In tune with the frogs
A mountain pool in the middle of the city? A Pretoria family shares the story of their chlorine pool conversion.
In summer, we’re entertained by the sounds of the froggy
choir. – Pieter
Reason for renovation
The high cost of chlorine and all the hours spent balancing the chemical levels of his pool were driving Pieter, an architect, to distraction. He often came into contact with eco experts through work and in July 2014, when he had to drain his old gunite pool to repair cracks, he decided it was time to convert to an eco pool!
“I wanted to create a wetland that would attract frogs, insects, dragonflies and wild birds into our garden,” says Pieter.
The project took six months – a builder friend helped construct the dividing wall in the pool and wooden structure in the wetland. Pieter then spent every weekend and public holiday carting gravel, installing filtration pipes, painting the pool and home planting RENOVATIONSaquatic and wetland 2015 plants. >>
The homeowners Pieter and Hilda van der Walt and their daughters, Amy (22) and Klara (20) WHERE Lynnwood Glen, Pretoria
SWIMMING POOL SIZE 62.8m²