Pool Construction and Design FAQs

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How long does it take to build a pool?
Once the job is permitted it is started within a week and typical construction times run between six to eight weeks. Again that may differ based on the specific municipality and their inspection procedures. It also will depend on your particular project and what's involved.

What is a salt water pool?
In a residential pool the term salt water pool means a pool that has a salt chlorinating system. Located at the pool equipment pad the system is comprised of a control panel and a conversion cell and simple table salt added directly to the pool water. A properly salted pool contains 3,000 parts per million of salt to water. Salt water oceans contains an average of 35,000 parts per million, so you can see that there is actually very little salt in your pool water. Then, when the pool pump is operating, the salted water passes through the conversion cell which has a series of electrically charged titanium plates that create an electrolytic process that breaks down the salted water leaving a mild form of chlorine to be recirculated back to the pool. This is a safe sanitizer that destroys bacteria and algae in the pool leaving you with crystal clear soft water.

Are easement’s and setback’s the same thing?
Setbacks - guidelines established by each municipality that determines the distance a particular structure must be from the property lines. The setbacks for each municipality and each type of property within that municipality are different . 

Easements - designated areas for use by the various utility companies. Easements are established when the property is platted, long before construction begins and usually run along the perimeter of some properties. They are designed to allow the utility companies to run their respective lines throughout neighborhoods and maintain them when needed. Easements can be in the front, rear or sides or more than one at the same time.

What is a variable speed pump?
Variable speed pumps automatically monitor and adjust flow rates to optimize performance and minimize energy use. They have an a miniature computer that will calculate and program minimum flow requirements for every pool task and as the task changes the pump will self adjust to maintain optimal flow rates for further energy savings. They are efficient and produce less heat and vibration resulting in less stress and wear on the pump so it has a longer life.

What about construction mess?
A degree of construction mess is to be expected every step of the way. Each step we will be cleaning up after ourselves and prior to the being finished we will do a final cleaning.

Do I need a permit to build a pergola?
Generally speaking you need a permit to construct or install any type of structure in your yard. A pergola has to be engineered and permitted like any other structure.

What does an outdoor kitchen consist of?
Outdoor kitchens are very popular and are limited only be your imagination. They can be prefabricated units that might be limited in design or custom built and include a variety of appliances. The appliances are usually made of stainless steel to withstand the elements and might include a BBQ grill, refrigerator, sink, side burners, and several different configurations of stainless steel drawers and cabinets. The kitchens are finished with stone, tile, genuine keystone, or something similar and might include counter space for food prep and additional seating.

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