This project was a new home construction with a blank slate yard backing up to a wooded area. The client was open to our ideas. We made notes on what they hoped to do as far as entertaining and living in their outdoor areas. They wanted to be able to host family and church youth group functions. The client also loves to scuba dive and was open to creative options where he and his wife could utilize this hobby.
We took the natural backdrop of the wooded area and designed a large pool with a swim-through tunnel for scuba diving which was constructed using man-made boulders in the water, and a beach entry for young children and adults wanting to soak up the sun. A deep end was constructed to accommodate the height of the diving ledge which was nestled between multiple natural boulder waterfalls. Two grottos were designed on either side of the waterfalls to give swimmers access to floating devices and the lazy river that runs behind the waterfalls. The grottos include a dry entertainment area for swimmers to watch a Sunbrite television or rest in the shade of the grottos. The lazy river meanders behind the natural boulder waterfalls and gives access to the diving ledge. Mature plants and stone pathways were integrated all around the grottos and lazy river to give the feeling of walking through a forest. A misting system was installed to give a dramatic show for the clients and friends to swim through and float in the lazy river.
During the design process, the client expressed a desire to include an additional waterfall lodged between the beach entry and spa, so we included that in the design as well.
The grottos were very time consuming and took two months to construct. Three hundred yards of concrete was delivered for the pool shell alone. A crane was needed to set the natural boulders for the waterfall and to shoot the pool shell. Scaffolding was constructed for the workers to build the grottos. The lazy river utilizes two 7-1/2 horse variable speed pumps and the waterfalls utilize two 7-1/2 horse variable speed pumps and a one 2-horse pump for small waterfall and two 3-horse pumps for the streams on the top of the grottos. A large pump house was built to accommodate all the pool equipment. One 46″ Sunbrite television was installed in one of the grottos. Over 12,000 square feet of native Oklahoma flagstone was installed on this project. This pool design has come to be known as the “Scuba Pool” and has been featured on HGTV's "Cool Pools".