco and other poolside paving.

A feature wall of vertically clad granite ‘Nero Notte’ tiles provides the perfect highlight for the backyard as it rises from the inside of the pool beside the outdoor shower creating a strong visual focus within the design. Water runs gently down the outside face of the wall, making tranquil sounds as it hits the pool below. LED pool lights are aligned to the under water bench so the granite clad water wall is illuminated at night.

Extensive strategic ambient pool and landscape lighting illuminates the entire project, creating a stunning night time visual highlight, and allows full use of the outside area both day and night.

The end result is a striking well integrated pool and landscape that is contained in what is a somewhat limited space which adds immeasurably to the amenity and value of the property.

swimming pool features

CLEANING: Pv3 In-Floor Cleaning & Circulation System
HEATING: Sunbather Solar Heating with separate pump and digital controller
FILTRATION: Waterco Micron High Rate Sand Filter and Hydrostorm pump
SANITATION: Zodiac LM3 Salt Chlorinator self cleaning with automatic timeclock
AUTO DOSING UNIT: Rolachem RC25-6 automatic pH control
INTERIOR: Coulson mosaic ‘Dark-Blue’ tiles
WATER FEATURE: Granite ‘Nero Notte’ stone clad raised water wall with separate pump
LIGHTING: Spa Electrics LED Niche Lights
POOL FENCING: deFence Semi- Frameless Glass Pool Fencing
GARDEN LIGHTING: Light on Landscape
IRRIGATION: Bayside Turf & Irrigation
PAVING STONE: Graniteworks ‘Nero Notte’
STONE CLADDING: Granite Works ‘Nero Notte’


Steve Taylor (Creative Outdoor Solutions)