Reflections On Nature
Gardens Illustrated|September 2017

A mirror pool with the right planting, designed in conjunction with the house, brings the beauty of water into a small space

Marieke Van Gessel

Much as we’d probably all love to spend our summer days relaxing by the side of our own private swimming pool, challenges of space and budget make this more a dream than a reality for most. But there is something very special about water in the garden and you don’t need a swimming pool or a huge amount of space to take pleasure from its presence.

When Marieke and Paul van Eijk were planning a garden for their new build in 2012, they liked the idea of including a pool to sit by but wanted to keep a large lawn for their children to play on. Their house, which they designed with local architects Bonnemayer Architecten, is a modern interpretation of a traditional long farm house with large windows, sliding doors and an integrated pavilion at the back. Their architect, Niels Peters, made a sketch for a rectangular decked terrace next to the pavilion that included a mirror pool.

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