Designing

 

The following instructions are a brief outline. . .

Pool Shapes & Size

 

Planning on building a swim pool? The shape and size of your swimming pool should be determined according to the type of usage the pool will get:

  • A purely recreational pool needs a large shallow area and any shape will do.
  • A pool built for swimming laps should have a long, straight section with parallel ends.
  • If you want to make swimming a part of your daily workout but have limited room in your backyard, a swim spa might be the best option for you.

 

How to Choose Swimming Pool Size and Depth

 

Recreational swimming pool users, particularly children, don’t require great depth and it is adequate to provide a sloped floor which goes from a minimum depth of 36 inches to a maximum of 4 or 5 feet. A purely recreational pool also does not need to be any particular shape, so you can pick a shape to complement your lot. On the other hand, athletic lap swimmers need a long and narrow space with at least 4-5 feet depth throughout, to avoid touching the bottom while swimming, and to ensure that turns at the pool’s ends can be executed safely. For competitive swimmers in training, providing a length of 25 yards or 25 meters will enable them to develop a swimming style usable in competition. It is possible to accommodate both recreational and athletic needs by having a hybrid shape and depth, like an “L” shaped pool, where the shallow, short leg is large enough for fun and games while the longer leg is designed for lap swimmers.

Rectangular Pool Designs

 

There are so many different rectangular pools to choose from. Large or small, modified or with added features. The rectangular pool is both elegant and practical. This style is perfect for swimming laps, for hosting parties, or for playing games with the family.

Free-Form Pools

 

This pool style is comfortable and allows for private, cozy corners and drifting aimlessly on a raft. Many compare it to a private oasis or a mountain lake retreat.

Custom Pool Designs

 

Often customers like a particular shape with a few personal touches or many customized features, like vanishing edges or beach entries. We can help you create the pool of your dreams, no matter what shape it might be or what statement you want to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pool Finishes

 

The right swimming pool finish will make all the difference in the aesthetic quality of your pool. A high quality finish will also affect the durability of your pool investment. There are many choices in pool finishes today, and they vary in appearance, durability and budget. Check out these options in swimming pool finishes to determine which one will work the best for your backyard pool.

Pool Tile

 

Pool tile has been around for a long time, mostly because it offers a customized look in a variety of colors and patterns. The other big advantage to this material is its durability and low maintenance. Aside from regular cleanings and the occasional re-grouting, this material is built to last with relatively little care. If tile is your choice in a pool finish, you will be happy to know that in addition to a rainbow of color choices, you can expand your options even further with a pattern or design. Some pool owners love the look of a random mosaic dotting the sides of the pool. Others enjoy a mosaic filled with dolphins, turtles and tropical fish created with colored tiles.

Fiberglass Pools

 

Fiberglass pools come in prefabricated shapes with steps and platforms built into the surface. These pools are relatively inexpensive compared to other types of pool finishes, but fairly durable, making them a good value. Fiberglass offers a smooth, slip-proof finish that families with children may appreciate. The pools are usually available in a variety of shades of blue and grey for a natural look and feel.

Pool Aggregates

 

Aggregates offer the look of a myriad of pebbles worked into a concrete surface. The appearance of the aggregate varies greatly based on the color of the concrete and the types of pebbles used. One of the most popular reasons for this type of pool finish is the slight texture that makes for a slip-proof surface. It is also a relatively low maintenance pool finish, although a sealant may need to be reapplied periodically to help it retain its appearance. Some aggregates can be rougher to the touch, so it is important to choose your surface carefully to prevent potential scrapes or swimming suit snags. Choosing the right type of pool finish will have a great impact on what your pool looks like, as well as its ease of maintenance. Your choice of finishes from the above list depends on how much time you want to spend maintaining your pool, how you want the finished product to look and how much money you want to spend.

Pool Deck Coping

 

Coping is the term used to identify the stone or concrete material used to cap the pool shell wall.

 

The coping or decking around the pool can be of many finishes & can vary from 300mm to many meters wide. Normally most engineers design a pool with a bond/edge beam 300mm wide around the top & this is covered with a material of the same width in aggregate, brick, stone or large quarry tile. This should be laid by a competent trades person. Most of the times there is a path or deck associated with the pool & this can either be at the same level as the coping or set lower than the coping, if you want to make the area around the pool look larger then set the decking at the same level as the coping. The finish on the deck can be the same as the coping or can be of a different material. If you are setting a deck associated with the pool & butting it up to the coping, there will be a expansion joint between the two lots of concrete. It is inadvisable to pave over the joint. The joint should be sealed with a joint sealer such as SIKAFLEX to stop water entering it. To give a cleaner finish to the surround, you can finish the top on the pool shell 100mm below the finished level of the deck around & pour the concrete deck right over the beam of the pool creating a joint on the horizontal instead of the vertical. Options available are poured in place concrete, pre-cast concrete material, tile, and natural stone. (Pavers, flagstone, stones, etc.) Pool decks can be finished in a variety of ways. Oftentimes, just adding color or a texture can make a pool deck the focal point of a backyard. The pool deck can complement the home's exterior decor, or other landscaping elements.

Poured concrete

 

Poured concrete allows the coping to be one unit with the pool deck, incorporating the coping right over the edge of the pool so that there is no break in the finish on the horizontal plane. This method can help to make a small area around the pool look much bigger, and give the deck cleaner lines.

Natural stone

 

Natural stone or brick coping offers the warmth, texture and sturdiness of stone. Materials ranging from quarried granite, to limestone to natural fieldstone offer beautiful and long lasting coping solutions. In working with natural stone, it is very important to specify consistent coping thickness for this most visible pool element.

Precast concrete

 

Precast concrete coping offers the choice of a wide range of textures, patterns and colors, often at a significantly lower cost than poured concrete or natural stone. From an installation standpoint, it is typically simpler to install, and it is also usually easier to provide uniformity in thickness and color than when working with natural stone.

 

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