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Nothing but the best

This elegant pool is smooth as glass

Project by Betz Pools Ltd.

This century home in Hamilton had a two-level, terraced backyard—the upper level was fully landscaped with lounge areas and a four-season glass smoking room, while the lower level was essentially lawn and rarely used. The lady of the home had always wanted a pool, so Betz Pools Ltd., was consulted to recommend a design.

The gentleman of the home agreed to a pool on one condition, it had to be the best money could buy. Consequently, Betz recommended a 4- x 8-m (13- x 26-ft) knife-edge (Lautner-edge), perimeter-overflow pool, which was set perfectly flush with the deck, creating the appearance of a sheet of glass. Full width walk-in steps extend the minimal look.

The black flagstone deck, which aligns perfectly with the pool’s overflow edge, not only matches the upper terrace, but contrasts beautifully with the pool’s premium white Pebble Tec exposed aggregate interior. An underground surge tank collects the water and pumps it back into the pool from the bottom as to not disrupt the mirror-like finish.

The owner wanted an auto-cover, which posed a challenge with the pool’s Lautner edge. However, the installation of an Ocean cover resolved this issue. This cover rolls up in a bunker beneath the pool and unrolls through a narrow slot across the deep end to float up the wall and across the pool. To keep the slot free of debris, the pool features a continuously operating in-floor cleaning system. As the pool does not have a skimmer, this system captures debris at the main drain, continuously recirculating water for reduced chemical use.

To match the glass smoking room, Betz Pools installed a cabana with a Permawood ventilated solarium roof and retractable roll-up front wall. A custom stone-clad wet bar with granite countertop, custom black anodized wine fridge, and under-counter storage can be found inside. A power awning provides the option of enjoying sun or shade. The pool equipment is housed in two small rooms on either side, while an outdoor ‘rain shower’ adds a touch of luxury.

As dusk falls, the backyard’s extensive outdoor lighting system brings a wash of warm illumination to the century home’s backyard features. The pool’s Atom light-emitting diode (LED) lighting can be set to a single colour or a changing rainbow of colours, while the convenient Jandy control system allows most components to be operated remotely or from inside the home.

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Betz Pools Ltd.
Stouffville, Ont.
Tel: 905-640-1424
Special Design Elements
  • Knife-edge, perimeter-overflow pool
  • Exposed aggregate pool finish
  • Underwater automatic cover
  • In-floor cleaning system
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