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Thank You!…for your inquiry into our design and planning services. Please take a few minutes and read about our design services, that are outlined below and explain the benefits of great design!

We are a resource for eliminating remorse that comes from hindsight disappointments for what better planning could have accomplished!

If you desire accurate planning that is connected to the truest meaning for the value in a “price” then you will need a portrait of those requirements in order to evaluate anything tangible.

There is value in proper planning andfree designs do not offer greater value, as that superficial approach is only intended to be a sales tool of which you may be paying for the “costs” of “free”… for years to come!

Introduction

This introduction will be referencing several of our website’s linked web-pages below in order to provide you with more detailed information about our planning efforts.

These links will further explain our focused efforts at defining your outdoor living environment expectations on your plans.

Each link will be a blue bolded underlined heading of which you can “click” upon, in order to go to the subject specific appended informational.

Design Fee Basis…

Our design fee structure is based on 2% of our Estimated Retail Construction Value (ERCV) for your project, which leaves you 98% to be invested in it’s construction.

We use your budgetary expectations combined with our multi-generational experience in construction, in order to equate a value for the size and scope of a project.

The design will be according to the terms and conditions stated in our Standard Design Agreement (SDA).

Click HERE to review our SDA (use your Browser’s back arrow to return to this page).

Estimated Retail Construction Value

The ERCV will be based upon our historical experience having designed, estimated and constructed outdoor living environments for over three decades. Our initial estimate will be assessed for the value of the work being proposed.

The Plot Plan…

We will need a copy of this document, which will provide us information referencing several important aspects of your lot i.e. Building Set-Backs, Public Utility Easements, Lot Dimensions, Etc.. These are things that can restrict the space available for building of which we will need to know prior to engaging the design process.

In order to correctly exhibit any proposed development we must familiarize ourselves with any of these restrictions so that the proposed development does not conflict with the officially sanctioned conditional use of the property.

Click HERE to see a Sample Plot Plan (use your Browser’s back arrow to return to this page).

The Process…

Our approach to planning an outdoor living environment involves a few sequential steps for getting your ideas and our knowledge and experience rolling on the same page!

We start by having you precede with the following;

  • 1st Contact our office at (800) 766-5259 and make arrangement to secure a 50% design retainer.

  • 2nd Email us a legible pdf. or jpg. file copy of you property’s officially recognized Plot Plan or Parcel Map.

  • 3rd Provide us with a rough sketch and or drawing of your initial ideas.

  • 4th Complete our Request for Information (RFI) (See form at bottom of this page and submit)

Design Implementation…

After receiving your fee retainer and requested information, we can proceed with preparing your Preliminary Base Layout (PBL). Depending upon your response time for executing the agreement to proceed with the design and the status of our current work load queue, the PBL will be forwarded to you within (5) five business days for your review.

The Preliminary Base Layout..

Sample P-1 Swimming Pool Plan Descriptions

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Sample Swimming Pool Descriptions Plan

The PBL is our attempt at getting your “Concept” in place, which will represent a true dimensional relevance to the space made available. We typically attempt to get this represented on this preliminary plan prior to scheduling any site meetings, as this can be accomplished by reviewing these efforts on line and then directing us to make a revision as necessary.

In taking these steps at preparing we believe it makes a better use of your time and ours, as well as allowing the conceptualization for the placements and dimensional relevance to unfold and evolve more easily on line at your leisure.

The PBL is included in the 2% fee structure but, any subsequent revisions are additional.

This is why it is important to make any changes to the “PBL Concept” prior to advancing with the design, as compounding layers (P-2, P-3, P-4, etc…) my be added as the design progresses and changes will involve making modifications / changes to multiple layered sheets, which will involve the investment of additional time that wasn’t originally considered.

The Approved Base Layout…

The ABL is the basis from which all additional design layers evolve. Once acceptance is acknowledged the remaining design elements can be produced from this main layout P-1 Sheet and the corresponding layers may exhibit the individual deeper understanding for the “Permit Ready Requirements“.

What’s required for a Building Permit…?

Not all “P”-Sheets are necessary for acquiring a typical Building Permit, although in some case Owner Builder Assistance may desire the expressions for a deeper understanding in order to become more familiar with the individual trade performer’s responsibilities.

If desired, we can address these extended services as a design addendum as follows;

  • SHEET P-1: Site Plan (This sheet exhibits dimensional layout for improvements Required for Permit)

  • SHEET P-2: Pool Plumbing & Electrical (This sheet exhibits Pad to pool’s corresponding numbers of pipes and conduits)

  • SHEET P-3: Title 24 VGBA Pool Codes and Safety Regulations (This sheet exhibits flow calculations, pump curves and drain cover criteria Required for Permit)

  • SHEET P-4: Construction Details (This sheet exhibits the assembly and installation procedures for individual components)

  • SHEET P-5: Structural Engineering (This sheet exhibits the steel schedule and erection / fabrication conformity for the structural requirements Required for Permit)

  • SHEET P-6: Equipment Pad Layout (This sheet exhibits the diagrammatic placement of the pool / spa equipment layout on the pad)

Landscape Planning

  • SHEET L-1: Landscape Plantings (This sheet exhibits a symbolize placement of the genes and species of plantings)

  • SHEET L-2: Irrigation System (This sheet exhibits Irrigation System Hydro-zones and related components)

  • SHEET L-3: Drainage Network (This sheet exhibits Drainage System network of pipes, catch basins and french drains)

  • SHEET L-4: Landscape Lighting System (This sheet exhibits Low Voltage Landscape Lighting fixtures and power distribution)

Structural Engineering (beyond ABL)…

The ABL is the basis from which all additional design layers evolve that describe the overall general construction directions.

In some jurisdictions this may require structural engineering to accompany submission of the Plan Set.

This is on an additional fee basis and is quoted separately according to the project’s structural engineering requirement specifics. Click HERE to review more information about engineering.

In order to fulfill such prerequisites that may be mandated, we offer assistance in obtaining these remaining design elements that correspond to this additional design layer as follows;

  • SHEET P-5: Structural Engineering (Site Specific or Boiler Plate as quoted separately)

Additional services (beyond ABL)…

Base upon the completed ABL, we can provide you with additional information that is not required for gaining a Building Permit but, can provide you with a deeper understanding for how a 1st Class installation is intended to be constructed, should this information be of value?

This is on an additional fee basis and is quoted separately according to the project’s equipment and automation sophistication specifics.

  • SHEET P-4: Construction Details (Component specific, ordered separately by clicking HERE) (use your Browser’s back arrow to return to this page).

The Final Plan…

The Final Plan (FP) will be acknowledged as completed upon viewing the ABL. Upon receiving the ABL and confirming acceptance the remaining 50% retainer and any additional 2% value for the ERCV assessments will be paid in full.

Payment will authenticate your acceptance and be considered for the purpose of the design agreement, an authorization to proceed with finalizing the plans. See Permit Submission Services for an extension of our services that are offered.

The Completed Plan…

The complete set of documents will be made available on a limited “project specific pdf.file. reproduction licensing agreement. If additional printed copies and or permit submission assistance is required please refer to our SDA.

PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW TO BEGIN YOUR DESIGN PROCESS

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PROVIDE US WITH A LIST OF YOUR "MUST HAVE" ELEMENTS OF DESIRE I.E., POOL, SPA, CABO SHELF, WATER FEATURE, FIRE PIT, ETC...
THESE ARE THE FIVE (5) MAJOR POOL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS. WE RECOMMEND "PENTAIR" AS WE BELIEVE THAT HAVE THE BEST PRODUCT WARRANTY SERVICE SUPPORT NATIONWIDE
MOST BUILDING DEPT.'S SHALL REQUIRE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, AS ONE OF THE PREREQUISITES FOR OBTAINING A PERMIT TO BUILD. IF A PROJECT HAS UNIQUE FEATURES (WATERFALL, SITE RETAINING WALLS, ETC.) THEN THE STANDARD "BOILER PLATE" WOULD NOT SUFFICE AND A "SITE SPECIFIC" WOULD NEED TO BE PROVIDED IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THE CONSTRUCTION APPROACH FOR ANY SPECIALITY FEATURES.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING CAN INVOLVE A STANDARD APPROACH TO THE EXISTING CONDITIONS WHICH ANTICIPATES NORMAL OR EXPANSIVE LOAD VALUES FOR THE IMPOSING SOIL PRESSURES. IF THE EXISTING CONDITIONS AND OR OTHER CONSIDERATIONS FALL OUTSIDE THIS CRITERIA FOR THESE STANDARDS, THEN "SITE SPECIFIC" STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING CONSIDERATIONS MUST EVALUATE THE UNIQUENESS OF THE SITE'S GEOTECHNICAL CONDITIONS AND CONSIDER A STRUCTURAL REMEDY THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE THE DESIGN. IF A "SITE SPECIFIC" APPROACH BECOMES NECESSARY, THEN THE SUBMISSION OF A "PLOT PLAN" MUST BE ACCOMPANIED WITH A CURRENT SOILS REPORT (CERTIFIED WITHIN PAST 2-YEARS).
PROVIDE THE DESIRED MEASUREMENTS FOR THE SHALLOW AND DEEP END OF THE POOL
SELECT A POOL SHAPE / STYLE
IF YOU DESIRE A SHALLOW AREA THAT IS REFEREED TO AS A "CABO SHELF" AND OR "CARIBBEAN SHELF" SELECT THE DESIRED DEPTH ABOVE. ALSO, REMEMBER THAT THE DEPTH IS MEASURED FROM THE "FINISHED CONCRETE" DECK ELEVATION, NOT THE ACTUAL WATER DEPTH. THE DECK IS TYPICALLY +5 TO +6" ABOVE THE POOL WATER SURFACE. THUS A -18" DEPTH WOULD REPRESENT APPROXIMATELY -12" OF ACTUAL WATER DEPTH.
IN YOUR ROUGH SKETCH YOUR POOL / SPA DESIRES, TOGETHER WITH THE GENERAL DESCRIPTION FOR THE OVER ALL LENGTH AND WIDTH
IF YOU DESIRE A BENCH THAT IS REFEREED TO AS A "SWIM-OUT" SELECT THE DESIRED DEPTH THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE. REMEMBER THAT THE DEPTH IS MEASURED FROM THE "FINISHED CONCRETE" DECK ELEVATION, NOT THE ACTUAL WATER DEPTH. THE DECK IS TYPICALLY +5 TO +6" ABOVE THE POOL WATER SURFACE. THUS A -18" DEPTH WOULD REPRESENT APPROXIMATELY -12" OF ACTUAL WATER DEPTH.
A TYPICAL BENCH WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY 6'-0" LONG. THESE CAN BE PLACED UNDER A WATERFALL AND ACT AS A SEAT, AS WELL THEY CAN ACT AS AN ENTRY OR EGRESS POINT FOR GETTING IN AND OUT OF THE POOL'S ENVIRONMENT.
CLICK "YES" IF YOU DESIRE AN IN-GROUND SPA AS PART OF YOUR POOL'S CONCEPT
IN-GROUND SPAS CAN TAKE VIRTUALLY ANY SHAPE AND STARTING WITH A SHAPE CAN HELP US TO BETTER ENVISION WHAT YOU ARE GRAVITATING TOWARD. FROM THE SHAPE WE CAN PROPORTIONALITY DIMENSION THE SPA IN RELATION TO THE POOL AND YARD SPACE THAT IS AVAILABLE. AS WELL, THE NUMBER OF SEATING POSITIONS BEING DESIRED SHALL DICTATE THE SPA'S SIZE AND SHAPE.
IN CALLING OUT THE SPA'S DIMENSIONS, TAKE A PAD AND PEN AND SKETCH A SELECTED SHAPE AND THEN USE A MINIMUM SPACING DISTANCE BETWEEN EACH SEAT OF 3'-0". THIS OF COURSE IS THE MINIMUM AND IF YOU'LL HAVE LARGER ADULTS GENERALLY USING THE SPA, THEN YOU'LL NEED TO ACCOMMODATE A WIDER SEATING AREA. FROM THIS RESULT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO BETTER IMAGINE THE SPA'S USAGE AND CAPACITY. ALSO REMEMBER THAT LARGE SPA'S HOLD MORE WATER AND SHALL REQUIRE MORE TIME TO BRING UP TO THE HEATED TEMP.
DEPENDING UPON THE TORSO MEASUREMENT (FROM BASE OF SPINE TO BOTTOM OF CHIN), THE DESIGNATED DEPTH OF THE SPA'S SEAT CAN BE DETERMINED. SEATING CAN BE VARIED AND GENERALLY WILL RANGE BETWEEN -18" TO -20" OF WATER DEPTH, YOU'D BE ADDING +5" TO 6" TO THIS MEASUREMENT IN USE THE COMMON REFERENCING FROM DECK HEIGHT. THE SPA DEPTH IS REFERRING TO THE SPA'S VERY BOTTOM AND AGAIN...THE DEEPER THE SPA THE MORE WATER AND MORE TIME TO HEAT UP. TYPICALLY, A 3'-0" (-36") WATER DEPTH IS IDEAL.
THE DESIRED SEATING POSITIONS WILL DICTATE HOW MANY JETS WILL SUFFICE. THE NUMBER OF JETS PER SEATING POSITION, TIMES THE NUMBER OF SEATS WILL QUANTIFY THE TOTAL NUMBER OF JETS NECESSARY. IMAGINE YOU'RE ACTUALLY IN THE SEAT AND THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU WANT THE JET ACTION TO COME IN CONTACT WITH YOUR BODY. THESE THERAPEUTIC PRESSURE POINTS CAN ADD TO THE RELAXING AND SOOTHING COMBINATION FOR ENJOYMENT. THERE IS A MANIFOLD STYLE OF JET CONFORMITY THAT CAN POSITION 3-JETS ON THE BACK REST PORTION OF THE SPA'S SEATING POSITION. THESE CAN BE INSTALLED AS ONE ON THE LOWER BACK AND TWO ON THE UPPER OR REVERSED, AS TWO ON THE LOWER AND ONE ON THE UPPER. THIS CAN BE COMPLIMENTED WITH ANOTHER SINGLE JET POSITIONED BEHIND THE CALF OF THE LEG. THIS OVERALL JET CONFORMITY WOULD THEN REQUIRE FOUR JETS PER SEATING POSITION. THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF JETS PER 3-HP BOOSTER PUMP IS +/- 12-EA. THUS FOUR JETS TIMES 3-SEATS WOULD EQUAL THE 12-EA MAXIMUM FOR A SINGLE BOOSTER PUMP (SEE MORE ABOUT HP / JET NOZZLES BELOW). IF MORE JETS OR SEATING POSITIONS ARE DESIRED THEN ANOTHER BOOSTER PUMP MAY BE REQUIRED.
FOR SOME FOLKS, THE JETS ARE NOT REALLY IMPORTANT, AS THEY JUST WANT TO RELAX IN THE HOT WATER ENVIRONMENT. IF THIS IS THE CASE THEN A BOOSTER PUMP MAY NOT BE NECESSARY AND THE SPA'S FILTRATION PUMP WOULD AID THE JET'S FUNCTION. THIS WOULD GENERALLY ALLOW UP TO SIX SINGLE JETS (ONE PER SEATING POSITION) TO BE OPERATIONAL WHILE FILTERING / HEATING THE SPA. THIS IS A SIMPLER WAY TO BUILD A SPA. THE DOWN SIDE IS THAT IT TAKES LONGER TO HEAT THE SPA UP BECAUSE THE SPA JETS ARE A VENTURI TYPE JET THAT ALSO INDUCES AIR. COLDER AIR BEING MIXED WITH WATER BEING WARMED UP COOLS THE WATER DOWN AS IT PASSES THROUGH THE JET, THUS TAKING LONGER TO HEAT THE WATER. THIS IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THAT MANY LESS SOPHISTICATED APPROACHES TO BUILDING IN-GROUND SPAS RESULTS IN TAKING TOO LONG TO HEAT UP.
AN AIR BLOWER IS AN OPTION AND IF A BOOSTER PUMP ISN'T UTILIZED THEN AN AIR BLOWER'S CONTRIBUTIONS ARE SOMEWHAT NEGATED. WHEN INSTALLED IN COMBINATION WITH A BOOSTER PUMP THE AIR BLOWER ACTS AS A SEPARATE THERAPEUTIC POSSIBILITY AND CAN BE ACTIVATED AS AN AUTOMATED RELAY FUNCTION FOR THE SPA'S EXTENDED OPERATIONAL ENJOYMENT. THE WAY THE AIR BLOWER WORKS UNDER THIS SPECIFICATION IS THAT WHEN THE VENTURI STYLE JET'S FORCED WATER IS PASSING THRU THE JET THE BLOWER PROVIDES A HIGHER CUBIC FOOT PER MINUTE (CFM) AIR VOLUME THAN WHAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE AVAILABLE UNDER JUST THE NORMAL INDUCTION PERFORMANCE OF THE VENTURI EFFECTS. THEREFORE, THERE IS MORE AIR AVAILABLE AT THE JET'S VENTURI ORIFICE PROVIDING FOR BETTER AIR / JET ACTION "BUBBLES". THESE BUBBLES TOGETHER WITH THE WATER STREAM PROVIDE A PULSATING EFFECT THAT MIMICS A MESSAGE FOR APPLY A VARIATION IN RESPONDING PRESSURE BEING APPLIED TO THE BODY.
THE HORSEPOWER RATING OF THE JET'S BOOSTER PUMP WILL DICTATE HOW MANY JETS CAN BE DRIVEN BY A PUMP. JETS HAVE A VARIABLE OUTPUT CAPABILITY (DEPENDING UPON WHAT SIZE NOZZLE IS PLACED BEHIND THE JET BODY), THEREFORE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF JETS TOGETHER WITH THE NOZZLE SIZES SELECTED FOR EACH JET WILL DETERMINE THE GPM FLOW RATE BEING DEMANDED. THE JET'S NOZZLE COMES IN DIFFERENT DIAMETER SIZES I.E.; 1/4" = 8-GPM, 3/8" = 12-GPM, 1/2" = 15-GPM AND 5/8" = 25-GPM. THE JET'S BODY COMES IN DIFFERENT DISMEMBERMENT CONFIGURATIONS AND DEPENDING UPON THE SELECTED CONFORMITY OF THE ACTUAL JET-HEAD, THE DIRECTIONAL DISCHARGE OF THE WATER STREAM WILL HAVE A MORE OF LESS ACTION AND FORCE RESULT. THE NOZZLE SETS BEHIND THE JET'S HEAD AND THE SIZE OF THE SELECTED NOZZLE DETERMINES THE AMOUNT OF WATER ALLOCATED. WHEN PUMPS ARE SIZED CORRECTLY AND JET'S ARE SIZED CORRECTLY BY THE INSTALLER, THEN A BALANCED PERFORMANCE WILL EQUALIZE THE PUMPING CAPACITY AND THE REGULATED FLOW OF ALL JETS WILL DELIVER THE PRESCRIBED FLOW RATE. MATCHING PUMPING HORSEPOWER (HP) WITH THE TOTAL GALLONS PER MINUTE (GPM) JET DEMAND WILL ACCOMPLISH THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS.
WHEN HEATING A POOL OR SPA IT IS 67% MORE EFFICIENT TO DELIVER THE HEATED WATER TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WATER'S ENVIRONMENT. THIS IS SUBSTANTIATED IN THE SCIENCE OF HYDRONICS AND SOME OF THE OLDEST EXAMPLES OF THIS ARE STEAM AND HOT WATER RADIATORS. IN PROVIDING A PLUMBING DESIGN THAT TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THIS, THE WATER WILL HEAT UP FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY. HOT WATER RETURNS ARE GENERALLY CONNECTED TO AN AUTOMATED FUNCTION FEATURE THAT CAN ACTIVATE THIS MODE OF OPERATION WHEN IT IS BEING DESIRED.
LIGHTING IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR EXTENDING THE HOURS OF OPERATIONAL ENJOYMENT OF THE POOL'S ENVIRONMENT. BESIDES SAFETY DURING NIGHT-TIME USE, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF COLORED LIGHTING CAN HEIGHTEN THE VISUAL EFFECTS WHILE HIGHLIGHTING THE ASCETIC ATTRIBUTES OF A BACKYARD'S LIVING SPACE. A POOL / SPA ISN'T JUST FOR SWIMMING, IT CAN ALSO PROVIDE THE VISUAL APPEAL DURING OFF-SEASON.
THE NUMBER OF LIGHTS NECESSARY WILL HAVE TO DO WITH THE SIZE OF THE POOL / SPA AND THE TYPE OF LIGHT SELECTED. THE LATEST STYLE OF LIGHT (GLO-BRITE 12v) HAS A SMALLER FACE AND NO LONGER REQUIRES THE LARGE CANISTER NICHE TO BE INSTALLED, THEREFORE MAKING THEM LESS EXPENSIVE PER LIGHT TO INSTALL. AS A LOW VOLTAGE LIGHT THESE ARE INCREDIBLY ENERGY EFFICIENT AND QUITE BRIGHT (190-WATT EQUIVALENCE) FOR THE AMOUNT OF POWER BEING USED. ALTHOUGH MORE LIGHTS MAY BE USED, THE BENEFIT IS THAT THE LIGHT DISTRIBUTION CAN BE BETTER PIN POINTED TO ACHIEVE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE RESULT FOR THE ILLUMINATING EFFECTS. THIS MEANS UNDER LIGHTING WATERFALLS FROM BENCHES, PROVIDING LIGHTS AT THE ENTRY STEPS AND OTHER POINTS OF ENTRY, AS WELL AS DESIGNATING A FIXED COLOR (WHITE, BLUE, MAGENTA, GREEN) AND OR CHANGING COLORS THROUGH THE AUTOMATION SYSTEM'S PROGRAMMABLE CONTROL FUNCTION FEATURES.
A TYPICAL SPA WOULD UTILIZE A SINGLE LIGHT. IF THE SPA IS A UNIQUE SHAPE AND OR LARGER YOU MAY WISH TO CONSIDER ADDITIONAL LIGHTING.
SURFACE SKIMMERS ARE FOR THE PURPOSE OF DRAWING FLOATING DEBRIS INTO THE THROAT OF THE SKIMMER DEVICE AND DEPOSITING THIS DEBRIS INTO A BASKET THAT REST INSIDE THE SKIMMER'S CANISTER. WHEN THESE ARE POSITIONED IN A MANNER THAT TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THE "RETURN LINES" COUNTER-ROTATION DIRECTIONAL ADJUSTED INLETS, THEN IT SHALL GREATLY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF DEBRIS THAT ENDS UP ON THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL / SPA. THE DESIGN OF ANY POOL / SPA SHOULD INVOLVE CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE EASE OF MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS AND THE PLACEMENTS OF THIS SUCTION SIDE DEVICE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THOSE CONSIDERATIONS. GENERALLY SPEAKING A SKIMMER RATIO WOULD BE 1-SKIMMER PER EVERY 500-SF OF POOL SURFACE AREA.
WATER FEATURES COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES BUT BEGINNING WITH A DIMENSIONAL RELEVANCE CAN HELP TO START THE PROCESS AND DEFINING THE ATRIBUTES.
DEPENDING UPON THE TYPE, STYLE AND SIZE OF A WATER FEATURE, THE QUANTITY OF LIGHTS CAN VARY. WHEN ENVISIONING HOW YOU'D LIKE TO ILLUMINATE THE FEATURE WILL HELP TO QUANTIFY THE AMOUNT OF LIGHTS THAT MAY BE NECESSARY. LIGHTS SHOULD GENERALLY BE PLACED SO THAT THEY SHINE AWAY FROM THE HOME OR VIEWING LOCATION'S VANTAGE POINT IN A FASHION THAT PLACES THE LIGHT IN A LOCATION THAT CAN ESCAPE SEEING THE ACTUAL LIGHTING FIXTURE.
THERE ARE MANY "SPECIAL FEATURE" POSSIBILITIES THAT CAN PROVIDE ENHANCEMENTS TO THE OVERALL ENJOYMENT, ABOVE ARE A FEW TO SELECT FROM
IN SELECTING A FILTER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER WHAT COSTS MORE TO MAINTAIN. CARTRIDGES MUST BE REPLACED EVERY 18 TO 24 MONTHS (ACCORDING TO THE MFG.'S RECOMMENDATIONS) AND REPLACEMENTS SHALL RUN $400 TO $600 FOR EVERY TIME YOU REPLACE THEM. ADDITIONALLY, CARTRIDGE AND D.E. FILTERS WILL FILTER DOWN TO 5 MICRON AT CLEAN STAGE AND 2-3 MICRON AT DIRTY STAGE. THIS LEVEL OF FILTRATION IS TRULY OVER FILTRATION FOR A SWIMMING POOL AND ADDS TO THE OVERALL TDH RESTRICTION FOR THE SYSTEM (RESTRICTION = LOST ENERGY), MAKING PUMPS WORK HARDER AND LESS EFFICIENT. FURTHER MORE, THE HUMAN EYE CANNOT DISTINGUISH A PARTICLE SIZE SUSPENDED IN WATER BELOW 40 MICRONS. REALIZE THAT SAND FILTRATION AT CLEAN STAGE STARTS AT 20 MICRON AND GETS TO 10 MICRONS AT THE DIRTY STAGE, THAT'S FOUR TIMES SMALLER THAN THE NAKED HUMAN CAN SEE! WHEN TALKING TO YOUR SOLICITED PLUMBERS SEE IF THEY UNDERSTAND THIS CONCEPT AND CHOOSE A PERFORMER WHO DOES.
THE INTELLIFLO VARIABLE FLOW (VSF) PUMP PROVIDES PRECISE FLOW CONTROL, WHICH MEANS INCREASED EFFICIENCY, SAVINGS AND PERFORMANCE. THE PUMP’S INNOVATIVE DUAL-TECHNOLOGY DESIGN ENSURES THE DESIRED FLOW RATE IS MAINTAINED, NO MATTER THE CONDITIONS. PLUS, THE INTELLIFLO VSF PUMP HELPS THE REST OF YOUR EQUIPMENT PERFORM EXACTLY AS IT’S MEANT TO—FROM FILTERS TO LAMINARS TO WATERFALLS. THE INTELLIFLO VSF VARIABLE SPEED AND FLOW PUMP IS JUST ANOTHER IN A LONG LINE OF INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS FROM PENTAIR.
SCRUBS AND VACUUMS AWAY THE TOUGHEST DIRT AND THE "SUCTION SIDE" KREEPY KRAULY GREAT WHITE CLEANER’S BRISTLE-DRIVE™ TECHNOLOGY HAS THE STRENGTH TO KNOCK LOOSE THE MOST STUBBORN DIRT, WHILE THE POWERFUL VACUUM ACTION WHISKS AWAY SMALL AND LARGE DEBRIS. ITS 15-IN.-WIDE PATH AND PROGRAMMED STEERING GET THE CLEANING JOB DONE QUICKLY. • BRISTLES DISLODGE TOUGH DIRT • OVERSIZED VACUUM INLET CAPTURES LARGE DEBRIS • SMARTTRAC PROGRAMMED STEERING EASILY NAVIGATES AROUND POOL OBSTACLES FOR UNINTERRUPTED CLEANING • ADJUSTABLE TO ENSURE THE MOST EFFECTIVE CLEANING
CLASSIC WHITE STANDARD WHITE PLASTER IS THE TRIED AND TRUE POOL AND SPA SURFACE FINISH. WHITE PLASTER HAS BEEN AROUND AS LONG AS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN BUILDING SWIMMING POOLS AND IT REMAINS A POPULAR CHOICE IN SPITE OF THE MYRIAD OF CHOICES THAT HAVE COME INTO THE MARKET IN RECENT YEARS. ITS SIMPLE COMBINATION OF WHITE CEMENT, WHITE MARBLE AGGREGATE AND WATER MAKE FOR AN ECONOMICAL CHOICE THAT WILL GIVE YOU THAT CLASSIC SWIMMING POOL LOOK. AGGREGATE EFFECTS – COLORED CERAMIC QUARTZ ANOTHER HIGHLY INNOVATIVE ADDITION TO THE PALETTE OF SURFACE OPTIONS HAS BEEN THE USE OF SPECIAL COLORED CERAMIC AGGREGATE PRODUCTS. THESE AGGREGATES ARE BASICALLY A VERY SPECIALIZED FORM OF CERAMIC-COATED SAND THAT COMES IN A VARIETY OF PRE-MIXED PLASTER PRODUCTS. THE EXPOSED AGGREGATE REVOLUTION PERHAPS THE ULTIMATE ANSWER TO ALL POOL SURFACE CONCERNS COMES IN THE FORM OF PEBBLE SURFACES. PEBBLE SURFACES CONSIST OF SMALL, SMOOTH RIVER PEBBLES EMBEDDED THROUGHOUT THE PRODUCT. OVER THE PAST DECADE, PEBBLE SURFACES HAVE INCREASED DRAMATICALLY IN POPULARITY AND COME IN A BROAD RANGE OF COLORS AND COLOR COMBINATIONS.
WHEN HEATING A POOL OR SPA IT IS 67% MORE EFFICIENT TO DELIVER THE HEATED WATER TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WATER'S ENVIRONMENT. THIS IS SUBSTANTIATED IN THE SCIENCE OF HYDRONICS AND SOME OF THE OLDEST EXAMPLES OF THIS ARE STEAM AND HOT WATER RADIATORS. IN PROVIDING A PLUMBING DESIGN THAT TAKES ADVANTAGE OF THIS, THE WATER WILL HEAT UP FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY. HOT WATER RETURNS ARE GENERALLY CONNECTED TO AN AUTOMATED FUNCTION FEATURE THAT CAN ACTIVATE THIS MODE OF OPERATION WHEN IT IS BEING DESIRED. (Click to add description)
INDICATE THE TYPE OF SURFACE THAT IS INTENDED TO SURROUND THE POOL / SPA.
CONCRETE FLAT-WORK IS MEASURED BY SQUARE FEET OF A GIVEN AREA AND THEN TOTALED. SOME CONCRETE FLAT-WORK AREAS MAY NOT BE KNOWN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DESIGN PROCESS, AS IT GENERALLY IS AN EXTENSION OF THE DESIGN ONLY AFTER A POOL / SPA HAS BEEN POSITIONED IN THE YARD SPACE. IF YOU HAVE AN APPROXIMATION OF SOME AREAS THAT ARE BEING CONSIDERED I.E.; PATIO @ 10' x 10' = 100-SF, WALKWAY @ 3.5' x 50' = 175-SF, ETC.. THEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY THAT INFORMATION TO DEVELOPING A PLAN THAT MORE CLOSELY PARALLELS YOUR BACKYARD VISION. TELL US WHAT YOU CAN SO THAT WE MAY BECOME MORE AWARE OF YOUR PERSONAL DESIRES.
IN MANY AREAS THE NATIVE SOIL HAS A HIGH CLAY PERCENTAGE OF ITS CONTENT. CLAY HAS EXPANSIVE CHARACTERISTICS AND THE MORE PERCENTAGE OF CLAY THAT A NATIVE SOIL CONTAINS, GENERALLY THE MORE IT CAN EXPAND. WHEN A HEAVY CLAY SUB-SOIL ABSORBS MOISTURE IT BEGINS TO SWELL. IF THAT SOIL TYPE IS UNDER CONCRETE FLAT-WORK AND IT SWELLS, WELL THEN IT CAN CAUSE A DECK TO BEGIN TO LIFT. MITIGATING THIS POTENTIAL IS OFF-SET WITH PREFORMING PER-SATURATION OF THE SUB-GRADE AND USING A CLASS II COMPACT-ABLE IMPORTED FILL MATERIAL SUCH AS AB-BASE ROCK. GENERALLY SPEAKING AND UNDER SUCH CONDITIONS, 4" TO 6" OF AB IS PLACED UNDER ALL DECKS AND A VIBRATORY COMPACTION PLATE IS USED TO PREPARE THE FLAT-WORK'S SUB-GRADE. KEEPING IN MIND THAT, IF AB IMPORT IS DESIRED, YOU WILL NEED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE REMOVAL OF 4" TO 6" OF NATIVE SOIL AND HAUL-OFF. THIS IS REFERRED TO AS THE REMOVAL OF SPOILS.
AB IS PLACED UNDER ALL DECKS AND A VIBRATORY COMPACTION PLATE IS USED TO PREPARE THE FLAT-WORK'S SUB-GRADE. KEEPING IN MIND THAT, IF AB IMPORT IS DESIRED, YOU WILL NEED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE REMOVAL OF 4" TO 6" OF NATIVE SOIL AND HAUL-OFF. THIS IS REFERRED TO AS THE REMOVAL OF SPOILS.
EQUIPOTENTIAL BONDING CODE (NEC. 680) REQUIRES A MIN. OF 18" X 18" O.C.B.W. #3 STEEL REINFORCEMENTS TO BE PLACED IN A CONCRETE DECK FOR A MIN. OF 3'-0" AROUND THE ENTIRE SWIMMING POOL / SPA PERIMETER. OUR RECOMMENDATION IS TO USE #3 @ 18" x 18" O.C.B.W. THROUGHOUT ALL CONCRETE FLAT-WORK AREAS.
THERE ARE MANY ATTAINABLE POSSIBILITIES IN SEEKING GREAT RESULTS BUT, GREAT RESULTS START WITH GREAT PLANNING. WE SUGGEST THAT YOU START BY CLEARLY DEFINING THE APPROACH, AND FROM THESE EFFORTS YOUR EXPECTATIONS SHALL BECOME ANCHORED IN A DESCRIPTIVE MEANING FOR HOW THAT REALITY WILL APPEAR. WITH CONCRETE FLAT-WORK, THIS BEGINS BY DEVELOPING AN EASY TO FOLLOW “SPECIFICATION”, THAT SHALL LIST MOST ALL OF THE CHOICES THAT WILL INVOLVE PROVING YOU WITH A DETAILED COST ESTIMATE RESPONSE FROM CONTENDING PERFORMERS. THIS QUESTIONER WAS DEVELOPED IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A TOOL. IN ENGAGING THIS FRAMEWORK YOU'LL BE PUTTING FORTH AN EFFORT TO ASSIST US IN COLLABORATING THAT INFORMATION INTO A REFINING AND DEFINING PRESCRIPTION FOR HOW 1ST CLASS RESULTS CAN BE ACHIEVED.
THIS IS AN ADDITIVE THAT IS MIXED INTO THE READY MIX CONCRETE LOAD DESIGN AND PROVIDES A STRENGTHENING EFFECT TO THE CONCRETE ONCE IT HAS HAD TIME TO CURE. ADDITIONALLY, WHEN POURING A POURED IN-PLACE CANTILEVER SWIMMING POOL / SPA DECK EDGE, THIS ADDITIVE WILL HELP HOLD TOGETHER THE NEWLY PLACED CONCRETE READY MIX PRODUCT WHILE STILL IN IT'S PLASTIC / MOLD-ABLE STATE AND GIVE STRENGTH TO THE EDGE AFTER IT'S CURED.
THE STANDARD LOAD DESIGN FOR READY MIX IS A 5-SACK LOAD / 2,500 PSI COMPRESSION LEVEL AFTER THE 28-DAYS CURE THRESHOLD. BY ADDING MORE CONCRETE PER CUBIC YARD TOGETHER WITH OTHER LOAD FACTORS, IT WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL COMPRESSION STRENGTH. COMPRESSION STRENGTH IS ONLY ONE COMPONENT FOR ACHIEVING A HEIGHTEN STRUCTURAL STRENGTH, WHEREAS STEEL REINFORCEMENTS, SUB-GRADE / GEOTECHNICAL CONDITIONS, ANTICIPATED TRAFFIC WEIGHT SHALL ALL NEED TO WEIGH-IN (NO PUN INTENDED) AND BECOME THE PRESCRIPTION FOR A SUSTAINABLE CONCRETE FLAT-WORK PRODUCT.
THE SPECIFICATION FOR THE THICKNESS OF THE FLAT-WORK (SLAB ) IS DEFINED BY THE PURPOSE OF THE SLAB. AS AN EXAMPLE; A DRIVEWAY MAY BE REQUIRED TO BE THICKER (ESPECIALLY AT THE STREET APRON WHERE HEAVY TRUCKS CAN OFTEN USE IT AS A TURN-A-ROUND) DEPENDING UPON THE ANTICIPATED VEHICLE TRAFFIC AND VEHICLE WEIGHT A GREATER THICKNESS MAY BE REQUIRED.
CONCRETE COLOR IS EITHER ADDED DURING THE READY MIX PRODUCTION PROCESS OR IT IS DUSTED ON DURING THE CONCRETE FINISHING PROCESS. THE DUST-ON COLOR GENERALLY HAS GREATER LONGEVITY IN RETAINING THE ORIGINAL COLOR VERSES THE IN-LOAD OR INTEGRAL PROCESS.
INDICATE IF THERE IS A DESIRED HEIGHT FOR THE STEP RISER. THE MAX RISER HEIGHT PER CODE IS 7-5/8", ALSO INDICATE THE WIDTH OF THE STEP'S TREAD. THE MINIMUM TREAD PER CODE IS 11"
THE FACING OF THE STAIRS SHOULD BE IDENTIFIED AS TO YOUR DESIRES. THESE ARE SOME OF THOSE OPTIONS THAT CAN BE CALLED OUT ON PLAN.
THERE ARE SEVERAL POOL / SPA EDGE SELECTION OPTIONS FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE AND BY IDENTIFYING YOUR DESIRES IT SHALL ALLOW YOUR PLANS TO PRESCRIBE THE SELECTION THAT SHALL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
WHEN FORMING, PLACING AND POURING CONCRETE READY MIX AN "ECONOMY IN SCALE" CAN BENEFIT YOU DUE TO THE PERFORMERS GAINING FROM PRODUCTION EFFICIENCIES. THEREFORE, IF CONCRETE MOW-STRIPS, SEATING WALLS, STAIR CASES AND OR OTHER CONCRETE WORKS ARE BEING CONSIDERED, THEN NOTE THESE HERE FOR CONSIDERATION.
SELECT THE TOPICAL APPLICATIONS FOR ANY WALLS, SEATING BENCHES OR OTHER VERTICAL FACING SURFACING
THE TERM "BOND BEAM" REFERS TO THE TOP PORTION OF THE POOL / SPA'S SHELL, WHICH FOLLOWS THE COMPLETE PERIMETER. A "RAISED BOND BEAM" REFERS TO THE PORTION OF THE PERIMETER THAT HAS AN INCREASE IN HEIGHT. HEIGHT INCREASES WILL GENERALLY RISE BY INCREMENTS OF +6" AS A DIMENSION OF +6", +12", +18", +24" AND SO ON. EACH SECTION (A, B, C) WILL NEED A MEASUREMENT FOR THE LENGTH AND HEIGHT RELATIONSHIPS BEING DESIRED. PLEASE PROVIDE A ESTIMATED MEASUREMENT IF APPLICABLE.
PLEASE PROVIDE A ESTIMATED MEASUREMENT IF APPLICABLE.
PLEASE PROVIDE A ESTIMATED MEASUREMENT IF APPLICABLE.
"FROST PROOF" PORCELAIN TILE IS MOST OFTEN USED FOR SWIMMING POOLS. PRODUCT SELECTIONS RANGE IN COSTS BY GROUPINGS (A,B,C,D,E,..ETC.) TYPICALLY THE GROUP "A" IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE AND THE PURCHASE PRICE SHALL GO UP FROM THERE. THE ACTUAL PRODUCT SELECTION CAN BE MADE ANY TIME PRIOR TO THE INSTALLATION BUT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DEFINE THE TILE SIZE I.E.; 1" x 1", 2" x 2", 3" x 3", 4" x 4", 6" x 6", ETC...AS THE POOL'S CONFORMITY MUST BE CONSTRUCTED IN ORDER TO MATCH THE SELECTED PRODUCT'S DIMENSIONAL SIZES THAT ARE AVAILABLE.
GROUP "A" IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE AND THE PURCHASE PRICE SHALL GO UP FROM THERE. THE ACTUAL PRODUCT SELECTION CAN BE MADE ANY TIME PRIOR TO THE INSTALLATION BUT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DEFINE THE TILE SIZE I.E.; 1" x 1", 2" x 2", 3" x 3", 4" x 4", 6" x 6", ETC...AS THE POOL'S CONFORMITY MUST BE CONSTRUCTED IN ORDER TO MATCH THE SELECTED PRODUCT'S DIMENSIONAL SIZES THAT ARE AVAILABLE.
GROUP "A" IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE AND THE PURCHASE PRICE SHALL GO UP FROM THERE. THE ACTUAL PRODUCT SELECTION CAN BE MADE ANY TIME PRIOR TO THE INSTALLATION BUT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DEFINE THE TILE SIZE I.E.; 1" x 1", 2" x 2", 3" x 3", 4" x 4", 6" x 6", ETC...AS THE POOL'S CONFORMITY MUST BE CONSTRUCTED IN ORDER TO MATCH THE SELECTED PRODUCT'S DIMENSIONAL SIZES THAT ARE AVAILABLE.
GROUP "A" IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE AND THE PURCHASE PRICE SHALL GO UP FROM THERE. THE ACTUAL PRODUCT SELECTION CAN BE MADE ANY TIME PRIOR TO THE INSTALLATION BUT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DEFINE THE TILE SIZE I.E.; 1" x 1", 2" x 2", 3" x 3", 4" x 4", 6" x 6", ETC...AS THE POOL'S CONFORMITY MUST BE CONSTRUCTED IN ORDER TO MATCH THE SELECTED PRODUCT'S DIMENSIONAL SIZES THAT ARE AVAILABLE.
GROUP "A" IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE AND THE PURCHASE PRICE SHALL GO UP FROM THERE. THE ACTUAL PRODUCT SELECTION CAN BE MADE ANY TIME PRIOR TO THE INSTALLATION BUT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DEFINE THE TILE SIZE I.E.; 1" x 1", 2" x 2", 3" x 3", 4" x 4", 6" x 6", ETC...AS THE POOL'S CONFORMITY MUST BE CONSTRUCTED IN ORDER TO MATCH THE SELECTED PRODUCT'S DIMENSIONAL SIZES THAT ARE AVAILABLE.
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR TO BE AWARE OF, AS IT IS ONLY A COPPER WIRE CONDUCTOR WITH THE LABELING OF "WTHHN" INSCRIBED ON THE OUTER SHEATH THAT SHALL BE APPROVED PER THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE (NEC) 680.0. PLEASE SELECT COPPER HERE
INDICATE ON YOUR ROUGH SKETCH WHERE THE MAIN ELECTRICAL PANEL IS LOCATED AND WHERE YOU WISH THE POOL EQUIPMENT'S SUB-PANEL TO BE LOCATED. PROVIDE AN ESTIMATED DISTANCE (WE WILL VERIFY AFTER THE DIMENSIONAL SITE PLAN HAS BEEN COMPLETED). THE DISTANCE TOGETHER WITH THE AMPERE LOAD DEMAND WILL DETERMINE WHAT THE WIRE AND CONDUIT SIZE WILL NEED TO BE BUT, ITS GOOD TO START WITH A ROUGH IDEA.
THE VOLTAGE WILL MOST OFTEN BE 240v SINGLE PHASE AND THE AMPERE LOAD IS DETERMINED BY THE SELECTED OF THE EQUIPMENT AND EACH OF THE COMPONENT'S ENERGY DEMANDS. THE DISTANCE TOGETHER WITH THE AMPERE LOAD DEMAND WILL DETERMINE WHAT THE WIRE AND CONDUIT SIZE WILL NEED BE AND THIS ALL NEEDS TO FALL WITHIN THE "ALLOWABLE VOLTAGE LOSS", WHICH IS LESS THAN 3.0% WHEN UNDER FOLL LOAD. NO NEED TO FILL THIS IN JUST YET, WE'RE JUST MAKING YOU FAMILIAR WITH HOW THE PROCESS FOR DETERMINING THE CORRECT SIZES IS ACCOMPLISHED.
SOME PROJECTS WISH TO DISTRIBUTE SECONDARY "YARD POWER" FOR OTHER USAGE I.E.; BBQ'S, RECEPTACLES, FANS, LIGHTS, ETC.. THIS POWER USAGE SHALL ALSO NEED TO BE SIZED ACCORDINGLY. IF KNOWN YOU MAY PROVIDE US WITH A PRELIMINARY MEASUREMENT AND IDENTIFY THE PURPOSES.
INDICATE WHAT TYPE OF GAS IS AVAILABLE, IF GAS IS TO BE DISTRIBUTED ON SITE.
PROVIDE A PRELIMINARY DISTANCE FROM THE GAS METER OR TANK TO THE POOL EQUIPMENT PAD, IF KNOWN. THE FINAL VALUE WILL BE DETERMINED FROM THE DIMENSIONS ON THE SITE PLAN.
PROVIDE A PRELIMINARY DISTANCE FROM THE GAS METER OR TANK TO THE OTHER USAGE IF KNOWN. ALSO IF YOU'VE SELECTED ANY SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT, PLEASE PROVIDE THE BTU RATING FOR EACH PIECE. THE FINAL VALUES WILL BE DETERMINED FROM THE DIMENSIONS ON THE SITE PLAN.
IN THE CHANCE THAT YOU HAVE OTHER CONSIDERATIONS THAT WE HAVE FAILED TO IDENTIFY, PLEASE PROVIDE US WITH A DESCRIPTION FOR WHAT THESE MAY BE.
PLEASE SELECT THE FORM OF PAYMENT YOU'D PREFER. REMEMBER CREDIT CARDS AND PAYPAL HAVE A TRANSACTION FEE THAT WILL BE PART OF THE COSTS WE CHARGE YOU.
IN PRODUCING A DESIGN FOR OUR CLIENTS, WE MUST REMAIN COGNIZANT OF THEIR BUDGETARY EXPECTATIONS. IT DOES NEITHER OF US ANY GOOD TO END UP DESIGNING SOMETHING THAT TURNS OUT TO BE ECONOMICALLY INFEASIBLE, CORRECT? SO...JUST LIKE WHEN YOU'RE BUYING A HOUSE, THINK OF THE BACKYARD AS A PIECE OF A HOUSE AND YOU KNOW WHAT SIZE HOUSE IS AFFORDABLE. SO SET THE BUDGET AND LEAVE ABOUT +/-10% MORE FOR UPGRADE CONSIDERATIONS.
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