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Best swimming pond of 2016 flanked by Esthec Terrace

An ecological swimming pond in a garden in Driebergen, the Netherlands was named best private swimming pond 2016 by trade association VHG. The design of the winning pond includes Esthec Terrace. This composite material has the right appearance and offers major advantages over wood. Esthec Terrace is maintenance free, non slip and comfortable to bare feet.

According to the jury of garden experts, the winning garden provides an optimal experience. ‘You feel as if you are in a flowery Dutch water landscape’ reads the jury’s report. The swimming pond belongs to a new house built in classical style and forms the central axis of the garden. A surprising choice, which the jury said led to an excellent result, with the linear concept strengthening the impact of the planting. In the design, special attention was given to creating a flowing transition from the swimming pond to the garden. The water plants beautifully – almost invisibly – blend into the planting at the edge of the pond as well. The plants that were chosen also go well with the wooded surroundings of the house. Although the garden has just been completed, it makes a mature impression. The ecological swimming pond was built by LilyPond and the garden was laid out by Garden Vision after a design by Arie Tuinarchitectuur.

Maintenance free and non slip
Such a beautiful swimming pond should have a high-quality deck. That is why Arie Tuinarchitectuur selected Esthec Terrace. Landscape architect Arie van der Hout: “The look and feel of this composite decking material fits in perfectly with this garden. Another major advantage of Esthec Terrace is that it is available in 7 different colours. The subtle colour variation in each plank also gives the deck a lively appearance. In addition, Esthec Terrace is easy to combine with other garden materials. All of this provides landscape architects with a wide range of design possibilities.”

An important advantage of composite is that it does not require maintenance. Even after years of use, it retains its visual quality and does not look weathered like wood. In contrast to wood, Esthec Terrace is non slip. Van der Hout: “Indispensable next to a swimming pond, as the deck remains slip resistant in wet conditions. This also makes Esthec Terrace suitable for application in shaded areas. It is resistant to algae growth as well. Whenever the material has some dirt on it, it is easily cleaned by hosing it down.”

Composite does not warp like PVC or wood and is splinter free. Esthec Terrace therefore feels comfortable to bare feet. For landscape gardeners, Esthec Terrace offers the advantage of saving installation time, because the decking product features a lightweight, patented click system.

Because of all these advantages, Esthec Terrace is used by many garden designers. Last year, Esthec entered into an exclusive collaboration with OutdoorNL. The sophisticated terrace system is not just suitable for gardens, but also for terraces at hotels, resorts and beach clubs. In addition, Esthec Terrace is used for balconies, roof terraces, jetties and as decking material around swimming pools and in outdoor spa areas.

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