Category: Elevated Swimming Pool Design

The Spillway Swimming Pool Feature Explained

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Deciding to add a pool to your backyard can be a wonderful experience. It is always a good idea to start planning your custom swimming pool before you start. Having a vision of what style of pool you want to be built can help you avoid any surprises during construction. That’s where Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas is here to help!

We’ll be writing a new article every week until Summer starts, and every week we will cover some of the most popular swimming pool features you can incorporate into your custom pool build. This week we’ll be going in-depth into the “Spillway Swimming Pool Feature.”

The Spillway

The spillway is a classic swimming pool feature that allows one water body to spill or cascade into another. Some examples of spillways you may have seen are the features that enable spas to spill into the main pool area. Sometimes the simple features are the best ones! Not only does this create a calming visual effect, but the sound is truly blissful.

The Stacked Spillway

The Stacked Spillway design allows the water to cascade down a stair-like design. It’s easiest to imagine water spilling down a flight of stairs; these stairs tend to be much smaller in size compared to regular size stairs, though. The best part is you get to select the stone material for the Stacked Spillway.

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Negative Edge Spillway

One of the best spillways, in my opinion, is the Negative Edge Spillway. With this feature, you utilize the environment and the surrounding area of the property in most cases. It works best when the pool gets constructed on a slope. The higher the pool is built on the hill, the better the effect. The whole idea is to make the spillway look as if it’s spilling into infinity. That’s the other name to describe this spillway too, which is the Infinity Edge Pool Feature. The photo we’ve included will give you a better idea of just one of the ways this ultra-modern pool feature gets utilized. The Negative Edge Spillway doesn’t necessarily have to use environmental height, either. Some designers use this design to create a mirror-like effect that is breathtaking. When you combine the Negative Edge Spillway with beautiful lighting, this feature is comparable to a work of art, rather than just a swimming pool feature.

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Negative Edge Spa Spillway

So, if you’ve ever heard of the infinity swimming pool design, you’ll get the gist of the Infinity spa design feature. The infinity swimming pool feature works best when another body of water sits below it. The body of water allows the mind to imagine that the water is ultimately flowing into it. It’s not always necessary to have a large body underneath the infinity edge, but it sure does add to the effect. The Negative Edge Spa Spillway utilizes the swimming pool as its body of water. It can look spectacular when done correctly.

Reflection Spillway

We briefly touched on the swimming pool feature above. Considered a Negative Edge design, and it is pretty amazing when done correctly. It’s comparable to a mirror when the water is undisturbed. This design allows water to overflow on all sides, which gives it its mirror-like reflective quality.

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Clarity Pools Service Info – Retaining Wall in Pool Building

The Retaining Wall - Custom Pool Building Information - Clarity Pool Service of Southern, Nevada
The Retaining Wall - Custom Pool Building Information - Clarity Pool Service of Southern, Nevada
 

You Know You Need One!

So, you need a retaining wall. It’s not such a bad thing. Now you have options, and if the wall is above your pool, you have a plethora of waterfall and fountain features you can implement. Use that wall for something creative! Now, your options are endless, and we understand that the wall might not be a part of the original plan, but “when life gives you lemons.” Well, you know, let’s make some lemonade!

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Sky View Custom Swimming Pool Project by Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada

When it comes to perfect contrast, there’s nothing like a dark grey slate accent wall to give your pool some modern flair. Some homeowners add walls to their custom swimming pool designs, even when they functionally don’t need them to retain anything—purely aesthetic appeal walls. You’ll find plenty of examples online of homeowners using walls to do some pretty appealing stuff. More often than not, a homeowner won’t just opt to include a retaining wall to improve overall aesthetic appeal. The custom swimming pool designer usually has a design concept that requires an elevated top-level or tier. The higher ground allows many designers to install waterfalls, water walls, scuppers or spouts, sheer descents, and other design options.

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The Retention Wall Overview – What is a Retaining Wall

A retaining wall is what its name implies, a wall specially designed to hold back earth and natural rock. Most backyards and outdoor areas where we build in-ground swimming pools are not level (flat). Southern, Nevada land is pretty flat, to begin with, so retaining walls aren’t usually required. As mentioned above, they are, however, pretty common and called for through the pool design. They often get added for specific water or level feature.

Here are some common topics about retention walls for custom swimming pools.

  • Retaining walls get implemented to hold earth (dirt or rock) in place.
  • Some land here in Las Vegas isn’t level, and some have substantial slopes or uneven surfaces that the pool builder has to contend with, and the retaining wall is just one of the tools in our arsenal.

  • The size and areas you’ll need a retaining wall for are dependent on how much earth you need to hold back. An engineer designs the retaining wall plans, and then Clarity Pool Service realizes those plans through construction.
  • Common retaining wall materials are poured-in-place Concrete, cinder blocks, concrete blocks (or reinforced cinder blocks with wet Concrete poured into cavities).
    Dry stacked concrete blocks – using the dry concrete blocks to build a segmented wall. The solid dry concrete blocks are designed to lock together. It’s relatively easy to determine the difference between a segmented wall (which uses solid concrete blocks in a staggered pattern), opposed to a reinforced cinderblock wall, or poured in place concrete wall. Cinder block walls are often back-poured with wet Concrete. The cinder blocks are reinforced with steel rebar.
  • You can install stacked stone on the retention wall’s surface as an aesthetic option, or any other material that is appropriate and adheres onto the wall.
    Don’t look at a retaining wall as an eyesore. A wall is used in ways that will not only compliment your yard but open up additional options where function and visuals features are concerned.
    How the retaining wall gets constructed is determined by the Engineer, and quite possibly the swimming pool contractor.
  • Poured Concrete Walls are arguably more reliable than a Cinder Block wall design. Poured concrete walls have better lateral strength when compared to back-poured cinderblock walls. The stronger the wall, the more pressure it can withstand. A poured wall doesn’t have joints like a block wall, making it the preferred choice of pool contractors.
  • How much does that retention wall cost? Your cost is dependent on the size and scope of the wall. Basically, how tall (depends on how much earth needs gets retained) and the length or span of the wall impacts the overall cost of building a wall. That’s not including any features or decorative materials you want to use to finish the wall.
  • Retaining wall costs can typically range from $7K – $20K (costs associated with the wall are dependent on the choices you make with our Clarity Pool Service design consultant and the Engineer hired to plan & design the retaining wall.)

We hope we helped you understand some in-depth concepts about retaining walls. If you’re interested in learning more about Clarity Pool Service, call today at (702) 839-9265. We would be happy to give you a quote for the custom swimming pool design & construction. Plus, we’ll help you build something memorable and awe-inspiring with that retaining wall.

Custom Water-Wall Waterfall with dual flanking Water and Fire Bowls

Custom Water-Wall Waterfall with dual flanking Water and Fire Bowls

Elevated Pools – High Rise Custom Swimming Pools by Hydrologic Blog

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The Joule Pool from the Hydro+Logic Blog - Article by Staci Pye

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.

Waterproofing

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 level.

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 required.
  • 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 considered.
  • 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 control.

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Clarity Pool Services found this amazing article at http://hydrologicblog.com/

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/

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