Oak frame reflected in the water of a swimming pool.

Swimming pools

Designing a swimming pool frame requires careful detailing so that the structure will perform well in the temperatures and humidities found in pool houses. Fortunately these conditions are ideal for oak, which is steadier in these conditions and does not rot.  Conversely, steel beams have to be carefully boxed in due to fire regulations and the likelihood of rust damage.


  • Aisled oak framed pool house.
    Aisled oak framed pool house

    This fantastic barn-style pool building incorporates and aisled oak frame with sling trusses to the central arcade. As well as supporting the roof, it adds a quiet grace to this beautiful building. We worked closely with Marmot Associates as a design-build partner.

  • Oak frame to the exterior of a swimming pool extension.
    Swimming pool extension to a Lutyen's house

    For reasons of client confidentiality we have a lot of work that we can’t share with you. This project, at Sullingstead was one such example, but last year it featured in September’s House and Garden magazine. This beautiful pool was designed in partnership with architect Michael Edwards and interior designers, John Minshaw Designs. The image has been scanned from the magazine article, so we are sorry if it is not as sharp as we would like.

  • Oak framed swimming pool with sling brace trusses and a lantern.
    Wide span sling brace truss

    This oak framed swimming pool needed a wide span and a low pitch. The sling brace trusses were carefully designed to accommodate this requirement while fully integrating the lantern and providing areas of direct glazing.