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BUILDER | M & S Architectural Ltd.
www.msarchitectural.com Tel: 866-723-3325
retreat Combining water and stone to create
an urban backyard masterpiece
T This once large open space evolved into a rich, luxurious backyard
retreat thanks to a number of unique features and an expansive patio area
created and installed by M & S Architectural Ltd., in Bradford, Ont., which
allows this homeowner to entertain on a grand scale.
One of the main elements of this backyard in Woodstock, Ont., is a 5- x 9-m
(16- x 30-ft) light-coloured vinyl swimming pool, which is surrounded by a
rustic, architectural concrete patio. A ﬁbreglass hot tub installed (inset) into
a ﬂagstone feature wall of the pool furthers the integral use of water and
stone as key design components. The hot tub is also surrounded by a raised,
natural-stone patio, which is two steps up from the main pool deck. The hot
tub’s exposed walls are ﬁnished in Ebel ledge rock, while two vertical garden
pockets containing low-proﬁle shrubs further co-ordinate the installation
with the other stone-ﬁnished features in the backyard.
The lines of the large concrete deck were kept straight and sleek to highlight
the rectangular shape of the pool, while its clean centre line provides
an unobstructed view of the custom cabanas built on the far side of the
property, opposite the hot tub. The cabanas are joined by a 3- x 4.3-m
(10- x 14-ft) rough-cut cedar pergola and include an outdoor rinse station
as well as an indoor shower.
The deck also serves to eﬀectively tie together various other elements
in the backyard, including a natural-stone, wood-burning ﬁreplace and an
outdoor cooking station complete with granite-ﬁnished counter tops. In
the evening, these features, in combination with strategically placed accent
lighting, help make the backyard a great place for social gatherings, even
M & S Architectural specializes in designing and building backyard
landscapes, and works closely with clients to incorporate all of their
outdoor living requirements and needs.
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