An exquisite example of integrating a pool & spa with a new home.
Located along the shores of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, this sleek, elegant backyard project serves to complement the contemporary architectural features of this custom-designed home. The homeowner was looking to design a residence that not only maximized indoor living but also emphasized an outdoor lifestyle.
The new outdoor living space is comprised of a pool and spa nestled among terraced patios and extensive landscaping. These elements were not only tightly integrated within the design of the home, but actually support a cantilevered section of the roof extending over the pool. The exterior landscapes were designed in unison with the house for optimal results.
Since these features were an integral part of the home’s design, installation of the pool, spa, and landscaping took place in tandem with the house’s construction. Careful planning and coordination of all sub-trades were crucial to the project’s success. The 3.8 x 10.4m (12.5 x 34ft) cast-in-place concrete pool features a 2.4 x 2.4m (8 x 8ft) concrete spa located at one end.
This project was a collaboration of skilled designers and contractors, including Roger Willis (pool & spa design and construction), award-winning home designer Andre Godin (home designer) and landscape architect Gino J. Aiello (master landscape plan for the property).
Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada’s (PHTCC’s) 2016 Design & Construction Awards
2016 Award of Excellence
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association
Key Design Elements
Custom Spill-Over Spa
As the spa is raised slightly higher than the pool, two sides were designed to spill over. To coordinate the two features, a dark-blue finish was used as well as 51 x 51mm (2 x 2in) natural stone tiling along the pool perimeter, spa overflow edge and step markers.
Efficient & Insulated Design
The pool shell was completely insulated to make the project more sustainable and energy-efficient. State-of-the-art equipment such as variable-speed pumps (VSPs) with built-in timers, a backyard automation system, LED colour lighting, and an automatic cover were also installed.
The pool deck, surrounding terraces and staircases were finished with sandblasted limestone pavers. Flamed black granite coping stones with hand-chiselled edges were used along the pool’s perimeter to create contrast.