A Steep Block Provides the Ultimate in Pool Design Inspiration


STEEP-SITE SOLUTION – A steep and narrow block provides the ultimate in design inspiration for this standout pool, positioned up high and overlooking a Sydney beachside suburb.

A steep site has the potential to be very problematic when it comes to the design and construction of a pool. However, Artesian Pools embraced the various challenges of a steep site and used them to its advantage when building a pool for this young Sydney family. The homeowners requested an outdoor entertaining area that made use of their very steep backyard, situated in Coogee, a gorgeous beachside suburb in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Their spectacular rectangular in-ground concrete pool was designed in conjunction with the architect’s vision and brought to life by Artesian Pools.

“The clients had a backyard that they were not utilising as it was such a steep block,” explains Zeb Rodrigues of Artesian Pools. “Now they have a pool that they can use year-round, with a new cabana that’s easily accessed from the house, while enjoying lovely district views.”
Unfortunately, in addition to being very steep, the site also had narrow access. “Excavation had to be done by hand and the spoil removed manually, and all materials were also carried up to the pool manually,” says Zeb.

The real point of difference for this 9.5m-long infinity-edge pool, which also incorporates a balance tank and sheer-descent water feature, is the unusual position of the pool over the level of the house. “Making the most of the available space, the pool is a stunning feature that works perfectly with this block,” adds Zeb.

Designing a pool that is both functional and a feature of the property is very important to the team at Artesian Pools. Creating something that complements
the home, with the best use of available space and adding value to the property, is integral to the company when carrying out any design.Artesian Pools was started by Eusebio (Zeb) Rodrigues in 1994. The company works on 25 to 30 pools a year all over Sydney and country NSW, with a focus on quality, not quantity.

The team specialises in the design and construction of concrete swimming pools and the renovation of existing concrete pools. Their commitment to customers is to deliver a beautiful swimming pool using the best materials and high-quality workmanship. When you deal with Artesian Pools, you deal directly with the builder, from the quotation through to the construction process and handover. “We spend a lot of time with the client ensuring the pool will suit their requirements and become a feature of their home,” says Zeb.

Artesian Pools is a member of the Master Builders Association (MBA) and has won many awards in recent years, including the 2020 MBA Excellence in Swimming Pool Awards Traditional or Geometric Concrete Pools $50,000-$100,000 and joint winner Traditional or Geometric Concrete Pools $100,001 & Over, joint winner
 in the Traditional or Geometric Concrete Pools $50,001–$100,000 category for 2019 and winner of the Traditional or Geometric Concrete Pools $100,001 & Over. In 2018, Artesian Pools won the MBA Excellence in Swimming Pool Awards — Residential Spas category.

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