Lisa Anchor approached award-winning builders Bostock Pools and Spas in Wollongong with a challenging brief. She wanted to build an owner-builder concrete pool with a resort style feel in her small triangular yard, with limited space in an area off the curved alfresco entertaining area.
“Woonona is a beachy suburb and our home backs onto a bell frog reserve so the setting is very natural and very quiet,” says Lisa. “We decided a pool would complete our house and initially thought of a concrete pool. After a two-hour meeting with Alicia Hutton of Bostock Pools and Spas and a visit to her home to see her own Compass fibreglass pool, we were sold on the idea of installing a fibreglass pool instead.”
Alicia explained that a fibreglass pool was warmer than a concrete pool, could be customised with the addition of a shallow ‘sun pod’ area with bubble jets, an underwater bench seat and water feature and that additional features such as gas heating, underwater lighting and the Vantage infloor selfcleaning system could be added.
“The Vantage self-cleaning system was a real clincher,” says Lisa. “It’s the best thing ever invented! The kids were absolutely stoked that they wouldn’t have to clean the pool every weekend and when my husband heard about the gas heating as well he was even more impressed.”
Decisions made, Lisa and Alicia got to work on the details.
“Lisa and I discussed all the options and she showed me lots of pictures online of pools she liked,” says Alicia. “We then designed a 3D visual concept of the backyard with the Pool Studio design programme, which gives the customer a very realistic idea of the design of their pool area, all to scale.
“Because of the angle of the block, a seven-metre X Trainer fibreglass shell was decided on, with the addition of a threemetre long custom bench seat, a custom concrete wading area 200mm deep x 1.4m long x 2500 mm wide off the shallow end and a stacked stone water feature with three 300mm sheer water blades.”
Lisa selected the Jade shell colour with Jade Ezzari tiles for the wading area and bench seat and surrounding paving in medium light travertine.
“The blue/green pool tiles with mother of pearl overlay and bubble jets really make the wading area sparkle and we also used the tiles on the bench seat,” says Lisa. “They work beautifully against the water and dark blue shell and the lighter travertine pavers really set off the colours. Alicia is a very smart little chicken. All the creative ideas she added have taken a standard pool and made it a ‘wow’ pool.
“Alicia also went above and beyond to help and get it done. The installation was finished on Christmas Eve and she even came back from holiday to make sure everything was ready so we could swim in the pool on Christmas Day.”
Since then, the completed pool has seen constant use by all the family. “We just love the pool and use it all the time. The teenagers have been in it non-stop and get in there with their friends instead of watching television or getting on the computer, the shallow splash area has been a boon when friends visit with babies and toddlers and it’s become a fantastic social hub for entertaining at night, birthday parties and barbecues with friends.
“We’re also really happy we chose a fibreglass pool – the water stays lovely and warm and the surface is nice and smooth to the touch.”
“Lisa was great to work with,” adds Alicia, “and had full confidence in our building experience to design the resort style pool she dreamed of having.”