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The benefits of building homes and pools concurrently

Case Study 2: Custom home renovation with infinity concrete pool installation
Set above a sandy beach section of the Ottawa River, west of downtown Ottawa, the locale of this pool installation lent itself well to an infinity pool design. A difficult waterfront location, with the backyard dropping 4.5 m (15 ft) to a sandy beach below and, therefore, had to be retained with a large, natural stone wall. To accommodate the needs of local environmental agencies, the walls of the terrace and 11- x 4.5-m (36- x 15-ft) cast-in-place concrete pool, were extended 2.4 m (8 ft) below grade to serve as a second retaining wall.

The home underwent an extensive renovation, basically stripping it down to its original framing with the interior and exterior construction scheduled to take place at the same time. This proved to be quite a challenge due to the limited accessibly, material storage, and numerous sub-trades working simultaneously.

To maximize the indoor-outdoor concept of the home, a 6-m (20-ft) bi-folding wall was installed to allow the living room of the home and pool deck to become one giant area. To further emphasize the ‘infinity’ view of the pool from all rooms on the home’s main floor, sections of the pool were raised, creating the illusion of the waterway being right in the backyard. This also enabled the installation of multi-level sitting areas, including a lower-sitting bar section with a 2.4-m (8-ft) linear fire trough, outdoor kitchen and barbecue, and another area with bench seating and a 1.2-m (4-ft) linear fire trough.

When it came to the pool’s interior, iridescent glass-mosaic tile was used to line the pool as well as to finish a sunken lounge area, while flamed, black-granite coping and terrace borders help co-ordinate everything with the home’s colour scheme.

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