Ryan & Sharon Smethurst

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Name: Ryan & Sharon
Surname: Smethurst
Location: Gqeberha, Eastern Cape
Entry Date: Jun 30, 2021
Category: Innovation
Project: Outdoor Areas

About the Project:

Size does matter! The smaller the pool, the warmer the water. We repurposed our existing pool, made it smaller and used part as a water tank. . Having purchased our forever-home in 2017, we started planning but before we were even out the starting block we had to get the restrictions lifted on our title-deed…

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Size does matter! The smaller the pool, the warmer the water. We repurposed our existing pool, made it smaller and used part as a water tank.
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Having purchased our forever-home in 2017, we started planning but before we were even out the starting block we had to get the restrictions lifted on our title-deed (note to all first time home owners…always check the title deed before you put in an offer to purchase a property). It took almost 2 years to get the restrictions lifted. By January 2020 we moved out and renovations began.
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We managed to start with our pool/entertainment area first before Level 5 lockdown hit in March.
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The original pool was 10m long x 4m wide x 3.5m deep, making it so cold that in the summer months no-one wanted to use it!
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We knew we wanted to make it smaller and that we also wanted to go green and at Frans, owner of Green Overall, suggested we take a look at a house in our area where the owners had built a new smaller pool in the right position and converted their original pool into a water tank. They used the above ground space to build a one-bedroom cottage.
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It sounded weird! So obviously we were intrigued and were totally sold on the concept after seeing it all.
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You have to get an engineer involved in this process as it’s not straight forward as it sounds.
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The run-off from our roof is piped straight into our ‘tank’, which is then pumped back into our house after going through a UV filter system. Because no sunlight that reaches the tank, it’s free of bacteria and water-born insects.
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Although this project was extremely expensive and made up a big chunk of our overall budget, it has added value to our home and is one step closer to going off the grid and doing our bit for the environment.

Budget Breakdown:

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Contractors:

East Coast Pools
112
Green Overall
85
Eva-Last Decking
42
Poise Consulting Engineers
15
254
Grand Total
R254