An interior designer’s trips to Bali inspire a couple’s own relaxing Balinese-style plunge pool at home in Victoria
Kevin and Genevieve, a couple in their 50s who live in Alphington in Melbourne, love the outdoors and are both active cyclists and swimmers. The purpose of their plunge pool with hydrotherapy jets, which they share with Genevieve’s teenage daughter Charlotte, was to allow them to chill out after a hot day on the bikes or after the commute home.
Their concept was for a quiet and relaxing outdoor space that includes the sights and sounds of water, that’s visible from the family room and can be used for most of the year. As Genevieve is an interior designer, it was only fitting that she designed the space.
Their site is a 450sqm, gently sloping rectangular block. A plunge pool with waterfall feature is integrated into a large deck area, which incorporates a louvred roofing system. The addition of the louvred roof above the deck allows the deck alongside the pool to remain dry in winter and shaded on hot summer days. The decking outside the family room was added before the pool, as was the louvred roof system.
The Balinese-style pool is very enticing, thanks to the glass mosaic waterline tiles and waterfall with bluestone coping around the edges. The dark colour of the tiles was inspired by trips to Bali and the addition of bamboo as a backdrop adds to the overall Balinese feel.
Due to the site’s narrow side access and difficult access from neighbouring properties, the rectangular-shaped pool was manually manoeuvred onto its side, down a narrow side access point and eventually lifted onto the concrete base. The site access was achieved with just millimetres to spare. “The installation was through Leading Edge Developments, who dealt with the restricted access and delivered the installation in a timely manner,” says Genevieve and Kevin.
The pool pumps are largely powered by solar panels on the roof of the house. The addition of the louvred roof system, which now shields the rear of the house from the direct afternoon sun, has almost eliminated the need for air conditioning on all but the hottest of days.
“We are really happy with the Endless plunge pool and with the heating, filtration and automated balancing of the water, we spend more time in the pool than cleaning and chlorinating,” say Genevieve and Kevin.
At a glance
Pool: Endless Spas and Pools
Pool installed by: Leading Edge Developments
Heating: HiNRG by Astral Pool
Coping: Bluestone Pavers
Tiles: Glass mosaic tiles to waterline
Plants: Bamboo, Cascade palms, strelitzia
Endless Spas and Pools
A: 15 Chapel Street, Lynbrook Vic 3975
P: 03 8769 7300
Endless Spas and Pools is an Australian family-owned business with more than 30 years of experience in the pool and spa industry. Led by co-founders and childhood sweethearts Warren and Jennifer Anderson, Endless Spas and Pools proudly employs a team of experts passionate about the relaxing and therapeutic benefits of spas and pools. The company builds 80 pools and more than 100 swim spa/plunge pools a year, also specialising in dual zones — combination spas and pools that operate autonomously from each other. Endless Spas and Pools is a member of SPASA and Family Business Australia and has won numerous awards. Setting an unprecedented winning streak, the company has been crowned winner of the SPASA Best Spa Retailer for 15 consecutive years.