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Freeform Swimming Pool

Chicago, IL custom freeform inground swimming pool by pool designers and builders: Platinum Pools 1847.537.2525
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Platinum Pools designs and builds inground pools and spas for clients in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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April 20, 2014
Ross Wank wrote:
Coping - Do you have an opinion on rockface versus fullnose versus bullnose for bluestone coping? Any safety differences? Or is it just an aesthetic choice? Will having rockface make it uncomfortable to get in and out of pool?
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Gutierrez plastering
rock face will not make it uncomfortable. bullnose is best way to go for ultimate comfort when sitting on the pool ledge
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Hello, and thank you for your inquiry. As a general rule, it is an aesthetic choice. The rockface can be uncomfortable for bathers sitting on the ledge, exiting the pool, or leaning back against a spa wall. This will depend on the quality of the rockfacing, but it can have jagged edges from the process of facing it. With the other facings, it is a design decision. The bullnosing and fullnosing with the rounded edge looks more traditional, and a architectural squared edge or variant thereof can lend a cleaner, more modern look. The only safety concern will be the degree to which the edge overhangs the pool wall. Many municipalities will require a hand-hold, or minimum overhang onto which a bather can grab for safety. Many designers/builders will eliminate this hand-hold because a flush look will look cleaner in some applications. Be sure to check with your local governing body to ensure that you are meeting the safety codes. The other thing to consider is whether or not there will be an automatic cover installed. While undertrack systems have come a long way since they required bolting to the underside of a coping or deck, it is still nice to visually obscure the track system somewhat by overhanging the coping or cantilevering the deck.
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February 2, 2014
Ross Wank wrote:
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Hello, and thank you for your kind words and your inquiry. The most important factor for size of the pool is how you and your family intend to use the space. There are national and municipal standards and requirements in place for the aggressiveness of the slope of the pool floor. Consequently, in order to have adequate recreation space in the shallow end, the overall length is usually adjusted accordingly to accommodate a more gradual slope. Depth and width in the deep end comes into play with diving pools with a factor known as a the "Diving Envelope". The envelope mandates minimum width and depth specifications for diving safety. Aesthetically, the pool should fit into the scale of the overall site plan. Having a trained Landscape Architect working on your design is a great way to ensure that proper design parameters are used. Directing traffic patterns around the pool, to bathing facilities or to the main residence, or to direct traffic towards or away from focal points are also imperative. The traffic patterns will inform the size and configuration of the deck, patio, and other outdoor living areas. Our approach is always to find out about our client; what their family unit looks like, what their vacation habits are; their work habits, design style and taste, desires, wishes, elements that they like, budget, lot size, home size, site issues, etc. to determine the best possible outdoor living space for their family. Ultimately, while you have trained professionals from different disciplines working to design and complete the project, you and your family are the ones that will live with and enjoy the final product. The best advice we can give, if you are unsure of an aspect of the design such as this, is to listen to each professional's ideas and suggestions, and go with your instincts.
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January 21, 2014
Ross Wank wrote:
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Hello, and thank you for your inquiry and kind words. Bluestone does absorb heat, and can be an issue for sensitive feet, such as those of your toddlers. One way with which to deal with the heat is to install a misting system around the perimeter of the pool. Most manufactured pavers, depending on the manufacturer, will be slightly less heat absorbent, especially in the lighter colors due to the porosity of the materials. There are some paver systems that are specifically engineered to be much cooler on the feet. Here is one manufacturer that makes them:
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October 16, 2013
angnjam wrote:
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Thank you. Do you know how long the pool is? And when you say the shallow end is 32' wide, is that from by the basketball hoop to over by the wide part in between both set of stairs?
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Yes, the pool is 44'0" long. The shallow end is 32'0" in its entirety. It's hard to see from this angle, but the area from the basketball hoop to the wide part between the stairs was originally designed to be a more traditional kidney shape, but the addition of the spa after the permit was issued caused the bump out into the pool area between the entry points.
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March 14, 2013
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Dana N
Hi Can you tell me if there was a mix of tiles/colors for the patio around the pool? I would like to try to get this look and cannot seem to locate all the colors with the model #. thank you
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Hello, and thank you for your inquiry @Dana N. The patio is a full-range Bluestone, which has a natural mix of colors inherent in the range from a Blue-Blue to a Red.
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January 31, 2012
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You are most welcome! Thanks for your inquiry.
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