Despite the Canadian pool industry’s solid year in 2016, the number of building permits issued in 2017 declined slightly. However, this was not immediately apparent thanks, in part, to the pent up demand for pools that occurred during the previous summer.
For nearly a decade, Pool & Spa Marketing has conducted an annual salary survey, which provides a season-to-season comparison of the pool industry based on the number of permits for residential pools for all census metropolitan areas across Canada.
After a number of ebb and flow seasons, the Canadian pool industry had a breakthrough year in 2016. In fact, the total number of swimming pool building permits registered last year was the third most in the last five decades. In terms of historical data, one would need to look to 1988, an anomaly maybe, but 19,695 pools were installed. Prior to this, the bar was set in 1979 when 13,200 permits were registered.
This report marks the seventh year we’ve asked readers of Pool & Spa Marketing to participate in our annual salary survey to provide input on the state of the country’s pool, spa/hot tub, and landscaping design/build and retail industry, as well as offer foresight into the coming season and years ahead.
While this homeowner in Woodbridge, Ont., certainly loved their pool and backyard, they knew renovation work was needed to rejuvenate their outdoor living space. For instance, the existing fibreglass steps were inappropriately sized and the acrylic was chipping, the pool’s shallow end was too small and did not provide bathers the luxury of just lounging in the water as opposed to swimming in the 2.7-m (9-ft) deep end. Finally, the existing landscape was overgrown and outdated.
The clean, minimalist look of this custom-rectangular 6.1- x 11.2-m (20- x 37-ft) dry-gunite pool provides the perfect complement to the elegant, traditional design of this contemporary-style home in Markham, Ont. Built by Betz Pools Ltd., of Stouffville, Ont., the classic finishes used in this stately home’s backyard retreat includes black tiles, dark-coloured stone, glass, bamboo, and decorative grasses, which all serve to create a sleek modern design.
Although this backyard in Vaughan, Ont., already included a large, stamped concrete patio, outdoor kitchen, and covered pavilion area, the homeowner felt adding a pool would up the ante of their backyard’s entertainment value and satisfy the need of creating a gathering place for family and friends.
This project was built for a family living in the small community of Queensville, located northeast of Toronto. The homeowner had no immediate neighbours and the property provided a picturesque view of the sprawling countryside. This made the setting ideal for Pool Craft, a pool design/build firm based in Richmond Hill, Ont., to create a backyard oasis that would appeal to all of the homeowner’s recreational and professional needs.