Home renovations blog: Consider a natural pool for your home today

By the resi financial blog team, 02 May 2014

What are natural pools

Swimming pools are becoming a staple of Australian homes across the nation. With the searing heat of summer, it's no wonder watery oases are growing in popularity. However, sometimes using chemicals like chlorine can irritate skin - something no one wants. Additionally, you may be looking for a  cleaner, greener style of living and want to embrace that in all aspects of your home. 

If this is the case, you could be interested to hear about a growing trend known as natural swimming pools, which could offer a fantastic alternative to the normal style of aquatic recreation. 

What is a natural swimming pool?

Developed in Australia and Germany during the 1980s, they can be designed to look like traditional swimming pools or more like natural ponds and lakes. In natural swimming pools, the chemicals traditionally used to keep the water clean are replaced with a combination of plants and sand filters. 

They're placed on a constructed wetland made from plant and gravel material so the water can filter through an area called the regeneration zone. This is where the cleanliness comes from -  as water passes through the plants and rocks, the natural ecosystem of these materials keeps the water refreshed and clean. 

This all combines to create a fantastic, picturesque swimming pool that is self-sustaining and great for the environment. Furthermore, you can save money on buying the various chemicals and tools associated with keeping a traditional swimming pool clean. However, the time factor is taken up by maintaining the pool, which is just like tending to a normal garden. 

Design options for your natural swimming pool

There are a wide range of different options to choose from. Some people approach their swimming pool as an actual pond and choose to keep it plain and natural. Others will build a complimentary stained deck to keep with the natural theme. 

Why not talk to your local landscaping/outdoor designer to see what options are available to you.

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