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BUILDER | Roger Willis Contracting Ltd.
www.rogerwilliscontracting.com Tel: 613-489-2882
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.
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