As construction costs and materials go up, a new trend is emerging: build your own pool. If an infinity pool is to be designed without sacrificing aesthetics or quality, what are the best practices? Hire a professional or do it yourself?
What is an infinity or zero edge pool plan?
You will find many references to infinity pools on the internet when you search for “infinity pool plan”. It goes from displaying the basic shape of the swimming pool to a more detailed document with sections and details. This first one allows the pool builder to show his customers the final result, while the second one allows you to build the in-ground or semi-in-ground pool of your dreams while respecting your budget. It is possible to save 15% to 50% over a turnkey pool by building your own pool with the support of a professional.
What the market has to offer
It goes without saying that these services are especially designed for the construction of reinforced concrete pools, whether shotcrete or poured concrete. A swimming pool in kit, a shell pool, or a wooden pool that is prefabricated in a factory do not fall under this definition.
‘Homemade’ pool plan
There are plenty of tutorials and forums on the internet that give people ideas for designing their own pools, whether they’re swim lanes, mini pools or other inground pools. It is not uncommon for a family business or a private individual to make plans for traditional masonry pools without hiring a design office.
There’s a ton of software available on the internet called pool configurators. With these programs, you can select basic round or rectangular shapes and view the construction project, including arrangements around the pool. The plan can be used for a preliminary declaration of works for a rectangular pool, but it won’t let you build a concrete pool. In many cases, it is necessary to hire a pool builder.
An architect can propose a design for a custom-made pool with or without overflow as part of a global building permit for a house/in-ground pool. In most cases, the pool plan provides a general plan, sections, and some details; this is good enough for a pool builder, but not for someone who wants to build it themselves.
Overflow pool designers
Professionals in the design of semi-inground or in-ground pools can provide you with different documents enabling you to construct a concrete pool.
- An initial project to define the shape of the water body (rectangular or free form), the type of overflow (mirror effect or not), and to draw the entrance to the pool (beach, steps), coping, etc.
- A general plan, sections and some details, the peripheral channel of the mirror pool for example.
- An hydraulic layout for the placement of the jets, the bottom drain and the piping network.
- A drawing of the installation of the filtration system in the plant room, including a heat pump, a water treatment, and even a counter-current pump.
A pool plan can be used for what?
Generally, a basic pool plan lets you make a declaration of works, have the pool built by a professional, and plan the outdoor design.
If your document is more detailed, you can consider building your own pool, including the earthwork, the piping, and the waterproofing.
Self-constructed reinforced concrete pools can also achieve the spectacular visual effect of infinity or zero edge pools, as well as their distinctive circulation systems. Furthermore, when designing, certain details, such as the slotted cover of a channel or the aesthetics of swimming pools on sloping ground, cannot be ignored.
Benefits of an infinity pool plan
When considering the size of the land, it can be difficult to determine the right size of the pool. Additionally, it is difficult to visualize the space taken up by a beach entrance or a staircase. The plan gives the owner the opportunity to influence the design of his swimming area.
A hydraulic layout shows the path of the pipes connected to the inlets in the walls or at the bottom of the pool. If there is a leak or if later intervention is needed, this can always be useful
Plans of the pool plant room enable the equipment to be installed as it should. Additionally, this document should allow for a future upgrade of the pool installation, such as the addition of a salt electrolysis system or a pH regulator.
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You’ll learn, for example, how to level the weir so that water flows uniformly. You’ll also learn how to calculate the amount of water in the catch basin (balance tank) based on factors like the surface of the pool. By following their plans and advice, you will be able to place the water line of your perimeter overflow at the same level as your wooden or tiled deck. In accordance with their hydraulic plans, the filtration group will include the necessary sensors, solenoid valves, and check valves.
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