April 25, 2016
After purchasing a custom-built home in Toronto’s Lawrence Park, an area of the city which comprises medium-sized homes on narrow but deep lots, this client called upon QPS Landscape and Pool Professionals, also in Toronto, to build them the ultimate outdoor retreat.
In designing/building this extension of their home, which was to create a resort-like experience that offers the comfort and elegance similar to a holiday destination, a few factors came in to play. For instance, the clients have always wanted to be able to open their patio door and go for a swim in their backyard; therefore, to accommodate their needs, QPS Landscape and Pool Professionals installed a 4.8- x 10.3-m (16- x 34-ft) vinyl-lined pool, which includes bullnose coping and full-width steel steps in the shallow end, making the pool appear as though it was made of concrete. Further, as they have two small children, the pool’s shallow end was designed to be larger than average to satisfy their needs as well. Three illuminated water sheers, in a multi-tiered wall, help to accentuate the pool, while giving the space a striking focal point. The pool was also equipped with a fully integrated automation system, including an automatic safety cover.
In keeping with the homeowners’ love of the outdoors and joy in entertaining family and friends, an expansive deck was created to provide abundant space for seating and poolside lounging. The deck also houses a portable hot tub, tucked next to a hardscaped vertical planter—adjacent to the pool—to provide the homeowner with a warm-water hydrotherapy option. Here, trees and ornamental grasses were strategically planted to create a cozy nook. A large cedar cabana, which is in proximity to the pool and hot tub, features a gas fireplace and provides ample space for outdoor dining.
The tasteful use of cedar and natural stone throughout the project, including a retaining wall that was constructed at the rear of the property, gives the space a cohesive look, while carefully placed outdoor lighting highlights the backyard’s different features.
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