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BUILDER | Betz Pools Ltd.
www.betzpools.com 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.
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