Case Study: "Swimming pool? I'd choose my swimming pond every time"

Sarah Doukas had built a swimming pool but could not get out of her head an article she had seen about Gartenart Swimming Ponds and an exploratory meeting she had with Managing Director, Tim Evans.

Given her experience, she believes that Gartenart deserves more of the word of mouth recommendation that triggered her own investigations. "Not enough people know. If more people understood what they could get, they’d feel like I do now."

[photo left: Survey - July 2009]
Construction started in January 2011. "Ohad, the foreman, was just brilliant. The construction team had problems and they worked in shocking conditions, with pretty much persistent rain. The aftercare was good, too. It was altogether a nice experience, unlike with my swimming pool.

"Fresh water is a different experience, totally different. I had no idea when we did it; I thought ‘we’re just going to look at this and say isn’t it beautiful?’. I was surprised by how it lured me in."

[photo right: Construction, Jan 2011]
Sarah calls it her “swimming lake” which reflects its size and depth, but also its beauty.

"I find it a complete de-stresser, coming down from London. If I got into the swimming pool it wouldn’t de-stress me at all.

"My kids wanted a pool because they couldn’t envisage the lake. I couldn’t, either – you can’t until you’ve swum in it. There’s something so liberating about it. It’s by these two beautiful oak trees – Adam and Eve – so there’s incredible bird life."

[photo left: July 2011]

Her friends, she says, are fascinated by the lake. "As soon as one of them comes to the house they go out to see how the plants are growing." She plans to hold a party there for her agency team who, she says, have already joined a long list of converts and ambassadors.

Sarah admits that her husband "is not a great water person" but "he has come to love the aesthetics of it" and willingly undertakes "brushing the sides at the weekend", which is all the maintenance it has required.

[photo right: July 2011]
"Everything about it works. If I had the time over again, I would build the lake and not the pool. A swimming pool is an inanimate, lifeless piece of concrete. It has an impact on the environment too, and it’s just water in a rectangle.

"The lake is a living thing that is evolving as the plants grow, and as more wildlife is attracted to it. By the lake, you are very much one with nature because birds, swallows and dragonflies come. You look up at the trees then sit on the edge, watching water-boatmen and tadpoles turning into frogs.

"You’re watching all this and it stops you in your tracks - your normal-life-tracks. I would definitely recommend it."

Posted: 27/09/2011 12:31:29 by Tim Evans | with 0 comments

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