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BUILDER | Betz Pools Ltd. Stouffville, Ont. Tel: 905-640-1424 Modern URBAN LIVING A full-featured backyard reimagined T The owner of this upper mid-town Toronto residence wanted all the luxuries of modern living without sacrificing the convenience of their central urban location. To achieve this, Betz Pools Ltd., of Stouff ville, Ont., started from the house, which was also under renovation, and worked outwards. This involved the installation of a Brazilian Ipe terrace complete with a tempered-glass railing off the home’s kitchen walkout on top of the garage. The glass railing not only allows a full view of the backyard but also complies with the city’s four-sided fence requirements. From here, a set of custom stainless steel stairs with inlaid Ipe wood lead to the backyard. As the yard slopes toward the back of the property, three descending levels were created, with each main element (i.e. garage, pool, and cabana) installed on separate elevations. Sandblasted Wiarton Eramosa limestone was used to finish the spacious patios on all three levels, while inlaid Ipe wood was used strategically to co-ordinate the various features as well as create intimate lounge areas for smaller groups. Continuing with the simple, clean line design theme, the 4.8- x 12-m (16- x 40-ft) gunite pool features matching bullnose coping with all vertical surfaces in co-ordinating saw-cut ledge rock. The raised wall in the deep end serves as a diving platform over a dramatic sheer waterfall, while swim-outs part way down each side invite repetition. The pool’s shallow end includes matching walk-in steps that flank the gunite spa, which also spills elegantly into the pool. The overall objective was to create a full-featured backyard, complete with all essentials, so the entire day could be spent outside without having to return to the house. With this in mind, Betz Pools installed a spacious cabana on the final elevation (opposite the house) featuring every possible convenience— from full stainless steel kitchen and eight-person dining table to a digital entertainment centre and lounge area with an outdoor fireplace and closing glass wall. Adjacent to the cabana is a custom stone barbecue area with granite countertops along with an outdoor shower and equipment room. Custom planter urns flanking the cabana entrance help to soften the expanse of brick, while a series of rectangular pocket gardens add a pleasing mix of colours and textures to the backyard. PSP_Annual_2013.indd 25 Pools, Spas & Patios ■ 25 4/1/13 8:40:30 AM 4:21:27 PM