Friday, 14 April 2017 14:16

Steps to Building A Gunite Pool

What to Consider Before Installing a Pool

From Home Improvement Pages

Even after the process of deciding to design and install an inground pool is complete, there are still lots of steps that need to be undertaken to facilitate the installation.  The laundry list of tasks is long, and includes:  Municipal codes and permit application, engineering, grading, site work, landscaping, fencing, irrigation, lighting, etc. This post from Home Improvement Pages talks about the steps and considerations that need to be taken and checked off before a swimming pool goes in.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

 As summer approaches, your thoughts are turning towards finally installing that swimming pool you've been dreaming about for years. Should you start getting quotes from pool builders now, or should you give your pool more careful consideration? A pool is a big expense and will have an equally big impact on your landscape. Here are some things to consider before installing a pool.

Check with Your Local Council

You can't install a pool of any useable size without council permission. Regulations vary from state-to-state and even council-to-council, so contact your local council first to find out everything you need to know about installing pools in your area. Your council may also be able to give you invaluable information about precautions you should take before installing a pool. For example, you may need to have a geotechnical survey conducted to determine if the soil is stable enough for an inground pool or if a large rock formation may be hidden under the surface of the soil where you want to install your pool. You might also need to find out if there are underground cables in the area where your pool is going to be installed.

In some states, all pools must be registered and in most parts of Australia, pool fencing has become mandatory. There may be extra expenses involved that you have not considered. Checking with your local council first will help you work out your pool budget and determine what type of pool you can afford to install.

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James Atlas

James Atlas, an 22-year veteran of the swimming pool industry, is the owner and co-principal of Platinum Poolcare Ltd., a residential swimming pool construction, renovation and maintenance company with service to several commercial aquatic properties including the Bulls, Bears and White Sox training facilities.

Platinum Poolcare Owner James Atlas came to the pool industry after three years of options trading after college, cashing in his chips to work with father Ronald Atlas, owner of Paragon Pools, a commercial pool construction and design company. An entrepreneur at heart, Atlas quickly started up an off–shoot company, Fountain Technologies, through which he designed and constructed water features for luxury residential and commercial properties.

When his brother took over that company, Atlas founded Pool Watch, a management company servicing recreational pools with lifeguard staffing, facility openings, closings and general maintenance. He sold Fountain Technologies and Pool Watch in 1994 and 1995.

Looking to broaden his skill set in the pool servicing industry, Atlas went back to his family pool business, working as a project estimator for multi-million-dollar waterparks, competition pools, high-rise pools, and other large-scale projects.

After a few years, Atlas began receiving consistent inquiries from residential property owners interested in pool construction and servicing. With his father’s blessing, Atlas took the reigns on those new accounts and formed a new company called Platinum Aquatech.

Again looking to go off on his own, Atlas teamed up with Terry Smith, owner of Poolcare Aquatech, another partner company with Ronald Atlas which focused on the service and maintenance. The two companies merged, with Terry and James owning a fifty-fifty share in 2007, effectively becoming Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.

Company Background

Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd., founded in 2007, and resulting from a merger of Platinum Aquatech, Ltd. (luxury swimming pool construction) and Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.(service, repairs, renovations of swimming pools and spas), specializes in all aspects of pool design, construction and renovation with added focus on specialty aquatic features such as waterfalls, lazy rivers, rock water applications, statuary and other luxury waterscape amenities. The company also provides installation and maintenance services for its customers.

Platinum Poolcare has raised the standards of excellence in residential and commercial pools, spa and waterscape design and construction. We have a combined half-century of experience in building, servicing, maintaining, and renovating award-winning and nationally-recognized gunite pools throughout the greater Chicago area and other Midwest states.

Based in Wheeling, Ill., the company’s headquarters spans 10,000 square-feet of warehouse and office space with 46 trucks, 130 employees during peak season, and one of the industry’s largest onsite replacement parts inventory for quick fixes.

Platinum Poolcare has repeatedly graced the cover of various industry magazines, and has earned hundreds of awards for its designs. The company belongs to the prestigious, invitation-only Aquatech Society for professional pool builders.

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