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How we saved a celebrity couple nearly $30,000 on their duplex project

May 18, 2021

Swimming pools are an iconic staple to a quintessential Australian home. Pools designed for leisure are seen as a luxury statement and are the most opulent additions you can make to your home.

Building a backyard pool usually comes with a significant cost, so it will both be a sensible and bold move to capitalise on this added feature. This is precisely what interior designer Kate and Luke of Sydney Swans did for a unique, contemporary coastal duplex home in Sydney.

We recently had the chance to work with them and build the pool for this knockdown and rebuild duplex project with a goal of keeping one side and selling the other, so the owners can still indulge in their pool while acquiring profit.

The idea for the project came to life when Kate and Luke were researching duplex layouts and in the process, discovered how duplexes with custom-designed pools were selling for a premium price. This has ultimately sealed their decision to add pools into their homes. 

We began the construction of the custom-designed pools with a total knockdown of the old home standing at the lot. As it used to be a single unit, Kate and Luke’s team had to overhaul the property completely.

After the total knockdown, our team at Blue Haven began excavating the pools and started steel fixing, plumbing, and pouring concrete. We needed to run this process quickly as house construction had to start as fast as possible which would restrict access to the backyard. Additionally, Kate and Luke were racing against the clock in their e-series – The Build Game; a renovation series that was featured on realestate.com.au. 

Building a duplex with two pools was considerably stretching because we wanted to maximise the limited space. But as we brainstormed, we realised that the best place to install the pools is against the property’s wall division.

We moved forward by starting with one big shell for the two pools and added a wall down the middle as a divider. With a commitment to excellence, our team only used the best materials to ensure that the pool will last long.

Our team at Blue Haven had a share of obstacles since the beginning of the construction. The site where we were building the pool had a significant volume of sand which made the process both challenging and dangerous. Not to mention, we needed to build two pools in a duplex only within four days. 

But as we always say at Blue Haven, nothing is ever too challenging for us. Our solution-based team was able to move fast and eventually overcame all the roadblocks coming our way.

This project was truly bold and intricate with its location and duplex structure. But despite the roadblocks we faced, our team’s collaboration with Sydney Swans, especially Kate’s attention to detail, made their vision into a reality.

The pool was exquisitely done, and the project all came together. We believe that this is the result of our dedication and Kate’s expertise, who was recently featured in realestate.com.au with a monthly readership of 12 million people. To top it off, our meticulous, comprehensive planning and open communication allowed us to save our clients nearly $30,000.

They were immensely impressed with our work ethic and the outcome, which we delivered on time, on budget, and on point. Currently, the owners are enjoying their KEEP lavish duplex pool, which has become the home’s beating heart and sold the SELL house for a great profit.

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