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Rural Renovation

Creating a genuine country-side escape

Project by M&S Architectural Ltd.

The landscape on this large rolling property was very mature and it had an extremely steep slope at one end of the vinyl pool which was installed 30 years ago. Therefore, the goal was to achieve maximum use of all deck spaces and, in changing the pool from a vinyl installation to gunite construction, making sure nothing looked out of place.

In designing and building this project, it was imperative the landscape was in tune with the native-estate setting, while at the same time provided open spaces for large parties and gatherings. As the house was a fair distance from the pool and surrounding deck it was important for the area to be self-sufficient in that it offered everything from swimming to cooking and dining. To accommodate the latter, a large outdoor barbecue area with built-in appliances was constructed, while a stone bar with granite countertop was installed next to the pool.

With the work that was involved in the renovation, combined with the homeowner’s wish list for their new pool and landscape design, many challenges were presented. For instance, the pool was to provide an ideal space for lounging and relaxation, as well as a place for exercise and entertaining. To accommodate all of these features a 19.5- x 12-m (64- x 40-ft) freeform pool was installed to allow for the inclusion of a large 6.5-m2 (70-sf) spill-over spa and a 15.6-m2 (170-sf) in-pool suntan ledge. Despite the pool’s freeform shape, its sheer size allowed for the installation of a diving board in the deep end and the incorporation of a swim lane for laps.

Another challenge was connecting the upper patios and with other rooms of the house. To accomplish this, large 4.8- to 6.1-m (16- to 20-ft) tall weathered limestone rockery retaining walls—comprising dry and wet laid flagstone—were installed to create mid-level terraces and walkways to link every space. Eramosa flagstone was used on all concrete patios, while pavers comprising irregular and varied textures were used to finish the walkways and garden paths.

While the rural property comprised random lines and shapes, the finished pool and landscaping’s clean, smooth transitions to all levels in the backyard brought cohesion to the space. Mature plantings and trees were also installed to fit into the native rolling hillside.

M&S Architectural completed the landscape design/build and performed all demolition and removal work, while Betz Pools Ltd., built the pool and spa.

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M&S Architectural Ltd.
Bradford, Ont.
Tel: 866-723-3325
Special Design Elements
  • Strategically placed landscape lighting
  • Outdoor sound and entertainment system
  • Automatic irrigation throughout terraced grounds
  • Rural space with clean, smooth transitions.
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