An attractive escape from the daily grind.
The owners of the Attadale home wanted a space made for entertainment. As the backyard is quite a walk from the main kitchen and amenities at the front of the home, they were after a place that would allow them to stay put rather than have to run in and out of the house. So pool designer Steve Nener from The Water’s Edge made sure he brought everything to them, including a shower, toilet and built-in kitchen.
He started by removing the 30-year-old fibreglass pool that was at the centre of the backyard and repositioning a mature frangipani tree that now acts as a feature against the modern design. Stone stairs and a curved rendered wall separate the pool area from the house, reducing the need for a dedicated pool fence.
Steve has used a mix of materials to frame the pool and make it the main attraction of the backyard. Neutral stone tiling outlines the shape of the pool and extends beyond the water line on the steps, promoting a seamless transition into the pool. This is Steve’s favourite part of the design as “it urges the owners to be able to simply wade into the pool from the entertaining area with ease”.
A cascading water feature is at the eastern end of the pool with an inbuilt pool seat. Framed by two simple and low-maintenance garden beds, underwater feature lighting has been used to highlight it at night. “We brought all of the plants in, including another matching frangipani, and made the two garden beds frame the pool, but the beauty of it is that the design of the pool also acts to frame them,” Steve says.
Catering for the couple’s three young children, a raised splash pool was installed next to the entertaining cabana for supervised playtime. It has its own cascading water feature to match the main water feature and overflows into the main pool, causing a pleasant stream of water to trickle down against the feature square and mosaic tiling that borders the waterline.
The pool is abstract in design, measuring around 8m x 5m. It was built with concrete and finished in 3M quartz-blue, which provides a bright colour and aids in its welcoming appeal. A 400MW Hurlcon heater, Aquatight sandfilter and Autochem system are discreetly hidden behind a timber door adjacent to the outdoor shower.
Malaysian Batu timber decking under the cabana contrasts with the cedar slats on the pavilion-style ceiling and the surrounding limestone walls. The alfresco kitchen has been installed with all of the best fixtures. A six-burner barbecue is built inamong the stainless-steel stand, pale-green glass splashbacks and marble benchtops. There is also a sink, dishwasher and plenty of storage space while a separate room houses the fridge and a powder room.
Lighting was another major inclusion on the brief. “We have used lots of feature lighting under the cabana, in the gardens and pool and around the whole area to emphasise the area’s best features,” Steve says. He has also repeated a lot of the design elements and materials throughout to bring the whole look together.