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BUILDER | Artistic Shadows Landscaping/Pools
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.
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