A mediocre outdoor space is turned in to an outdoor living space with wow factor. The designers took care to make it look as though it had always been there, blending seamlessly with the main house. Renovating the pool and relocating the hot tub was a priority for the homeowners as where it sat impeded the flow of the outdoor floor plan. In addition, a pool-house, complete with shower and pool accessory storage, was built. To use the outdoor space year round a retractable automated pergola that works on sensors was installed. The slats open to let in sunlight and close as soon as it begins to drizzle. Access to the outdoor living space is off the family room with a state-of-the-art kitchen to the left, lounge seating and fire pit centered at the pool to the right. The pool-house, accessory storage, and mechanical room is opposite the main house. The finishes were kept in neutral colours and structures in black, while the pool-house was painted the same colour as the main house. The pool and hot tub is tiled in Berman glass-mosaics and the surrounding patio in slate. The interior shower is walled in Cambria leather granite and shower fixtures are Brizo. The closets have rift-cut white-oak doors. The state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen incorporates an artisan pizza oven, smoker, warming cabinet, grill, bar-fridge and db-drawer fridge by Kalamazoo. The countertops are engineered stone and sink and plumbing fixtures are Brizo.
The property which backs onto City owned required working with an arborist throughout the entire project. Ensuring the mature trees were protected and cared for at all times meant careful planning of the schedule. The design of the foundation was altered to accommodate roots navigating through the property. In the end the homeowners ultimately gained extra square footage that can be enjoyed year round.
See video of this space with snowfall in our April 7 News section.