This project was an absolute dream come true. The Robinsons wanted a Natural Swimming Pond and we exceeded their expectations. The pond is the center piece to a circular paving stone driveway in front of their house.
This private property is hidden in a dense cedar tree forest. When you drive in to the dense cedar tree forest, the center of the driveway was cleared out, the largest cedar trees were kept along the edge to maintain the feel and natural look. We excavated and removed fill until we had a pond depth of 4.5 feet and would allow for a walk down beach from the driveway edge. We wanted to mirror the feeling of driving beside a natural pond or small lake.
One of the main features is being able to walk down the beach into the Natural Swimming Pond and swim with the fish. The underwater lighting has allowed for the natural beauty to be enjoyed day and night. The challenge was to have a ripple free surface and still be able to skim the debris off the top of the feature. This allows the Robinsons to see the full depth at any point of the day.
We created a Bog area to filter and clean the water naturally as much as possible. The two pumps pull water from the bottom of the pond, as well as water from the middle water depth. We continually pull water from multiple depths and areas and pump it to the Bog to promote circulation within the pond. We installed a snorkel from Aquascape that was approximately 16 feet long. Furthermore, 2 to 4 inch clean drain rock was installed directly on top and around. The water plants were then installed throughout the Bog area to create an organic filtering water feature. The water is pumped up through the snorkel to feed the roots of the water plants, thus filtering the feature. The water passes up through the Bog plants, and then slowly moves over back into the main feature.
The final touches were carefully planned landscaping, landscape lighting with two benches and a gazebo that is cantilevered over the feature. Having the gazebo hang over the feature allowed for further overall viewing enjoyment and feeding of the fish.