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Seamless Transition

A pool with unparalleled beauty


Project by Roger Willis Contracting Ltd.

With a backyard located along the shores of the Ottawa/Gatineau River east of Ottawa, Ont., this homeowner was looking to update their existing vinyl-lined pool to take advantage of their property’s incredible vista, which overlooks the river and adjacent protected wetlands.

Longing for a more inspired pool design, similar to those found at a high-end resort, the homeowners contacted Roger Willis Contracting, also of Ottawa, to plan/build a project that would satisfy their vision. This involved removing the existing pool to make way for a newly constructed 4.5- x 8.2-m (15- x 27-ft) cast-in-place concrete pool, which incorporates a unique knife-edge perimeter overflow design. The knife-edge consists of a pool wall that slopes away from the water’s edge at a sharp angle, which makes the pool appear to have no true visible coping or wall. When the water is still, its reflective qualities and mirror-like surface creates a breathtaking appearance.

Along with the perimeter overflow pool design, the client’s view of the river was heightened by incorporating a vanishing edge. However, before this could be accomplished, the pool and patio elevation had to be raised, while the landscape had to be regraded to ensure the transition between the pool and river was seamless when viewed from inside the home.

The reflective qualities of the pool’s surface were heightened by a dark blue coating, while imported glass tile was installed along the pool’s perimeter, vanishing and knife edges, and step markers. The same tile was used to accent other backyard features to ensure a cohesive backyard design.

Energy efficiency and sustainable design were also important to the homeowner, thus the pool was completely insulated and equipped with variable-speed pumps with built-in timers, a backyard automation system, a rainwater collection reservoir, LED colour lighting, and an automatic floating slat cover. A ‘bridge,’ which acts as a walkway connecting the patios on either side of the pool, also conceals the pool cover. All patio surfaces were finished with 305- x 610-mm (12- x 24-in.) sandblasted Eramosa limestone pavers, while a combination of limestone and flamed black granite coping stones were used for the steps, bridge top, and retaining walls.

Finally, an extravagant covered entertainment area, complete with outdoor kitchen, was also created. This project earned Roger Willis Contracting an award in the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada’s (PHTCC’s) 2015 Design & Construction Awards competition as well as an Award of Excellence from the Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association.

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Roger Willis Contracting Ltd.
Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: 613-489-2882
Special Design Elements
  • Lautner-knife edge perimeter overflow pool
  • Insulated, energy-efficient design
  • Hidden, automatic floating slat cover
  • Multiple fire/water elements
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