Ultimate Backyard Lodge – Penfield NY

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The Outdoor Lodge

The Project: Create a balanced backyard retreat for a dual family homestead, which becomes the centerpiece of entertainment and relaxation. Make the space fully usable for 3 long season, keep the maintenance to a minimum, and give the owners something to show off with when it comes time to entertain.

The Result: Our latest outdoor lodge in Penfield, NY. Voted our favorite project from 2017, this amazing space has become everything we love about making pools. The roman design perfectly complements what we needed to use for symmetry in this this dual family space. The features of the pool compliment the lifestyles of busy professionals with low maintenance. The options turn this pool from a place for kids to play into the ultimate party space.  

The Fun Parts

Adjacent to an outdoor covered lounge, the pool becomes the ultimate barstool with a granite countertop swim up bar area. There you can sit on the underwater stools in comfort while watching the big game and grabbing a few drinks with the crew. With a flick of an app button, the owner can change the lighting, update the pool schedule, or even turn on the rainforest waterfall installed just behind the seating area of the bar.

The Details

Pentair Automatic Fill Canister
Pentair TR100 Filter
Pentair MasterTemp 400 BTU heater
Pentair Automatic Fill Canister
Pentair TR100 Filter
Pentair Intellibrite 5G underwater LED color changing lights
Paramount Eco-friendly Ultra UV
Pentair Rainbow 300 Chlorinator
Paramount Cyclean in-floor cleaning system
Pebble Pearl Matrix finish
Pentair Easy touch dual body panel with iphone/android control

Pool Design

In Roman architecture, strictly observed axial symmetry creates spaces that are both monumental and static, embodying a sense of balance. Bringing that Roman architecture to our pool shape creates this strong yet timeless elegance that balances any space. This symmetry is exactly what this family needed for its dual homestead project. Equal spacing and precise down to the millimeter, the pool represents a balance of households and becomes a centerpiece for the entire backyard. 

A slight pull away from a traditional roman design, we built the entry stairs off the adjacent bar side and created two large underwater benches along side of the stairs, creating the easy transition areas to get into the water. They also make a perfect place to lounge, away from the bar.

The Edging

Here we used a textured stamped cantilevered concrete coping w/rock face edging. This created a permanent frame to our pool by creating a perfect edge for landscaping and establishing the waterline horizon we were looking for.  

Pool Styling

The Swim Up Bar

Resorts have figured it out long ago. There is no need to get out of the water to refuel yourself. A swim up bar feature, including molded chairs into the gunite, transforms the space into a perfect entertainment center.

The Rainforest Waterfall

The rainforest waterfall creates a light rain storm just behind the bar stool area. This feature creates a nice ambient sound for the entire area, creating a layer of calm. It also serves as a curtain area to separate the bar from the play area for when the kids are playing.

Underwater Lighting

Lighting has gone a long way for pools. LEDs have taken over, allowing us to create some dynamic effects that remain bright for low cost. With multi-color options, full integration into a mobile app for control, lighting is more efficient than ever.

Pool Equipment Features

Automatic Fill Canister

Utilizing an automatic fill canister, you never have to refill your own pool water again. The system is buried parallel to the pool surface and incorporates a float system that matched the level of your pool. When your water drops low, the connected water line is opened from a valve and water enters the pool.  It is a mechanical system with no electronics without incurring costs to maintain a perfect water level.

In-Floor Cleaning


The problem with pools is that sediment and debris can settle in areas and collect around the floor of the pool. An in-floor cleaning system changes that entire concept. By spacing out retractable water jets around the floor and stairs of the pool, water can be diverted to flow in different directions, preventing any dirt from settling. You can adjust the schedule of when it runs, and change the patterns of flow to truly optimize your pool cleaning, without any effort.

Ultraviolet Water Sanitizer

While your pool filter works to keep your water visibly clear, an ultraviolet water sanitizer takes care of all the things you can’t see. As water circulates through the sanitizer chamber the UV light immediately inactivates 99.9% of micro-organisms and algae which are resistant to chlorine.

Pool Heater

A pool heater can dramatically increase and extend your swimming season. For an outdoor pool it means extra months of fun, for an indoor pool it means perfect water year round. With a titanium immersed heating element, these heaters have reached an incredible 96% thermal efficiency.

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