By Jason Cramp
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.
Unfortunately, the only area of the property that could accommodate the pool, while keeping everything else intact, was determined to be unusable; however, this was only the case until Backyard Getaways, a pool design/builder in Brampton, Ont., arrived on scene.
To overcome this obstacle, a minor zoning variance was requested from and approved by the city that would allow the pool to be installed in the exterior side yard.
Now, with the ability to make use of this ideal location, the next challenge became installing the pool while at the same time keeping the existing backyard features, maintaining a safe walkway between the house and pool, and incorporating an automatic cover.
To do this, Backyard Getaways used a poured structural concrete technique to build the 4.2- x 8-m (14- x 26-ft) rectangular pool and customized its shape by cutting off one of the 90-degree corners. To accommodate the automatic cover, an extreme-cantilevered deck was designed to allow the cover to simply slide beneath the cut corner. To match the existing patio and decking, architectural saw cuts were made to the stamped concrete pool deck, while the pool was finished in marbelite plaster featuring a custom mosaic glass-tile waterline.
The use of clean lines gives this project a contemporary feel, while a full-length 8-m (26-ft) concrete wall finished with natural stone houses three, light-emitting diode (LED) sheer water features.