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BUILDER | Backyard Getaways Inc.
www.backyardgetaways.com Tel: 905-789-0991
never N E V E R S AY
Turning unusable space
into prime real estate
A As many business owners can relate, owning and operating a company
involves long work hours, and any time that is left for a little R and R does
not permit travelling or going to a cottage. Such was the case for this
homeowner in Vaughan, Ont., whose house serves as a gathering place
for family and friends.
Although the backyard already included a large, stamped-concrete
patio, outdoor kitchen, and covered pavilion area, the thought of adding a
swimming pool to the mix upped the ante of the backyard’s entertainment
value. Unfortunately, the only space in the yard that could accommodate
the pool, while keeping everything else intact, was deemed unusable until
Backyard Getaways, a swimming pool design/build company in Brampton,
Ont., got involved.
While prior builders suggested a pool installation was not possible,
Backyard Getaways thought outside the box and requested a minor zoning
variance from the city that would allow the pool to be installed in the
exterior side yard. Once this was approved, the challenge then became
installing the pool while at the same time keeping the existing backyard
features, maintaining a safe walkway between the house and pool, and
incorporating an automatic pool safety cover.
To do this, Backyard Getaways used 3-D computer modelling (inset,
middle) along with an innovative, poured structural concrete wall forming
system to build the 4.2- x 8-m (14- x 26-ft) rectangular swimming pool
and customized its shape by cutting oﬀ one of the 90-degree corners. To
accommodate the automatic cover (inset, right), an extreme-cantilevered
deck was designed to allow the cover to simply slide beneath the cut corner.
To match the existing patio and decking, architectural saw cuts were made
to the stamped concrete pool deck, while the pool was ﬁnished in marbelite
plaster and features a custom mosaic glass-tile waterline.
The completed design is very contemporary with clean lines, including a
full-length 8-m (26-ft) concrete wall, which is faced with natural stone and
houses three, light-emitting diode (LED) sheer water features.
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