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Pool Designs, Ideas and Concepts

A well-designed swimming pool will complement any outdoor living area and increase a home’s value, quite aside from the pleasure it brings. If you’ve decided to install a swimming pool in your backyard, you’ll need pool plans that reflect your pool design. You should keep the following pool ideas in mind to ensure the process is a success.

Swimming pools are now more sophisticated. They are more imaginative, innovative, and technically advanced. They are self-cleaning, self-chlorinating, and their lights change color. They have heat pumps, spas, beach entries, negative edges, perimeter overflows, tables, bars, and grottos. They have spectacular fountains and waterfalls and some look like lagoons and fish ponds.

The architectural theme of the adjacent residence or building often carries into the pool design. This is practice but not the rule. What is critically important is that the pool fits properly and is not in an easement or within the setback requirements. Setback requirements usually include pool features such as decks and waterfalls. Consult survey or plot plan and contact the local building department for guidelines. If you employ a pool builder/contractor they will do this for you. Your design should provide areas for entertaining, walkways, landscaping, and future development. Prior to excavating, locate all utilities, water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, and electrical wires. Clear buried wires by 5’ minimum and clear overhead wires by 10’ horizontal.

Pool Layout

The layout of your pool will be determined to a large degree on the size of your backyard and its existing features. A pool should use space efficiently so that it does not overwhelm the backyard space and leaves room for other activities. Your backyard should be more than just a swimming pool – it is an outdoor entertaining area and included pool landscaping,  and the design of the pool based on the overall space should reflect your lifestyle and should not overwhelm the yard space.

You may need a pool survey, site plan, plot plan, or a scaled drawing which depicts the outline of the residence and other structures, easements and property lines. If your proposed pool space is an unusual size, is located on a slope, or other special considerations, you may need additional engineering. You may be required by your local authority to get a permit before installing your pool.  

Pools Shapes

  • Geometric – where they are rectangular, square, round, or oval
  • Complex – which can include freeform shapes, kidney shapes, Grecian styles, and so on. When deciding on the pool shape, you will also need to consider how the pool’s depth will vary as part of its shape and whether you want to include other features such as a spa or paddle pool as part of your design.

People often create multipurpose pools that have different levels to meet these needs. Please browse our pool designs for different pool ideas.

Swimming pool plans make a beautiful pool design.

Swimming Pool Materials

• Gunite

• Shotcrete

• Reinforced concrete

• Fiberglass.

Pool Design

While the pool is usually the focus of any backyard, the aim of your pool design should be the ability to use the outdoor space year-round. This means carefully positioning the pool and allocating space around it so that you can continue to use the remaining outdoor space whether the pool is being used or not.

It is a good pool idea to leave grassed areas near the pool for children and animals to play in. You can also incorporate entertaining and outdoor areas near the pool to provide shade in summer and to keep you warm during the winter.

Paved areas can be used as platforms for outdoor furniture and as thoroughfares, while judicious positioning of garden beds and the plants they contain can complete the look while offering privacy at the same time. The design of your pool and its surroundings should focus on the practical use of space.

As a rule of thumb, a pool and its surroundings should occupy an area of what you are comfortable with of the total available space. If you are installing a pool in a limited space, however, you can use retaining walls as part of the pool and other design features to mitigate this. When designing your pool always keep in mind how and when the pool will be used and leave space in your outdoor area for other activities.

Structural, Piping, Filtration and Electrical Considerations

Swimming pools come in a variety of types and can be used in a variety of ways. You’ll need to decide whether you want, for example, a pool design to create a saltwater pool or a chlorinated pool and whether it will be heated so that you can use it year-round. The construction type you choose for your pool will depend on the site where the pool is to be located and how it is intended to be used.

Your choices relating to shape, size and depth will also depend on how you intend to use the pool and dictate the best materials for use in its construction. When creating your pool plans you will need to show the pool’s location on the property clearly, along with the positioning of the filtration equipment and the pool’s connection to the water supply.

Pool plans will also need to show the pool design of how how the piping is to be connected to the filtration system and how it will be installed including any necessary approvals. If you intend to use the pool year-round the plans will also need to show how the main electricity will be delivered to pool heaters to heat the pool water (or those from solar collectors).

Other electrical considerations can include the advancement of pool electronics. This will allow you, at the touch of a button, to turn on lighting, heaters, pumps, or other equipment.

Pool Finishes

After deciding the type of pool idea you want to build and its supporting pool design piping and other elements, you will also need to choose an appropriate type of cladding for your pool to ensure safety and hygiene requirements as well as a pleasing look. Pool finishes are applied from the bottom of the pool walls to the top and can be provided in a variety of materials:

  • Reinforced PVC – this is one of the most used materials for cladding because it is adaptable, impermeable and is easy to clean. It features a smooth, non-slippery finish, is resistant to UV and is long-lasting.
  • Preformed Liner – this has the same technical specifications as reinforced PVC but is prefabricated based on the specifications of your pool.
  • Ceramic – this type of coating is used only for reinforced concrete pools. It allows you to customize the pool’s surface, is resistant to cleaning agents, UV light and biological degradation.
  • Mosaic Tiles – tiles have traditionally been used to create elegant and beautiful pool interiors. Available in a huge array of textures and colors, mosaics are the ideal covering if you want to create a pool that has great visual impact.
  • Paints – paint coating techniques for concrete pools consist of painting the walls of the structure with specific products that are based on acrylic resins. It does not, however, guarantee a complete hydraulic seal and is used in combination with additives to achieve this.

By carefully planning your pool plans project, and making choices based on your pool ideas and its intended use, you can ensure your pool design becomes a prized element of your home which will add to its value.

Pool Design

My Pool Idea Became a Pool Design and I Purchased a Pool Plan. Now what do I do?

Congratulations! You have purchased a pool plan and are now ready to go forward with building your dream pool.

You can now hire a pool contractor to do a complete turn key pool project or you may choose to save money and become an owner builder. In either case the phases of construction are roughly the same. As an owner builder you will be responsible for inspections, hiring subcontractors, and supervising the work. As an owner builder, you can be looking at savings of up to 40% or possibly more. You can save on the contractor’s overhead, sales commission, and profit margins.

Your pool design and planning should include a visit to the survey-easement-setback page under the research menu option in this website. It is important to determine the pool location not in an easement and meets the setbacks requirements of your city.

Your pool plan may require a visit to the local building department to obtain a building permit. This may require two or three plan copies, a copy of your survey, and in some cases a soil test to determine the stability of the soil in the pool construction area.

It is important to locate any underground utilities and reroute if necessary. This may include, electric, water, sewer, and gas lines. Do not forget your sprinkler system! You may need to reroute your sprinklers under your decking to get to the other side of your pool. In some areas there is a free service that will locate underground utilities.

At this point you are ready to begin the actual construction.

1. Locate and layout the shape and design of the pool according to the pool plans.

You will need to establish the elevation of the finished pool relative to the finished floor of the residence or adjacent structure. The finished pool elevation is usually below the residence. Now it’s time to dig the pool.

2. Excavate the pool.

This is where you will actually dig the pool. The excavator will over dig the size of the pool to allow for the wall and floor thickness. If water is encountered, a pump will be utilized to remove the water during the construction phases. The excavation should normally take no more then one day. Some of the excavated soil should remain on site to be used for future backfill and grading.

3. Steel reinforcement.

Order the steel in 40 foot lengths if possible. This will allow for fewer overlaps and will provide cost savings. The steel installer will follow the pool plan carefully as different pool designs and features may require different reinforcement placement. The most common sizes for steel reinforcement, (rebar), are #3 which is 3/8” and #4 which is 1/2” diameter.

The steel installer will set the main drain, skimmer, cleaning and return lines, light niches, and any other embedded items. They will also install a ground wire at four places on the pool perimeter. This will be used to connect the steel to the bonding grid. The underground plumbing is installed with colored glue to make it visible to the inspector. At this point you will build a manifold connecting the main drain, skimmer, and return lines and attach a pressure gauge and hose bib. It will them be pressurized with a garden hose to indicate 35 – 50 pounds PSI and hold pressure to check for leaks. At locations where an inspection is required this piping, the pressure gauge, and the steel spacing should be ready for the inspector. Upon approval of the inspection you can proceed with the gunite or shotcrete installation according to the specifications of the pool plan.

4. Backfill.
At this point you will backfill, water in, and compact soil all around the pool.

5. Install piping.
Excavate a narrow trench from the piping manifold to the pool equipment location. Clear the trench of any rocks and debris. Now install all the perimeter piping according to the pool plans and install a manifold and pressure rig at the pool equipment location and pressurize the piping to check for leakage. Also the pool light conduit can also be installed in this trench. This piping should be a minimum of 18 inches below grade level. If a perimeter piping inspection is required you may order that at this time.

6. Backfill again.
Now you will backfill the perimeter piping trench with clean fill. This will also be watered in and compacted.

7. Tile and coping.
Provide a level tile line using a water level or laser and level the beam of the pool to meet the highest point. Install the tile and coping.

8. Equipotential bonding grid.
There will be four ground wires that were installed during the steel installation which will now be attached within an approved brass ground clamp to a perimeter ground wire installed according to the swimming pool plan. This will meet the requirement of the national electric code. this may require an inspection.

9 Install deck.
We can now cover the ground wire and finish grading and install our deck. The deck should slope away from the pool in all directions according to the pool plans.

10. Pool equipment.
Install the pool pump and filter equipment and anchor if required.

11. Electric.
The electrician will now install and connect a pool subpanel box or controller to power up all equipment and accessories and test all components.

12. Pool finish.
The pool finish plasterer will now clean the pool shell and prepare it for the waterproof plaster finish. They will also install the eyeball fittings, main drain cover, and other fittings as required from the pool plans. An example of the finish could be diamond bright, pebble tech, marble plaster which comes in various colors.

13. Fill pool.
Fill your new swimming pool. If well water is to be used prefilter the water as it is going into the pool. Test the water immediately and add chemicals or additive that are necessary to balance and stabilize the water. If the pool is equipped with a salt chlorine generator wait three weeks before adding salt to the pool.

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