A family garden with a natural swimming pond

For this large barn conversion in the Chilterns I designed a natural swimming pond which is central to the family’s outdoor living.
The curves of both the pond and the terrace suggest expanding ripples which draw one naturally outside. Throughout the year one can enjoy the reflections in the water, the wildflower meadows and the sun setting over the woodland beyond.
The pond is deep enough for diving at one end and there is a paddling area at the other. Safety is ensured by an electronic alarm system, avoiding the need for unsightly fencing.
A substantial oak pergola with built in seating beneath offers shade. Materials, such as the oak pergola and brick and knapped flint in the terrace and walls, relate to the local building style.