A Total Concept Landscape Architects

Space is at a premium on this steep harbourside property, so a smart, integrated design was essential. The cleanlined monolithic shape of the 15m-long lap pool complements the contemporary home and fits in well with the natural setting. The well-thoughtout design includes a large feature wall to one end of the pool, which disguises a boatshed, and a timber deck to the other side, which hides the pool filter and equipment.

A sandstone-paved walkway and family entertaining area cantilevers over the swimming pool and incorporates a generous-sized wood-burning fireplace, together with a huge external TV screen. “We were engaged by the owners of this property to design and manage the integrated pool and garden areas for this project,” says designer John Storch of A Total Concept. “We undertook the designs, then obtained building approval as an integrated development, provided detailed specifications for all aspects of the project, then recommended and organised both the pool builder and landscape contractor. We also undertook the total management of the project for our clients.

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“Gaining approvals for such an extensive and detailed project was extremely complex and we worked in close conjunction with local council, Sydney Waterways Authority and Sydney Water to resolve the many design and construction issues to enable this project to gain approval for construction. Once the approval process was over, construction in itself posed complex issues, with access for excavation works on the site being entirely by the harbour. A large 15-tonne machine was craned into the site from a barge at water level for excavation and thousands of tonnes of spoil were removed from the site during the eight-month construction period.” Construction was also made difficult due to surrounding trees that needed to be retained, together with a natural sandstone cliff-face above the level of the pool.

A sewer easement required careful consideration during both the design process and construction. Care was taken to ensure damage did not occur to the aged cast-iron sewer pipes. Additionally, during construction, a flowing subterranean creek was uncovered, requiring the redesign of structural components to ensure the stability of the pool. “Our clients wanted a statement from the design, something different that would sit well and work in with the new residence and the environment into which it was to be placed,” says John. “We believe that we delivered.” The strong geometric rectangular shapes of the pool, spa, infinity edge and entertaining areas create a unique juxtaposition with the visual softness of the surrounding native bushland. Additionally, the infinity edge links to the harbour as an attractive backdrop. The unusual pool colour is created by a specially selected blend of coloured glass tiles; at night the water reflects the surrounding lights and matches the natural colour of Sydney’s Middle Harbour during the day. Minimal native plantings, sandstone paving and sandstone cladding, together with timber decking, complement both the colour and texture of the surrounding natural sandstone cliff-face to showcase the stylishly contemporary home. With its many designed innovations by A Total Concept, this pool and entertaining area is now a space where the homeowners can relax and entertain while looking over the stunning water views.


A Total Concept is an established awardwinning practice specialising in the integration of beautiful and functional swimming pools, gardens and cabanas. Projects range from simple family homes to elaborate residential properties, boutiqueand resort-style developments. The company provides services extending from consultations, designs and specifications, council approvals and builder recommendations to the total management of the project and contract administration. A Total Concept can help you bring together all aspects of your project, assisting with specifying pool equipment, the choice of materials and colours, cabana fixtures and fittings, landscape lighting and plant selection.

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