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SPECIAL DESIGN ELEMENTS
9-m (30-ft) vanishing edge
Stone-clad steps and underwater seat
Multi-level lounge and deck areas
Automatic, slatted pool cover
BUILDER | Alka Pool Construction Ltd.
www.alkapool.com Tel: 604-320-2552
T This homeowner in Burnaby, B.C., deﬁnitely knew what they wanted when they called
on Alka Pool Construction Ltd., also of Burnaby, to install an esthetically pleasing
aquatic attraction that would complement the family’s outdoor entertaining lifestyle.
Subtle S O P H I S T I C AT I O N
Intricate stonework makes
this pool quite special
Pools, Spas & Patios
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As the property comprised a split-level lot with a gentle, progressive southwest slope,
it naturally lent itself to a vanishing-edge pool design. That said, a 3.6- x 9.7-m
(12- x 32-ft) pool was installed, complete with an angular vanishing edge, which
nearly spans the entire length of the pool, allowing water to cascade into a lower catch
basin. On the opposite wall, an underwater seat runs the entire length of the pool,
allowing bathers to relax after a vigorous swim.
A series of terraced steps and landings connect the upper and lower outdoor
living areas, giving the property a Mediterranean feel. Seating and lounge areas
progress from the house to the pool, with each space oﬀering an immaculate view
of the landscaped rear yard and cityscape beyond. This outstanding swimming pool
is the focal point of the backyard as it serves to connect all of these entertaining
areas into one cohesive space.
Making this project all that more special were the carefully thought out textures
and ﬁnishes used throughout. For instance, the steps leading down into the pool
as well as the underwater seat are clad in thick bluestone slabs, while irregularly
split bluestone was used to ﬁnish the outer spill of the vanishing edge.
To create harmony in design, Alka Pool finished the pool’s interior with a
pebble-plaster coating, which colour co-ordinates with the other stonework used
throughout the project. Finally, an automated, slatted cover was installed to insulate
the pool and reduce the homeowner’s heating costs, while also extending their
swimming season. When not in use, the cover disappears conveniently into a roller
pit, beneath the pool deck.
Working with Alka Pools on this project was Teragon Developments, which
managed the landscaping and house construction, along with landscape architect,
Eckford/Tyacke & Associates.
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