It is interesting to look at photos of award-winning pools and projects showcased in various trade magazines. Rarely is there any interest or focus placed on what is happening inside the pool. Often, photographers go out of their way to avoid showing the pool interior, especially white-plastic steps that are common with packaged vinyl-pool kits.
All swimming pool, spa and water feature designers/builders have had the experience of walking into an empty backyard and trying to visualize the end result. The yard may be as flat as a pancake, on the edge of a cliff, bottom of a hill, have a great view or have an apartment building for a backdrop. No matter the site conditions, the builder’s task is to design and construct a project that is on budget, meets the client’s needs, is suitable for the site situation, and ideally is creative, functional, safe and unique. To do this successfully, swimming pool designers and builders need to…
Contractors have a variety of options when it comes to designing and installing spas—from custom-built stainless steel, copper and concrete (cast-in-place and shotcrete) units to portable models. Generally, budget, deadlines and skill set influence design decisions for custom spas, while off-the-shelf units typically cost less and take…
When the design crew of Toronto-based firm Beyond Landscaping arrived at this residence in the city’s Beaches neighbourhood, they were challenged to complete a total overhaul of the space and create a functional, yet…
From a designer’s perspective, aquatic facility owners and operators can at times have unrealistic expectations when it comes to the development of pool amenity areas. For those contemplating a new project or the renovation of an…
A moderately sized residential corner lot in the heart of one of Toronto’s tree-covered communities was the setting for Oriole Landscaping to transform a challenging space into multifaceted outdoor retreat. The clients were lovely, open to ideas and ready to push the envelope, as they wanted something…
New design technologies, processes and materials are contributing to the constant innovation and enhancement of modern hot tubs. Today’s designs not only improve the bather’s overall health and wellness, they serve as…
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