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BUILDER | The Pool Craft Company Ltd. Richmond Hill, Ont. Tel: 905-884-2720 A fresh, C L E A N S L AT E Starting anew to create a tropic-like retreat T This homeowner in Maple, Ont., wanted a backyard paradise that would provide a variety of amenities for entertaining business clients as well as appeal to young imaginative minds. To do this, The Pool Craft Company of Richmond Hill, Ont., removed almost every existing element in the backyard to allow them to seamlessly incorporate a number of items on the homeowner’s wish list. This included a spillover spa, custom slide, fire pit, cooking station, and a large cabana, which were all centred on a natural lagoon-style swimming pool to create the ultimate backyard. The 6- x 14-m (20- x 47-ft) pool features a picturesque rock grotto toward the deep end, which creates a tranquil area within the pool where bathers can escape beneath a slab shelf and be surrounded by falling water. Adjacent to the rock waterfall, which features an integral winding pool slide, is a 2.3-m (7.5-ft) spillover spa finished in Eramosa tiger-striped stone and Ebel coping stone. The use of elegant, square-cut flagstone in the surrounding deck area further increases the backyard’s level of sophistication by giving it a unique look and feel. The built-in server, cooking station, and cabana further enhance the formal function of the space, while the inclusion of a custom, operable glass wall system, which opens entirely, gives the cabana its open concept appeal. The glass wall also seals airtight to allow the homeowner to enjoy the cabana during a rainstorm as well as throughout the winter. Pool Craft further enhanced this backyard paradise by making every element and feature easy to operate via an automated control system, which not only allows the homeowner to turn on/off various pool/spa equipment and features, but also the property’s irrigation system and landscape lighting with a simple push of a button. PSP_Annual_2013.indd 31 Pools, Spas & Patios ■ 31 4/1/13 9:00:52 AM 4:22:02 PM