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The Floating Steppers feature can give your custom swimming pool the modern aesthetic that people are sure to complement on. The steppers are a great way to add a functional crossing for your swimming pool design as well as an awe-inspiring artistic flair.
Floating Steppers are an excellent way to give your upcoming swimming pool build that certain high-end aesthetic. If you’ve been browsing the inter-web for any length of time within the past couple years, you’ll notice that swimming pool design in the 21st century is all about artistic expression and is comparable to any other creative medium used to produce artistic works. The only difference being the fact that your canvas and your brush are a lot more expensive than traditional mediums and a lot more permanent. The exquisite pool designs that utilize floating steppers are starting to roll in online, and they are amazing! This feature can be both functional and visually appealing, but can also come at a cost.
Some Minor Drawbacks to the Floating Steppers Feature
One drawback to the Floating Steppers design feature is the fact that they can take up a portion of pool real estate. Space that you could have otherwise used as well, pool space. The Floating Steppers create a pathway or bridge, enabling the homeowner to cross to the opposite side of a pool. Floating Steppers use a submerged support column that can vary in height; the height of the stepper support column will depend on the pool depth within the area you plan to install them. Your choice in stepping stone or finish material will almost always be a complementary natural stone or some other type of appealing accent material. Just browsing Pinterest or Houzz will yield some extraordinary and creative ways that swimming design contractors are using this reasonably new and modern swimming pool design feature.
If you have a few custom swimming pool features in mind for the pool you’ve been considering, give Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada, a call today. We’re your source for contemporary swimming pool design and contracting services.
If you’re interested in learning about a few more contemporary swimming pool design features, make sure to check out our pool feature section of our site. Our best words of advice, “sometimes less is more where it concerns pool features.” We recommend giving us a call, setting up an on-site design consultation so you can let us know what you have in mind. We’re here to help you build the swimming pool you’ve always envisioned owning.
Check out our swimming pool feature section for some additional inspiration!
The design of an elevated swimming pool or water feature is not inherently complicated, dangerous or even necessarily problematic, but it does include some interesting challenges that can be terribly unforgiving of ignorance or neglect. Some basic issues that should be considered whenever such a design is undertaken include the following.
Pool Shell Design and Construction
Weight of pool and equipment: The weight of water alone is about 62
pounds per cubic foot. The load of the water, pool shell and structural
containment can easily total 350 pounds per square foot or more,
depending upon the structure and the actual water depth. A careful
structural analysis will be required.
Double shell pool/water feature construction: There are two
generally accepted approaches to the construction of elevated pools and
water features. Both entail the construction of a waterproofed
structural well within which will be constructed the pool shell or
liner. The first approach of which would be cast-in-place concrete (CIP)
or shotcrete and the second of which is stainless steel. Although it is
theoretically possible to construct the structural well neat to pool
dimensions, a high level of coordination would be required of the
structural concrete sub-contractor to insure all pool allowances for
finishes, piping sleeves, lights and equipment make this approach very
difficult to accomplish, most oversize the structural support.
Stainless steel pools: The use of stainless steel seems an obvious
choice for elevated pools and water features because of its durability
and, if properly constructed, water tightness. The stainless can either
be left unfinished and bare or provided with an applied finish.
Maintenance of the polished surface of the stainless can be an issue,
and several health departments require that it be finished for reasons
ranging from both color to slip resistance.
Finishes: Tile is an obvious choice, and very popular for this
application for both durability and aesthetics. Several stainless
manufacturers also offer an adhered sheet vinyl or PVC finish that may
have applicability depending upon budget. Stainless is often nominally
more expensive than a concrete solution, although regional preferences
may make it the only viable choice. Also, some creative design solutions
may find translation with stainless difficult to achieve. Further, if
stainless is being used above occupied or in otherwise acoustically
sensitive applications, it is recommended that an acoustical engineer be
consulted; there is an increased potential for the transmission of
noise through stainless.
One of the major keys to successful elevated pool and water feature
design is effective waterproofing. Two layers of waterproofing should
be considered, one at the structural level and the other at the finish
The structural or primary waterproofing system should include the
entire natatorium or pool/water feature area, including the well within
which the pool or water feature shell is to be constructed, the
surrounding deck as well as all ancillary areas anticipated to be wet.
The waterproofing material should be consistent with the application,
coordinated with and if possible compatible with the secondary
waterproofing material under the pool finishes.
The Architect is typically responsible for the base waterproofing system. A drain or drains should be provided at the lowest point at the structural or primary level of waterproofing to carry away leakage and relieve hydrostatic pressure, if any. This drain should daylight at some point, or be provided with a sight-glass, in order to monitor leakage.
With a stainless solution, this second level of waterproofing is the
stainless steel shell itself. No other waterproofing should be
With a concrete solution, a waterproofing system will be specified
that will maximize the compatibility between substrate and finishes.
Leaks, although rare, remain a possibility. Ideally Piping or
conduit should be located in a drained containment area, if not
possible, the use of drip pans under the pool and piping may be
Ample overflow and/or deck drainage capacity at least equal to the
makeup water flow should be provided. On high rise applications, the
potential for sway should be considered and appropriate measures taken
to contain any consequent slosh.
In summary, successful elevated pools and/or water feature design
depends upon meeting the inherent challenges and demands of structure,
appropriate material selection, waterproofing, drainage and acoustical
Elevated Swimming Pool Design Comments by Clarity Pool Service
We decided to repost this article here at the Clarity Pool Service website due to the unique and downright interesting nature, as custom swimming pool contractors, we’ve yet to have the opportunity to build a high rise or elevated swimming pool design. It piques our interest, though, and if ever offered the chance, well with great power comes great responsibility, and that is all on the subject of building a project such as a highrise custom swimming pool. We want to thank Staci Pye of the Hydro+Logic Blog, and we appreciate the article as well as the insight on this complicated subject. You can find the original article by Staci Pye here at http://hydrologicblog.com/elevated-pools/
We all love our swimming pools, hosting a good time and watching everyone splash around in the pool is one of life’s greatest gifts. However, I realized its pretty rare that I spend time in the pool, which is such a shame as there are many known benefits to swimming! So let’s put our beautiful swimming pools to improve our cardiovascular health!
Men and Women of all ages can benefit from swimming pool exercise, its inexpensive and everyone can swim at their own pace. People between the ages of 18 and 65 years old should get at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each and every week. So why not cool of from the Las Vegas heat and jump in the pool a few times a week?
Whole Body Low Impact Exercise
Taking a dip isn’t just a fun way to enjoy your investment, it can also improve your overall health! Swimming in your swimming pool engages nearly every major muscle group, requiring an individual to exercise their arms, legs, torso, and stomach! Not to mention nothing quite beats that feeling of weightlessness. Swimming is also very low impact, so if that last run you did has your knee feeling a little stained, get your cardio in the pool!
Improve Cardiovascular Strength
Cardio involves the heart, lungs, and circulatory system. A good cardio session should feel like a pump for all of the above. This can be easily achieved with swimming sprints, what is swimming sprints? Exactly what they sound like, swim at full speed for as long as you can. To continue your cardiovascular conditioning, make note of the amount of time you sprint and aim to increase that over time. We all love our custom-built swimming pools, let’s make the best of them and ourselves!
Swimming for Safety
As we’ve found that swimming is great for our minds and bodies, it’s important to remember that swimming is dangerous. More time spent in the pool builds confidence and creates muscle memory for safe swimming. However its always important to keep floatation devices nearby for less experienced swimmers. We’ve all had to live through that horribly timed leg cramp in the middle of the deep end!
Here in sunny Las Vegas swimming pools are a great way to cool off and spend time together outdoors. Like all outdoor activities its easy to get lost in the excitement, however, it’s important to discuss and understand the basics of pool safety.
It all starts during the Design Phase
Most homeowners get a bit of tunnel
vision on the shape, color, and amenities of their new custom
swimming pool. There are quite a few considerations that ideally
would begin during the blueprint and design phase of the process. So
let’s stay excited and learn more about the safety considerations
were facing moving forward.
Step Tile Visibility
Variation in pool depth is a lot of fun and great for creating a seating area in your swimming pool. However, its imperative to include visual markers for each step as the water distortion can easily hide and the actual depth. If you really want to elevate the appearance of your steps you can create visual markers using tiles!
A clear line of sight
We love our kids and it is important we keep them in mind when building a swimming pool. We want to keep the pool visible from your seating area and outdoor cooking space if you have one. Be mindful of where you place large planters, and landscaping features in relation to pathways and decks were people will be walking.
Let their be light
It’s best to design your outdoor living
space with plenty of light sources so that even if the party runs
into the evening you can still swim and entertain into the night!
Swimming pools and watering holes have been a part of our history dating all the back to 2600 BC. The first society to create more elaborate Swimming Pools was the ancient Mohenjodaro in Pakistan. They created the Great Baths of Mohenjodaro that featured terraced decks that nearly match our modern variations that exist today.
Our journey through pool history takes us to our next great water Swimming Pool innovators that can be found in ancient Rome and Greece. Swimming was a big part of their culture, being taught as soon as boys were old enough to attend elementary school. This passion for swimming pools led to incredible innovations, including the first heated swimming pool created by Gaius Maecenas in Rome.
Swimming pools certainly improved as humanity grew and expanded, however, the did not become popular until the 19th century. The Olympic Games swimming races were among the athletic events that helped increase the popularity of swimming pools.
America did not have a single swimming pool until 1868 when the Cabot Street bath in Boston was built. It was built to serve a neighborhood that was built with very few baths. This swimming pool helped spark America’s interest in swimming pools and would become the ember that lit the flames of innovation.
As we enter the 20th century modern technology helped create incredible developments that would rocket swimming pools to a new level. Developments that include filtration and chlorination systems that would ensure pool water kept clean and hygienic. Before these Swimming Pool innovations, the only way to clean pool water was to completely drain and refill the entire pool.