With the home demolished, block cleared and everything surveyed and pegged out, it was time to get started with the pool. Yep, that’s right, the pool.
Due to the position of the block, its proximity to the boundary and the house, and its orientation on the block, it was important to get this in prior to house build commencing. This happens quite often with homes these days, particularly where access and block sizes have become tighter.
Putting in a pool was a must. We decided pretty early on in the design process that we wanted a pool in our new place – we loved having one at our last home and used it a lot, so it was a bit a must-have item for us in terms of including it in the overall budget.
The pool itself is situated on the northern boundary of the home, measuring 12 metres long by 2.6 metres wide. Working with our pool supplier, the award-winning Boardwalk Pools, Laurence and Dee were fantastic in helping us through the pool planning and approvals process as well validating the design and placement.
Digging the pool took a little more effort than expected, with a number of limestone peaks found in and around the area where we were placing the pool. It didn’t cause too many headaches other than a little more digging equipment to break up the rock, so a tad relieved on that front, particularly after our Casa Coogee pool saga which included a week of rock breaking after hitting notoriously solid capstone.
With the giant hole dug, the steel formwork, pipe work and electricals were all placed into position, ready for the fun part – spraying on the cement! It’s quite the process to watch, a big cement truck and pump with a team of guys spraying concrete onto the formwork. The mix is quite a dry mix so that it sticks and can be formed into shape almost instantly. In no time… it’s done and the shell of the new pool complete.
So with the shell in place and the slab being prepped to go, there’s nothing else to do until we get closer to finishing the home. So for safety’s sake and to help with having workable space on the block, we boarded up the pool atop steel trusses and support beams.
Onto the next phase of the project! ∗