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The Art of Custom Swimming Pool Lighting

Clarity Pool Services of Las Vegas, Nevada - Custom Swimming Pool Lighting Design

What Will Your Custom Swimming Pool Lighting Say About You?

Custom Pool Design Las Vegas, Nevada - Clarity Pool Service Implements Custom Swimming Pool Lighting

Custom Pool Design Las Vegas, Nevada – Clarity Pool Service Implements Custom Swimming Pool Lighting

Custom pool lighting is an essential part of swimming pool design for apparent reasons, the first being to allow for visibility at night. The second, not so apparent reason to light your pool is for aesthetics. aesthetic pool lighting is like the toppings on ice cream. The ice cream is amazing all by itself, but when you add your favorite toppings, it has a way of adding visual complexity to the pool designer’s artistic vision. While standard pool lighting is necessary, aesthetic pool lighting is going to lend toward the creative artistic vision—the experienced custom pool designer combines both these lighting disciplines. The objective is to create a well-lit and safe, yet attractive lighting schema for your custom-designed swimming pool.

Dramatic, Awe-Inspiring, Romantic, Warm & Cozy, and Energetic

When designing and building a custom swimming pool, we have a plethora of modern “tricks of the trade” that can transform your custom pool design into a focal point that elicits real human emotion. From the shape or architecture of the swimming pool and the surrounding environment to the pool lighting. The proper use of lighting is an essential tool within our metaphorical palette (or in this process). So, if you want to create a piece of art that you can swim in, Clarity Pool Service is your custom pool designer!

There’s Only One Real-Efficient Option, the Standard LED!

You have a choice among roughly three main lighting types where it concerns your custom swimming pool design and the lighting schema we implement. We said you have a choice, but it’s always reasonable to listen to the professional pool designers’ recommendations; more often than not, they recommend a particular option for a valid reason. The three types of lighting are as follows. As a quick notation to the following break-down of lighting types, we want to say that LED lighting is by far the preferred choice of custom pool designers. Not only are they energy-efficient, but they also have a plethora of colors and form factors options. Below, we’ve included Incandescent and Halogen for comparison reasons or even a history of pool lighting types.

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Incandescent

At one point within our history, incandescent lighting was the least expensive option for an inground swimming pool. The incandescent lighting is comparable to the light bulbs used in the old standard light bulb used in homes. Then the introduction of the CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light). The incandescent light source produces a warm, almost golden glow by heating a Tungsten filament (usually Tungsten.) In all actuality, this method produces more heat than actual light. Which makes the use of incandescent lighting all but obsolete. 

Halogen

Halogen lighting was all the rage (like LED’s are now) in the past, and they took the place of incandescent lighting. The reason it took the place of incandescent lighting is due to it using 20% less energy as well as it lasts far longer than it’s predecessor. Like most technologies, there’s often a trade-off for optimizing energy consumption. The halogen light still uses filament technology similar to incandescent. The other drawback to #Halogen is that when it’s filament heated, it casts a visible yellow hue. Halogen lighting also contains Halogen gas, which causes it to heat up to higher temperatures. The final downside is that Halogen lighting costs were nearly double that of the Incandescent light, and they still have a remarkably short lifespan. 

LED Lighting (the Modern Standard)

Clarity Pool Service of Southern Nevada - Traditional Swimming Pool LED Lighting

Clarity Pool Service of Southern Nevada – Traditional Swimming Pool LED Lighting

The modern standard in all-around general lighting as well as #CustomPoolLighting. The LED light is far brighter, more energy-efficient, and comes in a plethora of beautiful colors. The arrival of LED lighting within the custom pool scene brought the pool designer’s artistic potential to all-new levels (until the next technology gets invented.) While the Incandescent and Halogen used to have a place in swimming pool design, but modern swimming pool design does not. The LED is the standard in modern pool construction. LED’s do not produce excessive amounts of heat, they cast a brighter light, and you don’t have to deal with a yellowish hue in all your lights. The invention of LED lighting was a revolutionary moment in time, especially within creative lighting applications such as custom swimming pool design.

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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!

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

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

The Baja Shelf – Shallow In-Pool Lounge Area

Baja Shelf Swimming Pool Feature - Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada

Learn About the Baja Shelf or Sun Shelf

If your idea of time at the pool includes lounging, relaxing, and soaking up some sun rays, then the Baja Shelf is your feature. The Baja Shelf is also known as a tanning ledge, Tanning Shelf, Baja Ledge, or a sun shelf. The Baja Shelf is an expansive shallow-water step or ledge within your pool that can range anywhere from 3″ – 18″ in-depth, depending on your aesthetic and functional preference. The Tanning Shelf design is good for one thing, and that’s cooling down in shallow depths. This custom swimming pool feature has become extremely popular here in Southern, Nevada. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to designate a few waterproof lounge chairs on the Baja shelf. The lounge chairs rest slightly submerged within the pool that enables you to sunbathe comfortably.

The Baja Shelf is perfect for homeowners that like to max and relax in the sun but enjoy splashing a little water on themselves to cool down. Anyone that has spent a summer here in Las Vegas, Nevada, will tell you that regular cool-downs when at the pool are a must. With a Baja Shelf, there’s no need to get up if you have waterproof lounge chairs on the Baja Shelf. We’ve included some visual examples of a Baja Shelf for you to use as a reference.

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When it comes to the design of your custom Baja Shelf, the options are just about limitless. When you choose Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada, as your custom pool contractor, we’ll work closely with you to ensure that your dream swimming pool comes to fruition. Give Clarity Pool Service a call today to schedule an on-site design consultation at your home. It’s starting to get warmer outside, and you’ll be glad you gave us a call come mid-summer. We can’t wait to exceed your every expectation.

View some of the other optional swimming pool features you have to choose from here at our pool feature section. You can also view the Clarity Pool Service swimming pool project portfolio here.

Custom Swimming Pool Design Considerations - The Baja Shelf, Tanning Ledge, Tanning Shelf, Baja Shelf, Expansive-Step - An Area Where You Can Place Lounge Chairs in your Swimming Pool Custom Swimming Pool Design Considerations – The Baja Shelf, Tanning Ledge, Tanning Shelf, Baja Shelf, Expansive-Step – An Area Where You Can Place Lounge Chairs in your Swimming Pool
 Sun Shelf Custom Swimming Pool Feature - Clarity Pool Service of Southern Nevada

Features of Modern Swimming Pool Design

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

Modern swimming Pool Design and Contracting Services – Clarity Pool Service

Modern Swimming pool design incorporates many different elements to deliver a more enticing and aesthetically pleasing experience over the traditional swimming pool designs of the 1950s and 1960s. Since the first gunite swimming pool was built in 1940, the new swimming pool construction business has evolved into a $32 billion per year global industry. Along with the improvements in the speed for new pool construction, many other aspects of pool design have evolved as well.

When it comes to the approach in design for modern swimming pools, there are two primary types of modern swimming pool design:

Naturalistic: A pool design inspired and influenced by natural surroundings and landscape features. Natural design pools often use freeform shapes, rock gardens, waterfalls, beach type pool entry, and themed landscaping (i.e., tropical, desert, beach, etc.) to create mood and aesthetics. The naturalistic design approach represents a continuation of the surrounding landscape with the pool area.

Architectural: A pool design inspired by structure architecture and design. Rigid lines, angles, and geometric shapes that complement the surrounding architecture without competing with it or appearing out of place. Architectural pool designs appear as part of the original property design rather than as a standalone feature. The ultimate goal is to create a pool area that appears to be designed and built along with the property structure(s). One major goal for this type of pool design is visualizing it as a continuation of the architectural design.

With both types of modern swimming pool designs, the pool area compliments the property. The naturalistic approach focuses on the area’s landscape or theme and serves as a guide to the swimming pool design. The architectural design complements the surrounding building structure(s) and utilizes the critical design elements to guide the pool design.

Modern Swimming Pool Design Features

Now that we’ve clarified the primary styling aspects of modern pool design, we will now discuss some of the design features of a modern swimming pool:

Infinity edge design – Water continually flows over the pool edge creating an effect similar to swimming at the edge of a waterfall. This feature is often used with properties offering amazing views, where the pool water appears to drop off into the surrounding area. It looks easy to get swept over the side, however, the wall extends to just under the water level and prevents anyone from actually going over the edge.

Negative edge design – The water level is even with the pool edge and spills into a catch basin, which runs around the rim of the pool. Similar to the infinity-edge pool style, the exception is the water only spilling into the catch basin rather than a continuous flow of water. With no activity in the water, water appears motionless and well contained.

Knife-edge design – In this pool style, the water level is even with the pool edge and deck, with only a thin slot built along the pool top to catch water, which is pumped back into the swimming pool.

Wet deck pool design – The water, pool edge, and deck surface are at the same level, and water drains back to the pool when splashed over. Gravity brings the water back to the pool rather than a catch and pump system.

Glass/Acrylic pool wall design – This design style is something akin to swimming in a human aquarium. One or more of the pool walls is made of thick glass or acrylic so that swimmers can view the outside world, and the outside world can view the swimmers. This option is one of the more expensive features build options, and prices can range from $16,000 for a 5ft x 3ft glass window to over $100,000 for an entire glass poolside wall.

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Today’s modern pool design incorporates more than just a single continuous rectangle or peanut shape. Modern pools often consist of connected segments and sections that connect to offer more versatility to the swimmers.

  • lap/exercise pool section
  • splash and tanning pool section
  • lazy river section
  • bubbler pool section
  • floating deck and islands
  • swim-up bar, outdoor kitchen, and seating cave and cavern features stepping stones to access the different pool and spa sections
  • tile mosaics and logos
  • gas fireplace, fire pit, fire bowl
  • carved stone, glass, travertine tiles replace traditional blue pool tiles
  • outdoor shower and cabana
  • creating mood and aesthetics with colored LED lighting & spotlights
  • complimentary landscaping
  • heat pumps, gas heaters, electric heaters
  • variable speed water pumps, solar blanket pool covers
  • saltwater filtration system

View our Clarity Pool Service custom pool feature section to learn more about the options that are available to you.

Swimming Pool Floating Steppers are Exquisite Design Feature

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Swimming Pool Floating Steppers Design Feature

Floating Steppers Swimming Pool Feature by Clarity Pool Service

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.

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Natural Limestone Floating Step-Stones - Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada

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Elevated Pools – High Rise Custom Swimming Pools by Hydrologic Blog

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

Elevated Swimming Pool Design Comments by Clarity Pool Service

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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