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BUILDER | Artistic Shadows Landscaping/Pools Arva, Ont. Tel: 519-453-7818 Light UP THE NIGHT Sophistication oozes from this modern backyard design T This stunning 15.2- x 4.2-m (50- x 14-ft) concrete pool in Arva, Ont., perfectly complements the contemporary style and theme of the interior design within the client’s home as it uses clean lines in conjunction with various uncluttered, effi cient spaces. This project was managed by Artistic Shadows Landscaping/Pools, also of Arva, and includes a custom pool with waterfall spillways, an overflow spa, fireplace, privacy screens, decking and patio areas, change/bathroom facilities, outdoor kitchen, and lawn space. The use of various materials such as concrete, Ipe wood, glass, and stainless steel is inherent throughout the project as the goal was to provide a seamless transition from the upper deck to the lower walkout, all while blending into the existing woodlot at the rear of the client’s property. For instance, the pool features a Baja shelf (a large shallow area in the pool for lounging) and a cantilevered deck with wrap around dock and inlayed Ipe wood accents. Further, tempered glass was inserted into the weir of the two poolside spillways to project light into the pool, while a number of other highly reflective materials were incorporated into the landscape to enhance the project’s overall lighting effects. This includes the use of stainless steel and glass railings, a wall of accent mirrors, and frosted glass privacy panels. Various custom lighting features such as wooden bollards and deck lights, along with a custom bulkhead with lighting over the outdoor kitchen area, add to the dramatic visual effect at night by using colour- changing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to up light birch trees, wash concrete walls, and illuminate the water. Finally, the use of frosted and clear glass in the design of the two-storey concrete wall that houses the fireplace enhances the 3-m (10-ft) linear flame and gives the seating area an inviting, mystical feel. The collaboration of design ideas between Artistic Shadows, an award- winning landscaper, and designer, Adam Mackowiak, played an essential role in completing this project, which is fully automated and offers the client Internet remote access. PSP_Annual_2013.indd 15 Pools, Spas & Patios ■ 15 2/15/13 10:27:07 PM 4/1/13 4:20:00 AM