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BUILDER | Oasis Pools Ltd.
www.oasispools.ca Tel: 905-637-7711
Crafting an intimate
outdoor living space
T This Oakville, Ont., family invested in their backyard to create an exotic,
spa-like atmosphere that would allow them to entertain and spend quality
family time in lieu of the burden of commuting to a cottage.
Before this backyard escape could be completed, however, the design
had to accommodate the rear lot, which sloped aggressively to the back
of the property. Therefore, due to the property grade, Oasis Pools Ltd., of
Burlington, Ont., constructed one integrated structure, building the pool,
raised hot tub and elevated walls of concrete. This structure also serves as
the retaining wall in the rear of the sloping yard and not only provides the
client with added privacy, but also supports a planting bed along the length
of the pool. The pool’s rear wall incorporates a custom, 2.4-m (8-ft) sheer
descent waterfall, which sends a smooth sheet of water into the pool, adding
architectural drama to the backyard setting. Finally, the close proximity of
the closure to the raised hot tub further facilitates the spa-like setting and
provides the homeowner easy access to the hot tub during the winter.
Both the pool (4.8 x 12 m [16 x 40 ft]) and hot tub (1.8 x 3 m [6 x 10 ft]) are
rectangular in shape and feature textured glass and marble tile with a white
interior marbelite ﬁnish. The pool and wall copings are Banas stone, while the
wall facings were ﬁnished with full, 127-mm (5-in.) South Bay Granite stone.
At night, the mood in the backyard is ampliﬁed via strategically placed
colour-changing, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, which is controlled—
along with the waterfall—by a backyard automation system and separate
The completed design provides a seamless ﬂow from the rear doors of
the home to a large sitting area surrounding a stone-faced gas ﬁreplace,
descending down a set of stairs to a large patio, which includes a built-in
gas barbecue next to a lounge area beside the elevated hot tub. Finally,
integrated steps lead directly down into the pool, which has a gradual
depth of 1 to 2.4 m (3 to 8 ft).
Oasis Pools worked closely with Dan O’Brien and Associates landscaping
architects (design) and Focus on Landscapes (stone work, landscaping, and
landscape lighting) in completing this project.
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