Pool blends in with nat­u­ral land­scape

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WHEN the own­ers of a grand colo­nial re­lo­cated from Clay­field to acreage at Up­per Brook­field de­cided they wanted a pool, the ques­tion was, should it match the house or the land­scape? The land­scape won. Land­scape ar­chi­tect Don Mon­ger, who un­der the Land­mark Group ban­ner has de­signed re­sort pools in­clud­ing at Jupiter’s Casino, Royal Pines, Port Dou­glas Mi­rage as well as res­i­den­tial pools, came up with a pool that re­sem­bled a nat­u­ral wa­ter­ing hole.

“It was a case of putting some­thing to­gether that would not make too much of an im­pact on the land­scape,” he said. The pool is set away from the house but look­ing back from the pool the home seems much closer be­cause of a plateau be­tween the two.

It’s also close enough that the pump and other ser­vices can be hid­den from view in a tim­ber box un­der the house.

“You don’t hear the noise and you don’t see it.”

Ma­te­ri­als around, and in the pool, like cob­ble stones, the gran­ite step­ping stones and nat­u­ral Bali peb­bles were “quiet and sim­ple to be har­mo­nious.”

A wet edge wa­ter­fall in­te­grates the pool with the nearby creek while plant­ings of irises and lilly pil­lies around the pool are re­flected in the wa­ter.

Mr Mon­ger said while the 13m length meant it was long enough to swim a lap, it was es­sen­tially a play pool.

“The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple go into a swim­ming pool to cool off, play, stand up and sit,” he said.

“So it’s got to have places to sit and places to stand to be well used.

“This is a very in­ter­est­ing pool to swim around in and you can swim out and dis­cover th­ese lit­tle ar­eas.

“It works re­ally well as a fam­ily pool. Even the dog swims in the pool with the fam­ily.”

WA­TER­ING HOLE: The pool at the Up­per Brook­field home de­signed by land­scape ar­chi­tect Don Mon­ger.

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