THINK­ING OUT­SIDE THE BOX

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME OUTDOOR LIVING -

Marilyn Wil­son, a top sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive with Royal LePage Per­for­mance Realty, spe­cial­izes in the lux­ury home mar­ket and re­ports an in­creased in­ter­est in high-end, custom pools. “I’ve been show­ing lux­ury prop­er­ties for twenty years and back­yard pools used to get mixed re­ac­tions. To­day, I have more clients who ex­pect a lux­ury home to in­clude a well-de­signed pool that is fully land­scaped and in­te­grated to func­tion as an ex­ten­sion of the house.”

The em­pha­sis is on high qual­ity, in-ground pool construction with value-added fea­tures such as wa­ter­fall jets, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, heaters and in­cor­po­rated hot tubs. Ad­di­tion­ally, Marilyn sees a trend that favours style as much as func­tion, with aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing pool de­signs that sat­isfy all the senses. “Many peo­ple sim­ply en­joy­ing be­ing around wa­ter and want to cre­ate a tran­quil, out­door liv­ing space that feels like a pri­vate re­sort.”

De­scrib­ing her own pool as an­chored to the house by a large stone ter­race with all the bells and whis­tles, Marilyn says that it’s im­por­tant to place a pool in a gor­geous set­ting with beau­ti­ful gar­dens, stonework and pa­tios to in­crease the re­sale value of a home.

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