Architect Designed Pool in the Adelaide foothills
This was an Owner Builder Project
I drew the plans and provided much of the labor myself, providing a cost saving of around 50%
This Swimming Pool designed by Grant Lucas Architect is situated on a hill with a 1 in 3 fall. The site is tiered and over 50 stairs have to be negotiated from the street. Due to the difficulty of site access all materials had to be carried in by hand. The site was also excavated by hand. Provision for a fully enclosed glazed structure around the pool complicated the build by imposing additional structural requirements.
I designed a concrete shell as this could be used as footings for the room over. The structural Engineer advised to found the pool on natural ground. This advice meant that some structural savings could be made. Instead of having to use piers, a series of strip footings could be used to key the pool into the hillside. By following this concept the design of the pool became what is known in the industry as a “split level pool.” This means that the depth increases from side to side rather than end to end. This has the advantage of giving a fairly continuous depth swimming lane for the entire length of the pool.
There were serious space constraints due to the existing house and garden layout, and an existing sewer easement at the rear of the property that had to be avoided. The room over is still under construction.
If you live in Adelaide and are thinking of putting in a pool or pool enclosure – email email@example.com I will make sure your pool suits your site and integrates into your garden.
An Architect designed pool is the difference between a suit off the rack or one tailor made….. and the best bit is that if you have your own plans you can shop around for the best price.
Pool Type: Spray Concrete shell – half in ground
Pool Fitout: Tiled spa & spill-edge, swimjets
Pool Finish: Qpebble (blue) and tiles
Pool Coping: 500×500 Quantum stone (grey)
Pool Size: 8.8m x 3.8m x 2.2 deep
Pool RoomSize: 11m x4.9mplus entry plus breezway
June 2008: Building Approval
November 2008: Footings Poured
March 2009: Shell form-work and Reinforcement
April 2009: Concrete Sprayed
December 2009: Filled
March 2010: Epoxy paint to enclosure over finished