ARTICLES

September 2017
Underwater Windows

Having underwater windows of acrylic-like plexiglass in swimming pools has become something of a trend in recent years. In the past, it was seen as something of a luxury, as swimming pools with underwater windows could only be found in the most exclusive of locations.


September 2017
Stainless Steel Pools

Stainless steel is a stylish, dynamic finish that, thanks to its versatility, makes it perfect for pool construction.  Stainless steel provides a number of different aesthetic options that are not usually available with other finishes.


September 2017
Pool Ventilation by Heatstar

With advances in technology, pool ventilation is now just one part of the environmental control required for today’s indoor swimming pools.  The key elements in pool environmental control include ventilation, air quality, dehumidification, air heating and pool water heating.


September 2017
Pool Surrounds

The material chosen for your outdoor pool surround is important both in terms of aesthetics and functionality. Here we cover three types of material – concrete paving stones, natural stone, and wood – which come in a variety of styles to complement any style of garden landscaping.  When choosing the surround, the key features to consider are non-slip, non-abrasive texture for comfort underfoot and resistance to excessive heat absorption.


September 2017
Pool Hall Finishes

The finish can make or break a pool hall, and it’s important to make an informed decision when this happens. To help, we have assembled this short list of considerations to keep in mind.


September 2017
Pool Finishes - Tiles

Every pool needs a finish. A finish is what gives the pool its stunning appearance and own unique character. While the finish is influenced by the type of construction, there is a lot of choice and variety when it comes to creating a special ambiance.


September 2017
Pool Finishes - Glass

With pool design and construction technology advancing in leaps and bounds in recent years, materials which were once out of reach for those looking to commission a private pool are becoming increasingly affordable and accessible. Glass is one of the most dynamic and unique finishes available today. Whether you’re after a rustic, artisan look or clean, modern lines, glass is available in a wide range of styles, shapes, and sizes.


September 2017
Pool Finishes - An Overview

The interior finish of a pool will, in part, be determined by the type of pool construction; the other aspect is the look, feel, and style the client is trying to achieve.  Is the client aiming for a serene paradise or more of an entertainment space for pool parties?  Making the right decision on the finishes will ensure the pool meets its functional use, is luxurious and stands the test of time, giving years of pleasure.


September 2017
Plant Room Considerations

The plant room stores all the equipment that controls the pool's operation and ensures it performs efficiently around the clock – this article looks at some of the key design considerations. Size/Space: Exactly how big the plant room needs to be will depend on the size of the pool, but making it as large as possible given the other constraints will be worth it in the long run.  Invariably we find that clients underestimate the space required, so it's important to establish the space requirement early in the discussion. This will avoid costly and time-consuming reconfiguration later down the line.  As well as making space for all the necessary equipment and storage of pool chemicals, the bigger it is, the more accessible it will be for future servicing and maintenance.


September 2017
Moving Floors for Pools

When clients think about a luxury pool, they imagine a space devoted exclusively to the pool; however, pools with moving floors have changed all that.  Increasing numbers of clients are choosing pools with a moving floor because of the space saving benefits.  Moving floor technology enables a pool to be designed and built with a floor that can be raised from the base of the pool to change the water depth and to cover the pool completely, sealing it off with a load-bearing floor.


September 2017
Counter Current Units

Whether it is an outdoor or indoor pool, if you’re facing size restrictions, it can be difficult (but not impossible) to use your pool for a rigorous workout. There is a solution that allows a client with a smaller luxury pool to get the same fitness benefits as a lengthy swim in a large pool.


September 2017
Heating Options

Efficient heating is vital to ensure that the swimming pool functions properly. The temperature of the pool can affect its performance in a range of ways, including its hygiene, water clarity and bathing comfort. In turn, pool heating can impact everything from the equipment bought to how often servicing is required. We take a look at frequently-used pool heating solutions and the type of pool to which they are best suited.


September 2017
Filter Media Choices

For healthy swimming, it’s vital that the pool water is always clean and properly filtered; this will not only prevent any potential waterborne diseases taking hold. There are different types of filter media from which to choose and we look at three.


September 2017
Energy Efficient Pools

Many clients want to have a more energy efficient pool to benefit from the lowest possible costs and because they are keen to minimise their carbon footprint.


September 2017
Automatic Pool Covers

If your client wishes to have an outdoor pool built and is conscious about energy efficiency, safety and low maintenance, recommending the installation of an automatic cover at the design stage is a good idea.  An automatic pool cover will keep the pool water free of detritus and garden debris which can drift into the water, and consequently will reduce the amount of time spent cleaning the water.