Brad Cross, Project Manager
Waterworks Pools & Spas, Moncton, NB, Canada
Bill O’Brian, owner
Bilan Builders, Moncton, NB, Canada
Frank Bourque, owner
Greenmark Landscaping, Cocagne, NB, Canada
What the judges thought: Sensitive to the natural surroundings and nearby forest, the designers brought out the best in the property.
Natural beauty: “We knew early on that something special would be required to make the pool fit with its surroundings,” Brad Cross says. For starters, the home in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada is beautiful and, like the yard, sports a slightly rustic cottage look. His team incorporated long, sweeping arcs into the pool and patio design to match the existing patios. “The mature forest to the back helped push us toward a freeform pool and landscape design that featured curves and natural details rather than a more formal or geometric style,” Cross says. This naturalistic setting was just what the young family desired.
All lit up: Cross’ team worked with the landscaper to connect the pool and forest beyond. Illumination was an important part of that strategy. Uplighting was used to dramatic effect, and the designer made sure there would be no dark areas, making it possible to use the diving rock from the local quarry (lower left) day or night. “Landscape lighting really helps to complete the project at night,” says Cross, estimating that the yard has 20 to 30 lights. The little pool house contains a changing room, pool equipment, and electrical and storage area. The yard also has a dining terrace and built-in barbecue area (not shown).