Clem & Louisa's Plunge Pool

My Great Outdoors

Name: Clem & Louisa
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Type of space: Urban Backyard

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: At the end of a major renovation project we were left with a serious mess and zero cash. Our space is tiny and we were determined to maximize every inch, to include a minute plunge pool and still have loads of seating and lounging options (relatively speaking of course) and a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. Low maintenance being key…

How did you create it? Because of buried services we had to build the the pool half in and half out of the ground, which gave us the idea of building a lounging deck level with the side of the pool (inspired by our trips to Thailand) from which we have stunning views of Table Mountain! The whole of the outdoor area had to be raised to achieve the no-level-change-indoor-outdoor thing. We then laid faux lawn and paved the dining table area with some old concrete pavers which we had lying around and slapped some white enamel paint diluted with turpentine on them to take away a bit of the grey. As it is winter here, we have filled the pool with some cheap and cheerful balls, just for fun.

Recommended store, site, product or resource? Mr Williams made our sheep and angel sculptures, the umbrella and hanging chairs were bought in Thailand, Louisa made the poufs and Clem made all the decks (he's the best!)

(Re-edited from a post originally published 06.30.09 - NM)

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