A pool of unparalleled beauty that mirrors the river it overlooks.
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 high-end resorts, the homeowners contacted Roger Willis.
The existing pool was removed to make way for a newly constructed 4.5 x 8.2m (15 x 27ft) 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, making the pool appear to have no true or visible coping or wall. When the water is still, its reflective qualities and mirror-like surface create a breathtaking appearance.
The client’s view of the river was heightened by incorporating a vanishing edge along with the perimeter-overflow design. However, before this could be accomplished, the pool and patio elevation had to be raised. This involved regrading to ensure the transition between the pool and river was seamless when viewed from inside the home. Finally, an extravagant covered entertainment area, complete with outdoor kitchen, was also built.
Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada’s (PHTCC’s) 2015 Design & Construction Awards
2015 Award of Excellence
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association
Key Design Elements
Imported Glass Tile
The reflective qualities of the pool’s surface are heightened not only by a dark blue coating but also by imported glass tile, which was installed along the pool’s perimeter, 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. The pool is completely insulated. It’s also 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.
Limestone Bridge & Patio
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 610mm (12 x 24in) 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