Swimming Pools & Landscape Planning

This webpage has been developed in order to provide you with an easy to follow “check box” listing that can help you to shape your ideas into a framework of more effective communication.

By taking a few minutes to select your desires for the following considerations, and then submitting the form at the bottom, we will be better able to respond to your expectations.


If you wish to express any additional Swimming Pool specific information please continue…

ITEM NOTE: Most all Mfg's will produce Pumps, Filters, Heaters, Sanitizers, Automation, Lighting, Waterfalls, Deck Jets, Bubblers. The difference (from our perspective) is the warranty support and as a Builder / Designer our first choice is Pentair. They provide a 3-Year "Bumper to Bumper" warranty that is supported by a host of Factory Trained and Certified Technicians throughout the US.
ITEM NOTE: Filtration of the pool / spa water causes hydraulic head loss (restriction) to the pump's water flow. Therefore excessive flow restriction costs more to operate per kWh. Sand filtration offers 50% greater flow saving $455.00 / Yr. (avg.) in electrical energy and additionally saves $400 to $600 dollars every two years on cartridge replacements, as recommended by the Mfg.
ITEM NOTE: Filtration systems and pumping capacity is defined by the pool's water volume. Please provide the desired W = "width" and L = "length", together with the S = "shallow" and " S = deep" end pool bottom depths in the Text Box below, so that we can help to spec the correct equipment;
ITEM NOTE: Spas come in several sizes and shapes. Additionally, many other options are available, depending upon your desires. Raised Edge, Spillway, Seating Depth, Swim-Up Bar, etc..Please use the "Text Box" below to expand upon your explanation regarding your desires.
ITEM NOTE: Spas can be a simple hot water environment or as elaborate as a therapeutic message experience. The type of jets, the delivery of the air flow, the delivery of the hot water and other considerations will define the differences between what is deemed Industry Standards, verses Custom Standards.
ITEM NOTE: There are different styles of pool cleaner devices. The "a" selection above is the most energy efficient and has an "optional" deck side Debris Canister available, that works in conjunction with the Suction Side Cleaner. This combination is not only the most efficient but, it also provides a much greater capacity for the collection of bottom debris.
ITEM NOTE: The preparations for swimming pool sanitation is a key element to "grief free" maintenance! The healthiest technologies, are the combined the use of Ozone, U.V. and an Erosion Feeder to supplement bacteria growth during warm weather conditions.
ITEM NOTE: Gas piping is run from the LPG tank or the Gas Meter to the Pool Equipment Pad. The distance allows us to determine the pipe size that will be required. Please provide us with an estimated distance for costs estimating.
ITEM NOTE: Pool and Spa Heaters range in size and according to the BTU rating each will consume Gas at a different rate, as well as heat a given amount of water within a given period of time. Average Pool / Spa combinations will generally utilize a 400-K BTU
ITEM NOTE: In-Deck Solar Radiant Heating is the most energy efficient and thermal conductive. A typical installation is installed in the pool concrete decking that has a sufficient SF area in ratio to the pool's water surface. Water tubes are manifolded into a grid network which absorbs the heat from the concrete that is exposed to a direct SW sun light exposure. The Solar operation can be run at off-peak hours (night time) providing a fraction of the cost for pumping energy as compared to roof solar.
ITEM NOTE: Automation Systems range in "relay circuits" capacity sizes in order to provide individualized functional control for each device, i.e. Spa Pump, Heater, Light, Air Blower, Landscape Lights, etc...The size or capacity is determined by the amount of individual operational control being desired. If a Spa was to incorporate, (1) LED Light, (1) Booster Jet Pump, and (1) Heater, then (3) three additional "relay circuits" would be needed for the Spa. The Filtration Pump doesn't require a relay but, Pool Light (s) and other possible Auxiliary Pumps (Water features) will need additional relays if it is desired to have individual operational control.
ITEM NOTE: The Main Electric Meter's supply will be rated in ampere capacity, and this is generally indicated on the large "main" breaker lettered in white as, 100, 125, 200, etc...There will be an assortment of other smaller breakers that distribute electrical power throughout the home but, the main size is the information we are looking for in this item.
ITEM NOTE: The distance from the Main Electrical Supply "Electrical Meter" to the Pool Equipment Pad is an important measurement, as this distance and combined ampere load will dictate the size of the electrical conductor (wire size). The National Electrical Code (NEC) stipulates that the Allowable Voltage Loss (AVL) may not exceed 3% of the line voltage over the length of this run. So...accounting for all equipment and secondary 120v power distribution (Landscape Lighting, BBQ - GFCI) that will be fed from the Pool Equipment's Sub-Panel is very important in providing for the complete power needs.
ITEM NOTE: BBQ Cook Centers have several sizes and options, and depending upon the home's utility's connection (s) availability, some may not be possible i.e. sewer to sink.
ITEM NOTE: The Pool and or Spa will require engineering and any independent masonry site walls that are higher than 3'-0" will also require engineering in order to obtain a Building Permit. In some cases a pool's shell can be elevated in order to accommodate a higher elevation, which is called a "Raised Bond Beam". This can be made part of the pool's engineering and shown on the Steel Schedule.
ITEM NOTE: Concrete applications can involve several considerations. Preparing for the sub-grade by importing AB Rock and compacting it...together with load design additive considerations i.e.; concrete color, fiber-mesh, 6-sack mix, steel reinforcements and other integrity building elements will add cost per square foot. Please use the Text Box below to provide us with approximate SF areas and any information that can aid our understanding for your desires.
When completed...please provide us with a property "Plot Plan" that shows the officially recognized property line dimensions. It is important to indicate the location of the service utilities (Gas, Electric, Water, Telephone / Cable, Sewer, etc..) Additionally, site photos are most helpful. These can be in jpg or pdf format. EMAIL TO: mike@epoolscapes.com Thank You, Michael Chaffee