Not Thinking Twice About A Home Swimming Pool

Four years ago Matt and Kerrie Smith moved from London to a detached home in rural Buckinghamshire with their three children, tempted by the promise of a traditional family home in the county. After making the decision to transform their home with a pool house in the garden, Kerrie talks about her experience.

WHAT MADE YOU FIRST DECIDE TO GET A HOME SWIMMING POOL?

My son has a friend who has an indoor swimming pool and we just saw how much flexibility it gives the family. Both my husband and I like to keep active, so we felt it would tick all the boxes. It’s a place where adults can keep fit and children can have fun, while also being a space where we can go to relax and disappear from the house when we want to.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ORIGIN LEISURE?

Andrew Ginger came out to meet with us and we immediately knew it was the right decision. Origin Leisure has 35 years’ experience and understood what we wanted. Most importantly, they were respectful of our budget from start to finish. They managed the whole project from design and planning, through to building and maintenance. The whole project went just as they said it would, without us having to lift a finger.

WHAT WERE THE MAIN CHALLENGES?

Initially, the biggest challenge was deciding whether it was the right decision for our family. We have other parts of the house that could be refurbished, but if we had waited for a few years then the children may be too old to fully enjoy it. We wanted to give them the joys of having their own swimming pool while they were young. We had no need to worry about the building work. It
started in July 2014 and was completed in November, 4 weeks quicker than expected. Origin Leisure were so polite and thoughtful, even taking care to move our children’s beloved Wendy House from one part of the garden to another to make room for the pool.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT A HOME SWIMMING POOL?

It’s honestly the best thing we’ve done. We knew we were going to enjoy it, but we absolutely love it. My advice is not to think twice. I smile every time I look at the pool and it’s brought so much fun to our home.

My advice is not to think twice. I smile every time I look at the pool and it’s brought so much fun to our home.

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