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Using Sandstone To Enhance A Home’s Leisure Landscape As a timeless, eco-friendly material, Sandstone is a great choice to use around a swimming pool and for luxury pool specialists Chiswell Pools and Cranbourne Stone, it was the perfect and natural choice to bring the plans to life of this stunning domestic project


he owners of this private residence wanted to enjoy their outdoor space fully by transforming their garden into the perfect area for leisure activities – for them, their family and their friends to relax and enjoy. Their extensive outdoor leisure space included building a new swimming pool, hot tub, indoor gym, sauna, infant area, alfresco cooking and dining areas plus more! To bring their plan to life, Chiswell Pools and Cranbourne Stone worked together to create a classic and timeless design that met their dream criteria. The project plan combined clean lines with natural materials to complement the surroundings and make full use of the area to create a beautiful outdoor space.

MAKING THE SWIMMING POOL A TALKING POINT The design of the swimming pool was instrumental to the overall scheme of the garden and needed to be multifunctional. Using a classic rectangular shape, the swimming pool’s main feature were the steps entering the pool. “The design included a large upper area which would act as a paddling pool for the whole family to enjoy. The lower area was fitted with four powerful massaging jets to create a wonderful ‘lounge area’ within the water,” said Tar Puangsri from Chiswell Pools. To reflect the existing luxurious style

of the house and its grounds, the design incorporated natural stone in the swimming pool surrounds and terraced areas. “When looking for stone to complement the design of the project, sandstone was the natural choice,” explained Jo Standfield, Cranbourne Stone’s Sales Director. “It was important that the swimming pool area worked cohesively within the grounds of the property and looked like it was an extension of the house,” added Jo.

SANDSTONE – THE NATURAL CHOICE Georgian Antiqued Sandstone has an aged appearance giving it a rustic feel. The light grey colour and gentle tumbled edges make the stone perfect for more traditional outdoor paving projects and swimming pool surrounds. “Georgian Antiqued Sandstone was chosen for its beautiful subtle grey tones and soft tumbled edges. The client was looking for a stone that was not a one-dimensional flat colour, or with a finish that was completely smooth. Sandstone met these criteria and also had the classic feel that worked perfectly next to the house,” highlighted Jo. It was a key feature of the design that the swimming pool surround sits perfectly within the existing patio area, which was not uniform in style. Sandstone works well when laid in an irregular pattern and brings out the natural beauty of the stone. Thanks to its slip-resistant properties,

sandstone stands up to all safety criteria required for swimming pools surrounds and can be used for a variety of applications, on everything from internal and external flooring, pool surrounds, copings as well as wall cladding to give the design a seamless and elegant finish. Because natural stone varies in both colour and texture, the appearance of the sandstone changes when wet, enhancing the tones and characteristics within the stone and adding to its beauty. “The light grey natural stone matched perfectly with the ocean blue colour of the water created by the pool tiles and also contrasted well with the royal blue pool cover,” commented Tar Puangsri, Chiswell Pools. “The rounded bull-nosed stone copings made the separation between the pool and the patio area ‘feet friendly’, giving it a smooth unobtrusive finish when people sit on the edge with their feet in the pool. Another benefit of the sandstone used was that it was not 100% porous. Therefore, it would not absorb water, and so would help any rain water fall away from the pool,” emphasised Tar. “Sandstone is a great choice to use around a swimming pool. An eco-friendly material, it is recognised for its natural strength, durability and slip-resistant nature. By using the Georgian Antiqued Sandstone in the surround, copings and terracing, the material palette was consistent throughout the outdoor area. Using this stone selection in the project has resulted in a stylish and classic pool and garden design,” concluded Jo Standfield. The end result of the project was impressive. Hard work, determination, commitment and collaboration, from start to finish, produced a stunning outdoor design. Through the use of the very best landscaping and pool stone materials, along with state-ofthe-art components including an economical pool pump heater and electrics controlled with a touch of a button from an iPad or iPhone, the design was not only technologicallyadvanced but also unique, sustainable and timeless. Chiswell Pools 01923 599187 www.chiswellpools.com Cranbourne Stone 01264 810813 www.cranbournestone.co.uk

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