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Pool is Back in Vogue

Breathing new life into a 20-year-old installation


Project by Pool Craft

Located in one of the most sought-after areas in Aurora, Ont., this homeowner’s large private lot, which backs onto woodland on a dead-end street, was all the more reason for hiring Pool Craft in Richmond Hill, Ont., to revive the decades-old pool.

The large pool was originally equipped with a 1.8-m (6-ft) step, one light, and some perimeter patio space, but the homeowner wanted a new design, something that had ‘wow’ factor. After meeting with the client, and faced with a wish list comprising more than 20 items, it was determined the main priorities were a poolside spa, large cabana with a covered seating area, bar area for serving, and a washroom. However, to truly strike a chord with the homeowner, Pool Craft’s design team felt the project also needed a water feature. After presenting two designs—one with and one without the water feature—the one with moving water resonated with the client and thus was selected.

To bring the design to life, the existing step, liner, patio stones, and concrete deck beneath, had to be removed. The area then had to be graded to accommodate the new design and footings for the cabana had to be excavated. Next, a new 2.4-m (8-ft) step, skimmer, side suctions (to aid in the operation of the water feature and spa), plumbing lines (from pool to equipment room), two lights, liner and track, and 0.3-m (1-ft) concrete apron (to accept the natural coping stone) were installed.

The large forested area behind the 5.5- x 11-m (18- x 36-ft) humpback kidney-shaped pool inspired the natural look and use of cedar siding and roof and Owen Sound tiger stripe ledgerock around the cabana, gave it a modern feel. Further, the open-concept sitting area allows the television to be viewed by those relaxing in the raised spill-over spa, as well as those sitting in the bar area.

The same ledgerock was used to surround the spa and 1.8-m (6-ft) sheer descent water wall in the pool’s deep end to co-ordinate all of the backyard’s features.

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Pool Craft
Richmond Hill, Ont.
Tel: 905-884-2720
Special Design Elements
  • Large cabana with infrared heaters
  • Natural gas fireplace and outdoor wood firepit
  • Outdoor kitchen, full bathroom/changeroom
  • Backyard automation system
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