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Making the complete garden

No garden is complete without a sumptuous swimming pool. We chat to experts to find out more

By Helga Jensen-Forde, Freelance Writer, InsideOut
Added 00:00 | April 1, 2011
  • The complete garden

    Pools in formal gardens such as this one by Cracknell Landscape, Planning & Urban Design Consultancy, look great with straight lines and symmetrical structures.

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  • An interesting 'inside outside' pool by Silver Fox Pools

    An interesting 'inside outside' pool by Silver Fox Pools.

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  • Infinity edging

    Infinity edging, as seen here in this Silver FoxPools design, is a favourite current trend.

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  • No matter how big or small your pool it's worth remembering that feng shui practitioners believe that water brings with it prosperity.

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  • Falcon Crest Swimming Pools designed the garden and pool in this Dubai villa

    Falcon Crest Swimming Pools designed the gardenand pool in this Dubai villa.

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A landscape project is not quite complete without the addition of a water feature, according to prominent Dubai landscapers TerraVerde, and this does seem to be true. For homes that have a smaller garden the water feature may have to be a more compact swimming pool but, if you have an abundance of space, there are endless possibilities.

Duncan Denley, associate at Cracknell Landscape, Planning & Urban Design Consultancy, explains, "There are really an infinite number of options available to you when designing and developing a swimming pool and surrounding landscape, and a number of critical factors must be considered when approaching such a project to ensure that you fully realise the potential of the space."

According to Denley those important considerations to take into account include your budget, style of adjacent buildings, structures or existing landscape and, of course, how you intend to use the pool and surrounding area.

He adds, "It's important to remember that a swimming pool should act as an attractive water feature first and foremost and should complement its surroundings, as your pool is likely to be used for swimming only five per cent of the time, while it's appreciated as an aesthetic feature from inside, or as a setting for an outdoor lifestyle on a daily basis. The style of the pool should therefore reflect the surroundings and philosophy of other areas. There are many styles which can be adopted for your pool, depending upon its setting. Naturalistic gardens typically feature winding pathways, lush planting, informal shapes and have a loose structure, which may be complemented by a curvilinear pool. Formal gardens are characterised by straight lines, symmetry and a strong sense of order which would be complemented by a rectilinear, symmetrical pool."

Amirali Somji, general manager of Silver Fox Pools, says that if your garden has a space of 12 metres in length then you can install a swimming pool. And, as their swimming pools are custom made, he recommends letting your imagination run wild when planning that pool!

There's certainly no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a pool nowadays and Denley advises, "Recent trends tend to be towards a more rectilinear design, featuring straight lines, crisp edges and a variety of treatments which include infinity edges, flush and timber decks. Pool designers have also started to experiment with smaller pools which are more appropriate for compact spaces and smaller budgets. We've realised that swimming pools are generally used for cooling off and relaxing and, as such, don't necessarily need to be large in size."

No matter how big or small your pool it's worth remembering that feng shui practitioners believe that water brings with it prosperity. So, with a strategically placed swimming pool, you may also find yourself with wealth and happiness as well as the fun and pleasure that a swimming pool brings. Well, it's worth a try!

By Helga Jensen-Forde, Freelance Writer, InsideOut

By Helga Jensen-Forde, Freelance Writer, InsideOut