Raise me up – A raised pool with custom glass window takes centre stage for the homeowners of this Sydney property.
Working in the pool industry provided an array of inspiration for this homeowner, his wife and two children when it came time to choose their own pool. “Our sales consultant at that time was the property owner and he designed this pool with his wife,” explain John and Helen Daniel, owners of Jade Swimming Pools. The homeowners’ specific requirements were for their 8m-long, modern rectangular pool to be raised to allow for a custom glass window to be installed as a feature, and travertine steps leading up to pool area. “They wanted the pool raised to enable the glass wall to become a feature from both the house and outside,” say John and Helen.
For the construction, the battleaxe site was accessed from a neighbouring property. Conveniently, the neighbour was doing a knockdown/rebuild, which allowed the Jade Pools’ team to gain access to the backyard.
The raised pool is now a great way for the whole family to relax and enjoy the fun of the glass window. In addition, the outdoor area is a spectacular sight at night, thanks to the addition of four Aquastar multi-coloured LED lights.
At Jade Swimming Pools, providing clients with their vision is a key ingredient of the company’s many years of success. Through in-depth consultations using 3D imaging, the team visually walks clients through their dream pool area before it is even built, ensuring the finished product remains true to its surroundings and the client’s needs.
This approach has seen Jade Swimming Pools win several SPASA and Master Builders Association awards over the years at metropolitan, state and national levels, including an incredible 11 accolades in 2018 at the SPASA NSW and ACT Awards. Most recently, Jade received Highly Commended for Innovative Project at the 2020 SPASA NSW and ACT Awards for Excellence, and won awards for Enclosed/Indoor Pool and Sustainable Project at the 2019 SPASA NSW and ACT Awards.
John and Helen Daniel started Jade Swimming Pools and construct between 30 and 40 pools a year. The company builds in Sydney’s metropolitan area, including the Blue Mountains, down to Sutherland and the Camden region, eastern suburbs and northern suburbs to Berowra. Jade specialises in family pools by creating the dream and bringing it to life, regardless of site difficulty, limited access, varying terrains or other site conditions.
“After contract signing, we look at the quickest option for arranging approvals and plans (unless already approved, which occurs in some instances),” explains the Jade Pools team. “Our aim is to start the excavation process within one to two weeks of approvals and after the excavation, steelwork, plumbing and concreting, the shell sits for up to four weeks for curing before the cosmetic finishes to the pool commence. During the cosmetic stage, we install filtration and heating (if specified) and the fencing is then installed/approved prior to the final finish being applied to the interior. In some instances, the clients will be building a new home and the pool is put on hold while the house is constructed. Then we return to finish the pool after the house is handed over.”
Jade Swimming Pools is a member of SPASA (NSW and ACT), the Housing Industry Association of NSW and the Master Builders Association of NSW.
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