The Top 6 Hidden Costs of a Swimming Pool Project

From River Pools

Unfortunately, nefarious business practices are present in every industry, everywhere.  Sometimes these practices involved not outright lying, but leaving out important details in order to make a sale, and then springing these details on the unsuspecting homeowner at a time when the homeowner has no recourse.  The issue of hidden costs is a frequent place where this technique is utilized but unscrupulous businesses, and this post from River Pools discusses the most common causes for actual hidden costs in any swimming pool project.  Hopefully this post will help arm and educate the consumer to ask the hard questions of their prospective contractor and eliminate most or all of the surprises.

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How Much Do Inground Pools Cost?

From River Pools

Deciding on a new inground swimming pool is the first step in a very large decision tree.  The next step is to decide what type of swimming pool is best for your yard, budget, climate, market, etc.  This post from River Pools compares and contrasts the three major inground pool types, albeit from the perspective of a fiberglass pool company.  This is a good starting point to help decide which construction method to pursue.

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A Swimming Pool Fit for a Dolphin

From Pool and Spa News

Phoenix-area builder Presidential Pools delved into something different with this project, where man and dolphin can coexist

Many people have had the experience of briefly sharing a water space with Dolphins.  These attractions are available for a price at many resorts around the world.  This post from The Pool And Spa News presents a slightly different twist on this concept:  An inground swimming pool where humans and dolphins can co-exist.

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Alligator found swimming in Florida family's pool

From UPI

This is a problem that is most likely limited to the Southern U.S., but it is no less scary.  Imagine jumping into your refreshing backyard inground swimming pool to discover that you are not alone.  Imagine further that your companion is a Alligator!  This post from UPI presents a story in which the gator took over the family pool, and animal control was necessary to rescue it.

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Could the design of the pool in Rio be fueling Olympic swimming records?

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Nine world or Olympic records have already fallen in Rio, but credit could belong to the architects’ design and technology of the pool and venue.

From Sports Illustrated

When one typically thinks about swimming pool design, one conjures up images of fire bowls, infinity edges, and water features.  In a commercial or competition swimming pool design arena, swimming pool design revolves around less aesthetic features and more performance enhancing features.  This post from Sports Illustrated discusses these performance enhancements like pool depth and competition gutters and how they affect the "fastness" of a competition pool.

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Astounding Dumpster to Pool Conversion
An innovative project for the budget-conscious homeowner transforms a lowly Dumpster into a gorgeous swimming pool.

From HGTV

The ingenuity of outdoor designers can sometimes take projects to a new level of sublimity.  This post from HGTV shows not only creativity, but resourcefulness on a whole other plane.  Creating a luxury swimming pool from a former garbage dumpster may just me the most stunning transformation every performed, and this post outlines the entire creative and constructive process.

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Chloramines: Understanding “Pool Smell”

From American Chemistry

The most common misconception surrounding swimming pools deals with the "smell" of chlorine.  People are generally whipped into near hysteria due to chlorine, chlorine allergies, asthma caused by chlorine and supposed overchlorination which supposedly leads to cancer.  What most people get wrong, unfortunately, is that the smell is not actually caused by chlorine.  This post from American Chemisty explains the real culprit, and the chemistry behind what is really causing the water and pool area to smell.

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How Swimming Pools Work

From How Stuff Works

Are you one of those people who have to know everything about a product before you purchase it?  For those of you contempating the purchase of a backyard swimming pool who have this personality type, this post is for you!  How Stuff Works presents a great Swimming Pools 101 class on swimming pools including the different types of vessels, filtration systems, chemical treatment and chemistry, lighting, etc.  The post includes handy diagrams and pictures as well.  By the time you are finished you might be ready to start your own inground swimming pool company!

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The 10 Best Infinity Pools in the World

From Conde Nast Traveler

The infinity edge pool is an artistic marvel that invokes splendor and serenity.  Sometimes referred to as a vanishing edge, disappearing edge, or negative edge swimming pool, this treatment creates an optical illusion that the water in the swimming pool is disappearing over the horizon.  Some of the most exclusive resorts in the world feature this technical marvel, some of which are showcased in this post from Conde Nast Traveler.

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Iceland’s Water Cure

From The New York Times Magazine

There is hydrotherapy, and then there is what takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland.  This post from the New York Times posits that the country's happiness can be directly tied to its communal pools located in nature reserves.  Delving further into the culture of Iceland reveals that man made pools also play a large role in their society.

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