Pooling Ideas - The Sunday Times HOME

Pooling Ideas - The Sunday Times HOME

Don’t be afraid to take inspiration from your favourite interior looks when it comes to designing a pool and outdoor entertaining area.

In the Harlow by Broadway Homes, for example, the designers have taken the essence of Art Deco and used it to create an invitingly large pool built tight to the back wall of this Iluka display home. Peter Gobetti sales and marketing manager at Broadway Homes, says it’s a great demonstration of how to use a design theme both inside and out. “In integrating this pool into the outdoor living are it was important to follow the Art Deco design theme, so the shape of the pool created an interesting visual that perfectly complements the home’s exterior and interior,” he says.

 Custom-designed to suit the house and the block and available as an optional extra for about $60,000, the coloured lighting and tiled highlights on the rim and steps. A frameless glass pool fence ensures there’s nothing to interrupt the adjacent tiled alfresco and outdoor kitchen. “Overall pool design and surrounding landscaping features have become more custom-designed to match a client’s specific expectations,” Peter says. Smaller block sizes mean it’s important to think carefully about the placement of a pool, with growing demand for designs that work hand in hand with alfresco areas, sun decks, gazebo and rear living spaces.

“High importance is placed on the lifestyle factor here in WA, so we are seeing more and more functionality, practicality and design aesthetics in outdoor spaces,” Peter says. The Harlow’s Art Deco theme is evident from the street, with classic layered panels high-lighted by a two-tone colour scheme. It’s the first time Broadway has given display homes a specific theme and the result is a sense of space and timeless elegance with a price tag of just over $550,000. Stretching across the back of the home and maximizing the pool view are the kitchen and open-plan living and dining area.

 Glossy black and white kitchen cabinets complement the Art Deco styling, while the black stone-topped worktop extends into a waterfall end panel. There are no fewer than 12 big pot drawers in the kitchen. Plus bank of pantry cupboards and Bosch stainless steel cooking appliances, including an electric oven, built-in microwave, integrated range hood and tempered glass gas cook top. A contemporary black chandelier hangs over a round table to help define the dining space, while recessed ceilings featuring lighting through table to help define the dining space, the master bedroom, the ensuite and the void in the entry hallway. Peter says the Art Deco-inspired cornicing and the timber parquetry floor have been given plenty of attention, adding “character, warmth and visual appeal” to the home.

The downstairs guest bedroom has its own bathroom and there’s an adjoining powder room. The elegant master suite with walk-in wardrobe and open-style bathroom creates a private wing upstairs for parents. There are two further double bedrooms on the upper floor, along with a second bathroom and powder room and an open sitting room at the top of the stairs. Outside, the double garage is places side-on to the street – another first for Broadway. “It perfectly complements the overall design aesthetic of the home,” Peter says.