It’s a cohesive addition to a home, but one that once decided upon, offers many options in its type, construction, shape, depth and so on. “Whether someone is wanting a basic rectangular-shaped pool, or a more custom-built option, almost anything is possible with concrete pools,” Donna says.
While other types of pools have their own advantages, including fibreglass and above-ground vinyl-liner pools – concrete is streets ahead in its ability to allow complete creative freedom while also ensuring longevity and strength, and is the core focus of Donna and husband Kerry’s work at Auckland Inground Pools, the company they started together in 1999.
“We find that people generally choose concrete pools because that way, the design is completely theirs. They don’t have to conform to pre-made molds so from an architectural perspective, this allows more design freedom.”
Once a homeowner or designer has decided on a pool, there are various options to choose from. While the more classic rectangular pools remain a popular choice, so too do free-form designs that typically fit in with natural elements of the site and can also often allow for an increase in the size of the pool as they are tailored to fit in with the available space.