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BUILDER/ Solda Pools Ltd. DESIGNER Brampton, Ont. Tel: 905-796-6500 fusion C B A C K YA R D Integrating multiple design elements into a small space Creating visual interest and a unique space for relaxing and entertaining with family and friends involves many elements and a cohesive design— especially in a backyard with limited real estate. Despite their small yard, this Etobicoke, Ont., homeowner wanted to incorporate a variety of features and amenities and called on Solda Pools of Brampton, Ont., to turn their dream backyard into a reality. To do this, however, every square inch of space had to be utilized in order to accommodate the multiple features on their wish list, which included a pool and spa, water and fire features, and various areas for dining, lounging, cookouts, storage, and softscaping. This created a challenge in designing/building the project as it was important that each feature not only served a purpose and functioned on its own, but also so everything worked together, thus creating a cohesive design. Solda Pools met this challenge head-on by designing various components to either link together or intersect each other. For instance, the backyard includes a 3.3-m 2 (36-sf ) concrete spa, which not only intersects the custom- linear concrete pool, but also has two sides where water spills into the 5.5- x 9-m (18- x 30-ft) vessel. Further, glass tile was used to finish the spa, as well as the pool’s walk-in steps, deep end swim out, and waterline to make the pool’s symmetrical lines seem transparent as well as create the illusion that the spa is floating off the side of the pool. This in turn also makes the pool seem larger. The dramatic appeal of the backyard is further enhanced by a water feature wall that includes three water sheers, which gently pour into the pool’s deep end. Two large fire bowls flank the wall and highlight the contrast between fire and water. The backyard is essentially a series of outdoor rooms with views of the pool and landscape/softscape features. These include a partially covered, built-in cook-out area, lounging spaces, and a fire pit area that allows the homeowner to extend the outdoor season. Finally, flagstone decking used throughout the backyard further unifies the entire project, while a custom wrought-iron fence and brick wall (installed by subcontractors), which matches the home’s exterior stone and brick façade, enclose the property and complete the backyard space. This project earned Solda Pools a gold award in the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada’s (PHTCC’s) 2012 Design & Construction Awards competition. PSP_Annual_2013.indd 35 Pools, Spas & Patios ■ 35 2/7/13 9:30:26 AM 4/1/13 4:22:47 PM