European flair for Sydney pool

Monday, 20 January, 2014 | Supplied by: Narellan Pools


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A family in the suburb of Beacon Hill in Sydney wanted to create a European-themed, resort-style feel in their yard. With the help of an 8 m fibreglass pool and cabana they not only achieved their goals, but also created an award-winning pool in the process.

Tim Ranieri, construction manager and owner of Narellan Pools Northern Beaches, worked with the homeowners to create a design that would evoke the luxurious resort feel they envisioned.

The clients wanted an elegant and contemporary pool with a distinct European resort-style feel. The pool selected for the project was an 8 m fibreglass pool called ‘Symphony’, which was originally inspired by southern European living. By combining the clean lines of a Symphony pool with the vibrant sparkle of an Aquaguard Crystal Granite ‘Cobalt Blue’ interior, the pool has given the homeowners a feel of the Mediterranean in their own backyard.

The clean lines of the selected pool, featured in this project, are complemented by an uplit planter box containing Australian natives, which stretches along the length of the pool, leading towards the minimalist cabana at the far end.

“Often we are briefed to create a pool that harmonises with the home. In this instance, the pool was positioned away from the home, allowing us to create an outdoor oasis as a stand-alone area. As a separate design feature, the project allowed the pool area to shine, which is evidenced by the finished product,” said Ranieri.

“The client had invested a lot of their time researching European contemporary outdoor designs, so meeting their expectations was a challenge. However, the wow factor of the finished product surpassed any of their expectations.

“In regards to construction, it was a pool builder’s dream, being completely flat and offering easy access.”

To enhance the design, a paved area using grey travertine tiles was laid around the pool. This created a contrast to the cobalt blue pool interior and the white cabana, while complementing the grey colour from the boundary fence, making the fence an integrated part of the design. The use of a frameless glass pool fence further enhances the seamless and elegant feel.

The pool also meets environmental requirements with the use of a pool cover and an economical pool pump. The Narellan three-speed Eco Pump gives consumers the ability to run their pool at a lower speed and energy level for everyday pool filtration and at full speed for backwashing and cleaning, saving money while being gentle on the environment.

Ranieri believes there is a growing trend toward fibreglass pools because of the advantages they offer. “While construction of concrete pools can be up to 4 months, the install of a fibreglass pool can be completed in one week, which means that pool builders can complete more pools in less time and clients can be using their pool sooner, with less intrusion on their time. Additionally, fibreglass shells have smooth internal surfaces, which mean easy maintenance and no grit for algae to grow in. They also come in a range of shapes and colours, with a 25-year warranty. If your client doesn’t require a custom-built pool and has the necessary site access, fibreglass pools may be a suitable option.”

This project was the gold winner in the ‘Residential Fibreglass Pools over $40,000’ category at the 2013 Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance Awards.

Project specifications:

  • Pool dimensions - 4.2 x 8.3 m
  • Approximate cost - $60,000
  • Construction - Fibreglass
  • Pool interior surface - Narellan Cobalt Blue Crystal Granite
  • Pump - Narellan Eco Pump
  • Filter - Narellan Media Filter with virgin glass beads
  • Sanitisation - Narellan Pools Mineral Pool
  • Heating - Waterco Electroheat Pump
  • Cover - Daisy
  • Landscape lighting - Downlights for the pool hut and uplights for the planter box
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