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SPECIAL DESIGN ELEMENTS
Geometric rectilinear pool
Raised water wall
Natural stone deck
Raised, all-tile spillover spa
BUILDER | Lido Pools
Richmond Hill, Ont.
www.lidopools.com Tel: 905-764-2700
T This Toronto project, built by Lido Pools of AquaTerra Leisure Amenity
Contractors Inc., of Richmond Hill, Ont., is a testament to how vinyl-lined
swimming pools can approach the appearance of a gunite pool.
E S C A P E
A timeless, artistic and
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To do just this, various features of this 5.8- x 10-m (19- x 33-ft) multiform geometric
rectilinear pool were customized, including the skimmer locations, which were
raised to the top of the wall panel to allow the water level to rest 12.7 mm (0.5 in.)
below the natural-stone coping. The coping was also modiﬁed by notching the
bullnose so it would overhang and essentially hide the pool’s vinyl-liner track.
Another unique feature of the project was the integration of a 4.8-m (16-ft)
vinyl-over bench that was constructed in the pool’s deep end to provide an area for
bathers to rest and take in the soothing audio and visual sensations of the waterfalls
overhead. An adjacent raised spillover spa was also incorporated into the pool’s
shallow end, creating another water feature and adding to the overall esthetics and
ambiance of the backyard. Similar to the customization of the pool’s appearance,
the fascia of the acrylic spa’s exterior wall was clad in a natural ‘Stax’ stone ﬁnish.
The pool deck comprises natural-stone dry-laid decking, which serves to tie all
of the backyard elements together. Further, strategically placed light-emitting diode
(LED) lights in the pool (two) and spa (one), combined with various landscape and
deck lighting, provide the homeowner with functional illumination and mood-
In addition to achieving a look of opulence and quality in integrating the client’s
desired amenities, Lido Pools also had to conform to a challenging ﬁnite pool envelope
governed by the City of Toronto’s ‘Tree Protection Zone’ (TPZ) policy. Despite
these challenges, the aquatic escape was nestled neatly into a corner of the backyard,
allowing the homeowner to maximize the remaining space for a children’s play area.
This project earned Lido Pools a gold award in the Pool & Hot Tub Council of
Canada’s (PHTCC’s) 2012 Design & Construction Awards competition.
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