Compact and modern, the clean lines and transparent look of a glass-edged pool is ideal for a petite backyard.
Hands up everyone who was impressed by the friend who had a pool when they were young (or maybe you had one yourself). They were the ultimate in status. But there are some bigger questions at play when it comes to pools these days; space, for one. With more people living in smaller homes, we’re looking for alternatives to the pebblecrete kidney. No longer a treat at a five-star resort, glass-edged pools are weaving their way into the fabric of suburbs. This beautiful pool was designed by architect Simon Hanson of Bureau SRH and we asked him what people need to consider before they get the diggers in.
Can you have a glass-edged pool in most suburban scenarios? Absolutely. It’s simply a question of what size and shape is most appropriate for the space and location.
In what situation would you recommend against one?
When space is really tight. There needs to be sufficient room around glass-edged pools to ensure waterproofing can be serviced, as there can be a risk of leakages as they age.
Why do you like them?
There’s a couple of reasons. For one, they’re an elegant design solution to the safety fence requirements of the pool fence. Then, of course, the clean, minimal aesthetic they offer is appealing. They’re also ideal for constrained spaces as their size can be adapted to suit anything from a narrow terrace backyard to a wide deck where they can act as a shallow-pool feature.
What do they add to an outdoor space, design-wise?
The transparent edges help give the illusion of more space, and it’s a great opportunity to bring colour to the design. When the glass exposes the internal shell of the pool, it introduces a whole new range of surfaces and colour palettes. For example, the inclusion of vibrant aqua tiles work well within an outdoor material palette of natural timbers and green landscaping.
And, we have to ask, do many people shy away from them due to the ‘transparency’ when swimming?
Some people certainly do get a sense they are on show in a glass-fronted pool. Some obviously don’t mind!
Timeline: Because of the bespoke nature of this type of pool, there are a number of stages and contractors involved in the construction, so it takes a longer process than that of a regular pool. For example, you have to pour the concrete structure of the pool, have it tiled or rendered, have the glass cut to size and then installed.
Cost: A glass-edged pool is definitely a more expensive option, as there is significantly more hydrostatic pressure at the base of the pool than there is at the surface. As a result, the deeper the pool the more expensive they become.
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