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PM sensualappeal SPECIAL DESIGN ELEMENTS Custom-designed vinyl pool Spillover spa Multiple water features Multi-level, natural-flagstone deck ■ ■ ■ ■ BUILDER | Refined Pools & Landscaping Burlington, Ont. www.refinedpools.com Tel: 800-559-1370 A A custom-designed, vinyl-lined swimming pool flanked by stone walls, colourful gardens, and lush ornamental grasses sets the tone for this quaint backyard escape in Burlington, Ont. symphony A N A Q UAT I C Water sets the mood in this backyard retreat www.poolsspaspatios.com PSP_Annual_2013.indd 23 RefinedPools_1p_SApp.indd Sec1:1 In designing and constructing this private retreat, Refined Pools & Landscaping, also of Burlington, transformed the property, which originally comprised a seldom used square patch of grass and an old wooden deck, into a backyard oasis perfect for fun and entertaining. To fulfil the homeowner’s wish of creating a Zen-like feel in the backyard, Refined Pools & Landscaping incorporated various aquatic and stone features into the design. The main aquatic feature is the 8.5- x 4.2-m (28- x 14-ft) Roman-shaped swimming pool, which includes an attached spillover fibreglass spa that is raised above the pool deck, creating the soothing sound of water in motion as it pours into the pool below. Opposite the spillover spa is a complementing two-tiered half wall, finished in charcoal-grey manufactured stone, and a contrasting flagstone coping. The wall spans the length of the pool and includes two cascading water features integrated into its design. A similar stone wall was also constructed along the pool’s rear horizontal wall, providing balance in the design as well as eliminating the stark look of the wooden fence, which separates the homeowner’s property from the neighbouring yards. These walls not only add depth to the design, but also draw the eye to the rear corner of the yard where an additional water feature exists. Here, large flagstone slabs were used to create a three-tier waterfall where multiple spillways of water gently trickle down each rocky layer into the pool below. This feature increases the calming effect of the backyard and heightens the homeowners’ sensory appeal with the sound of water. The surrounding pool deck and steps comprise natural flagstone, with one end of the backyard built lower—similar to a sunken living room—to provide the homeowner with a nice, cozy area to place lounge furniture for poolside relaxation and entertaining. Pools, Spas & Patios ■ 23 3/1/13 4:21:09 AM 4/1/13 9:24:39 PM