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Building a Custom Swimming Pool – Considerations

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Things to Consider Before Building a Custom Swimming Pool

There’s nothing like having a beautiful pool built-in to your backyard. A place where you’re able to relax, swim, soak up some rays, and hang out and barbecue now and then. The idea of a new swimming pool is especially appealing when you consider the Southern Nevada desert. We live in a sweltering hot region! If you don’t have a pool to cool down on those extra hot summer days, well, we don’t envy you. Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada, is your friend in the pool building industry, and we’re here to help you construct the custom swimming pool you’ve always imagined owning.
 

First Things First, Research

Research for your swimming pool is considered the fun part of the process, especially in the 21st century. You quite literally have an endless catalog of pool designs that you can use to draw inspiration for your pool project. Sometimes you don’t know what you like until you’ve seen what your options are. At Clarity Pool Service, we understand that building a swimming pool is a decision that should be respected. We’re here to make sure that you get what you want when it concerns both functionality and the visual aesthetics of your custom swimming pool project.
 

Clarity Pool Service Resources

The Clarity Pool Service website is here as a resource to the homeowner. From pool feature definitions to complete pool design concepts. We developed our website to educate the homeowner, and to help you understand the many options available to you. We’re continuously adding relevant content to the site. The modern swimming pool industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and we want to make sure you know about the available options. We invite you to explore our site, check out our project portfolio, browse the functional pool features available, and educate yourself about modern swimming pool design. We know that an educated consumer is a client that gets what he or she wants from a pool build.
 
Below we’ve included a series of questions that you’ll want to consider long before breaking ground to build a custom swimming pool.
 

Swimming Pool Project Budget

Your budget is going to be one of those factors that most of us cannot avoid unless your last name happens to Rockefeller. You’ll need to consider how much you’re willing to spend on your project. Pools can vary widely in cost, and the price will depend on a long list of factors, which brings us to an essential reason you should bring a Clarity Pool Service professional in as early as possible. A professional swimming pool design contractor will help you plan as well as work around your budget. Give Clarity Pool Service a call as soon as you start getting serious about building your swimming pool. Call now to schedule an on-site consultation with Clarity at (702) 839-9265.
 
In the next article from Clarity Pool Service, we’ll be covering the size of your custom contracted swimming pool. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next article in our “Swimming Pool Considerations” series.
 

Clarity Pools Service Info – Retaining Wall in Pool Building

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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.

Are you in need of a secondary contractor’s opinion? Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada, is a premier pool builder here in town. We want to give you some additional options when it comes to the quote on your custom swimming pool project. Call us today at (702) 839-9265.View some of the Swimming Pool Projects by Clarity Pool Service by clicking the button below.

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.

Give Clarity Pool Service a Call Today!

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
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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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Whether you're exploring the idea of building a custom swimming pool, or you would like us to maintain your existing one. Clarity Pool Services has you covered! We specialize in custom pool design & construction as well as every maintenance service in between, and after pool construction. We're avid supporters of being water smart here in the Las Vegas, Valley, offering "no-drain" eco-friendly water treatments that restore the quality of your swimming pool water without having to drain, refill, and re-introduce traditional pool treatment chemicals. We have a better solution known as the PuriPool Water Treatment Process. We also offer pool restoration and our bead blasting service that will eliminate unsightly calcium scale and other hard water remnants. Schedule a consultation today with Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada!

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Check out these beautiful custom swimming pool features that were designed by Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada:

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.

Transparent Acrylic Swimming Pool Walls

Clarity Pool Service- Acrylic Swimming Pool Wall Feature

See-Through Acrylic Swimming Pool Wall Feature

Clarity Pool Service- Acrylic Swimming Pool Wall Feature

Clarity Pool Service- Acrylic Swimming Pool Wall Feature

At Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, we pride ourselves on designing and constructing beautiful custom swimming pools. So, when it comes to custom features for your swimming pool, we have you covered! It’s essential that you select a pool feature or set of features that accentuate as well as complement the overall aesthetic design of the pool. The adage “Sometimes less is more” has never been more accurate. Especially where modern swimming pool design is concerned. This article is the start of a series of informative articles that will cover custom swimming pool design & some of the hottest new features that are available, as well as a few that are taking the industry by storm. In this article, we’ll be covering one of those trends that everyone in the industry is talking about, swimming pool designs that feature transparent walls.

Acrylic Walls – The Current Rage in Custom Swimming Pool Design

Pool designs that feature transparent walls are one of the hottest trends in swimming pool design and construction at the moment, our research here at Clarity Pool Service has yielded some pretty exciting results. The toughest part about this popular style is the structural difficulty and challenges that come along with a project of this magnitude. While we’re not here to cast a negative light on the process of integrating transparent walls into your custom swimming pool, we are here to inform you of the process that goes into this fantastic new swimming pool design feature.

The transparent swimming pool wall feature is sleek, it’s modern, it’s more than modern, it’s futuristic, and it’s one of those features that open up a whole new world of what’s possible within custom swimming pool design.

If you want a custom swimming that will leave the Jones’s in the dust, then this is the feature you’ll want to include within your design. The technical term to describe this transparent pool wall feature is “Open Top Windows.” As we mentioned above, this style of pool opens up a whole other world a possibility within the art of custom swimming pool design.

Acrylic Transparent Swimming Pool Wall Sketchup Design

Acrylic Transparent Swimming Pool Wall Sketchup Design

If you’re looking for a custom swimming pool designer that will work directly with your architect or engineer, give Clarity Pool Service a call today.

Are you interested in checking out some other swimming pool design features? Well, check out the Clarity Pool Service custom swimming pool design feature section to explore other options that are available to you.

Custom Swimming Pool Hilight

The following photo album below is a project from a company in France known as Piscines Carre Bleu. Please don’t ask us how to pronounce it, but one thing is for sure, this company can build custom swimming pools. Their website is in French, but we recommend swinging by their site and getting some design ideas. Or, even better, use Piscines Carre Bleu to build your Chateau swimming pool in France.

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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/

If you’re interested in learning more about Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada, and our “traditional” new custom pool design process, check out this information.