Derelict boathouse transformed into luxury pool and spa

Friday, 05 July, 2013 | Supplied by: Sunrise Pools

When Sunrise Pools received a call to turn a derelict, heritage-listed, waterfront boathouse into a contemporary, indoor lap pool, they donned their wetsuits and dived into the challenge.

Once used by a 19th-century Sydney governor to park his boat, the heritage-listed boathouse was in ruins. But the clients dreamed that it could be restored into a contemporary, indoor lap pool and asked Sunrise Pools to work their magic.

The project presented many challenges. First, there was no access from the road, hence all materials, tools and equipment arrived on site via barge. In addition, the old boatshed was designed with a boat ramp to allow for the owners’ boat to be launched directly into the bay. This meant that the site of the pool was largely underwater so the majority of the work had to be done at low tide, with wetsuit-clad workers undertaking much of the work at the outset. A temporary wall was built to keep water out of the construction site. Due to the waterfront position, all reinforcing steel had to be galvanised.

After tireless work from the Sunrise Pools team, the sandstone boathouse structure has been seamlessly incorporated into the pool house, with a carefully formed 4 x 10-metre lap pool and a 2 x 4-metre spa. Stone coping was used around the pool while a rich-coloured timber deck complements the timber ceiling and beams.

The pool and spa are fully tiled, with underwater LED lights installed to enhance the ambiance of the pool and its surrounds. A glass window at the rear of the pool house provides views over the bay at Drummoyne, with five skylights in the timber-clad ceiling bathing the room in natural light. Floodlights hanging from the timber ceiling at 1.5-metre intervals light up the sandstone, creating a feature and adding warmth to the area. Also hanging from the ceiling are four large bar heaters. The bar heaters heat the room for swimmers on exit of the water and create a comfortable temperature for spectators in the cooler months. As the pool is heated and fully enclosed, these additional features extend the swimming season and allow the pool to be used all year round. The combination of the sandstone walls with the timber ceiling and deck gives the room a contemporary feel white retaining all of the charm of the original boathouse.

For ease of use and convenience, a custom-made control system has been installed in the nearby residence to enable the owners to operate the pool and spa from afar. In addition, the pool features an in-floor cleaning system and fully automatic chlorine and acid sensor dosing system. There is also a sand filter with matching pump and a heat pump to enable year-round use of the pool. The metre-deep spa features eight spa jets and an air blower. For sustainability purposes, an 18,000-litre water tank was installed behind the spa area.

This project has won several SPASA awards.

Phone: 02 8858 4777
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