The big picture
This Canadian backyard was designed to be a crowd-pleaser.
“The homeowner likes to throw big parties,” says Gene
Brown, president of Valley Pool & Spa in Kelowna, British
Columbia, Canada, a Genesis 3 Gold member. “And this is a
vacation home, so it’s all about creating the feel of a
That’s partly why he and designer Skip Phillips, president of
Questar Pools and Spas in Escondido, Calif., and Genesis 3 Design
Group co-founder, wanted to capture a contemporary, high-end look
for the spa that would fit in at an exclusive resort.
One concern was that multiple destinations in the backyard each
have separate identities, with plenty of flow between them to
prevent a claustrophobic feel. To accomplish this, Phillips and
Brown placed the spa inside the angle formed between the pool and
house, creating a distinct, sizable space that doesn’t crowd
the project’s other features. Additionally, the spa sits
directly across the pool from the barbecue area, which also helps
to balance the visual weight and create symmetry.