How to add a modern pool and garden to an existing home

How to add a modern pool and garden to an existing home
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A seamless connection between a pre-existing home and newly designed cabana, pool and garden by Jakin Pools and Landscaping.

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This elegant resort-style outdoor area was designed and constructed by Jakin Pools and Landscaping on an acreage property at Arcadia. The brief from the homeowners was to create a large swimming pool and outdoor living area that would flow seamlessly from the existing house and spotted gum deck area.

When designing the area, it was of crucial importance that the new additions worked in harmony with the existing home. This was done effectively by matching certain materials such as using the same flooring boards for the external areas and quartz stone paving and stacked stone to match the chimney stone present on the outer wall of the house.

The open-plan cabana has a distinct holiday feel that is enhanced by the inclusion of thick recycled hardwood posts and beams and the eye-catching cane ceiling fans. The cabana ceilings are lined with lime washed timber v-jointed boards on the rake of the roof to accentuate the height and the specially imported ceiling fans. Louver windows and bi-folding doors enhance the cabana’s open feel in addition to protecting it from the rain, wind and winter chill.

In addition to being a visually stunning addition to the owner’s outdoor area, the cabana also operates as a conveniently located fully-functional outdoor room. Just a stone’s throw away from the pool, it is equipped with a kitchenette and large butler’s sink, dining area, TV and a sound system fitted with external speakers — perfect for enjoying balmy nights by the shimmering blue water of the swimming pool.

The elegant large pool is surrounded with quartz paving and frameless glass fencing. It is also equipped with solar heating and energy efficient multispeed pool pumps. The adjoining spa is surrounded with a 9000L fishpond and a power stream water feature that provides unique visual effects as well as a sense of tranquillity to the surrounds.

The pool equipment is all kept out of sight but close at hand for easy access behind the cabana. All of the pools, spa and fishpond lighting, heating, pumps and the water feature can all be turned on from the house and cabana, providing ease of use from different locations. Even when the pool is not in use the lighting effects and water feature make for a magnificent backdrop when entertaining on the deck.

During construction special consideration was taken in maintaining the existing and established gardens and lawn while works were undertaken. What could have been an issue was overcome with clever planning and material handling solutions.

The pool is edged with a sprawling and healthy green lawn and surrounded with established trees that provide dappled sunlight throughout the day. Native grasses were selected for around the pool in order to provide visual impact and soften the hardscape edges. The grasses were also chosen due to their hardiness and low-maintenance qualities.

The seamless integration between the inside and outside areas well and truly meets the homeowners’ initial brief and by all accounts has well and truly surpassed their expectations.


Landscape and construction Jakin Construction Group




Photography by Dominic Lonergan


Originally titled “Paradise at home” from Outdoor Rooms magazine, Volume 21


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