A Pool and Backyard at one with Nature


A freeform pool enhanced with natural stone paving.

Set beautifully into rural surroundings, this freeform pool sits on a hill with an enviable outlook. Natural stone paving and timber decking have been chosen to complement the style of the pool and fit gently with its environment.

Castlemaine random stone paving is the perfect choice for this project with its warm, earthy tones of brown, gold and terracotta. It’s sourced from the original Castlemaine & Stone Quarry in Central Victoria — one of only a few local quarries still producing. This iconic stone has been mined since 1953 and has truly stood the test of time. It’s a popular choice due to its durability, gorgeous colourings as well as its availability in so many forms. It’s also slip-resistant and salt tolerant, which is why this unique stone is ideally suited to use around pools where these factors are so critical.

The “organic-shaped Castlemaine Stone steppers add another earthy element to the picture”, adds John Hardy, sales and marketing manager at Yarrabee Stone. Castlemaine random paving has also been used on the ledges and steps in the pool and as the waterline tile.

Timber has been incorporated into the landscape design — both the fence and also the pool surrounds. Around the edges of the pool, the paving is broken up with random circles of timber decking to add texture and visual interest. “The rustic timber frame to the pool fence and the vertical timber fence add to the natural charm,” says John.

The pool was constructed by Aquadreamz Luxury Swimming Pools and designed by Lily Sabo of Sabo Design Landscape Architects. The landscaping completed the project thanks to the fantastic workmanship of Michael Stephenson and his team at Formed Landscapes. “The finish and attention to detail are superb,” says John. “Perfectly aligned rounded timber elements and beautifully jointed Castlemaine random paving give this project the feel of quality it so richly deserves.”

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