Bedfordale

Gil Howard from Oasis Pools has a reputation for being able to construct concrete pools in unusual locations, and this stunning project is a perfect example of his ability.
Invited to visit the property, which is located on a sloping bush block in Perth, Howard determined that, due to the steep slope and drop on the site, it would be best to build the pool completely out of the ground. He prepared a design for a 10m x 5m rectangular pool with a depth of 1.2m–1.8m that enhances the view of the pool from the house.
Located to fit between existing large trees at an angle that maximises the stunning outlook, the pool has an infinity edge with a water catchment gutter for the overflow. A consulting engineer was engaged to provide structural drawings for the project, which has achieved and exceeded the client’s expectations.
Construction required ‘several truckloads’ of large natural rock, which has been used to support the sand base of the pool that sits 1.5m above the ground on a battered slope.
The comprehensive construction process was undertaken by tradesmen Steven Smolders and Daniel Jennings.
This included manufacturing timber form work to shape the walls and installing steel posts into the rocky ground.
When the time eventually came to pump concrete into the shell, it required a large team of concrete cutters and pump hands.
The pool has been fitted with a skimmer box, heater pipes for the future electric heater, a Zodiac cartridge filter, Zodiac Flo Pro pump, Zodiac XO-Large salt water chlorinator and two flush-mounted WN 950 Spa Electrics LED lights at each end, ensuring minimal maintenance and an illuminated space for night swimming.
Befitting of its beautiful location, the pool is an aesthetic delight. The final pool interior colour matches the 200mm x 200mm cream-coloured waterline tiles, and complements the Australia Pavestone bullnose pavers, as well as the specially made double- and triple-bullnose corners applied to the pool shell and holding gutter.
An unusual colour from the Duraquartz range – Cayman – was selected for the internal finish, resulting in a soft green water colour that blends well with the bush setting. The extensive timber decking and tasteful timber safety barriers further enhance the setting and ensure the pool blends harmoniously with its surrounds.
Fully-frameless glass fencing ensures an unobstructed view from the access side of the house, while a large hideaway cover box from Elite Pool Covers contains the clear, colourless blanket, which was selected to prevent a disruption to the colour scheme.
Concrete pools can be designed to be almost any shape and to solve many site problems, including odd-shaped blocks, steeply sloping blocks, small spaces and much more.
As an expert in taking on projects that present logistical and access difficulties, Gil Howard offers clients exceptional design and construction knowledge and experience. Whether you have a straightforward site or the type of block that many designers would shy away from, Gil Howard can rise to the challenge.
Additionally, design features like infinity edges are all in a day’s work for Howard, who can help you every step of the way to achieve the perfect pool for your property.