Shellcove — A Challenge Successfully Met by Peter Glass and Associates, Sydney

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Take a waterfront property with a steep incline, add council regulations about swimming pool construction and somewhat difficult access to the building site — and you’ve got a challenge, indeed, but one Peter Glass and Associates relished in Shellcove. When hired, the Glass designers knew they had more than just a swimming pool to complete. Besides the pool construction, the owners wanted an extension of a balcony and the addition of a gym, a rumpus room, and a new stairway to connect all the levels. One of the key elements Glass needed to address was pool safety overall; this they did by working a needed barrier into the design as part of a waterfall feature, with a pattern of staggered Himalayan sandstone tiles in a basket-weave pattern. Up-lit at night, this waterfall also helps with removal of leaves from the pool, as they cascade into a shallower part of the water and are easily scooped up.

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With its shimmering blue surface extending seemingly clear to the harbor — thanks to a clear glass edge that gives it an infinite effect — the pool becomes a crowning jewel of this outdoor living area. Deep blue wicker chairs with plump white cushions echo the hues of water, sky, and stone; a full al fresco seating area encourages relaxation after a few laps or a workout. And no back yard oasis is complete without well-placed plantings: star jasmine vines trail around the pool walls, blurring its stone lines into soft harmony with other sub-tropical foliage. Everything from simple lilies to frangipani, palms, irises, cordyline, and bougainvillea make for a fragrant and soothing outdoor hideaway…and by night, wicker-enclosed candles add to the uplighting of pool and waterfall for a breathtaking total effect. Yes, the project was a challenge. But, yes — Shellcove has turned out to be well worth the effort.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).