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BUILDER/ Solda Pools Ltd.
DESIGNER Brampton, Ont.
www.soldapools.com Tel: 905-796-6500
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.
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