Pools and Outdoor Living
These present a dual challenge as they should be designed as an extension of both the house and the garden. Interiors need to be spacious to allow for comfortable air quality and to balance the large scale of the pool itself. Doors connecting to house and garden need to be large and easy to open. Edges, steps, covers and lighting need to be beautifully detailed. The equipment must be carefully positioned to avoid the noise and to make maintenance easy.
When the weather is good nothing beats outdoor cooking, eating and entertaining. Well-designed outdoor living spaces that connect to your new house or residential extension allow you to share food and drinks all year round. An ‘outdoor room’ is a great way to extend the living space of your home. Match the terrace finish to your home and define the space with some clever planting in pots or beds. To get best use of the space it needs to be located in the right place and properly shaded by a pergola or shade sail.
Depending on your preference and budget there are then endless add-ons including outdoor kitchens with work surfaces, storage, fridge, hob and dishwasher, a fire pit, hot tub, fountain, lighting including floor lamps, bar and comfortable seating area which can either be moveable or fully integrated into the design using low walls, extra wide steps or benches.
We don’t supply or install swimming pools but we do design the way they relate to the garden and house as part of our landscape design work. We also integrate all the complex services requirements that pools need to hide them wherever possible.
In the past, outdoor pools were typically located away from the house and often screened from view. Our belief is that, rather than being at the bottom of the garden, outdoor pools should be beautifully designed and fully integrated into the landscape, ideally near the house so that they become another easy to use extension of your main living space.
Kemsing Pool Annexe
Listed Building Annexe
This pool annexe is located in the garden of a prominent listed building, but set about 20m away. With the support of the planners we designed a deliberately contemporary annexe but with a large traditional roof that sits well in the garden. The interior has a level deck pool with the pool cover concealed in an underwater cave so that there are no unsightly access covers around the pool. At one end there is a sitting area with it's own mini-kitchen as well as a changing area. Above the integrated garage we formed a Gym area within the pitched roof space.
Sutton Valence Pool Annexe
Listed Building Annexe
We gained listed building consent to demolish one of the outbuildings of a large house and replace it with a new pool building. There will be a large glazed rooflight to bring sun into the otherwise north facing site. The large glazed doors will connect with the main house entrance courtyard that will also be landscaped.
Benenden Outdoor Living
Outdoor Kitchen and Pool Area
This scheme was inspired by visits to the South of France where outdoor Kitchens and shaded outdoor dining spaces are built to avoid the heat of the sun.
This garden shelter has a Kitchen on one side complete with sink, 2 burner hob and fridge with plenty of storage. The table will seat up to 12 so there is plenty of space for family summer lunches. And whilst the adults chat over lunch, the children can swim safely in the pool just a short distance away.