Outdoor oasis: the perfect pool retreat



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With its minimalist design and high-quality materials, this backyard/pool area epitomises the perfect family retreat

The relaxed vibe of this outdoor oasis was created by John Storch, principal of A Total Concept Landscape Architects + Swimming Pool Designers, who was commissioned to design the swimming pool, cabana, entertaining deck and gardens of this Sydney property.

The alluring yet understated glass tiles used in the geometric-shaped swimming pool contrast beautifully with the blonde sandstone paving of the external paved areas.

A special feature of the pool is the stacked slate water feature and stepping-stone walkway. Unlike generic stepping-stone walkways, each stone has been individually cut to a radial contour, reflecting the end shape of the pool.

Meanwhile, the timber cabana floor is a perfect match for the decking of the main entertaining area. “The location of the cabana was set adjacent to the swimming pool at the rear of the property in order to visually maximise the lawn and garden,” says John. “This, in turn, took advantage of the level changes on the grounds to utilise the underside of the cabana as an extensive workshop and double-car garage with rear lane access.”

A magnificent fireplace was constructed in conjunction with the new timber deck and screens to create an adults’ entertaining area that’s adjacent to the home itself.
A quality internal, external and in-pool sound system — together with all electrical components including lighting, irrigation and pool heating, lights and swim jets — are linked to the electrical switching system in both the cabana and main residence.

The gardens, redesigned and replanted to provide a more tropical feel, now include Buddha’s belly bamboo, bromeliads, Moses in the Cradle, string of pearls, cycads, temple blood grass, frangipanis, lilly pillies and kentia palms. A mix of heady perfumed flowers add a splash of colour at various times throughout the year.

The end result of A Total Concept’s master craftsmanship is a beautifully integrated lifestyle and entertaining complex for the owners of this property to enjoy year-round.

The visual simplicity of design and subtle use of quality materials unifies the project and sets the components well into the surrounding landscaped gardens to create a truly “total concept”.

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Originally in Poolside, Volume 47

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