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Building a Rooftop Pool Cost One Brooklyn Landlord $50K in Fines

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Building a Rooftop Pool Cost One Brooklyn Landlord $50K in Fines

A Brooklyn, NY landlord is facing some pretty stiff fines after building a 4-foot above-ground rooftop pool. The Department of Buildings hit the building owner with two separate fines of $25,000 each for building the pool without getting the proper building permits first.

The 480 square-foot above-ground swimming pool was spotted on the roof of a building at 731 Flushing Ave in Brooklyn and brought to the attention of authorities by concerned tipsters.

Brooklyn commercial building owner did not apply for a building permit before installing a swimming pool.
Brooklyn commercial building owner did not apply for a building permit before installing a swimming pool.

According to city documents, FDNY officials notified the DOB that a “structural stability inspection” was necessary “due to overloading the roof.” The third floor of the building houses a children’s daycare center.

This particular incident which happened earlier this summer in August is a perfect example of why it’s important to check before you build a swimming pool, particularly one that you plan to put on a roof. Rooftop pools are highly regulated. Once a swimming pool is filled with water it can weigh many tons. The structural constraints of the roof may not be able to handle the additional weight of a full swimming pool. Authorities were notified for good reasons because of concern of catastrophic collapse which is something we’ve certainly seen happen before.

The pool was emptied by officials but the Brooklyn landlord still faces a $50,000 fine for building without a permit.
The pool was emptied by officials but the Brooklyn landlord still faces a $50,000 fine for building without a permit.

To be clear, this type of thing doesn’t ordinarily happen in New York. There is a definitive reason why folks don’t ordinarily put a swimming pool on their roof. New York City, which has some of the strictest building codes in the nation, has well-established guidelines for when a permit is required when building a pool. Whether it was the tenant or the landlord themselves who installed the pool, the city probably would not have approved a permit for this rooftop pool given that the 60 tons of water it held sat directly overhead a commercial space intended for a children’s daycare.

The fact that no one knew to apply for a permit does not negate the facts. Ignorance of the laws, rules, and regulations about building a swimming pool is clearly no defense. Definitely, a costly lesson to remember.

Photo Credits: Gregory P. Mango – NY Post

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Halloween Pool Party Decorations & Ideas

Throwing a Halloween Pool Party? Here are 10 great ideas you can use.

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Halloween Pool Party Decorations for a Spooky Pool Party Theme

If you’re one of the fortunate homeowners to live in an area of the country where you can enjoy your pool year-round, why not throw a Halloween Pool Party? Since you’ve got your swimming pool open, incorporating it into your Halloween theme is a fun way to bring the backyard into your decoration plans.

Some homeowners choose to go all out with their backyard decor when it comes to Halloween. Consequently, when choosing decorations for your backyard, there are plenty of fun and safe ways to bring your swimming pool in on the act.

Create your ultimate Halloween themed pool party with these great suggestions. Photo Credit – Fiesta Pools & Spas

Hanging up decorations, spooky lighting, and incorporating fun-themed games into your pool party are all great ways to set the tone for your Halloween Pool Party. Since family and friends will be coming by to enjoy the holiday, why not go the extra mile and put up some scray accents around the pool area? Adding a few well-placed LED candles and decorations will definitely liven up the backyard and break it into the theme of the season. Here are a few of the scary decorations we’ve seen that should inspire you for your own scary pool party ideas.

This homeowner turned his pool into a bubbling cauldron. – Photo Credit: Pinterest
A green pool is enough to scare anyone with or without the zombie. – Photo Credit: Pinterest
Adding a fun mermaid skeleton is one way to make use of your spa. Photo Credit: Pinterest

If you’re planning on throwing a pool party for Halloween, here are some great last-minute ideas you can use.

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Halloween Pool Party Decorating Ideas

Set Up Halloween Themed Floating Pool Lights

These popular battery powered waterproof pool floats set the tone for a fun and spooky evening in the backyard. The perfect Halloween themed floating pool decorations for your swimming pool.

These fun remote-controlled pool floats come in a set of two. There are 16 different colored lighting variations to choose from. Hang them from a tree, place them on the lawn or in the swimming pool. These Halloween Pool Lights are a fantastic addition to your backyard decor.

Pumpkin String Lights

These fun and easy to setup Halloween themed pumpkin string lights are ideal for outdoor usage and the pool area. String together multiple strands to create a fun Halloween vibe in your backyard this holiday season.

They come 20 bulbs to a strand so you may want to buy more than one if you’re decorating a larger backyard.

Giant Spider Web With Huge Scary Spider

Spiders, ghouls, ghosts and goblins all come into play on Halloween and setting up your backyard with some fun-themed elements creates a scary vibe in the backyard or the front yard. This Halloween-themed features a giant spider web, huge Mama spider and 30 baby spiders. The Halloween backyard decoration sets up quickly and is priced affordably.

Play a Game of Spider Ring Toss In The Pool

If you’re having a Halloween-themed pool party you definitely want some fun games around to speak to the occasion. This fun spider ring toss game incorporates a fun halloween theme into the equation.

Swimmers can challenge each other by tossing rings into the spider’s legs. The challenge gets crazier when competitors try and splash the spider or the ring thrower!

Make Dual Use of This Zombie Drink Cooler

No halloween party would be complete without a spooktacular place to store your favorite party beverages. This inflatable Zombie-themed party cooler is absolutely perfect for any Halloween party.

Whether you use it to keep the beverages cool or make double use of it as a place to hold a bobbing-for-apples competition, this Halloween-themed decor is sure to please.

Set Up Ghosts For Your Halloween Themed Pool Party

One great way to create your ultimate Halloween-themed pool party is by setting up accent decorations throughout the backyard. These great ghost decorations work fantastic when coordinating a Halloween-themed pool party. They hang easily and can be placed around the backyard for spooky decor.

The eyes light up on all of the ghosts and they come in a convenient three-pack of blue, green, and red-lit-eyed ghosts.

Install Halloween Themed Outdoor Lighting

Light up the night around your pool and patio area with these fantastic Halloween Themed solar lights. The flickering fire effect the lights throw off provides the spooky ambiance you’re looking for to create your ultimate Halloween pool party theme.

Easy to install, this 4 pack of solar-powered simulated flickering flame lights for your pool and patio area, are the ideal Halloween decoration for your pool party theme. Couple with some glow-in-the-dark decorations to really set the mood in the backyard.

Halloween Pumpkin Lights

A few strategically placed pumpkins around the pool area and your backyard immediately comes alive at night! Create a festive and fun atmosphere in the backyard with remote-controlled pumpkin lights that can be inserted into your carved pumpkins!

Giant Floating Eyeball LED Light

One great way to create a spooky pool party is by adding these Giant Eyeball led remote-controlled floats into the swimming pool. These fun inflatables are a great way to make your swimming pool look scary and the remote control makes it easy to switch between different colors to match the rest of your Halloween decor.

Zombie Stake Lights For The Backyard

These creepy and fun Halloween-themed battery-operated stake lights are perfect for the backyard. The hands look like they are coming out of the ground and each hold a different colored candle. Comes in a convenient 5 pack but you’ll want to order more if you’re decorating a larger yard.

We hope we’ve given you some inspiring ideas on ways you can spice up your pool and patio area for the season. This Halloween, try some of these spooky decoration ideas. From all of us here at Pool Magazine, have a happy, safe, and fun Halloween.

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Updated: 10/10/22

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7 Elegant Modern Pool Designs

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7 Elegant Modern Pool Designs

If you’re tired of the extremely hot summer and need to relax and cool down with calming and aesthetic surroundings, some eye catchy modern, designed pools would be perfect for you. Besides enjoying the cool water, you can also have the best comfort and a beautiful ambiance by customizing the pool surroundings with the most unique and striking ideas.

The right kind of pool will not only give you comfort and calmness but also make your place very well defined and beautiful. There is an ample number of pool designs, but We’ve enlisted the top 7 modern-day pool designs that are worth considering and investing on:

1. Plunge Pool

Modern Pool Designs: A plunge pool or splash pool is ideal for backyards with limited available space to build a pool.
A plunge pool or splash pool is ideal for backyards with limited available space to build a pool.

Plunge pools, also known as splash pools, are very small pools found in the backyard of the house, occupying significantly less space. These pools are perfect for you if you want to cool off for a bit after a long, tiring day. They require less space and very low maintenance. They are very small and are more useful for relaxing or cooling down than swimming or diving. This is the pool worth considering and even investing in for houses built with the modern structure, which usually have small backyards.

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2. Above Ground Pool

Modern Pool Designs: Above ground pools can be made of many different materials.
Above ground pools can be made of many different materials.

As the name suggests, it is a pool that is above the ground, made with aluminum and steel walls. The surroundings can be customized according to your wish. You can surround it with a deck, lighting, plants, or anything you like. The above-ground pools are easily installed, low maintenance, durable, and very affordable, however, you will need steps to walk in and out of the pool. They can be placed in your home backyard for a seasonal family fun time. 

Unlike in-ground pools, they have no part of them in the ground, and you can give it a classy, fun, or cool look. However, you like.

3. Night Light Pool

Light up the night with LED pool lighting for a safe and enjoyable swim experience in your backyard.
Light up the night with LED pool lighting for a safe and enjoyable swim experience in your backyard.

You can give your pool a new light, a new mood, a new feeling, and a new scene just by changing the lighting. These pools look beautiful and comforting after sundown and are best suited for night swimming. These provide a wonderful and cozy ambiance for you to relax and swim even at midnight by the illuminating lights. They provide comfort, serenity, beauty, and amazing visual effects. You can install the lights which match your mood. Calming, party-like, warming, whatever fits the occasion and your mood.

4. Infinity Pool

Modern Pool Designs: Zero edge pools or infinity pool are popular for beachfront properties.
Zero edge pools or infinity pool are popular for beachfront properties.

The zero-edge pool or infinity pool is a beautifully designed one. The water in it flows over the edges, making it seem like a pool with no edges. Hence, the name infinity pool. It creates a striking visual effect that makes it irresistible to enter the pool. These kinds of pools make the place look very well defined and the most beautiful. They may be costly, but worth the money. Investing in these is no doubt a smart choice.

5. Indoor Pool

An indoor pool can be very relaxing and allow you to enjoy your swimming pool whenever you want to.
An indoor pool can be very relaxing and allow you to enjoy your swimming pool whenever you want to.

Enjoy the pool fun without even stepping out of your place. For those who love to stay indoors, this is the right kind of pool, a pool built on the rooftop of your house and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home. You can freely relax in your home pool without the fear of sunburn or being tanned from the sun’s rays.

You can customize everything however you desire. It is one of the best pool designs and worth the try and money.

6. Floating Balcony Pool

Thinking of installing a pool on your balcony or terrace? You're not alone. Balcony pools are becoming more popular.
Thinking of installing a pool on your balcony or terrace? You’re not alone. Balcony pools are becoming more popular.

The balcony view and a calming pool can be enjoyed together with soft, cold winds and under the beautiful sky. The floating pool design can be built in an extending corner of the terrace, making the balcony look uniquely beautiful. It feels very soothing to enjoy the beautiful city view and the water.

You can give your floating balcony an even better look by decorating the surroundings with lights, plants, or anything you like. You can make your balcony the most unique and striking of all. These floating balcony pools are usually found in big apartments only. They might be a bit expensive, but surely worth the cost.

7. Black Bottom Pool

Black bottom pools provide a dramatic and mysterious aesthetic to your outdoor living area.
Black bottom pools provide a dramatic and mysterious aesthetic to your outdoor living area.

The black bottom pools are perfect for those who find their true comfort in the dark theme. These pools consist of black vinyl liner or tiles. It has a very soothing effect. The black color of the pool also helps in absorbing the sun’s rays, making the temperature of the water increase. The warm water and the black color of the pool together give a different level of comfort and are very calming. You can also customize everything according to the pool’s dark theme, making the surroundings look elegant and classy.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the pools listed above are some of the best pool designs and are worth spending your money on. But there are indeed a great number of beautifully striking designs like the typical ones (rectangle, round, or oval), the kidney, geometric-shaped ones, pools with a deck, and many more. Selecting the right pool for you is a task. It depends on the place, atmosphere, and space of that particular area you’re planning to put your pool in. Thus, going through these modern pool designs will definitely help.

FAQs

What Are the Most Famous Designs for a Pool?

The kidney-shaped pool, pool with a view, grassy surroundings, geometric pools, etc., are some of the most famous and beautiful designs nowadays. They give a fascinating effect and provide a sense of comfort to the eyes. They offer a defined look to the house and are one of the most striking. These pools are definitely worth investing in.

Which is the Better, a Chlorinated Pool or a Saltwater Pool?

For the in-ground, above-ground, or any kind of pool, the saltwater system is the better option as it is more kind or gentle to the skin, hair, or eyes. It makes the pool water skin friendly and desirable or irresistible to stay away from or enter. Even your pets are safe and free to swim in these pools.

A chlorinated pool is full of harsh chemicals that are not skin- and pet-friendly and can cause harm to them.

Can We Place an Inflatable Pool on Our Balcony?

An inflatable pool might be too heavy for a balcony. Although it looks pretty light, it can become unbearably heavy for the balcony when filled with water. Thus, it is not at all recommended to put an inflatable pool on your balcony. 

What is the Ideal Place to Install a Pool?

  1. Under the sunlight: Wherever you’re planning to install the pool, it is always best to be within the reach of sunlight entirely as it maintains the pool’s temperature, and the swimmers can stay for a long.
  2. In the backyard of the house: If you want to install the pool in your home, the backyard or garden is the best place as it is under the sunlight and will give your house a well-defined and beautiful look.
  3. With a view: If there’s a beautiful view of nature, cityscape, or the sky near your place, you should definitely place your pool there because what’s better than a pool with an eye-catching view.

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Optical Illusions – Mosaic Tile Seascapes

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Optical Illusions - Stunning Mosaic Tile Seascapes

One of the great things we love about mosaic tile in luxury swimming pools is the artistic versatility of the material. It’s a notoriously difficult medium to work with, but artisans are able to design incredibly sophisticated optical illusions in the pool with tile mosaics.

Designing an artistic mosaic that utilizes the entire canvas of the swimming pool takes real skill. The elites of the industry are adept at using tile as their preferred medium to paint a portrait that tells a story. One industry-recognized tile artisan who has mastered the ability to do just that is Ray Corral of Mosaicist, Inc. The Miami-based firm has built a reputation for designing stunning mosaic tile pool interiors.

Using Tile To Create Optical Illusion Mosaics

Collaborating with high-end builders and designers like Brian Van Bower and Ryan Hughes, Corral is used to working on luxury custom pools that require his particular skillset. His ability to create transcendent designs that draw you into the pool interior is undeniable.

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Creating optical illusions in the pool is something that’s second nature for Corral. “I’ve come to realize that a lot of the simple things we do grab attention and people are just taken back by it. www.caasimada.net We take it for granted because we’ve done so many designs. Sometimes what we think is amazing because of the complexity, people don’t always understand and appreciate,” said Corral.

Mosaic seascape interior. Photo Credit: Mosaicist

While most of the mosaic tile interiors Corral designs these days are for modern geometric-shaped pools, he still does a fair amount of freeform pool interiors. In South Florida, mosaic seascapes are popular and Corral caters to that clientele looking to turn their pool interior into a tropical lagoon.

Designing Realistic Seascapes

This particular project showcases Corral’s abilities at creating optical illusions with mosaic tile. From the intricate waves in the sand to the ocean scene inside the pool, creating those types of visual effects is definitely something that not every tile firm can easily master.

“When we look at the sand it looks real,” said Corral, “These clients wanted a realistic environment. They have tropical landscaping, bridges, landscaping inside the pool that just creates this type of oasis. They want to look outside their window and see coral reefs, fish, and aquatic animals,” he explained.

“There are folks that are close to the ocean, or the ocean is in their hearts, or they’re into diving, whatever the case may be. A lot of these people want scenery in their pool and we just to try to create them something realistic,” said Corral.

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“When we put a design together we take into account that the reality of that fact is that most of the time the homeowner will be looking at the pool and not necessarily swimming in it. We take into consideration how the design looks from the second floor, first floor and when you enter the pool,” Corral explained.

“We also take into account the depth of the pool and the transition from the shallow end to the deep end,” said Corral. It’s in the planning and design of the elements that will comprise the entire scene, that he spends an inordinate amount of time going over with customers who want a pool interior of this nature.

“Many times homeowners are looking through our Instagram or our website or the books we have in our office to help them pick out elements to add to their swimming pool,” said Corral.

Creating a Tropical Paradise in Mosaic Tile

Designing the client’s ideal tropical fantasy in mosaic tile can be difficult on freeform style pools. Corral indicated that the shape of these pools is extremely difficult to work with and requires a certain level of planning and dexterity to properly execute. It seems to be old hat for him though. Planning an all-mosaic tile beach entry pool that transforms into a tropical lagoon in this fashion is something his firm Mosacist, Inc. does at least several times a year.

“What’s difficult is on these designs is that the closer that you get to the walls, the more attention to detail you need to have. It’s very easy for a designer to do a circle and have that manufactured somewhere else, but it’s difficult to design a concept that hugs the walls this way and have it come out well.”

3D Rendering of Aquarium
3D Rendering of Aquarium – Photo Credit: Mosaicist, Inc.

Aquatic Mosaic Art

Designing gorgeous seascape mosaics for the pool isn’t Corral’s only wheelhouse. He showed us other breathtaking examples including a mosaic tile aquarium he installed for one of his customers From the 3D rendering to the real-world product, it’s incredible the amount of detail that’s involved to achieve these types of optical illusions.

Aquatic Glass Mosaic Tile Art
Aquatic Glass Mosaic Tile Art – Photo Credit: Mosaicist, Inc.

To plan, design, and install all of the unique elements that will comprise a total scene, you can easily see how many individual mosaics are required to create effects of this nature. It’s an old world artisan skill and one that Corral has honed over his years in the tile industry.

“We’re always looking for that one client that wants us to do something we’ve never tried before,” said Corral, “We get excited when clients allow us to do something different. It gives our portfolio diversity and keeps us at the top of the industry.”

Listen to our entire conversation with Ray Corral of Mosaicist, Inc.

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