Instead of a regular old swimming pool, how’d you like to have a large natural pool that looks like a pond, complete with plant and animal life?
You get to enjoy that lovely bond with nature as if you were out in a jungle somewhere, when you’re actually in your very own back yard (and you don’t have to worry about what dangers lurk beneath).
I’ve seen a lot of posts and shows lately about people getting companies to transform pools into gorgeous ponds like these, but here you can learn how to make this natural transformation yourself… and save a lot of money doing so.
DIY Swimming Pond Video:
Video by David's Natural Swimming Pools.
Apart from the breathtaking visual impact and the serene sense of nature, this type of pool has a lot of other benefits:
- A pool in 2 parts: the deeper swimming zone, and the shallower surrounding plant zone
- No chlorine or other chemicals in the water – the plants and animals filter and oxygenate the water naturally, thus keeping it clean and clear
- A solar-powered circulation system (this should also keep the mosquitoes at bay)
- An animal-friendly pool filter built from scrap materials
The brainchild behind this project, David Butler, has a DVD for sale on Amazon: Natural Swimming Pools: A Guide to Designing & Building Your Own. This guide will take you through the steps so that you, too, can enjoy such a marvelous natural swimming experience.
If you like the idea but need it on a much, much smaller scale, then go for this stunning pond garden feature that’s actually made from old tires.
looks like a neat idea.
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Looks absolutely gorgeous, but not sure if it would pass muster with our building codes for "pools"; of course if you just called it a pond, you could maybe skate--they'd never know the "fish" were human. Did you run into any issues with this?
Me and hubby are planning on building one this year. These at really cool and seem to be getting more popular.
good idea , i like that
When the pool is natural, has it to be cold?
Have you got any ideas for transforming existing pools without of liner.
Great idea if you want to swim in “swamp” like conditions that attract snakes, bugs, mosquitos if water is allowed to get stagnant and alligators if you live in the Gulf Coast region! No thank you!
The water is specifically not allowed to become stagnant. It may attract wildlife, however, but no more that a typical lake. Around here (Seattle) lakes are great for swimming.
The alligators will leave if you feed them on your neighbors property ?
Like my mama always said.... if you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all. Do your research before you speak.
I love this idea and am planning one myself! So beautiful
I am hoping that we can do this. It looks like so much fun
I have been planning on doing this exact thing. I have a large, mostly deep pond that will receive a lot of runoff down the property. I would like to have koi and lots of plants, with a sandy beach. I have a lot of rock around the property. What is the suitable for putting in the bottom that won't cost a fortune?
We have the same type of pond. Wondering how to transform from pond to pool.