Stages of Construction
Step 1: PLANS, The Crucial Stage:
As soon as an agreement for building your pool is reached our team goes to work to produce a “swimming pool plan” that will be tailored to your back yard layout and within the allowable property plot. The plan for your pool will show all the meticulous details of the pool to be constructed with all of the options you have selected.
You will receive a copy of this Final Construction Plan along with a 3D virtual model drawing of what your pool will look like when it’s done before excavation is scheduled. Please inspect it thoroughly. It’s easier to make changes at the planning stage with little or no impact to the cost of construction before work begins. At any other stage it could cause delays and become costly to introduce changes after the work has begun. Our technicians will go over all the specifications with you to make sure all your questions are answered and signed off before the commencement of construction.
So be sure to review “The Plans” to make sure it is exactly what you envisioned for your back yard paradise. If it’s not then we address and rectify it immediately. Otherwise, your pool will proceed underway as close to this plan as humanly possible.
Step2: BUILDING PERMITS
After you have approved the plans we will add the technical engineering specification that the Building Department will require in your County and submit it on your behalf. The Building Department then takes a couple of weeks (sometimes sooner) to review the plans. They make sure it’s complete with all their local requirements and finally issue the Building Permits needed by law before we begin construction. Not often, but sometimes it is necessary for an inspector to visit your site if they feel the project is in a critical grading area or has a septic tank system near the project. The Building Department (or the health Department) may require a visit to the site before they issue the permit. This could cause further delays to the permit process.
When the permits are issued, they will be posted in a clearly visible location at your home. Please do what you can to help protect them from the weather and vandals. They are NOT to be removed until the final inspection of your home. They MUST remain there so the Building Inspectors can access them easily. Your help in this will be greatly appreciated.
Step 3: Layout, Excavate and “Drop the Steel in the Pool”
Once the permits needed to build your pool are issued work can commence. We stake and survey the ground to accurately measure to the specifications of the blueprint the area and the shape of the pool which you have selected. Then we excavate and form the shape you have chosen. See below a construction diagram of a basic pool and a list of some of the options you may have selected to go with your design.
Step 4: Reinforcement and the Shot-crete Shell
Steel rods are installed and bent to contour to the shape of your pool. This makes a strong support frame for the concrete shell of your pool. It’s at this point that the first inspection is performed by the Building Dept. Next, we apply (shoot) a special concrete mixture, called Shotcrete. These shells are the most durable and will give you the highest probability of a trouble free pool for your enjoyment.
Step 5: Tile and Coping
The decorative paver or stone that you have chosen will then be installed. The coping will also be set in place, which is the outer surface edge around your pool that will connect to your decking.
Step 6: Decking
We pour the foundation for your deck. Then we install your choice of finish, texture, or pavers. It is smart to choose a slip-resistant finish. Another inspection is usually performed to make sure everything is being built properly.
Step 7: Install a Screen Enclosure
We install a screen (optional) over your pool and decking to help keep out insects and yard debris. Here are some of the basic enclosure designs.
Step 8: Pebble –Tec, Diamond Brite and Marquis for the pool interior and Fill Pool
The final step in finishing your pool we give your pool the interior finish that you have selected made from hydraulic cement and crushed color aggregate (pebbles) that give tremendous vibrant color texture and waterproof to your pools interior. The various products available are called Pebble-Tec. Diamond Brite and Marquis. Once this is dry, we fill your pool with water to the recommended level.
Step 9: Chemicals and Maintenance Instructions
The chemicals are added to your pool. Next, our staff will instruct you on the proper way to maintain your pool so that it will provide many years of enjoyment for your family for years to come. You will also be given a pool safety guide.
Step 10: Site clean-up and Final Inspection
In the final step, we thoroughly clean and remove any construction debris and give your pool a final inspection