This 40-year-old tired pool had long since seen better days and was crying out for some much-needed TLC. Believing in the power of word of mouth, the owners took the recommendation of friends who had recently used Hayling Island pool company, Simplex Pools, for their award-winning pool refurbishment. Within a very short space of time, this old crumbling pool was totally transformed.
“With children and dogs in the garden throughout the summer months, it was important that we used a reputable firm and one whose employees we could work with and trust. We ticked both those boxes with Simplex, their employees were an absolute pleasure to have around,” says Kate and Alistaire.
“From our first visit to Gareth Lancaster’s showroom on Hayling Island, we knew his expertise and experience would provide the guidance we needed to design and realise our perfect pool. Gareth was both receptive to our ideas, creative in his suggestions, and flexible and patient when we added or changed the plans – which happened often!”
Gareth says: “The family moved to the property about six years ago and the old Marbelite 10 x 5m pool with Roman end was in use most summers, but as the years wore on, it became very apparent an urgent and major overhaul was required.
“We started by extending the pool by one metre so that a pit could be built to accommodate a Roldeck automatic cover with translucent solar slats. The next job was to call in our on-site lining team. We used a black slate effect Touch liner and this was set off with fossil pearl natural stone copings for the surround and the extended patio area. We also built flower beds and walls to surround the pool with slate cladding and finished with lavender bushes which have looked spectacular throughout the season.
“The original filtration was very out of date and not the most efficient, so we replaced all pipework, tripled the number of skimmers and doubled the amount of return inlets. To add a little luxury, these were all replaced with Certikin Optimus silver fittings and stainless-steel skimmer lids in the surrounds.”
Additional equipment upgrades included a Calorex Invertor type air source heat pump, Certikin UV system, Vision top mount filter, and Aquaspeed pump.
Gareth adds: “The translucent solar cover came into its own when we fitted eight stainless steel PU2 LED colour change lights. We also put the same lights in the flower beds so that they co-ordinate with the pool.”
The happy owners say: “The lights enhance both the landscaping and planting and allow the pool to blend in with its surroundings.”
Dramatic effect was created thanks to the installation of two Certikin water cannons in the pool surround which particularly got the thumbs up from the children in the family.
Alistaire adds: “The Simplex team were great in helping us to understand the workings of the pool for day-to-day maintenance. Their interactions with the suppliers of the pool house and paving manufacturers were all also seamless.
“The finished pool has far exceeded our expectations, in fact there were some very thoughtful additions we hadn’t expected! To have everything working just as it should means we have plenty of time to sit and enjoy the pool area. In fact, we genuinely get equal amounts of joy from sitting next to the pool and admiring it as we do swimming in it! Thank you to everyone at Simplex Pools for their hard work in helping us achieve something quite beautiful.”
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