Thursday, 27 February 2014 17:02

Hinsdale, IL Freeform Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

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Hinsdale, IL Freeform Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

Measuring 878 square feet, this freeform pool has drama in spades. The 8'0" round hot tub is flush with the deck, and provides a welcome respite from the ample recreation space in the main swimming pool. The swimming pool, spa, sun shelf, and spa wall is adorned with beautiful iridescent glass tile. The swimming pool is capped with full-range New York Bluestone Coping and the hot tub is capped with Limestone Coping with a rock-faced irregular exterior edge. Colored LED lights in the swimming pool and spa illuminate the custom color exposed aggregate finish, and an in-floor cleaning system keep the pool automatically clean and sanitary. Brick columns around the pool are faced with stone to match the primary residence, and feature combination fire and water bowl features to put the cherry on the dramatic sundae.

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Northbrook, IL Indoor Swimming Pooland Hot Tub with modern flair

Measuring 20’0’ x 40’0”, this unique indoor pool certainly catches the eye!  The hot tub measures 7’0” x 8’0”, and both the hot tub and swimming pool have independent automatic safety covers with custom vanishing stone lid systems.  The coping for both the swimming pool and hot tub is Valder’s Wisconsin Limestone, and the tile accents on the steps and hot tub bench pick up the unique “Rainforest” pattern present on the perimeter.  The diving board and deep end provide some additional recreation for the homeowners and guests.  Perhaps the most eye-catching aspect of this project is the waterproof carpet decking, giving the space a truly modern appeal.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:39

New Lenox, IL Swimming Pool and Raised Wall

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New Lenox, IL Swimming Pool and Raised Wall

This swimming pool measures 20'0" x 40'0, and has a maximum depth of 8'0". The vertical elements of this project are what make it interesting, however. There are 4 deck spray fountain features, coupled with LED lighted Laminar Flow water jets. This contrast between the aerated deck sprays and the smooth stream of laminar flow jets is quite unique. The 3'0" high x 10'0" long water feature with bronze fusion tile and precast coping draws the eye immediately. Situated on the face of the tiled wall are three sheer water features set and varying heights. Stamped concrete decking surrounds the pool and feature and provides ample space for traffic and lounging. The slide and a professional basketball system gives kids a fun activities, and the smart phone interface on the automation system provides the parents easy access to the features remotely.

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Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:56

Park Ridge Swimming Pool and Separate Hot Tub

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Park Ridge Swimming Pool and Separate Hot Tub

This swimming pool measures 16'0" x 38'0", and has a separate Hot Tub measuring 8'0" x 10'0". Both swimming pool and hot tub have automatic pool safety covers with a custom vanishing stone lid system. Both swimming pool and spa have LED colored lights, Limestone Coping, and Bluestone decking. Colored laminar jet fountain features provide a dramatic vertical element to the space, and the in-floor cleaning system keeps the pools clean and tidy. The pool and hot tub surface color is Cobalt.

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Winnetka Sport Pool with Swim Resistance System packs a punch into small footprint

Don't let the size of this swimming pool fool you: It is as useable as it is space friendly. Measuring 10'0" x 20'0", the pool accommodates bathing, lounging, quiescent viewing, and "lap" swimming. Outfitted with an ample bench for seating, and LED lighting for viewing, the visual show is provided with the 4 deck spray fountain features. The key to this design is the swim resistance system, allowing users to effectively swim against a current to get their exercise in a small space, and without having to initiate a flip turn. The pool is equipped with an automatic safety cover with custom vanishing stone lid system and a hidden leading edge feature, which completely conceals the fact that there is a cover. Limestone coping subtly contrasts with the travertine decking to provide a subdued and understated elegance.

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Lake Forest, IL Swimming Pool with Massive Thermal Shelf

At one time, the sun shelf, (also referred to as a thermal shelf, tanning ledge, or Baja ledge) was only encountered at exotic tropical resorts. Travelers that were able to put a chaise lounge right in the water discovered the ultimate way to soak up the tropical sun. This feature is prominently displayed in this residential swimming pool in Lake Forest, IL. The swimming pool measures 22'0" x 48'0", and has a sun shelf that extends 8'0" into the swimming pool. This feature, while out of the water, is the hidden gem in this project. Indiana Limestone coping abuts the Limestone deck with brick inlays. An automatic pool safety cover is completely hidden utilizing a custom walk-on, vanishing lid system with a hidden leading edge design. It is a simple, traditional design, but provides the perfect recreation space for lounging adults and frolicking kids alike.

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From Luxury Pools

Once only the purview of celebrities and the rich, a swimming pool is a luxury that has slowly matriculated into middle america.  Those fortunate enough to enjoy the relaxation and recreation that a backyard swimming pool provides are becoming increasingly large in number.  The homeowners in a good portion of the country that experience chilling winters, however, have their swim seasons cut short each and every year, and have to pack the equipment away and winterize the pool until the spring.  If one's own swimming pool is considered a luxury item, then an indoor pool for these seasonal warriors should be considered the ultimate luxury.  Year-round family fun and privacy are just some of the benefits of an indoor pool, and these amazing indoor pool rooms from Luxury Pools illustrate the pinnacle of the art.

Click here to read about 11 amazing indoor swimming pools

"World's Most Frightening Swimming Pool" Stuns Tourists in Zambia

From NTDTV Youtube Channel

If you ever find yourself on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, treat yourself to this amazingly scary experience.  At the top of a 108 meter waterfall that is 1.7 kilometers wide, the "Devil's Swimming Pool" is quite possibly the most frightening swimming pool in the world.  Created by the receding waters during the dry season, and screened from a precipitous fall by a fence of rocks, the Devil's Swimming Pool gives tourists an opportunity to swim right up to the edge of the abyss.  

Click here to see the video of the Devil's Swimming Pool

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Protect Your Pool Over the Cold Winter Season


Harsh winter conditions can wreak havoc on a swimming pool.  If not properly cared for, the pipes can freeze and break and the surface can stain or even worse.  Short of these catastrophic events, improper winter care can cause the pool owner or service company to spend an inordinate amount of time to open in the spring and cost you, the swimming pool owner, more time and money.  This article from gives some great advice and directions on how to take simple precautions and care to ensure a smooth winter for the swimming pool owner, and an easier spring opening to kick off the swimming pool season!

Click here to read about proper winter care of swimming pools

Dreams About Swimming: Dream Meanings Explained

From Huffington Post

True, dreaming about swimming isn't reall swimming; and therefore probably is not exactly about which Platinum Poolcare's message is usually geared.  However, many people have strange dreams, including flying, teeth falling out, and swimming; so we thought that we might provide a little departure from our usual content and address something that, at least tangentially, has to do with swimming.

Click here to read about the interpretation of swimming dreams

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