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SPECIAL DESIGN ELEMENTS
Custom-designed vinyl pool
Multiple water features
Multi-level, natural-flagstone deck
BUILDER | Refined Pools & Landscaping
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.
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Water sets the mood
in this backyard retreat
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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
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
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