David, I was wondering what the installation cost of one of your pools would be, assuming that its the size of a typical underground pool.
My thinking is that these ponds would be cheaper, more aesthetically pleasing, and less work than a typical underground pool once its in place. Is this correct? Typically, how much cheaper would a pond be compared to a regular swimming pool of the same size? I think installing these ponds can be a good way to get permaculture designers into the mainstream if people can market themselves well.
my larger pool (20m x 15m total area with a 5m x 11m swimming zone) cost me around £6000. This doesn't include my labour of course. Probably a fair ratio would be around 50-60%
Yes they are certainly aesthetically more pleasing and far easier to maintain than a conventional outdoor pool.
Yes I agree.
Natural Swimming Pools, fit so neatly within permaculture principles and have the power to engage a wider audience, rekindling the notion a lot of us have forgotten through detachment, that being immersed in nature, is being healthy!
Hi I’m David. I am probably the only person to have two Organic Pools (aka Natural Swimming Pools). The reason for this over indulgence was to make a DIY film of the process. Loads of these pools have been made all over the place, helping make the world slightly wetter, pond by pond. I have also made a short film for the BBC about Natural Swimming Pools introducing the concept to a wider audience here in the UK. As a consequence of all of this, I have started giving courses to fellow self-builders who have traveled from far and wide to come and sit in my garden and talk about pools and ponds for two days. What could be nicer?
David Pagan Butler organicpools.co.uk
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