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Hydrofloors, The Hidden Pool Feature Homeowners Love

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Hydrofloors are the Hidden Pool Feature Homeowners Love

One of the coolest inground pool features these days that has taken social media by storm are Hydrofloors. These incredible movable pool floor systems enable you to achieve the ultimate hidden pool. Hydrofloors were first introduced to the pool industry back in 2007. Since then they have slowly been gaining traction with builders and homeowners alike.

Movable pool floors have been around for decades. If you’ve ever seen the pool from ‘It’s Wonderful Life’, you’d recall a memorable scene involving a dance floor opening up to a swimming pool. Technology has certainly come a long way since George Bailey took the plunge. These movable floors vertically rise to fill in the pool area with usable space within minutes.

What are Hydrofloors? Twinscape Group is the visionary behind these incredible movable pool floor systems.
Twinscape Group is the visionary behind these incredible movable pool floor systems.

What Are Hydrofloors?

Twinscape Group is the pioneer behind this revolutionary technology that is enabling homeowners to reenvision their pool area as a dual-purpose space. It is now possible to go from an indoor gym to an indoor pool in an instant using Hydrofloors. The movable swimming pool floors can be lowered to varying depths. It can also be elevated to ground level to be utilized as a flat-top surface.

The James Bondesque pool feature isn’t just becoming more popular with luxury homeowners. Hydrofloors are also becoming a big hit with aquatic centers. The ability to raise and lower the pool floor makes it possible to hold infant swim classes at 10 am, an adult lap swim at noon, and a swim meet competition at 3pm all in the same pool.

Transforming the pool to different depths happens all by pressing a single button. Hydrofloors also have applications for creating better therapy pools. Slip-resistant, movable pool floor systems can be easily adjusted. This allows swimmers of any physical condition to enter and exit the pool with greater ease. Hydrofloors eliminate the need for slings, hoists, and access ramps.

Movable Pool Floors Are Attracting More Pool Builders

Builders like Paolo Benedetti of Aquatic Technology out of Morgan Hill, CA, have become a big fan of Hydrofloors. They enjoy the ability to do multiple depth floor systems that can accommodate popular finishes (i.e., tile, glass-mosaic, and even marble). That is accompanied by Hydrofloors’ enormous load capacity. Hydrofloors surpass a home’s conventional floor strength rating of 55 lb/ft when lifted.

Benedetti recently shared one of the most recent projects he completed This incredible over the top luxury inground pool exemplifies what can be achieved in the backyard with Hydrofloor movable pool floor systems.

What is also remarkable is that a Hydrofloor pool is a 100% safe pool cover that can convert into a usable patio space within minutes. This provides the versatility to create unique pool environments that are multiuse spaces. That is perhaps the most appealing aspect for pool builders.

How do Hydrofloors work? Multipurpose space planning has gotten a whole lot easier with movable pool floors.
Multipurpose space planning has gotten a whole lot easier with movable pool floors. Photo Credit: Clear Water Revival

How Do Hydrofloors Work?

A series of cables and a pulley system with a water-based hydraulic cylinder comprise much of the technology behind Hydrofloors. Locking pins that automatically slide in the pool shell walls help achieve an incredibly high load capacity (250 kg/m2). Buoyancy packs are installed underneath the structure, which floats the pool floor to the surface. The floor is pulled down with a cable and pulley system with water-based hydraulic cylinder to the desired depth. Water passes slowly enough so that the water percolates above the floor to quickly drain away from a small gap around the perimeter.

Separating The Fantasy of Movable Pool Floors From Reality

There have been plenty of moving pool floor system videos being shared on social media lately. Some of these time-lapse videos are incredibly entertaining to watch. Quite a few of them show pool floors that disappear within seconds. Realistically you’re looking at around 8-10 minutes for a complete transformation from patio to pool.

Let’s also set realistic expectations about market penetration on these systems. While the videos are becoming popular on social media, and homeowners might be wondering if they can have one of their own; this is still a pool feature reserved for the elite. The movable pool floor system alone can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars; which can be pricey – even in terms of luxury inground pools.

How Much Does a Hydrofloor Pool Cost?

Each square foot of the movable floor system can cost anywhere from $300 to $550. This makes movable pool floors a unique but very expensive pool feature. Construction costs considered, a hidden pool with a Hydrofloor can cost millions, according to Alan Crownover of Paradise Pools and Garden. Crownover is a San Francisco-area pool builder, who’s designed at least one Hydrofloor pool so far. He said the starting price for similar projects would run someone about $2 million.

Crownover is working on another exciting Hydrofloor project. This one involves a private yacht that wants to land a helicopter on the roof. He is planning a dual-purpose landing pad/pool. The owner will be able to convert into a swimming pool and back again whenever guests drop in. Truly a unique project that we can’t wait to see get off the ground (no pun intended).

Luxury Pool Feature With a High Price Tag

The high cost associated with this particular pool feature puts it out of reach for all but the most affluent homeowners. Real estate agents have reported an uptick of homes with hidden pools hitting the market in recent years. However, this doesn’t indicate they’ve become more affordable yet. Most regular inground pools typically start at around $50,000. The starting price for a Hydrofloor is $230,000. This makes this a unique pool feature that you’ll still find in only a finite amount of residential homes.

A movable pool floor system such as this is a luxury pool feature that can exceed several million dollars.
A movable pool floor system such as this is a luxury pool feature that can exceed several million dollars.

Twinscape Group is definitely setting the bar in movable pool floors when it comes to finding exciting and innovative new ways to conceal a swimming pool. They are also pushing the envelope with movable benches, pool covers, and submersible walls and bridges.

Inexpensive Hidden Pool Projects

Want a hidden pool but can’t afford a Hydrofloor system? You might want to try the DIY approach. You can try and build your own. Gil Klar, an Israeli electrical engineer, spent three months and around $10,000 building his own hidden pool. One that is quite similar to the sliding dance floor shown in “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

Photo Credits: Twinscape Group

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Editor in Chief of Pool Magazine - Joe Trusty is also CEO of PoolMarketing.com, the leading digital agency for the pool industry. An internet entrepreneur, software developer, author, and marketing professional with a long history in the pool industry. Joe oversees the writing and creative staff at Pool Magazine. To contact Joe Trusty email info@poolmagazine.com or call (916) 467-9118 during normal business hours. For submissions, please send your message to submissions@poolmagazine.com

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Pool Scouts Franchise President Michael Wagner Discusses Growth

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Pool Scouts Franchise CEO Michael Wagner Discusses Growth

Pool Scouts, a pool cleaning and maintenance franchise with 101 locations around the country, is riding the post-pandemic wave of pool construction, smashing revenue and franchise sales records in the process.

We had the opportunity to go one on one with Pool Scouts President Michael Wagner recently. During our conversation, we discussed their meteoric growth this year.

“A lot of this is attributed to existing franchisees just having spectacular growth years,” said Wagner. “Amidst challenging labor markets, some of our franchisees have not been able to expand as quickly,” continued Wagner. He indicated that hiring still remains a challenge in some markets but has slowly been improving.

A Look at The Numbers

Reporting big leaps in sales, numbers were up 76.3 percent year-to-date. The pool service franchise had a year-over-year revenue increase of 77.8% in Q3 2021 vs Q3 2020. In the process they have grown considerably, recruiting 20 new franchisees and 42 purchased territories. Most recently, they announced the signing of franchisee Clarence Herry in Annapolis, Maryland. Pool Scouts reached that coveted 100-unit milestone (now 101) as they begin operating in their 15th state on the map.

Defining Pool Scouts Recipe for Success

A big reason why the brand has so successfully resonated with consumers has been its effective digital marketing strategy. Wagner emphasized this has been fundamental in helping them achieve growth.

“Part of our unique special sauce as a franchise is doing a lot to get the phone to ring.”

Pool Scouts – President, Michael Wagner

We provide search engine optimization, websites, digital marketing, and PR which really affords us the opportunity to scale that for all of our franchisees.”

Taking The Guess Work Out of Marketing

Wagner says back-of-the-house operations are the driving engine. The franchise has in-house staff handling marketing for franchisees. A team of graphic designers, videographers, and marketing professionals helps drive lead generation for all of the offices.

Wagner says offering best-in-class marketing at the corporate level leaves his franchisees with more bandwidth to run their business. In a data-driven world, Wagner says using strong analytics tools like Tableau is essential in proving ROI. Consequently, he touts the Pool Scouts system with removing the guesswork from marketing and providing franchise owners better optics.

Pool Scouts has dramatically increased its market share with a strategic marketing approach.

Increased brand recognition in the market has also what has been essential in propelling growth, states Wagner. “We’re really adept at getting the brand out there in the marketplace for the franchisees. We have a PR agency that we work with to tell our franchisees stories in their local market.”

The Pool Scouts franchise is rapidly expanding into new states around the U.S.
The Pool Scouts franchise is rapidly expanding into new states around the U.S. – Photo Credit: Pool Scouts

Building The Right Culture

Above all, Wagner credits the culture and camaraderie of the Pool Scouts organization with being their differentiating factor. Elaborating, he explained how this has helped distinguish them from other pool franchises. “We have varied backgrounds, and we really try to assess the skillset of potential candidates to make sure that they are not only a fit from a business perspective but also from a cultural perspective,” said Wagner.

Expanding Into New Territories

Eager to expand the Pool Scouts footprint, Wagner has his sights on the horizon. While proud of the growth his team has managed to accomplish, he says they will continue to absorb market share. “We’ve added 9 new states to our franchise system this year. We’re going to be opening up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and just opened up in Boise, Idaho. We’re super excited to be in Kansas City and had a great first year in Columbus, Ohio. I see us continuing to expand robustly across multiple states.”

It’s been a big year for Pool Scouts. Due to the thousands of new pools erected during the pandemic, pool sales skyrocketed this year. With limited choices due to lockdowns, families made a concerted effort to reinvest in their backyards. Suddenly, an entire market of new pool owners needs assistance with pool service and maintenance. Wagner finds his organization well-positioned to meet increased demand for these essential services.

The stars may very well align for the type of growth Wagner is anticipating. Consumer interest in swimming pools and outdoor living continues to be white-hot. If 2022 is a repeat of last year, Pool Scouts could be looking at another year of unprecedented growth.

Listen to our entire interview with Pool Scouts – President, Michael Wagner on the Pool Magazine podcast.

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Cantilevered Pool an Alpine Dream – Hotel Hubertus Pool

Hotel Hubertus -massive cantilevered Sky Pool is a jewel of the Alps

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Cantilevered Pool Design - The Hubertus Pool is the jewel of the Alps

Today we’re looking at the incredible cantilevered pool located at the Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – a magnificent resort nestled in the Puster valley in the Alps. The picturesque locale is known as a world destination for hiking, skiing, biking and mountain climbing. Located in Valdaora, at the base of the Kronplatz at an altitude of about 4,400 feet, the hotel offers sweeping views of the Dolomites and the Vedrette di Ries Mountains.

At Pool Magazine we look to highlight inspiring projects that are pushing the boundaries of design and engineering. The cantilevered infinity pool at the Hotel Hubertus is one shining example that has been captivating the imagination of people around the globe.

Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps.
Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps. Photo Credit: Booking.com

The designers behind this breathtaking luxury pool design is none other than noa* network of architecture. The award-winning firm with offices in Germany and Italy has been drawing mass attention with its glass-bottom floating pool design.

Swimmers tell of experiencing an illusion that they are swimming in space. Photo Credit: Hotels.com

Approximately 82 feet long and 16 feet wide, the pool was designed to look like a floating rock coming to rest and was built from anthracite-colored stone. Its cleverly concealed edges create the visual impression the pool is floating in space.

Hubertus Hotel Pool
Hubertus Hotel Pool – Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – Sorafurcia BZ, Italy

The architects took on the challenge of designing the pool as part of an overall renovation project. The pool connects the hotel’s new and existing areas, which include 16 enlarged new suites, a new kitchen and restaurant, an alternative entrance lobby, a wine cellar, and a brand new fitness and leisure room with panoramic terraces.

Guests enjoy sweeping panoramic vistas while relaxing in the cantilevered pool.

From inside the hotel looking out at the pool area, the water appears to float into space. With a glazed window on the bottom of the pool, swimmers can This sophisticated effect gives one the impression they are floating in an alpine lake suspended somewhere between Heaven and Earth.

The key challenge in the project was to create a link between the existing building and the new design, in order to keep a uniformal and consistent appearance.

ANDREAS PROFANTER – *noa – network of architecture
Massive supports hold up the 82 foot long cantilevered pool which has ignited social media. Photo Credit: Casalgrande Padana

Rising 40 feet from the ground sits the jewel in the crown of the Hubertus, the massive cantilevered pool. Supported by massive native larch tree trunk facades, the aesthetics create a homogeneous appearance following the natural topography of the area.

Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool
Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool – Photo Credit: *noa – network of architecture

Suspended pools such as the Hubertus Pools have been capturing the public’s imagination as of late. Photos of this incredible cantilevered pool structure began circulating on social media as far back as 2017. Over five years later, the interest in this uniquely engineered pool still has builders talking.

Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus

Address: Via Furcia, 5, 39030 Sorafurcia BZ, Italy
Phone: +39 0474 592104

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The Swimming Pool From It’s a Wonderful Life

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The famous pool scene from It's a Wonderful Life

Recently while watching It’s a Wonderful Life, I noticed the swimming pool scene where George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) and Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) are at the school dance. It’s a defining scene where a retractable basketball court opens up to reveal a hidden swimming pool beneath it. As George & Mary are dancing they don’t notice the floor begin to open. The cheering crowds spur them on even further, as they think everyone is cheering their dancing they fail to see they are dancing right over the edge and plunge into the pool.

The Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

Many of the other people at the dance dive right on in and an impromptu pool party ensues. It’s a touching scene in a must see movie that should be at the top of everyones holiday movie list. Many people believe that the swimming pool wasn’t real. Frank Capra the director of the film had the entire set of the town of Bedford Falls created on an 89 acre back lot at RKO Pictures in Culver City.

The set was actually inspired from the real life town of Seneca Falls in New York. Film buffs suggested that the pool itself was also a prop. As it turns out, according to Snopes.com who did the fact checking for us, the pool has been identified and is real. It’s known as the Swim Gym and is a Beverly Hills landmark. The pool was built by the WPA historical pool contractors in their own right, and designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1939.

Historical Land Mark Swimming Pool Has Been in Many Movies

The retractable pool belongs to Beverly Hills High School and was actually used in the filming of the movie. What’s even more interesting is that the pool is still around today! The pool itself is 25 yards long and is still used in swimming competitions. With the turn of a key the inground swimming pool the retractable pool cover converts back to a basketball court / dance floor.

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed falling into the pool in It's a Wonderful Life
Swimming Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

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