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nn Aylward, a real estate investor, and Stephen Aylward, an engineer, are instantly transported to an outdoor retreat every time they open their custom-built home’s 18-foot sliding glass door. Their pool, installed at the same time the home was completed in 2014 off Old Greensboro Road, was meant “to complement the simple, clean lines and natural feel of the house,” Stephen says. The pool is five feet at its deepest, and “[the shallowness] also allows the entire pool to be used socially – most people can stand at any point in the pool,” Stephen says. “There are also extended ledges at either end that are only a few inches deep and are great for young children and new puppies to explore the water.” Recently, the couple made some more improvements, adding a hot tub and a dining table, both positioned under two heavy timber gazebos. The integrated living space, back deck and pool add an “outstanding social component to the house,” Stephen says. “People in the pool are as much a part of our parties as those standing around it and even those in our living room.” During quarantine, Stephen and Ann found that their stone fire pit, centrally located in the backyard, “has been a great way to draw people out of the house and to help maintain social distancing when friends visit,” Stephen says. Even without many guests, Stephen and Ann appreciate all the backyard has to offer. Ann adds, “It has been a blessing to be outside with no bugs around!” – by Megan Pociask  122

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Chapel Hill Magazine July/Aug 2020  

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