Pool Design article by Michael Nantz, SWD Master
In a past blog I suggested contemplation of a different design approach for the swimming pool if appropriate, an approach of physically integrating water with architecture. This integration method is not new to our industry just uncommon.
The norm is the independent swimming pool, one surrounded by landscape and or hardscape. Integrating water and architecture is more common in commercial applications, reasons for this I would argue, involve professional designers, a topic for another blog.
I personally look for every opportunity to integrate on every project. I often times take the haughty position that my water feature or pool design will interrupt the visual monotony of the solid mass of architecture, thus improving the view. Architects love it when I make this statement in front of the client at planning meetings. But it’s true! Look at the myriad of advertisements for posh resorts, expensive homes and community’s, the majority of the ad images include water! The presence of properly designed water improves the aesthetic in landscape and architecture, period!
Not all your future projects are conducive for this approach, but if you don’t consider it initially you are missing out and potentially doing your client a disservice. My clients deserve the best available as do yours, they do not know what all they can have until the designer reveals it. If the budget won’t allow certain things, then so be it, but you should still explore, then provide options and let the client decide.
Identify the opportunities; float a post or column supporting a patio cover, dividing the yard in two zones, extending horizontal architecture via a water element, a grand stair from threshold to the water, etc., etc.
Considerations for integrating the swimming pool with existing architecture must be weighed carefully. Design and application demand equal attention and a cohesive approach. To merely wave a pencil across the page, adding a few strategically placed lines is only the first step. Application may require engineering assistance, planning that is outside the pool designer’s capacity. Stay within your expertise, beyond that, hire some help.
Lastly, by all means, do not force it! Integration is good for some but not for others, learn through your exploration and education what works and what doesn’t. A good idea in one space is not always good in another. There is still a need for the elegant and independent lentic feature cast in the middle of a lush landscape.
Water stimulates the senses, its tranquil and sensitive properties are heart warming, why not make it an element of your client’s home.
Michael Nantz, SWD Master
Elite Concepts Inc.
PO Box 293314
Lewisville, TX 75029
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