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Pool Acoustics: Orchestrating a Symphony of Water Sounds with Pool Features

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Pool Acoustics: Orchestrating a Symphony of Water Sounds with Pool Features

At the start of every pool project, most pool owners and contractors focus on improving the property’s aesthetics. As a result, they come up with a list of pool features, deck/finish materials, and equipment to use during construction. But how many pool designers think about pool acoustics? Owner of Peek Pools in Nashville, Kyle Peek, states, “Most pool designers forget about pool acoustics; they think about it later when pool construction is almost over. Similarly, pool acoustics is not a priority to most homeowners.” Even so, it is important to note that pool acoustics is equally important as pool aesthetics.

Pool Acoustics: Orchestrating a Symphony of Water Sounds with Pool Features

Pool contractors and pool acoustics

Building a world-class pool is not enough; the surrounding atmosphere needs to back up the pool. Unquestionably, it is agitating to hear your neighbors quarrel when lounging by the poolside on a hot afternoon. Think about it. In such a situation, you will no longer enjoy the breathtaking views of your backyard. Instead, there’s distraction coming from unpleasant noises in your neighborhood. Luckily, you can always find a way to mute all these noises using certain water features.

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If you live in a noisy area, use more water features to generate more sound. Pool experts advise using fountains, rock waterfalls, and multi-tiered streams, among others. Typically, all the water features you use should deliver excellent acoustics and aesthetics.

Some water features do not work well in noisy areas because they don’t generate many sounds. For example, laminar sheet falls produce fewer sounds because the water gently cascades into the main pool. However, incorporating two or more water features like laminar sheets increases the pool’s acoustics. So, pool designers have to be very strategic when choosing pool water features.

As a pool designer or contractor, spare some time to take your clients through different water features that increase pool acoustics. Owner of Coastal Coating and Resurfacing in Jacksonville, Mark Hegedus, says that he presents all water features to his clients through high-quality videos and images. He says that he loves presenting the available water features through video because customers hear how they sound.

Nowadays, pool designers use various pool software to come up with contemporary 3D pool designs. The graphics and sound in these designs are high quality. Subsequently, aspiring pool owners can experience a relaxing atmosphere in their backyard long before construction begins. Pool owners are able to listen to all the soothing and pleasant sounds emanated by different water features.

Creating a serene atmosphere in the city

Pool owners in the city often have to devise ways of dealing with traffic noise in their backyards. Fortunately, there is a broad spectrum of water features that can help you deal with traffic noise.

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There was a time Kyle Peek had to generate white noise in the middle of a noisy and busy neighborhood. He used a large rain curtain with a height of 10 feet and 16 feet radius to block all unpleasant noise. The water from the rain curtain cascaded down 8-inch river rocks to generate more white noise. Moreover, the rain curtain was specially designed to redirect unpleasant sounds since it was built in a freestanding pavilion.

Besides the rain curtain, Peek used different sheet pool features and a zero-edge effect to boost its acoustics. And he says, “All these features did a good job in getting rid of the distracting noise.”

Vice president of All Seasons Pools and Spas, Danz Lenz, says that they conducted a similar project. They used a water wall next to the driveway to prevent unpleasant sounds from entering the yard. Pool jets encompassed the spillover spa to create more sounds. Additionally, they installed pool jets on the tanning ledge. At the fence line, they added deck jets and laminar. Artificial trees were also planted along the fence to block all incoming sounds from the neighbors. The best thing about this project is that it didn’t even take long to finish.

Be strategic to avoid overdesigning

Even though pool acoustics is equally important as aesthetics, pool designers should be strategic with installing these features. Typically, water features should not be too noisy and become distracting to pool owners. So, pool designers should avoid over designing pools.

Therefore, it is important to note that the larger the water feature, the more noise generated. Installing many big water features would not be a good idea. Find a perfect balance between big and small water features. Otherwise, you would ruin the acoustics of the whole project.

Be careful with water features like grottos. They are big; hence they could produce excessive sounds. The sound of water flowing down to the grotto can be a nuisance to some homeowners. Nevertheless, you can be strategic with how you position the grotto. It would be best to position this feature in such a way it faces away from the property. This way, the sounds generated won’t be a distraction to people in the house.

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Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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Famous Pool Painting Becomes Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold

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Famous Pool Painting Becomes Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold

The current record for most expensive painting ever sold by a living artist belongs to David Hockney. His Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) recently sold for $90,312,500 at an auction conducted by Christie’s. The record-breaking painting is the single most expensive piece of artwork ever sold; that is by an artist that’s still breathing.

Hockney described himself once as “cooler than Warhol, more enduring than Lucien Freud.” The British native made a name for himself in the 1960’s after relocating to Los Angeles. It was in L.A. that he created some of his best known work, paintings featuring realistic depictions of swimming pools and Hollywood architecture.

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Hockney first visited California in January 1964, following a successful first solo exhibition at the John Kasmin gallery. The United States captivated him, particularly Los Angeles, owing to the impact of its modern buildings and Hollywood in general.

The swimming pool was a constant topic in Hockney’s paintings after he created California Art Collector in 1964, including Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool (1966, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), and most memorably A Bigger Splash (1967, Tate Gallery). Between 1968 and 1977, he created a number of double portraits, such as American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman) (1968, Art Institute of Chicago), Mr. and Mrs. Clark, and Percy (1971, Tate Gallery).

The swimming pool and the double portrait, two of Hockney’s subjects from his paintings from the late 1960s and early 1970s, are combined in the piece ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’. It shows a man swimming breaststroke underwater while wearing white trunks, while another is shown standing at the pool’s edge wearing full clothing and gazing down at the swimmer. The scene of the artwork is southern France, close to Saint-Tropez. With a view of hills covered in trees in the backdrop, the foreground is flattened and simplified in typical Hockney fashion.

A chance meeting of two photographs—one of a man swimming underwater, shot in California in 1966, and the other of a man standing and staring at the ground—that Hockney saw on his studio floor served as the inspiration for the composition. When compared, it seemed as though the person standing was staring at the swimmer.

Hockney said of the painting, “I must admit I loved working on that picture, […] working with such intensity; it was marvelous doing it, really thrilling”

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The sale history of that particular painting is interesting in itself. In 1972, James Astor and his wife purchased the picture for $18,000, which would be worth $117,000 in 2021. It was sold again six months later for $50,000, which would be $324,000 in 2021. American billionaire David Geffen bought it in 1983, then in 1995, he sold it to British billionaire Joe Lewis for an undisclosed sum.

When asked by CBC Radio, why Hockney started painting swimming pools, he replied:

‘In England, a swimming pool would have been seen as a sign of luxury, because the climate in England is not very good for outdoor pools. But in Southern California, it’s not — they’re simply everywhere because you can enjoy them year-round.’

‘The first place I lived, I rented a small apartment with an outdoor swimming pool. I mean, I didn’t own the pool, but nevertheless it was there.’

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Infinity Pool Collapse Injures Guests

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An infinity pool collapsed and injured a newlywed couple at a luxury Caribbean resort hotel. Reports indicate that the swimming pool collapsed unexpectedly, leading them to be swept out to sea.

Jelizaveta and Gavin Jones of Colindale, London, were on their $13,000 honeymoon at the five-star Sandals Royal Curaçao hotel when the incident occurred. Curaçao police claimed at least 12 people were injured, including the bride, who sustained ‘horrific injuries’ when the walls of the sea-facing pool caved in on Thursday.

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Jelizaveta Jones, 29, reportedly sustained ‘horrific injuries’ when the infinity pool at the Sandals Royal Curaçao hotel suddenly collapsed as she was swimming. The bride and her husband Gavin, along with 20 other vacationers in the pool, were washed out to sea.

Mrs Jones, 29, a sales professional for a US software firm, told news sources:

‘I was facing my husband, talking to him in the pool. Then I saw him go under first, then maybe five seconds later, I went. I was stuck beneath the water.’

‘I couldn’t think, I couldn’t breathe. It was all happening very quickly, there was no warning.’

‘I was trying to get up to the surface for some air, but the current was too strong. I couldn’t do anything.’

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According to local media, Curaçao police stated after their initial inquiry that the glass cracked because there were too many people in the pool during a party.

‘We’d only been in the resort less than 24 hours and were having a few drinks,’ claimed Mr Jones, 44, a bar and nightclub owner.

‘I was standing with my back to the sea, talking to my wife, when one of the panels in the middle of the pool suddenly vanished.’

‘The weight of the sea carried myself, Elizabeth, and many other individuals about 30 yards down the beach.’

The hotel had just recently opened in June, with one of its primary selling features being a bi-level infinity pool with views of both the mountains and the surrounding coast.

A spokesperson for Sandals Resorts International released a statement: ‘Thankfully, there were only a small number of guests in the pool at the time.

‘Our resort team worked quickly to ensure all were provided with immediate support and medical attention, including an evaluation by local medical professionals and treatment for any guest who required it.

‘There is nothing more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests and we remain in contact with guests affected should there be any further support required.’

The swimming pool continues to remain closed at the resort for repairs. While the incident remains under investigation, this certainly isn’t an isolated one when it comes to glass panel pools.

Glass panel infinity pool failure in rooftop condominium pool.

Certainly not the first attention-grabbing pool failure we’ve seen this year. The incident was reminiscent of a similar situation that occurred in a 5th-floor rooftop infinity pool in Whampoa a few years back. Officials said that either a design or construction flaw of that swimming pool caused the pool walls to collapse and the glass panels to suddenly give way.

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Tesla Pool – Automaker Adds Swimming Pool To Charger Station

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Tesla Swimming Pool

One of the primary reasons consumers opt to purchase a Tesla is the robust availability of convenient charging stations. Recently, the automaker has experimented with adding amenities to its charging stations. New cube lounges at a Supercharger station in Germany come equipped with automated coffee, food, and more. Tesla is also adding other options and fun activities for drivers to enjoy while they wait for their vehicles to charge. The newest amenity they’re currently experimenting with is an above ground swimming pool.

A clip of the pool being installed prior to launch was shared with news sources.

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The swimming pool can be used by up to 4 people at a time for 10 minutes, giving folks just enough time to change into their swim suits and enjoy a quick dip while their vehicle charges. There are even Tesla-branded beach balls to play with while they’re swimming in the shipping container style above ground pool.

This promotional popup will open at the Tesla charging station in Hilden, Germany; which incidentally is one of the largest in the country with 40 chargers and 8 superchargers. The pool will be open from Thursday until Sunday. Tesla owners can drop in for a swim from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

What do you think about this idea? Is this something you’d like to see in the United States? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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