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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.
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
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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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/