Recreational Ponds and Natural Pools
Create a Healthy, Happy Swimming Experience in West Chester, PA and the Surrounding Area
Low-Maintenance, Chemical-Free, and Naturally Beautiful
Chlorine-free natural swimming pool options (also called recreation ponds or rec ponds for short) have been popular in Europe and Australia for many years, and are rapidly gaining ground across the US. We love creating these one-of-a-kind beautiful clear-water recreational ponds for clients who want eco-conscious options for swimming plus natural beauty in their backyard all year round.
Compared to more traditional pool designs that are covered in the off season, these swimming pond features look amazing year-round. As a natural feature in the landscape, thoughtful additions of plantings, lighting, boulders work with the water to create a vibrant and interesting view throughout all the seasons. Natural pools give you a lakeside feel, and blend natural surroundings with patios, stone walkways, natural plantings and outdoor living features that turn your backyard into a functional extension of your home.
Natural pools don't require chlorine. Instead, they rely on a natural ecosystem and flowing water to clean and refresh the water. The result is a naturally beautiful, naturally fresh pool that provides all the enjoyment of a backyard swimming hole without chlorine irritation on skin and eyes. More homeowners throughout the West Chester area are choosing to add joy and beauty to their daily lives with natural pools, and at Turpin Landscape Design Build, we're proud to specialize in these incredible natural swimming water features.
You can customize your natural pool in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to accommodate the size and shape of your property and any special landscaping features or challenges. At Turpin Landscape Design Build, all of our landscaping projects come with our proactive attention to slopes, erosion, drainage, and the freeze-thaw cycle to ensure your outdoor solution lasts through the seasons for year after year of enjoyment. We want you to make an informed decision for your property and understand what to expect as the seasons pass.
If you love the natural look, but are not sure you’re ready for all natural pool filtration, we also create natural looking pools that still use salt-water. If you're not sure what type of pool is best for your family and your lifestyle, contact us. We have more than 20 years of experience in the West Chester area, and we can answer your questions about the pros and cons of natural pools along with other types of pools we install like gunite cement and fiberglass pools. We respond to all messages within one business day. Fill out our contact form to get started.
Our Clients Can Tell You What It's Like to Work With Us
Over the years, we've had the privilege to work on many unique backyard spaces in the West Chester area, and we're happy to know how much our clients love them. This is what they have to say about our craftsmanship and what it's like to work with us:
The Benefits of Natural Pools
Natural pools give you all the function of a traditional pool—think jumping rocks and satisfying splashes, lap swims, or afternoon floats beside a waterfall—with less maintenance and no chlorine. A natural pool relies on its own ecosystem to refresh and regenerate the water, giving you a naturally clean, healthy pool for swimming and lounging. This is why more and more homeowners are choosing to install natural pools in West Chester with Turpin Landscape Design Build:
- No chlorine or other pool chemicals required, so natural pools don't harm the environment, or sensitive skin.
- Minimal maintenance
- A natural look that is more like a pond or a lake than a swimming pool
- Customizable to suit your space and your existing features
- Ideal for a wild, natural backyard space, complete with lush plants that attract birds and complemented by other functional outdoor features like patios and landscape lighting
- Work with a highly-skilled team that has more than 20 years of local landscaping experience
- Responsive communication throughout the design and installation process
- Proactive attention to erosion, drainage, and freeze-thaw concerns
- A full-service landscaping company that can manage projects of all shapes and sizes in-house
Enjoy more time in nature without even leaving your West Chester home. Fill out our contact form today to learn more about the versatility, eco-friendliness, and beauty of natural pools.
Take a Look at the Natural Pools in These Local Landscapes
As you browse our portfolio, you'll notice how each pool and landscape is designed with that home and its family in mind. Even though each project is different, they have a few things in common: a natural, comforting experience, high-quality craftsmanship, and attention to the details that truly set a landscape apart.
Our Proven Process for an Enjoyable Pool Design and Installation Experience
Creating a great customer experience is as important to us as building beautiful landscapes. Over the years, we've streamlined our process to ensure a simple, hassle-free experience for you. View each step in our process below to learn more.
1. Get In Touch
This is where it all begins! Fill out the contact form on our website and give us some information about your project. You'll hear from us within one business day requesting any additional information that may be needed or to move forward with the next step in our process.
2. Initial Consultation
This is an opportunity for both of us to get to know each other better either on the phone or virtually. You'll go into detail about your needs and wants, to ensure we've got a good understanding of what you're looking for in your space so that we can present you with a ballpark price for your project.
3. Onsite Consultation
The Project Manager or Landscape Designer will be there, and we ask that all decision-makers be present. We’ll collect your consultation fee, which will be credited toward the design and/or construction. During this consultation we’ll take measurements, photos, and share material samples with you to help you get a better sense of what's possible. Throughout it all, we're here to guide you with expert advice and recommendations.
From there, we'll draw up your agreement and collect your deposit or design fee to secure your place on our schedule. For some projects, we'll start our design process right there on the spot!
4. Design & Materials
For larger projects and pools there is a more extensive design phase. There's a $1,500-5,000 design charge, depending upon the scope of the project and whether you'd like a 2D or 3D design. We'll have a virtual meeting to present your design plan which includes material samples. Design and material adjustments are made according to your feedback. We offer revisions, because we want to make sure the design is exactly what you're envisioning for your space. We’ll finalize your plans and draft your construction agreement. When you sign off on it and pay your construction deposit, we’ll secure your place on our calendar.
5. Project Kick-Off Meeting
You'll meet in person with the Project Manager and your crew leader, where we'll revisit the scope of your work and the fine details of your project. We'll mark everything out on the ground so you can get a sense of the layout in your space, and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions. This meeting usually occurs 2-4 weeks before construction.
Your Project Manager remains your point of contact throughout the construction phase. Our crew works hard to stick to the agreed upon schedule and budget, pending any change requests or weather conditions and other circumstances out of our control. We'll provide weekly updates on the status of the project and communicate proactively whenever something needs your attention.
7. Final Walkthrough
You'll take a final look at your new landscape with your Project Manager, and we'll show you how to properly care for and maintain your outdoor features. This is also when we'll collect your final payment.
Proudly Creating Natural Pools for Homeowners in West Chester, PA and Nearby Communities
A Range of Landscaping Services to Complete Your Outdoor Project
We're more than a pool company: we offer a range of landscape design build services to ensure we can complete your entire project, no matter your vision. Everything we do is backed by years of local experience, industry certifications and affiliations, ongoing training, top-of-the-line tools and equipment, and a commitment to landscaping excellence.
Pool Design, Installation, and Landscaping
A customized pool can completely transform your backyard the way you spend your time there. Our design, installation, and pool landscaping services address your lifestyle and why you want a pool (recreation, exercise, or relaxation), and we install it to merge seamlessly with the rest of your space. Visit our Pools page to learn more
We focus on creating eco-friendly ponds, as well as maintaining them to ensure you can enjoy this peaceful water feature without any disruption or hassle. Visit our Ponds page to learn more.
To ensure your pond stays healthy, clean, and beautiful, regular pond maintenance is essential. We offer comprehensive pond maintenance services so you can enjoy all the beauty and benefits of a pond without any of the work.
Water offers a soothing sight and sound in any garden. Our team designs and installs fountains, pondless waterfalls, and more to create a visual focal point in your space with a gentle background noise that helps protect your privacy and reduce noise pollution from the street or neighboring backyards. Visit our Water Features page to learn more.
Detailed plans for larger landscaping projects ensure we capture your vision and stay on schedule. As a full-service design build company, we can bring landscaping dreams of all shapes and sizes to life for you. Visit our Landscape Architecture page to learn more.
The best landscapes start with a detailed design. At Turpin Landscape Design Build, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with our designers to ensure all your needs and preferences are addressed. Visit our Landscape Design page to learn more.
With a detailed plan in hand, our installation crew works safely and efficiently and offers regular progress updates. Our commitment to fine craftsmanship and attention to detail shines through in every finished project. Visit our Landscape Installation page to learn more.
The best outdoor living spaces are the ones that reflect the owner's personality and lifestyle. Our custom approach ensures you get to enjoy all the features you love, from fountains and stone patios to outdoor kitchens, built-in seating, a fire pit, and more. Visit our Outdoor Living page to learn more.
No landscape is complete without the practical considerations that help determine the longevity of your pool, patio, and other features. We'll address stormwater, slopes, drainage, and more to help prevent soil erosion, protect the environment, and create durable landscaping features. Visit our Drainage page to learn more.