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.

Bringing in the big guns to break up some rock where the pool is situated

Bringing in the big guns to break up some rock where the pool is situated

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.

Excavating the pool hole

Excavating the pool hole

No rocks were harmed in the process :)

No rocks were harmed in the process 🙂

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.

Pegging out the shape of the pool and preparing for the formwork

Pegging out the shape of the pool and preparing for the formwork

The corrugated sheets act as the formwork to shape the pool

The corrugated sheets act as the formwork to shape the pool

Pool taking shape

Pool taking shape

With formwork complete, in goes the steel!

With formwork complete, in goes the steel!

The steel in place and ready to take the concrete

The steel in place and ready to take the concrete

The fun part! Spray on cement!

The fun part! Spray on cement!

Great watching them spray on the cement and form it immediately

Great watching them spray on the cement and form it immediately

The pool wall on the northern boundary (left) was reinforced and is thicker than the other side due to the proximity to the boundary

The pool wall on the northern boundary (left) was reinforced and is thicker than the other side due to the proximity to the boundary

Done and done, including all the pipework for lights, filters, pumps and whatever else is required for a pool!

Done and done, including all the pipework for lights, filters, pumps and whatever else is required for a pool!

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.

A flattened site with what looks like a secret bunker - the pool boarded up and made safe

A flattened site with what looks like a secret bunker – the pool boarded up and made safe

Made safe... the pool is covered up so we can start work on the rest of the project

Made safe… the pool is covered up so we can start work on the rest of the project

Onto the next phase of the project! 

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