When this author’s company (Pool Craft) was initially contacted by a homeowner in King City, Ont., for a pool and landscape project, it seemed as though it was going to be a typical installation; however, it was quickly discovered the project was going to be quite different from others.
So many options can be added to a pool these days that it can sometimes be overwhelming when deciding which ones to offer a customer. To this end, it is important to design a project that can accommodate a number of different options to achieve the client’s idea of their ‘dream pool.’
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.
When most homeowners think of adding a backyard pool, they picture pristine, blue water and expertly installed tile in a myriad of stunning colours. Few people jump to pond waters replete with frogs and wildflowers, but a growing trend in the pool and spa industry looks to change this.
This is not a typical recreation room; this entertainment space includes a 4.5- x 9-m (15- x 30-ft) rectangular pool with a built-in 1.8- x 2.4-m (6- x 8-ft) rectangular spa designed and constructed by Oasis Pools Ltd., of Burlington, Ont.
Outdoor landscape designers/contractors, architects, and pool builders all play vital roles in creating today’s masterpieces. For these professionals the medium differs than that of a traditional artist, as the canvas comprises a yard full of grass and soil.