That first splash into a stunning swimming pool in your backyard is a memory to savour for a lifetime, especially if the pool is artfully designed and surrounded by lush landscaping. That's exactly what Nigel Donaldson from Donaldson Pools has been providing Kiwi families with for over 30 years.
We sat down with Nigel for an interview to talk all things pools, and what makes one cool. Here are his expert tips and gems of advice.
It's cool to complement the surroundings
A spectacular backyard retreat relies on cohesiveness, which is why Nigel recommends that a swimming pool design should complement the architectural style of the home and respond to the natural environment of the site.
"We once created a waterfall rock pool for a client, using the rocks from the same rural hillside where we dug up the pool. The result was a natural, organic look that felt like it belonged there," explained Nigel.
"Another perk of rock pools is that they don't date. Palms and ferns will grow over time, keeping the beautiful natural look alive for years to come. This adds great value to your property."
Beyond the environment, it's also crucial to match the size and style of the pool to your home.
"Many of our clients have large lifestyle properties, which is why it's important that the pool size matches up to the grandeur of the house. Our pools are 15 metres, because any smaller would look like a puddle beside these big homes," added Nigel.
"Overall, we typically pick a kidney, rectangular or infinity shape for the pool and can add waterfall or rock features, depending on what our client has in mind."
It's cool to choose a safe site
Nigel recommends installing the pool within viewing distance of the kitchen or lounge, making it easy for parents to keep a close eye on the kids. Because gaining council approval is also a key part of the installation process, it's essential that the pool design engineering plans meet safety requirements. All going well, though, Donaldson Pools can have a pool completed in just 8-9 weeks.
It's cool to pick an infinity pool
This style is growing in popularity and looks ideal beside a modern or contemporary architectural home. Iconic international designs, such as the rooftop infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, as well as the Bondi Baths along the ocean's edge in Sydney, have been contributors to the blossoming trend of infinity pools.
"We have built stylish, cutting-edge infinity pools for clients in New Zealand. An added bonus is the naturally beautiful clifftop views that their infinity pools overlook, giving a luxurious landscape look to the pool area," noted Nigel.
The clean, sharp lines of infinity pools exude a minimalist vibe that is modern and elegant, which is why this style of pool engineering is on-trend to match the industrial, minimalist interior design and architecture themes of recent years. Beyond the form, Nigel adds that the function of infinity pools is also useful, as they filter out the water over the edge and keep the pool replenished and clean.
While infinity pools are typically associated with sleek, ultra-modern contemporary houses, that's not to say they can't look superb alongside a countryside vintage home. A rock feature added to the infinity edge will bring an earthy, rustic aesthetic to the sharp lines and blend well with the home's colour palette and aesthetic.
"In nature, rock formations filter out streams and waterfalls, making this feature an added clean bonus to the infinity edge," added Nigel.
It's cool to maintain the pool
Protect your investment of a luxurious pool by keeping it clean. Donaldson Pools collaborates with Swimmingly Pools – a pool-cleaning service that maintains the pool for clients on a weekly basis.
"It's great to see the pools look as good as new with such dedicated maintenance," said Nigel.
It's cool to customise
Ultimately, your swimming pool should reflect your passion for the outdoors and be in a style that you love. It's a space to relax, unwind and while away the summer season, and with a heated pool option, you can dip inside all year long.