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BUILDER | Roger Willis Contracting Ltd. Ottawa, Ont. Tel: 613-489-2882 Endless S HORIZON The ideal pool to sit and watch the sunset Set above a sandy beach section of the Ottawa River, west of downtown Ottawa, the locale of this swimming pool installation lent itself well to a vanishing edge design. In fact, one of the main reasons why the client purchased the house was because of its dream-home location, and this being their fourth swimming pool, they wanted something different, thus they called upon Roger Willis Contracting in Ottawa, Ont., to design/build an aquatic escape that would complement the amazing view. Despite the diffi cult waterfront location, Roger Willis met the challenge head on. For instance, the backyard drops 4.5 m (15 ft) to the sandy beach below and, therefore, had to be retained with a large, natural stone retaining wall. To accommodate the needs of local environmental agencies, the walls of the terrace and 11- x 4.5-m (36- x 15-ft) cast-in-place concrete swimming pool, which was built using Nudura insulated concrete forms (ICFs), were extended 2.4 m (8 ft) below grade to serve as a second retaining wall. What really separates this pool from the pack is its full-length vanishing edge, which blends seamlessly into the waterscape below. A 2.4-m (8-ft) sheer waterfall furthers the unique appeal of the aquatic feature. When it came to the pool’s interior, Roger Willis made sure it was as distinctive as the exterior. Iridescent glass-mosaic tile was used to line the pool as well as to finish a sunken tanning platform, while flamed, black-granite coping and terrace borders help co-ordinate everything with the house. To accommodate the vanishing edge and further emphasize the view from all rooms on the main floor of the home, sections of the pool were raised, creating the illusion of the waterway being right in the backyard. This also enabled the installation of multi-level sitting areas, including a lower-sitting bar section with a 2.4-m (8-ft) linear fire trough, outdoor kitchen and barbecue, and another area with bench seating and a 1.2-m (4-ft) linear fire trough. Finally, a large portion of the bush-hammered limestone patio, which leads to the pool from the home, was built around the installation of a 6-m (20-ft) bi-folding wall that allows the living room of the home and pool deck to become one giant area. This project earned Roger Willis Contracting a silver award in the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada’s (PHTCC’s) 2012 Design & Construction Awards competition and an international award from Aqua magazine. PSP_Annual_2013.indd 33 Pools, Spas & Patios ■ 33 4/1/13 9:10:35 AM 4:22:13 PM