A Place To Escape For The Whole Family

Case study

Katie and Jack had always loved swimming so when they had their first child it was important to them that he was a confident swimmer from a young age. Luckily Matthew shared his parents’ passion for the water, enjoying regular trips to the local pool as a baby. However, after a number of health and safety concerns during the winter months, Katie and Jack decided to leave public swimming pools behind in favour of the home pool they had always dreamed of. Once the decision to install a home pool had been made the couple set about finding a company that could manage the process for them from start to finish and ensure their vision became a reality. “It was important to us that the company we chose were true experts in the field with a sole focus on pools. We decided very quickly that we wanted to work with Origin, we didn’t feel the need to shop around because of their years of experience and the fact that they ‘do it all’.”


The Brief

Katie and Jack had three main priorities for their Origin indoor pool, the first was safety. With a young baby using the pool every day, it was vital to the family that the pool be as safe as it could possibly be. The second was that the space needed to be multi-functional as they wanted to use it for social gatherings and the third was that it had to blend in with their surroundings. “We live in a heritage-listed Victorian cottage in a Conservation and Green Belt area so it was important from a compliance perspective, as well as an aesthetic perspective, that the pool house structure fitted in with its surroundings.”

“Origin assisted with every stage of the design process and helped us to create a structure that fits in with the landscape and the main house perfectly. We had a rough idea of how we would like the pool to look but most of our inspiration came from talking to the fantastic architect. We were also offered the opportunity to visit some other pools that Origin had installed which was great for gaining inspiration and ideas for our own pool.”

Origin designed a barn-style pool house with a terracotta tiled roof in order to be in keeping with other buildings in the village. Origin knew that the barn, being quintessentially British in design, would blend in perfectly with their rural surroundings.

“We are so pleased with how well the structure fits in with the surrounding area, it really looks like it has been there forever.”


The Build


Origin managed the entire process from start to finish, starting with obtaining a Certificate of Lawful Development for the pool house, which was dealt with before the project commenced. The soil was clay-based which meant the pool would require deeper foundations but the team identified this before work began and allotted extra time to allow for this.

“We hit a setback when it came to installing the gas supply, but Origin pulled out all the stops to ensure the work was completed within the timescale. The team worked incredibly hard and we can’t praise the workforce highly enough, they were so lovely that we actually missed their presence around the house when the project was complete!”

“As well as the build of the pool house, Origin’s groundwork team used the earth from the pool to landscape our garden which was completed whilst they were on site for the pool work. This is an added extra that we hadn’t bargained for when we first got in contact but, along with our fantastic pool, has vastly improved our living space. Our garden is totally transformed, we have much more privacy and we are using the space much more often as a result.”

Why Origin

“Our swimming pool has quickly become much more than just a pool to us, it is a space for the whole family to come together and spend quality time together. Before we had the pool we would often be in the house together at the weekends but would be so busy doing our own thing that we would forget to put time aside to spend quality time focussing on each other. Now, we’re always together either swimming or using the gym. The pool house is a place to escape and swimming is the perfect activity to do together as a family, whatever the weather.”

“The space is perfect for entertaining. We have beautiful bi-folding doors at the end of the pool house with a small kitchen, so we can open the whole thing up and eat on the patio after a swim when the weather is good. Our extended family has also enjoyed coming over and we love watching the whole family jump in and enjoy themselves.”

“We would recommend Origin to anyone; their pools are absolutely beautiful and the team truly are experts in their field. We are confident the pool has already added value to our property and the extra quality time it has allowed us to spend as a family is invaluable.”