This sleek, simplistic, and streamlined backyard project by Oasis Pools Ltd., in Burlington, Ont., was carefully designed to provide this Grimsby, Ont., homeowner an enjoyable, three-season entertaining area.
The focal point of this backyard is a 5.5- x 12-m (18- x 40-ft) custom concrete zero-edge infinity pool built by Betz Pools Ltd., of Stouffville, Ont. The property’s natural drop in elevation allowed for the pool’s full-width spill wall, built of 76-mm (3-in.) tempered glass, to be exposed.
With a backyard located along the shores of the Ottawa/Gatineau River east of Ottawa, this homeowner was looking to update their vinyl-lined pool to take advantage of their property’s incredible vista, which overlooks the river and adjacent protected wetlands.
I want you to create an award-winning backyard that makes people say ‘wow’ when they see it.” It was these words, from one busy executive, which outlined the scope of the project Scott McCuaig of Eden Tree Design Inc., a landscape architectural firm in Toronto, was about to take on. Knowing this client and his family travel the globe and stay at top-notch resorts, McCuaig’s vision for this client’s property had to be beautiful, transforming it into the ultimate backyard oasis. That said, the client also briefed McCuaig with respect to his wishlist before he finalized the purchase of the property so the project could be fast-tracked as soon as the family took possession.
Concrete pools are often referred to as the ‘Cadillac of pools,’ as their hardscaped natural look and feel is tough to duplicate and their cost is reflective of this. In fact, the price point to the consumer for a concrete pool is usually the highest in comparison to other pool types for several reasons.
This North York, Ont., homeowner’s backyard landscape was approximately 20 to 25 years old, and was in dire need of a makeover. As a result, M&S Architectural Ltd., of Gilford, Ont., was tasked with reinvigorating their backyard and create a place where the homeowner could relax and entertain.
Orchestrated correctly, an infinity pool can create the illusion that a pool and horizon have merged as one. Imagine this scenario: a potential client browses through a project portfolio looking at photos of pools. They view a photo of an infinity pool, but at first glance they do not realize they are actually looking at a pool. This is the ideal result any aquatic designer attempts to achieve when creating these types of pools. Very few watershapes can rival the appearance of an infinity pool and the seamless transition between it and an adjacent body of water. Similar to a vanishing-edge pool, a perimeter-overflow pool takes a design to a whole new level of intrigue and awe, not to mention technical expertise. The complete stillness, reflective qualities, and mirror-like surface result in an appearance that can be breathtaking.