This spectacular, new Natural Swimming Pond was designed by Total Habitat and built by Country Landscapes Inc, near Nevada, Iowa! Thank you Michelle for the photos!
New photos of our Natural Swimming Pond (NSP) in Connecticut!
Made with locally-sourced rounded boulders, native water plants, and reclaimed wood for the pier, this gorgeous NSP is the centerpiece of this urban oasis!
Designed by Total Habitat and built in partnership with Dietter's Water Gardens in North Haven, CT.
Our Natural Swimming Pools & Ponds are in all of the states shaded blue above! Ready to join the map? Ask us about our "Pioneer Discount" available if you are the first NSP owner in your area!
Now introducing a brand new Total Habitat Natural Swimming Pool/Pond near Lawrence, KS! This stunning, custom NSP features a stamped concrete patio, a pebble beach, several waterfalls, a paved floor with built-in fiber optic lighting, a custom outdoor shower, and an 18 foot infinity edge with views of the Kansas countryside beyond. In this NSP, we built our biological filtration system right into the walls and floor, hidden behind our stacked rock walls and under our "paved" floor treatment. This enormous filter, along with our jet system, edge waterfalls, and large infinity fall work together to constantly move water up to atmosphere and down through our biological filters, eliminating the need for chlorine or other chemicals!
View of the pebble beach, infinity edge, contemporary ladder and handrail, and wooden outdoor shower screen (far right).
Stamped patio jumping/sunning ledge (on right) and planted "wild" area (center) with infinity edge beyond.
View of the pond and patio from the infinity edge (beach entry with hand rail on left and "wild" edge with waterfall on right).
Here are photos of a freshly built Natural Swimming Pond in New Haven, Connecticut. It features stacked rounded boulder walls, a zero-entry pebble beach and a small jumping pier with ladder, made from reclaimed old-growth douglas fir. We built this NSP with the help of local building partners, Dietter's Water Gardens of North Haven, CT. If you're in or near Connecticut, be sure to stop by Dietter's and check out their massive aquatic plant and fish selection! http://awatergarden.com
We can't wait to see this NSP once all the water plants are in and the owners' beautiful wildflowers are in bloom! In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at this lovely boulder swimming hole:
Total Habitat built this Natural Swimming Pool/Pond in 2001 in Wichita, Kansas. This pool/pond is an example of our "Essentials Plus" design: Our most economical model, plus just one load of geology (large rocks around the pond & low-profile waterfall). Essentials Plus pool/ponds have been built for around $49,000 (thanks largely to that single load of geology)!
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This Total Habitat Natural Swimming Pool/Pond (NSP) was built in 2008 in Wichita, Kansas. This NSP is nearly 8 feet deep, with two low-profile waterfalls, a pebble beach entry, and lots of beautiful geology! Unlike our Essentials Plus model, this pool/pond's biological filtration system is not built behind a bio-filter retaining wall (an underwater wall surrounding the swimming area). Instead, the biological filtration system in this pool/pond is completely hidden from view in the walls and floor!
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The challenge: Move these carefully selected, one-of-a-kind holey boulders into place without damaging them or anything else! The catch: The boulder mountain's final site is the tiny space between the garden wall and the gazebo. The solution: A tele handler and some very sturdy straps. That's right, we need to strap and lift these boulders over the garden wall (without nicking the gazebo or any of the precious trees) and gently set them down onto their poured concrete slab. No problem!
After months of scouring Western Kansas fields and quarries for gnarly, character-filled, holey boulders for our Holey Boulder Mountain at the Chinese Garden, here are the beautiful specimens we have found! Next challenge: Placing these beauties, without damaging them (or anything else), into the cramped space inside the Chinese Garden, between the gazebo and the garden wall…. Stay tuned!
Update: The Total Habitat crew is busy working on the new Chinese Garden addition to the Botanica Gardens of Wichita, KS. Our part of the project includes a winding holey boulder stream, pond, and holey boulder mountain. Though this project may look quite different from our Natural Swimming Pool/Ponds (NSP's), the biological filtration system we've built into this stream is exactly the same as in our NSP's!
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