Pool blends in with natural landscape
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.