A natural swim pond, creating a clean, safe family swimming area with no chemicals or UV. The plant zone around the swim area not only purifies a… Read More
A natural swim pond, creating a clean, safe family swimming area with no chemicals or UV. The plant zone around the swim area not only purifies and keeps the water clean and clear, but also adds natural beauty and value at all times of the year. This pool is designed for swimming laps as well as a shallow kid zone. Construction completed in 2012, updates as it becomes established summer 2013. Read Less
The location of the proposed natural swim pool, in the meadow in the foreground.
The view from the deck, over looking the valley and meadow. Excavating begins.
As the pool takes shape, we hit a spring. After taking care of the drainage issues, we are able to use this water to fill the pool; about 40,000 gallons.
An EPDM pond liner is installed, 100'x50', over protective layers of sand, geotech fabric.
An internal wall of decorative blocks, (made from recycled concrete), is used to create the swimming area. The wall is back-filled with gravel, which becomes the filtration and planted area that will keep the pool clean and healthy.
A concrete floor is poured to protect the liner in the swim area. Note the shallow kid zone on the left.
The pool is slowly filling from our spring supply. Perforated filtration pipes are installed in the gravel beds, that will be part of the pumping system for the pool.
Ready for finishing, with decorative rocks and planting. Just waiting for the pool to breach the capping stones. The finished level will be 10" above the capping.
One of the original design concept drawings.
Lowering a large flat sandstone to be the diving rock. It will sit on the edge of the capping stone, in the planted/gravel area.
Another large sandstone piece is placed near the shallow area, and drilled to create a fountain.
The pool is now full. Stepping stones connect the diving rock. A glass sculpture has been placed in the shallow gravel area on the right.
The shallow gravel areas are planted with a mix of rushes, Iris, Lilies, deep water oxygenators, and bog plants. It will take a season to become established, but the Lilies are able to put on a late summer show.
Stone work by the pool is being completed, including walls, steps and seating. It is late fall and the grass around the pool has germinated and getting established.
A detail of some of the stone and concrete work.
With construction complete, we now await Spring next year to see how the pool and landscaping matures.