The splashiest backyard pools
When seaside vacations were hard to come by, these Torontonians brought the good times to their backyard
WHO: design Muriel company Solomon, Førs Studio; co-founder her husband of product Jordan Solomon, president of Ecostrat, a bioenergy supply and advisory firm; and their kids, Zoé, 21, and Jérémie, 19
WHERE: Forest Hill
Muriel and Jordan bought their red-brick detached house in 2002. They completed two extensive renovations to the interiors over the years and added a modern extension at the back, but left the 3,700-square-foot tree-filled backyard as is. They liked how it looked, but they barely used the space. One day, Muriel joked that the backyard was plenty big enough for a pool, and that was all it took. In June 2018, they hired architect Michael Amantea, who came up with a clean, contemporary design to complement the extension. The final project, completed in September 2020, includes a saltwater pool, a hot tub, a sunken lounge, a barbecue area and a sauna pavilion.
The new backyard has been the perfect pandemic retreat to reconnect with friends and shake off the day’s stresses. “Every time we go into the backyard,” says Muriel, “we can’t believe we built it.” This summer, Muriel and Jordan will install an outdoor black-steel spiral staircase from their bedroom to the backyard so Jordan can fulfill his dream of waking up in the morning and heading straight for the pool.