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.

Home Renovations - - Contents - Com­piled by Beat­rice Moore-nöth­nagel Pho­to­graphs Elza Roux

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


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