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Hardscape and Sheer-Descent Waterfalls Make Urban Retreat

May 15, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Mississauga pie-shaped lot transforms into zen-like, low-maintenance backyard retreat.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Oakville Burlington Mississauga, p54. Find local businesses in our Oakville directory. 

Of all the beautiful features and focal points in this stunning south Mississauga backyard, bringing a client’s vision of a fully automated backyard retreat to life is what really excites Brandon Cook. His team at Pool Doctors is behind the design of this summer oasis. “The clients have complete control over pool and spa functionality from a Hayward OmniLogic app on their phone or computer,” he says. They can monitor and adjust water temperatures, activate the infinity edge spa and control landscape lighting from a simple, user friendly interface. Even when the family travels, they can check in on their slice of paradise back home.
 
The narrow shape of the property posed challenges, but homeowners Matthew and Shari Wing are thrilled with the outcome. “We wanted an original design that would make the most of the space,” says Shari. A pie-shaped lot on a cul-de sac, the width shrinks as the property gets further from the house.
 
“Our biggest surprise is how the narrowest part of the property turned out,” Shari says. “Brandon’s team created a lounging area with landscaped garden and a granite-top gas fire pit. The design actually exceeded our expectations. It’s made the space a really relaxing place to unwind in the evenings. Our backyard now has all the amenities needed for an oasis, without leaving the city, much like being at the cottage.”

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