Concrete swimming pool

Happy client, happy team.

We love clients who come back to us for residential landscaping projects! This client has engaged PHASE3 on 3 separate occasions now. This is they have said about us:

"Our first project was a big one. Matt Huxtable and Erika Borjklund handled the design whilst Andrew Rydings supervised the construction along with him team, Mick and Mitchell. They finished the job within the time frame and one that looked outstanding on completion. 

Our second project was at our Mandurah residence, under Ryan Healy using Simon Leahy to extend our existing outdoor area and making it an awesome space. The PHASE3 boys, Dan & Phil, did a great job on the garden design, making our backyard a very usable space.  

The last project, designed by Ryan Healy, where the brief was to turn our Applecross front yard into a maintenance free area, is just that, easy maintenance,  perfect!

I would not hesitate to recommend PHASE3 to anyone for all project sizes.

Many thanks,

Linda Christie. 

The 5 best swimming pool shapes

The L-shaped Pool 

The L-shaped pool (and its many variations) is probably the most popular type of purpose built concrete swimming pool, as it offers the best of two worlds. It’s long enough to incorporate a lap pool but has the added width to accommodate a shallow area for the kids or a relaxation corner that overlooks the pool and garden.

 Your choice of edge treatments can further add to the variety of looks achievable with an L-shaped pool, as these two images depict. A flat concrete edge fits seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, while a defined edge lends itself to incorporating water features or feature walls. The beauty of choosing an L-shaped pool is that you can choose the configuration that best suits your space.  

Geometric Shaped Pool

Geometric shaped concrete swimming pools come in a variety of styles and can be designed to match the tone of your home. Whether your style is minimalist, contemporary, natural or freeform, there’s a geometric shaped pool to suit. Geometric pools can be designed to be built 1200mm above ground, which provides an opportunity to use the pool edge as a safety barrier, avoiding the need for a separate pool fence.

a) Classic Geometric

Modern in shape, the classic geometric pool fits with all styles of home, and transition easily with changes of pool surroundings. Minimalist, contemporary, natural and freeform styles can all be expressed around this pool shape.

 B) Wide Lap Pool

As the name suggests, a wide lap pool is ideal for exercise and fitness. A recreation area can be incorporated by including steps along the short edge, or a wide step along one side, as shown in this image. 


c) Plunge Pool

The plunge pool has had a huge rise in popularity in recent years. A modern twist on the geometric shape, the plunge pool tends to be smaller, deeper, and less high maintenance than a traditional concrete swimming pool. Because of its smaller size, choosing a plunge pool over a larger pool often allows a bit of extra budget to go towards finishes. Glass façades or pool ‘windows’, travertine or granite mosaic tiling, spa jets and water features are all popular additions to plunge pools.  

Freeform Shape Pool

Figure 8 and freeform concrete swimming pools combine organic shapes with retro modern styling. Evocative of a tropical oasis, the curved lines of a figure 8 pool allow for vegetation to be brought right up to the edges, creating a lush, natural environment. For families with younger children, the figure 8 shape is the shape that most clearly distinguishes the shallow end from the deep end. 

As you can see, there are a vast range of styles that can be achieved with a custom designed concrete swimming pool. Whatever your requirements, our designers can help you create a beautiful and functional pool that works best for your space.




Cottesloe Landscape Project - Scoop Publishing Feature

Cottesloe Landscape Project - Scoop Publishing Feature
Cottesloe Landscape Project - Scoop Publishing Feature

Designed and constructed to complement the building, this landscape provides a private sanctuary sitting within the context of a coastal garden. A custom swimming pool and slide, feature granite stonework, off-form concrete walls, exposed aggregate concrete paving, custom grow meshes, and timber fences and gates are just some of the stunning features of this unique project.

The driveway was designed with reinforced turf so that the building floats over the green-banked lawn space. Custom granite boulders and block walls to the rear of the property feature textured stone panels, while off-form concrete walls connect with the architecture.

Landscape lighting includes in-ground up lights, recessed deck lights, spike spots, wall spots and recessed underwater lights.

Existing Norfolk Pine and Casuarina equisetifolia trees were retained, while hardy natives were added. Furthermore, the kitchen garden on the roof terrace is planted with citrus, passionfruit and herbs, while a bamboo garden on the south side addresses the verticality of the architecture.


Contemporary Pool Design with Pavilion Structure


Being an outdoor pool design project, it involved the transformation of a simple garden area into a modern landscape for the homeowners to enjoy greater functionality of the space along with contemporary design elements. The construction of this project revolved around the addition of a stunning swimming pool as well as a covered pavilion to serve as an entertainment area. As a result, the functional and aesthetically divine combination of the pool and pavilion encourages homeowners and their guests to spend quality time swimming, cooking, dining, or just relaxing with friends and family.

Pool Design

Following client requirements, we ensured that the pool design as well as the entertainment area were adequately sized and positioned. As a result, we were able to get maximum use of every inch in the limited space, thus enhancing the entertainment capacity of the rear garden area.

Material & Construction Review

The deck features the elegant use of recycled black butt timber, which makes it stand out as a great spot for a beautiful alfresco cooking and dining experience, while complimenting the timber features of the existing home.

We built the sleek and elegant pool from scratch, using glazed black bricks for the header. At the same time, the choice of black tiles and white plaster inside the pool complements the contemporary theme of the design. Furthermore, the boundary wall towards the north serves as a screen as well as a support for the pavilion’s roof. It incorporates varying levels of height which make it visually appealing, while the use of galvanised steel fins brings the multi-faceted benefits like added security to the blade walls simultaneously maintaining an open feel

This project was designed by Newforms Landscape Architecture and built by Phase3 Landscape Construction.

If you have a project that you would like to chat to us about, please contact us today.

Inspired Outdoor Living

Inspired Outdoor Living
Inspired Outdoor Living

The requirements for the homeowners of this featured project were challenging and complex at the same time. With the Swan River in close proximity, the swimming pool is designed and engineered with precision as its bottom is lower than the water table. At the same time, the oblong and narrow space available for this project imposed additional challenges. However, we were able to overcome the difficulties and created this sleek and contemporary masterpiece.

The water feature becomes the centre of attention as you enter the residence as it visually creates the illusion of more space in the actually small-sized courtyard. Secondly, the pumping well to the garage beneath is cleverly concealed by a striking custom light box which illuminates the beautiful cut granite water feature enveloping the space.

The dimensions of the site for this project would seem small to most designers and builders. But the competent teams at both companies successfully created a unique and artistic landscape with enhanced functionality, aesthetic value, and modern finishes.

The design and construction teams unanimously paid attention to detail throughout.

Artistic landscaping project
Artistic landscaping project

Other noticeable features in this project that negated the challenges of a restricted space include:

  • The verticality of the surrounding buildings were refuted through tall Plants with Diverse Texture, such as Bamboo
  • An integrated pool and spa that combines the Use of Travertine Tiles and Concrete with Varying Heights to encompass the rear garden while allowing the user to transverse the space
  • Steel Sections Structured to Connect the Landscape with the Building, the awnings of the building being designed and implemented to transfix the two

In its entirety, the featured project is designed and constructed with the structural elements, modern finishes, and functional features that complement each other, both aesthetically pleasing and exceptionally functional, while instilling the sense of serenity in this entertaining and relaxing site.

This project was designed by Newforms Landscape Architecture and built by Phase3 Landscape Construction.

If you have a project that you would like to chat to us about, please contact us today.

Garden Design & Construction in Perth


Not far from the picturesque Swan River in Perth, we completed a fabulous garden project with a unique and modern appeal. The key component of the project brief was to ensure that the owner’s property appears exceptionally different from the similar design of the attached building next door. This was successfully achieved not just through the landscape but by architectural additions to the building façade, which provided a connection between the two.

The end result is a beautiful garden with strong inclination towards geometric elements with a mild Asian feel that ensures the functionality of the spaces are just as beautiful as the form.

Impressive Garden Design Features

This project has several fascinating and contemporary elements. Some of the distinguishing features that were added to this garden include an eye-catching, granite water feature as well as a sundeck, plunge pool, and pavilion. An additional feature is the hidden storage shed in the rear garden. In other words, the teams of both these companies provided these homeowners a great blend of design elements and functional features.

At the same time, we continued to be part of additional requirements for altering the frontage of the house. For this purpose, the building exterior was made to gel with the theme of the garden design. This was achieved by creating a large, facade awning made of steel and timber lined which is consistent throughout the landscape structures.

Location-Based Elements


This featured project is situated close to the Swan River. As much as this fact gives stunning views to the residents of the neighbourhood, it resulted in a great amount of challenge for our team. A six metre deep pump well required to compensate for the high water table with its access hatch unfortunately located in the entry courtyard, was cleverly concealed via a custom weathered steel light box that illuminates the cubist granite water feature that strikes upon entry to the house.

Attention to detail by both teams is also visible in the manner that every inch of this long and narrow site has been utilized to fulfill predetermined and desired goals.

Additional Structures

This project is based on great emphasis on the creation of bold structures with the noteworthy use of strong forms that are driven by function. The design and construction professionals from both companies included customized structures for the building’s facade, entrance area, plunge pool, and gate house, achieving an outstanding cohesive resolution between the building and landscape.

For this project, we received the award for the Best Residential Contractor over $150,000 category at the 2011 LAI (Landscape Australia Inc) National Awards of Excellence. 

If you have a project that you would like to chat to us about, please contact us today.

East Fremantle Landscape Project - Scoop Publishing Feature


This unique landscape captures the essence of creating a space for play and fun, providing an exciting, interactive, child-friendly adventure playground. The owners were after an adventurous, sensory garden with a large turfed area between the house and the swimming pool area. They also requested the large existing trees remain, and screening to the rear, east and south sides of the house. The biggest challenge was connecting the large existing decked area of the pavilion with the remaining backyard, which is considerably lower.

The existing pool shell lies at the lowest point of the site, which meant connectivity between the pavilion and the pool was vital, with a couple of landings that lead to the garden shed, an outdoor shower and turfed area.

If you have a project that you would like to chat to us about, please contact us today.